What is fusion food?
Fusion dishes combine elements of various culinary traditions while not fitting into any one of them specifically. It is food that offers the best of both worlds. In culture and tradition menus are limited to the availability of food.
The lucky thing about a country like Australia is the wide range of fresh, seasonal produce – fruits, meats, herbs, spices – available to us removes some of those limitations. The inclusion of uniquely Australian flavours and produce into other the food of other cultures offers an exciting menu opportunity not available anywhere else in the world.
Why is Australia a hub of flavour fusion?
Australia has a wealth of delicious, fresh foods available. Australia is a country in which people from many different cultures reside, socialise, and marry. Over time through community networks, neighbours and families great food styles, fantastic flavours and different methods of cooking have become fused.
Chefs in Australia are lucky to have food experts and chefs from so many different backgrounds to learn from. They are also incredibly fortunate to have such a wide range of fresh produce, including spices, herbs and seasonings to draw on.
Australia – multiculturalism and isolation
Australia’s isolation offers advantages to fusion food. Beyond just the produce available and range of backgrounds of chefs our isolation allows us some distance from the strictures of tradition.
Tradition and culture are still celebrated but guests from other cultures are invited. The culture and traditional base of the families grows over generations. Our isolation and multiculturalism leads to blending of families and traditions and that blending leads to exciting fusion food.
The Benefits of Fusion Cuisines
Anyone with a passion for food, or an excitement about flavour has an abundance of opportunity to experiment. Even local supermarkets stock wider ranges of fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices and cuts of meat than ever before.
A feast of flavours and a flair for food create rewarding taste sensations. Combining the best of many worlds in delicious new dishes that can become part of our dining pleasure is the benefit of the growth in fusion menus in modern Australian cuisine.