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The Hottest Asian Food Trends for 2017

From sweet-savoury desserts to trad Chinese breakfasts and Japanese-accented snacks, we reveal the hottest Asian food trends for 2017.

Miso desserts

We’re mad about miso in cleansing soups and savoury dishes, but in 2017 expect to see this nutty soybean paste popping up in more desserts, too. We’re swooning over the miso, chocolate and caramel fondant at Saké in The Rocks, and mad about Andrew McConnell’s miso and apple soft-serve at Supernormal in Melbourne.

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Poké

Ok, so technically poké hails from Hawaii, but there’s no denying its Japanese roots. Bowls of sushi rice topped with sashimi, edamame beans, nori seaweed and sesame have been one of summer’s hottest hits. Try it at Poké Me in Melbourne, Love Poke in Sydney or newcomer Suki in Brisbane.

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Matcha

From cakes and lattes to burger buns, matcha is painting the town green. Try this Japanese green tea at Chanoma Cafe in Sydney, Matcha Mylkbar in Melbourne or the matcha ice cream at Wagaya in Fortitude Valley.

matcha

Seaweed

And not just any seaweed: one that tastes like bacon! Not only does this red marine algae taste like one of our favourite pork products, it’s also reported to be twice as healthy as kale. That’s a double YES from us!

seaweed

Congee

This trend may be nothing new to our Chinese and Taiwanese fans, but congee looks set to shine in Australia in 2017. This wholesome rice porridge is having a moment at Magic Mountain in Melbourne, where it comes topped with snapper or chicken balls, and at Billykart West End in Brisbane, brimming with spanner crab and scallops.

For more 2017 cooking inspiration, read our foodie New Year’s Resolutions.

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