Mix and match might not always be a good idea when it comes to food. While combining the best of both worlds can give you interesting and innovative results, sometimes the outcome is less than perfect.
This World Food Day (October 16), we thought we’d celebrate two hits and mourn two misses. Truth be told, the misses were just as big in terms of going viral. But our stance is that if it ain’t good for your health, it shouldn’t be on your plate.
Here are our picks of the best and worst fusions this year.
1. Bunny Chow Lunchbox
Gourmands and gluttons in the US and UK went nuts Instagramming a delicious dish called bunny chow. Originally from South Africa, it is a traditional one-stop meal that is made of curried mutton or beans stuffed into a hollowed-out loaf of bread. What started out as a portable and convenient packed meal option for immigrant Indian field workers, who found that the way to keep their curry from spilling all over, was to simply pop it into the very same loaf they would eat it with, is now transformed into a healthy meal that has delicious options of fillings and bread and even the sauces.
2. Baked Apple Roses
Cutting out sugar and fat from your diet doesn’t mean you need to resign yourself to eating tasteless food and foregoing desserts altogether. Certainly not when you can create delicious creations that are also healthy. California resident, chef Manuela M’s baked apple roses are a case in point, where she uses crunchy sweet apples, natural apricot preserves, freshly squeezed lemon juice and regular puff pastry to create a beautiful, healthy and delicious dessert that’s also easy to make.
And now for some insanely not-good-for-you fusion foods.
3. Milky Buns
School buddies Scott Nghiem and Andy Nguyen set up Afters Ice Cream in 2013, and though they did fairly well, they shot to fame only recently when they invented Milky Buns—chilled ice cream sandwiched inside a warm donut. Their sales went through the roof and lines snaked around the block for their product, even their website’s digital counter clocked the current sales of Milky Buns at 300,000 at the time of writing this post back in August 2015. But seriously, do you really need to stuff your face with this calorie-bomb?
4. Bacon Hot Dog Donut
When The Blue Rocks, a minor league baseball team, announced that they have tied up with Krispy Kreme New Castle to create a bacon hot dog donut with raspberry jelly, the internet went crazy. Folks everywhere reacted with shock and awe, debating its taste, health impact, and what it means for a nation battling obesity. Yes, bacon is great (the average American eats about 18 pounds of bacon a year), and is chock-full of choline, a nutrient that helps increase intelligence and memory. Some studies even show that it can help combat the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic mental impairments. But please exercise moderation when consuming it.
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