30 Food Fusions to Confuse and Delight Your Palate

Hello and welcome to this thing we’re doing where we help you figure out what you’re gonna put in your mouth this week. Some of these are recipes we’ve tried, some of these are recipes we’re looking forward to trying, all of them are fucking delicious. Tell us what you want to put in your piehole or suggest your own recipes, and we’ll talk about which things we made, which things we loved, and which things have changed us irreversibly as people. Last week, we tested the limits of our leftovers in the microwave.

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My hometown of Portland is known for both its weirdness and its foodie culture so when these get together they often manifest in things like the Viking Soul Food, cheeseburger gyoza from the Dump Truck, Korean tacos from Koi Fusion, or Mexican BBQ from La Taq. And though laziness might compel me to let all these geniuses cook for me, they’re also an inspiration for the fusions to be found in your own kitchen. Really, you can do better than the bar. Here are some of the best ways to mash up meals from around the world.

1. World On My Plate Taco

2. Korean Bulgogi Taco

3. Baked Eggs in Shiitake Mushroom

4. Smoked Salmon Breakfast Burrito

5. Sushirito

6. Bacon Cheeseburger Dumplings

7. Aloo Tikki Burger

8. Porchetta Bahn Mi

9. Pulled Tandoori Chicken Sandwich

10. Smörgåstårta Savory Sandwich Cakes

This is actually 15 separate recipes but I couldn’t link to just one. You needed to see all these pictures. And maybe this is more of a mashup than a fusion but it is truly novel and allows you to say “Let them eat cake!” for every meal.

11. Indian Horchata

12. Soy Sake Guacamole

13. Thai Shredded Chicken and Strawberry Salad

14. Asian Cobb Salad

15. Dulce de Leche Scones

16. Basil Tofu Linguine

17. Potato and Paneer Stuffed Yeasted Muffins

18. Caraway Cottage Cheese Biscotti

19. Edamame Bruschetta

20. Gnocchi in Curried Butternut Squash Sauce

21. Mexican Paratha

22. Whole Wheat Tandoori Paneer Calzone

23. Pizza Alla Carbonara

24. Pizza Cone

25. Parmesan Baked Chicken Nuggets

26. Grilled Cheese Crescent Donuts

27. Flaming Hot Cheetos and Arugula Grilled Cheese

Way to class up yer Cheeto craving…

28. Lebanese Spiced French Fries

29. Cilantro Jalepeño Latkes

30. Zucchini Fritters with Tzatziki

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Alley Hector

Alley Hector is a writer and Web Developer based in Portland, Oregon where she has lived since the dawn of queer time. Past projects have included editing Just Out magazine and founding and editing local queer news and events blog qPDX.com. When she's not pursuing nerdy hobbies you can find her enjoying a microbrew at a vintage arcade or running around town on her little 80s Bridgestone road bike. Get in touch with Alley on Twitter or Instagram.

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  1. Are you trying to kill me? I haven’t even had lunch yet, and I’m simply going to have some Chef Boyardee Ravioli.

  2. Wow this looks incredible and I will read this more thoroughly when I finish work tonight thanks Alley :)

  3. Haha, the hardest part about writing this was getting so hungry every time I went back to it.

  4. Those sandwich cakes are so beautiful. But I’m pretty sure an “individual sandwich cake” is just a sandwich cupcake.

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