In the realm of fusion cuisine, the innovative use of international sprinkles like Egyptian dukkah, Japanese furikake, and Mexican Tajín is leading a culinary revolution. Among these, dukkah, with its rich Middle Eastern heritage, takes centre stage, offering a blend of textures and flavours that can elevate any dish.
And, by weaving in the unique qualities of Japanese furikake and Mexican Tajín, chefs can create a tapestry of tastes that cater to the adventurous diner while standing out in a crowded market.
In this blog article, we explore how these flavours can be used in fusion cuisine, an approach that’s been inspirational for the Cheeky Food journey to date – and it’s future.
Dukkah: The Heart of Fusion
Dukkah, traditionally a blend of nuts, seeds, and spices, is used in Middle Eastern cuisine. Its versatility lies in its ingredients—toasted hazelnuts or almonds, sesame seeds, coriander, and cumin—which provide a crunchy texture and a nutty, spicy flavour profile.
Dukkah is usually used with bread or raw vegetables and olive oil for dipping. This easy yet delicious recipe can be used to add texture and flavour to even the simplest spread of flatbreads and vegetables. Integrating dukkah into dishes introduces diners to a world where textures and flavours collide in harmony.
At Cheeky Food we have taken the traditional dukkah recipe and given it our own Cheeky twist. We have replaced the toasted nuts in the dukkah recipe with crunchy toasted superseeds like pumpkin, sunflower and flaxseed. With it estimated that every 1 in 50 children and 1 in 200 adults living with a nut allergy, our Cheeky superseed dukkah helps make our customers menu more allergen friendly and accessible.
With the added benefit of healthy supersedes, the Cheeky Food dukkah is a must have in any middle eastern or fusion kitchen.
Our dukkah is not just a seasoning but a bridge between cultures, perfect for adding depth to vegetables, meats, breads, and even make a simple hummus humm.
Japanese Furikake: A Seaweed Symphony
Furikake adds another layer to the fusion flavour palette. This Japanese seasoning, made from dried fish, sesame seeds, chopped seaweed, and a mix of other spices, brings umami and a hint of the ocean to dishes.
At Cheeky we have created our own blend of Vegan furikake using delicious Scottish seaweed and unique ingredients like shallots and nutritional yeast to recreate the traditional Japanese umami sprinkle.
Our furikake can be used to elevate a bowl of plain rice, vegan sushi or even a platter of frozen gyoza to give it a fusion twist by adding a distinctly Japanese flavour that can enhance the complexity of these dishes.
Mexican Tajín: A Citrus Spice
Tajín, known for its tangy and spicy flavour profile, combines chilli peppers, salt, and lime. It introduces a zesty kick that can brighten dishes with its citrus notes. Tajín works wonders on fruits (yes try with a bowl of diced ripe mangoes or pineapple) and vegetables (steamed corn on the cob or chopped cucumbers).
When we first tried the Mexcian Tajin, we were so blown away by it’s chilli tanginess, that we knew we had to create it for our customers here in the UK. So we experimented with our chilly and tang and BANG! Our Salt, Chilli & Lime Sprinke was born.
With unique Asian flavours of tamarind and lime powder, to a mix of sweet paprika and hot cayenne – this sprinkle has the superpower to lift a bowl of steamed edamame, marinate chicken wings and even adorn the rims of a margarita.
Check it out here on the Wagamama menu
The Fusion Experience
The combination of dukkah, furikake, and Tajín exemplifies the essence of fusion cuisine – bringing together the best of different culinary traditions to create something new and exciting.
Restaurants and food businesses leveraging these sprinkles can offer dishes that are not only visually appealing but also rich in flavours and textures. Such innovative use of international sprinkles appeals to diners seeking new experiences, enabling chefs to experiment with cross-cultural dishes that captivate and delight.
The trend of fusion cuisine, with its focus on innovation and blending culinary traditions, finds a perfect partner in international sprinkles like dukkah, furikake, and Tajín.
These ingredients, each with its unique heritage and flavour profile, offer endless possibilities for creativity and differentiation. By embracing these versatile sprinkles, chefs and food businesses can cater to the adventurous palates of today’s diners, creating dishes that are a celebration of global flavours.
With Cheeky Foods you can continue to explore the boundaries of taste and tradition, one sprinkle at a time, making every dish a journey around the world! Contact us to find out more, or to request samples.