Latin Fusion Dining; Yay or Nay

First off, what is considered Latin fusion dining? The answer is actually more complex than what one might expect. Fusion cuisine of any kind is outside the easily defined "traditional" ethnic culinary styles, thus making it hard to strictly label it as one thing or another. Depending on who's doing the cooking, you could have two extremely different dishes but they would still be considered the same type of fusion.

The world is so full of great flavors and cooking techniques that you'll find as many different combinations of things as there are chefs. Every chef will put their own spin on things based on their preferences and own personal style of cooking. When it comes to Latin fusion dining, that is still a general term used for the food styles originating in Central and South America. Some may call it Mexican food, but it is more expansive than that.

Depending on where you go and who's cooking, you'll probably see a lot of beef and chicken dishes. Chips and salsas or guacamole, tortillas, burritos, and enchiladas are common. Don't be surprised if you also see different kinds of seafood and possibly spices hailing form the Mediterranean regions either. Another popular combination is an Asian fusion that utilizes seafood and spices from Asia. Also just think about wonton tacos... Yeah. Yum.

That is what is so neat about fusion cuisine. The combinations are near limitless and are only limited by the imagination and creativity of the chef. That's not to say that creating amazing looking and tasting dishes is easy. You can't exactly take any two things and mash them together and expect to get great results. I know, I've tried. You really need to know what you're doing and have a really good palate to know how different flavors will interact with each other. It surely isn't something to do heavy-handed. A soft touch, so to speak, is what is needed, especially when spices of any kind are involved. It is far too easy to over spice something. Just a little too much can take a dish from wow to awful.

So back to the original question...Yay or Nay? A resounding Yay is in order, especially if you like a little spicy kick to your food. Even if you don't like that extra kick, don't worry, there are plenty of dishes that aren't nearly as spicy and some that aren't at all. Besides, many restaurants are very careful with the application of anything that has a spot on the Scoville scale. That and they will inform you either on the menu or verbally if you are ordering something that most people would find a bit too hot for their liking. It may not be something that you'll want all the time, but if you haven't ever tried it in any of its variations, give it a shot. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the variety of flavors and dishes available.

Tim Hiller is a freelance writer that is glad he was introduced to fusion cuisine for a multitude of tasty reasons.

This article was published on 23 Dec 2015 and has been viewed 410 times
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