What does the word fusion mean to you? To some it means combining music of different genres. To others, it’s the potential of clean nuclear power yet to be discovered. Other people become thirsty for a popular brand of blended fruit juice. Fusion is the combination of two or more separate things to make one end product. So, how would you define fusion cuisine? Wikipedia defines it as the combination of “elements of various culinary traditions while not fitting specifically into any. The term generally refers to the innovations in many contemporary restaurant cuisines since the 1970s”. Based on this definition, some people may believe that restaurant menus that include separate dishes inspired from different cultural backgrounds make it fusion cuisine.
These same people may think that having Italian Eggplant Parmesan, French Coq au Vin, Greek Moussaka and Japanese Oden share one menu is fusion cuisine. Simply put, it is not. That would be called an international menu and there’s nothing wrong with that; but it’s not fusion cuisine. Wikipedia’s definition is a good start but let’s remove some ambiguity by taking it a step further by stating that true fusion cuisine is the combination of two or more ethnic influences into one single dish creating a sum greater than its parts or, at least, that’s the intent. It is this type of culinary combination that we will explore on Examiner.com’s Dallas Fusion Food Channel.
The most popular type of fusion cuisine in Dallas is Asian fusion which is a combination of ingredients and technique. It typically involves, but is not limited to, the Asian, American and European cooking styles and ingredients. If fusion cuisine sounds difficult to create, that’s because it is. Anyone can add an assortment of ingredients to a dish but it takes a really capable and passionate chef to prepare it in a way that doesn’t seem hodge-podge. The end goal is a multi cultural flavor that seems naturally homogenous regardless of its origin. Places like Chow Thai Pacific Rim in Plano, Abacus in Dallas or The Fish in Oak Lawn are successful examples of fusion cuisine. This channel is dedicated to providing more insight into this topic and you are invited to join us along the way.