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Chicken Katsu Burger, please! UK’s love for food fusions creates new wave of hybrid cuisines

  • Just Eat research reveals a growing trend in Brits giving classic takeaway dishes an adventurous twist
  • Chicken katsu burger, dessert pizza and Southern Fried Duck tops list of nation’s favourite food fusions
  • Just Eat launches three-day street food festival to cater to fusion taste buds

Brits are pushing culinary boundaries with their own twists on classic takeaway dishes, making way for a new wave of hybrid cuisines in the UK. According to new research, many Brits are creating ‘food hacks’ - adding a simple twist to their favourite dishes to make it even more enjoyable.

The poll of 2,000 respondents by Just Eat, the leading global marketplace for online food delivery, revealed that the top combinations - real or imagined - were wild and wacky fusions of Britain’s most loved takeaway dishes.

From Chicken Katsu Burger to Dessert Pizza and Southern Fried Duck

Top of the list was the Japanese-American hybrid, the Chicken Katsu Burger, which takes breadcrumb chicken in a rich Japanese katsu curry sauce, served in a toasted bun instead of rice.

It seems people would forgo traditional pizza toppings such as pepperoni for sweeter ingredients as a Dessert Pizza, also made the top 10.

Other fusion dishes in the top 10 included Southern Fried Duck – a cross between southern fried chicken and Chinese favourite Peking duck pancakes, Hamburger-rito - a twist on the classic burrito, using grilled chopped beef burger, bacon, cheddar cheese, onion rings and lettuce within a burrito wrap, and a Bhuna Burger, made with succulent beef burger fried in Indian spices and served in a bun with fried green peppers and shredded onions.

According to the report, Chinese and Indian are the favourite foods to mix and match, creating a new fusion cuisine dubbed “Chindian” by eaters.

Those in Portsmouth are the king of ‘food hacks’ as almost one in three (29%) revealed they order different takeaways together to make a fusion takeaway dish at home. The report also found that Oxford is the least adventurous city when it comes to creating their own hybrid dishes.

Professor Charles Spence, Professor of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, who helped carry out the research, remarks that food hacks are not surprising as many of our favourite foods stem from hybrids. Professor Spence commented:

“As a nation we’ve been receptive to new ideas and flavours for centuries. Most food we eat today is actually a fusion of cuisines. Our very own Fish and Chips for example is mix of Jewish, French and Belgian cuisines.”

“As the world gets ever more closely linked, so do the cuisines - and so inevitably we are going to see more hybrid dishes such as a fusion of Indian and Chinese – “Chindian”, it’s a really exciting part of modern culture.“

“These combinations show Britain’s two obsessions: love of food and love of wordplay. Conversation and words are very much associated with food in this country and having clever names for dishes is not just amusing – science shows it actually improves the taste.”

Just Eat Food Fest: Fantasy Fusions takes place in London, 20th - 22nd July

To celebrate the growing trend of ‘food hacks’ and hybrid dishes, Just Eat has launched a street food festival to excite our fusion taste buds.

Just Eat Food Fest, which is now in its third year offers three days of live music, cocktails, and for the first time food that celebrates our favourite takeaway dishes - with a fantastical twist. Guests will be transported to an insta-worthy world of playfulness, complete with slides, photo booths and ball pits, bringing feel good summer vibes.

The event takes place in Shoreditch, London on 20th - 22nd July 2018, and the line-up of restaurants includes British Takeaway Awards winner Joe & Za’, who will serve Spiced Pumpkin Latte pizza, Indigo Indian Street Food, serving Onion Bhaji buns, and Bird, the original fried chicken & waffles joint, serving southern fried chicken on sweet waffles with a honey butter topping. All the food on offer will be provided by restaurants available to order on Just Eat.

For more information on Just Eat Food Fest: Fantasy Fusions visit: www.just-eat.co.uk/london/foodfest

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