The art of food fusion can go one of two ways. When ambitious chefs decide to combine two distinct cuisines into one dish, the results can often be incredible, prompting costumers to ask “how on earth is this so delicious?”
On the other hand, some foods were never meant to see the same plate in the first place and just hearing the bizarre combination will make you queasy. Here are some of our favorite and most innovative food mash-ups.
The ramen burger is the perfect combination of American and Japanese food cultures. It’s essentially a beef burger stuffed between two “buns” made of ramen noodles. Chefs will often add shoyu sauce, arugula, and scallions for extra flavor. Keizo Shimamoto, the inventor of this divine creation, stated, “The ramen noodles stay together as a bun, but when you bite into it, it falls apart in your mouth. That’s something knock-offs are not able to do.”
Macaroni And Cheese Pancakes
On the menu at Morning Glass Coffee in Honolulu, Hawaii, you’ll find the mac ‘n’ cheese pancake, a tasty treat made up of traditional pancake batter with Vermont cheddar and elbow macaroni mixed in, resulting in a unique dish, resembling something similar to grilled cheese.
In Philadelphia, you’ll find a restaurant called Sancho Pistola’s. On their menu, you’ll discover a bizarre-sounding creation called the Tafel: a one-of-a-kind combination of traditional Middle Eastern and Mexican foods. Jalapeño-infused greek yogurt coats the inside of each corn tortilla along with smoked cumin, pepper flakes, and guajillo peppers. Falafel balls made of Middle Eastern chickpeas and Mexican lima beans are then stuffed into the spicy tortilla. Chef Adan, Tafel creator, has always enjoyed falafel, but always felt that it was missing a certain level of spiciness.