To eat, or not to eat – 8 Food Trends around the World

Food has always played a fundamental role in the history and social behaviour of humankind. And since our lives are so dynamic, our eating habits and behaviours towards food are also in a constant state of change. With every new year that comes, new food trends follow, which are highly influenced by gastronomy, bloggers, and food magazines. Restaurants, supermarkets, and especially the food industry itself have to adapt to those changes – otherwise, “they’re gonna have a bad time” (yes, the South Park pun was intended 😉 ).

Want to know what might end up on your plate in the future? Well, we can already tell you that it’s going to be colorful, unique, probably unusual at first glance, but definitely quite tasty as well!

  1. The Black Sapote  (Mexico & Guatemala)
Source: Alesh Houdek

The sister of the Khaki already conquered the hearts of countless Foodies worldwide, since she is widely known as the fruit that tastes like chocolate or chocolate pudding. Even though she might taste like chocolate, you can feel free to tuck in since there’s no need to worry about a high-calorie intake. With just 65 kcal per 100 grams, it shares the same amount of calories as a reduced-fat yogurt. However, it’s not that easy to find a Black Sapote anywhere at your local supermarkets (yet) since it’s still quite unknown. Fingers crossed this changes soon! 🤞

 2. The “Cronut” (USA)

Source: Melissa Lim

When the French pastry chef Dominique Ansel invented the “Cronut” back in 2013, she had no idea how big the hype about this type of “hybrid food” (or “food pairing” –> a combination of two different types of food or dishes) would become. The ensemble of croissant and doughnut was a hit in her bakery from day one. Soon, people paid well over €50 for the pastries and stood in line for hours. 

 3. The “Ramen Burger”  (USA)

Source: David from withberlinlove.com

Yeeeep, that’s a thing. The Ramen Burger is, as the name suggests, another kind of hybrid food. The inventor was the self-proclaimed “Ramen Freak” Keizo Shimamoto, who was inspired in 2007 on one of his trips to Tokyo. The usual burger patty is replaced by grilled ramen noodles, which are then topped like traditional burgers. This creation can be found at the Brooklyn Food Market “Smorgasburg” – aka the NY Mecca for Foodies.

 4. Eggettes (China)

Source: Jonathan Ooi

The special waffles originally come from Hong Kong and are a popular street food snack there. They are made from a sweet, egg-rich batter that is baked in a special waffle iron. Even though they might resemble an oversized cracking foil, those “egg waffles,” that can be topped or filled with a variety of delicious things, indeed taste like a match made in heaven.

 5. Putu Piring (Malaysia)

Source: Kyle Lam

Putu Piring is a round-shaped, steamed rice cake commonly found in Malaysia. This traditional snack consists of rice flour and water and is filled with either ground peanut or brown palm sugar. The sweet dumplings are typically served with Pandan leaves and shredded coconut. 

 6. Edible Drinking Straws (USA)

Billions of plastic straws end up in our oceans every year. In order to counteract plastic pollution, the whole food industry is already looking for environmentally friendly alternatives. In addition to drinking straws made of metal, bamboo, or glass, product developers also work on edible drinking straws that are zero-waste. They come in various flavours and can be fortified with different nutrients. F.e. you can already buy straws based on apple pomace, which is the pressing residue in the production of apple juice. They are not only sustainable but also taste like fruity apple. 

 7. Luo Han Guo (China)

Luo Han Guo fruit, which is also known as Monk Fruit or South Chinese fruit, is said to be three hundred times sweeter than ordinary table sugar and would, therefore, be a perfect substitute. Those of you who have never heard of this plant – you’re not alone, because the Luo Han Guo fruit is relatively unknown except in the south of China or some areas in the north of Thailand, where the plant is native.

 8. Black Coconut Ash Ice Cream (USA)

Source: Jonathan Pellgen

Speaking of dessert, we don’t want to withhold the next weird trend: black ice cream. In New York, people stand in front of the Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream store for hours to get their share of the extraordinary “Black Coconut Ash.” The black ice cream is colored with activated carbon obtained from the remains of coconut shells. It might sound a little offbeat, but using activated carbon is quite clever since it’s said to be very healthy.