Melbourne has long been known as the fashion capital of Australia but in recent times there’s been a new kind of ‘on trend’ focus sweeping our state. I'm talking of course about food trends. You know the ones – cafes serving coffee every colour of the rainbow, breakfast with a side of popping candy, burgers that resemble the Leaning Tower Of Pisa and people trying to sell Nutella on a spoon, I kid you not. With all the trending frenzy on Instagram, the dishes and cuisines that have stood the test of time have been cast into the shadows. Until now! Dishes and their makers that spend more time focusing on flavour rather than fads will truely find them #InstaFamous.
Let’s hero the humble dishes, whilst probably lacking in the photogenic department, tastes phenomenal.
- The first fab over fad food is (drum roll) Dal! This sloppy, spiced bowl of Indian goodness makes my heart sing. It’s comforting, warm and really good for you. Keep an eye out for pulses that are adequately broken down giving the dish a wonderfully creamy and consistent texture.
- Always on trend food is Laksa. There’s actually over 30 different types of Laksa in Malaysia but here in Australia we love our coconut based broths. When it comes to a great Laksa I judge it on a few elements. Firstly, funk and flavour. Laksa’s shouldn’t be overly polite to your palate – it should give you a real awakening. Look out for funky, complex, sour, spicy and sweet all at once whilst still being balanced. Secondly, are the garnishes. They are as important to the dish as the broth itself. You want to see an array of soft, crunchy and herby goodness like Vietnamese mint, dried shallots, boiled eggs and even sambal. All this talk of food is making me hungry so straight onto my last fab not fad dish is…
- The good old burger. Now this one sits a little on the fence between fab and fad but there’s an easy way to pick a winner. Simply ask yourself, would you actually want to eat it again? I don’t know about you, but for me, a good burger comes down to uncomplicated quality ingredients. I’ve never had a craving for a burger with three types of meat, an egg, fried donut and seven slices of cheese, have you? So keep it simple, look out for free range protein options where you can, fresh salads (pickles are not a salad) and bread that actually resembles bread.
Go forth and try all the things! And remember, there’s nothing more delicious than something made well.