Another year, another food trend. Here are ten trends predicted to go big worldwide in 2017.
1. Sea vegetables
Sea vegetables are set to become a hit amongst vegetarian and vegan communities in 2017. BBC Good Food predicts ingredients like kelp, dulse, and seaweed will replace salt thanks to the briny tang they add. Yum! (Source)
2. Activated charcoal
Activated charcoal will continue to move away from its medicinal properties and be incorporated into more foods and even drinks in 2017.
Despite Singaporeans seeing their fair share of charcoal incorporated foods in 2016, in the form of charcoal toasts and buns. Expect the trend to linger around for a little bit as it makes waves overseas in 2017. (Source)
Dubbed as the “miracle crop” of Asia due to the wide variety of edible byproducts from the plant. Expect the fruit to crop up in a number of vegan and vegetarian cooking due to its meaty texture that resembles pulled pork when cooked. (Source)
4. Filipino cuisine
Ethnic flavours have always inspired food trends. The next ethnic palate to rock the foodie boat is none other than Filipino food. Expect dishes like adobo chicken (chicken braised in soy sauce vinegar), kare-kare (oxtail stew), and lechón (whole roasted pig) to pop-up in 2017. (Source)
5. Ancient grains
Move over quinoa, there’s a new grain in town! Look out for teff and sorghum- the two ancient grains set to make their debut in 2017.
Both grains are expected to replace quinoa due to their high nutritional content. A single cup of teff has 10 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber whilst a cup of sorghum has 22 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber. (Source)
Waffling is another trend predicted to appear in 2017. The idea is to take ingredients like ramen, hash browns, and even turkey stuffing and ‘waffle’ them using a waffle machine. And why stop there? Consumers can even waffle french toast, pizzas, and vegetables (for the health conscious). What a treat! (Source)
7. Fusion Japanese foods
8. Non-alcoholic pairings
Non-alcoholic food pairing menus are already making their way across Denmark. Designed by Copenhagen restaurant, Noma, expect to see restaurants offering more tasting and degustation menus offering more non-alcoholic food pairings.
9. French dip sandwiches
French dip sandwiches are predicted to be a. For the unaware, the sandwiches are made out of roast beef, served in a hot French roll (or baguette), with a side of au jus to dip your sandwich in. A treat for sandwich and bánh mì lovers! (Source)
Unlike the U.S, tacos never took off in Singapore. However, this might change in the year to come. Tacos have been cited as the upcoming food trend to hit international waves due to their growing popularity on Instagram. Maybe you’ll see them cropping up in pasar malams near you in 2017. (Source)
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