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  • Writer's pictureKevin Dam

North American Twist: Creative Food Ideas to Draw Attention from your Friends and Family


Fusion Twists on Classic Dishes:

  • Korean BBQ Tacos:  Put a Korean spin on tacos with marinated bulgogi beef, kimchi slaw, and gochujang crema.

  • Elote Fries:  These crispy shoestring fries are seasoned with Mexican street corn spices like chili powder, cotija cheese, and a squeeze of lime.

  • Jerk Chicken Poutine:  This Canadian classic gets a Caribbean twist with jerk-spiced chicken, gravy, and cheese curds.

Globally Inspired Street Food:

  • Gua Bao Sliders:  These fluffy steamed buns are traditionally filled with savory braised meats. Offer creative fillings like pulled pork with BBQ sauce or lemongrass tofu with pickled vegetables.

  • Takoyaki Waffle Bowls:  Imagine savory Japanese octopus fritters served in a sweet waffle cone, drizzled with takoyaki sauce and topped with seaweed and bonito flakes.

  • Rainbow Bingsu:  This Korean shaved ice dessert is a feast for the eyes. Top it with colorful fruits, condensed milk, and unique toppings like mochi or popping boba.

Comfort Food with a Healthy Twist:

  • Cauliflower Mac and Cheese:  This uses riced cauliflower for a lighter twist on a classic,  loaded with creamy cheese and your favorite toppings.

  • "Sushi" Bowls:  Deconstruct sushi by offering bowls with seasoned sushi rice, protein like salmon or tofu, and a variety of fresh vegetables and pickled accompaniments.

  • Loaded Sweet Potato Fries:  These naturally sweet fries are a healthier alternative to regular fries.  Offer them loaded with options like black beans, cheese, and avocado for a complete meal.




These are just a few ideas to spark your creativity! Remember, the key is to offer something that's familiar yet exciting, with bold flavors and interesting presentations. Consider what's trending in other areas of food culture, like plant-based options or globally-inspired flavors, and incorporate them into your menu.

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