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Spice Mixes Around The World That Make Dishes Taste Even More Special

Posted by Ron Brewer on

A dish taste even more special because of the mixed of spices used in it. There are many things to say about a meal from the spice mix itself. Spices have also been part of culture so you can get a clue to the cook’s background or where the recipe comes from. Adding spices can boost the flavor, making any dish taste more distinguished than the others. Hence, in so many different cuisine, the use of spice mix does matter. 

Chinese Five Spice

Popular and iconic spice mixes around the world

Whether or not you know what is inside a dish, the spice mix tells you a story. Spice mixes also consist of different ingredients and proportions. And here are some of the most unique and flavorful spice mixes often used in variety of dishes around the world:

Cajun spice

The main ingredients of this spice mix includes garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, black pepper, oregano, paprika, thyme, and red pepper flakes. This is a well-known spice mix often used in New Orleans and Louisiana for their wide selections of delicious dishes. This spice mix is actually good for any type of dish. It can be compatible with almost everything from slow-cooked barbecue to vegetables, to fish. Also, this spice mix doesn’t use tomato.

Chinese Five Spice

Chinese cuisine is already a favorite of many people all over the world. There are so many distinguished Chinese dishes that have become everyone’s favorite. And one of the most important factors that plays into their popularity is the spice mix. Chinese five spice consists of Sichuan peppercorns, cinnamon, fennel, star anise, and cloves. This is such a versatile spice mix to be paired with almost every Chinese dish. It can be added with any other spices too to enrich the flavor. It can be used for marinades, meats, and stews.

Chili powder

This is such a popular spice mix almost everyone love. It consists of Cayenne, paprika, chipotle powder, garlic powder, cumin, onion powder, oregano, and salt. This spice mix is not to be mistaken as chile powder because the two are different. Chile powder is dried chiles crushed into powder. Meanwhile, chili powder is a mix of powdered chiles and various spices. Chili powder is most popular in Mexican cuisines. However, it has become so popular because it is also versatile to be added into any type of savory dishes. 

Curry powder

Curry is one of the most iconic foods in the world and there is wide variety of it from all over the world. The thing that makes curry a curry is the curry powder. This special spice mix consists of turmeric, black pepper, garlic powder, cumin, ginger, coriander, lemongrass, kaffir lime, cinnamon, anise, fennel, mustard seed, fenugreek, cardamom, cloves, and mace. Curry powder can be varied depending on where it comes from. For example, Indian curry powder are a bit different from Jamaican curry powder. Not to mention that the curry dish itself is varied not only from the star ingredients but also the spice mix base.

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Interesting Food Trends To Follow In 2022

Posted by Marcko Dastro on

There have been quite interesting food trends each year and we all have anticipated what will about to come in 2022 as the year 2021 is about to end soon. Foods and drinks industry is also one of so many that have been affected greatly by the global pandemic. Consumer behavior have shifted significantly and we have seen how food trends in 2021 are focusing more on personal health and sustainable practices. What will 2022 bring in term of food trends?

TikTok food trends
Dalgona from TikTok trends

Tik Tok food trend is predicted to remain strong in 2022. many kind of foods and drinks have gone viral due to TikTok challenges and sensations. In 2021, we have seen how Dalgona became the hot topic almost throughout the year. It seems that Tik Tok will set powerful drive in food trends. In fact, Tik Tok have been found to be one of the major causes of escalate rise in passion and interest in food and cooking. It is surely a platform that create impactful engagement that can cause a major stir within food industry. 

Vegourmets

It is also predicted that 2022 will be delightful year for vegans and vegetarians with how veganism and vegetarianism rises. There will be more restaurants that try to focus on delivering more options for vegetable dishes. There will be more creative dishes being made with an array of vegetables, mushrooms, fruits, legumes, and cereals. This is such an innovation for restaurants to cater to the vegourmets as their essentials as well. 

Barley milk

Barley milk
Barley milk

It is predicted that 2022 will be the year where barley milk rises in popularity. Grain-based milk in general is predicted to grow strong next year but the star will be barley. Oat milk has been surged in demand because of its sustainability in terms of water use, land use, and emissions. Hence, manufacturers are now considering another alternative of grain-based milk and barley is a great option. It is great grain that can grow in harsh climate. Hence, it has great potential to be a great alternative aside from oat. 

Lab foods

Are you perhaps interested in lab foods? If you are and plan to give it a try, next year will be the time for you to be presented with more options of lab foods. In 2013 we were introduced to firs lab-grown burger. This year, there is lab-grown chicken breasts. It is predicted that lab foods will grow stronger to set a trend in food industry. Lab foods are promoted more because they offer scalability and affordability. In 2022, people expect for more variations to lab foods such as dairy products, honey, coffee, etc. Many people have positive reactions to lab food trends because they are concerned about climate change, animal welfare and human health in general.

Food trends will always change regardless. It is up to our own decision whether or not to follow the trend or stick to what we need the most. Make sure to put your health as your best interest in making conscious decision.