Operators are trying to strike a balance between authenticity and having a flavor that can permeate the mainstream.1

Take off on a worldwide journey of ethnic tastes with Smithfield Culinary. From the familiar Korean BBQ and ramen to the more unique cochinita pibil and shakshuka, more and more operators are adding ethnically inspired comfort foods to their menus. Make Smithfield Culinary your first stop for insights and ideas to build your business with global flavors.

Trending Global Flavors:

Kaffir Lime: A member of the citrus family, Kaffir has a strong fragrant flavor and is popular in Thai cuisine.

Sambal: Similar to Sriracha or a spicy relish but the highly versatile Indonesian version.

Banana Ketchup: In the Philippines, uncommon tomatoes are replaced with easily accessible bananas in this sweet tangy sauce.

Pandan: A common ingredient throughout Southeast Asia, it adds a nutty, botanical flavor to foods.

Chamoy: A Mexican condiment that encapsulates different flavors of sweet, salty, savory and spicy.


Ethnic Foods Trending on U.S. Menus2:

Teriyaki
19.3%
Fried Rice
14.1%
Spring Rolls
10.3%
Risotto
9.4%
Carnitas
7.6%
Tamales
6.7%
Satay
5.6%
Kimchi
5.3%
Gumbo
4.6%
Mojo
4.5%
Paella
1.7%
Tonkatsu
1.0%
Pierogi
1.0%
Curry (Massaman)
1.0%

A Sampling of Global Ethnic Comfort Foods:

Latin America

Cochinita Pibil:
A slow-roasted pork dish marinated in acidic citrus with annatto seed, wrapped in a banana leaf; from the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico
Anticucho:
Popular and inexpensive meat-on-a-stick meals that originated in the Peruvian Andes.

East Asia

Katsu:
A Japanese-style BBQ sauce featured on fried meats that has a tart, slightly salty and sweet taste.
Char Siu:
Cantonese Char Siu is the Chinese equivalent of BBQ and can be made with pork loin, belly, etc., and marinated in honey, five-spice, dark soy sauce or hoisin sauce.

Southeast Asia

Pho:
A Vietnamese soup consisting of broth, rice noodles, herbs and meat. A popular street food in Vietnam.
Fillipino Adobo Pork Belly:
Belly immersed in a stock composed variously of paprika, oregano, salt, garlic and vinegar to preserve and enhance its flavor.

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