Things Are Better Together: Fusion Cuisine

There are so many things in life that are better when they come together. Like ketchup and French fries, but you know what? Add some mayo and it is pretty awesome. What about French fries and a chocolate malt? Chicken and lemon pepper, steak and A1 sauce, pumpkin pie and whipped cream... there are so many things that just go together. Not just food either. A night of hanging out with a friend or friends is better than a night alone. Enjoying a movie or concert is better when you have someone to share it with. Almost everything in life is better when it is shared or combined with something or someone that complements it. It is the way of the human race; to create, combine, and share with others. That is why fusion cuisine is a natural step in the evolution of the culinary world.

I think that all food to some degree could be considered a form of fusion cuisine. Maybe not by the current definition of the term, which states that the food is created utilizing cooking techniques and ingredients from multiple culinary styles. However, if you loosen that definition to just say that it combines things to achieve a desirable culinary outcome, then almost anything that you eat could be considered fusion cuisine.

Yes, there are a few things that you make and eat that utilize only one ingredient, but that is rare. The majority requires spices or other ingredients and possibly multiple cooking methods. That's just for one dish. Most well-rounded meals with various sides require even more combinations of things to achieve.

That's not to say that all combinations work well together. When I tried to combine spaghetti and tuna, my kid and my wife decided that it was a failure on many levels. I agreed with them, but didn't tell them that. No, I stoically ate it to make a point. I can tell you, though, that I will not be trying that particular combination anytime again soon. In fact, I'll avoid any combinations that sound even a bit questionable to avoid that issue again. I might actually just let the pros handle the discovery of interesting combos.

It takes time and experience with different ethnic foods and culinary styles to really understand the flavors and how those flavors will work together. Just because food A and food B work by themselves, it absolutely does not mean that they'll work together in any capacity. Yes, there is a good deal of experimentation in the creation of fusion cuisine, but a professional chef will be able to eliminate many of the possibilities before even pulling out the ingredients. When they do start throwing ingredients in pots and pans on the stove, oven, or any other number of ways things can be cooked or baked, there is a very good chance that that combination will work if not excel together. Keep bringing the world together and make it a better place Chefs.

Tim Hiller is a freelance writer that fails miserably at creating fusion cuisine, but excels at eating it.

This article was published on 12 Jan 2016 and has been viewed 792 times
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