Lets start with the basic question, What is fusion food really? Some would say it is a mix of different types of cuisines, ingredients or even types of cooking methods to create a novel product distinctive from the regular.
I would say it’s a symphony of flavors, taste, and color. It is anything that is out of the ordinary.
It has been rightly said that cooking food is an art and science so at one end we might like to be a little adventurous but the wrong mixing with food can also leave a very distasteful experience as well, so though Fusion has become popular among food lovers in recent years, it is also synonymous with mindless mixing of ingredients in the name of novelty rather than good taste.
Though culinary borrowings from other cultures are on the rise, Indian fusion food is becoming more subtle and intelligent and is coming from the right place — an understanding of ingredients and cuisines. Those who dare to cross genre lines are deeply aware that the sum, that is the final dish, must be greater than its parts. As one of the popular chefs has rightly said about fusion food that, it is less about gimmickry, more about cleverly assimilating, mastering and revolutionizing food traditions.
Renowned Chef Mehrotra, considered India’s finest chef, refers to fusion food as ‘evolution’ while Chef Sarkar calls it “the real revolution in the modern food business”.
My take on food is very simple and I personally believe in the philosophy of sight, smell and taste so according to me food should first look good, smell good and I think we can then definitely love to taste and tell,‘soul-based’ rather than a ‘head-based’ approach rooted in the passion for creating a masterpiece is the essence of fusion.
A simple take on fusion food at a basic level could be mixing your comfort food with whatever you find locally available to make it taste of home and this works perfectly well while travelling, not to mention the very essential control on costs helpful for students and people travelling on a tight budget.
Fusion food is undoubtedly the new food in fashion, todays gen X or rather millennial’s are both wanting and readily acceptive of these experimental new concepts.
There are novel menus already trending the food scene including dishes such as Pad Thai Taco , Sushi pizza, chocolate golgappa, corn sevpuri and many more.
There is a bold generation wanting to experience fresh and exciting food. Daring and playful, fusions seem to be popping up everywhere from food trucks to fine dining.
So go ahead and try it all, don’t be Boomers, its 2020 already!