With 2017 coming to a close, we’ve seen so many food fads that have come and gone, as well as those that have stayed strong.
Some food trends in 2017 that took Singapore by storm were psychedelic rainbow bagels, cheese wheel pastas the infamous multicoloured Talad Neon drink.
As we round up the year, we are excited to identify the food trends that will endure, or are up and coming. Here are our selections, which can all be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home, thanks to Deliveroo!
For the love of cheese, our insights tell us that cheese will reign supreme and continue being a hot trend in 2018. Apart from having cheese coming from a wheel, we’re looking at cheese being used in traditional ways.
We love the idea of coming home to a sinful gooey bowl of mac and cheese. Alt. Pizza does a Truffled Mac & Cheese ($ 12.84) that you can dive into on your sofa. Filled with white truffle oil, cheddar, and mushroom sauce, this delightful bowl will definitely satisfy.
The Pizza Burrata ($ 29.96) by Bella Pizza is a cheese addict’s ultimate indulgence. The pizza is topped with soft and creamy Burrata cheese, and other ingredients such as sweet oven-roasted tomatoes, fresh basil and oregano.
Another up-and-coming trend that’s catching waves is the unsightly uni, or sea urchin. These porcupines of the sea are not just limited to Japanese cuisine – many fusion restaurants are crowning uni on their pasta dishes for its rich flavour and creaminess.
If you prefer your uni fresh and whole, MOJO has just what you’re seeking. The Roasted Unagi & Uni ($ 31.03) is one of the restaurant’s signature dinner bowls, and looks as decadent as it can get. Pairing savoury and smoky barbecued river eel with fresh and creamy uni is great, but MOJO has also thrown in ikura and ebiko for a greater indulgence. What’s best is that you can have all of this just by placing an order through your phone!
Senmi Sushi incorporates this creamy luxury in the form of their Uni, Hamachi and Ebi Fry Bomb ($ 24.02). This psychedelic looking sushi roll is filled with prawn tempura, and topped with pieces of yellowtail and sea urchin, before being drizzled with a homemade mentai sauce.
Uni purists will enjoy the Uni Gunkan ($ 10.49) at Soshinsen. Hokkaido Bafun Uni is perched on top of a bed of tangy sushi rice wrapped with seaweed. If you enjoy a variety of flavours and textures, the Hokkaido Warship ($ 9.15) which contains ikura, negitoro and uni might just be perfect for you.
The new year will also shine the spotlight on our local cuisine. Modern Singaporean cuisine is all the rage now. More restaurants – and even hawkers – that specialise in mod-sin cuisine have been sprouting up all over our sunny island.
Burger joint, Meat Smith Little India, pays homage to our local ingredients with the delicious Coconut Chutney Pork Ribs ($ 25). The meat slides off the bone easily, and is coated with fresh coconut and spice-laden chutney – the same ones that helped our nation flourish as a trading hub– that reflect our colonial heritage.
NOM Bistro & Bakery’s Mr. Krabbs ($ 17.90) burger showcases a whole deep fried soft shell crab topped with slaw and salted egg yolk sauce. Anything with salted egg sauce is just delicious!
Last but not least, we think that the common and humble hot dog is making a comeback. These unassuming tasty street snacks are well loved by everyone for their flavour and the simple comfort that it gives from each bite.
Inspired by Coney Island, the Coney Dog ($ 18.08) by Sacha & Sons is an upgraded version of the hot dogs that you get off the streets. This dish comes complete with crisp and fluffy straight cut fries as well as a side of refreshing salad. The main star of the dish is the dog itself, of course.
Three Buns by Potato Head Folk has an extensive list of hot dogs to choose from. Other than the D.O. Double G. dog mentioned earlier, the restaurant also has the Truffle Hound ($ 16.05), which sees Portobello mushrooms and beef frankfurter perfumed with truffle aioli, melted truffle cheese and truffle oil, as well as the Phife Dawg ($ 14.98), which is the spicier cousin to the two. This dog is filled with beef chilli, smoked applewood cheddar, watermelon relish and Big Poppa ‘hot sauce”.
I quote the famous phrase used in Project Runway : “One day you’re in and the next day you’re out.” Other than the fashion industry, this quote applies to the food industry as well. Food trends come and go, but no matter what the current food trend is, Deliveroo is always here to deliver restaurant-quality meals right to our doorstep! There’s no need to get dressed, or get out of your cozy hideout, or wait in line for food. Ordering food is as simple as a few taps on the phone.
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