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Top 10 Food Trends For 2019

If you’re a foodie and you love to try food trends that are hot and happening, you’ll enjoy finding out about the Top 10 Food Trends of 2019. These trends are gaining traction already. By the new year, a lot of people will be enjoying so many of these exciting new food trends, from Japanese fried pork cutlets to personalized foods that are designed to suit their DNA and beyond. Whether you love exotic cuisine or simpler, more conventional fare, you’ll find something on the list that is well worth sampling. At Babbletop, we love to discover the freshest trends in food. These trends are taking the world by storm and will be everywhere next year. Be sure to expand your culinary horizons by trying one or more of these trends after the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.

10. Katsu Are Japanese Fried Pork Cutlets

If you’re a pork lover, ring in the new year with a steaming plate of pork Katsu. These Japanese pork cutlets are usually served with rice and cabbage salad. Head out to a Japanese eatery to enjoy them, perhaps with a little Sapporo or sake, or make your own. To prepare pork Katsu at home, you’ll need boneless pork chops, salt and pepper, an egg, Panko breadcrumbs, flour and oil for frying. You’ll find that whipping up these tasty pork cutlets isn’t too complicated. In fact, it’ll probably be fun. You’ll be making a trendy recipe that you can prepare again and again. If you’re not into pork, make chicken Katsu instead. It’s also a popular Japanese dish, although it won’t be as happening in 2019 as the Japanese pork cutlets will.

The cabbage salad served with pork Katsu is a Japanese take on coleslaw. If you love meat and you’re a coleslaw fan, this trendy Japanese meal idea will be right up your alley. While you may already enjoy a lot of Japanese fare, including sushi, sashimi, tempura and teriyaki, there is more to discover when it comes to traditional Japanese food. In my opinion, a great Japanese meal is more decorative and delicious than almost any other type of cuisine. Japanese food makes me feel great, too. While I’m not into pork, I may give pork Katsu a try in 2019. Trying new dishes is a great way to branch out. Katsu may change my mind about pork. You never know.

9. Taiwanese Fare Is Taking Over

Bubble tea isn’t the only Taiwanese treat. Residents and tourists in big “foodie” destinations, such as L.A. and the Big Apple, have been trying out less famous dishes with Taiwanese origins. Examples include drunken chicken, fly’s head, beef noodles flavored with fragrant anise and pungent “stinky” tofu. Fly’s head is really on trend for next year. It’s made with ground pork, black beans that have been fermented, chili and garlic chives.  

If you’re curious about the interestingly named, “stinky tofu”, you should know that it’s extremely popular in Taiwan. It’s a dish that many people love, although it does have its critics. Made from fermented tofu, it’s got a very strong smell, which has been likened to the strongest blue cheese, or wet, dirty socks. The deep-fried version of stinky tofu generally has the most pungent aroma. This dish is not for the faint of heart. If you’re not afraid of the most intense flavors, it may be right for you. If you’re feeling adventurous next year and want to try something new, finding a Taiwanese eatery that offers fly’s head or stinky tofu, or both, will be fun. 

8. Food From The “Stans” Is Gaining Popularity

When people immigrate from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, and these countries are also known as the “stans”, they bring their culinary traditions right along with them. Food from the stans used to be referred to by the catch-all term, Turkish food, but the new term, “stans”, is a better indicator of exactly where this type of cuisine originates. “Stans” cuisine is all about Eurasian flavors. For newcomers to the food of the stans, there is so much to discover. This food features some delectable seasonings, including chive, garlic, spinach, parsley, tarragon, cilantro and dill. While these seasonings may not be new to you, finding a restaurant that offers this type of food, or finding an authentic recipe and making it yourself at home, will be the best way to see how how meat, liver, beans, eggplant and noodles are prepared in the stans. In the new year, treat yourself to a tasty Kazakh Beef Soup, or another traditional “stans” recipe. Find a local eatery that offers this trendy fare or make it yourself. 

7. Chinese Hot Pot Eateries Will Be Jam-Packed 

If you’re craving Chinese food in 2019, go for Szechuan Chinese food. Find a hot pot eatery that’s authentically Szechuan Chinese and then partake of a steaming communal hot pot with your friends, co-workers or family. A lot of new hot pot restaurants are popping up in North America, to meet increased demand. Examples of chain restaurants that offer this kind of trendy fare include Hubby Cattle, Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot and HaidiLao.

If you love the experience of sharing food, this 2019 food trend will be fun to try. You’ll be able to chat with your table-mates as all of you dip veggies, tofu and meat into a swirling, seething hotpot. Once your morsels are cooked in a hotpot, you may dip them into a garlic and sesame oil sauce and enjoy their rich, complex flavor profiles. During the cold-weather months, the appeal of Szechuan Chinese hot pot rises even higher. Eating hotpot is a great way to warm up from the inside out. It’s also an awesome social activity.

6. Personalized Foods Will Be On The Menu 

If you take the “food as fuel” approach, this particular trend may intrigue you. In 2019, more and more people are going to send in blood tests and DNA swab tests which allow them to receive customized diet plans that are based on their own blood test results and DNA information. There is a company offering these ultra-personalized diet plans right now. It’s called Habit. If you choose Habit, you’ll need to drink a special drink before taking your samples. There may be other companies that provide the same service. When you opt for this type of service, you’ll send in samples and then await information about exactly what you should eat.

Some people are able to eat a range of foods and feel great and healthy, while others should be more focused in terms of what they consume. While some people might not put much stock in the personalized food trend, others really believe in it. Some people are advised to seek out more fat as a source of fuel, while others are encouraged to eat more fiber. People who get the tests do tend to make an effort to follow their plans. It’s a fascinating new way of eating that is based on hard science. 

5. Modern Consumers Will Want More Protein

Lots of people try to follow diets that are high-protein, such as the Keto Diet and Atkins. They want more protein because it facilitates weight loss. If you’ve ever gained weight eating bad carbs, and lost weight when you gave them up or cut down on eating them, you already know that opting for protein over carbs is a solid weight loss strategy. While weight loss results always vary, many people have gotten good results by eating more protein, such as beef, versus carbs.

In 2019, consumers are going to be looking for more high-quality protein sources. Beef sales are expected to rise due to consumer demand. Nose to tail eating styles are also in vogue. Nose to tail is about eating almost every part of an animal. Some chefs embraced the nose to tail trend long ago. It’s also been popular in certain cultures, such as the Philippines, for ages. While some of us may find that the nose to tail trend makes us squeamish, it is practical, as there is little or no waste. Naturally, vegetarians will cringe at the whole nose to tail movement, but veggie fare is also gaining popularity and this creates a bit of balance. 

4. Look For Inventive Flavors With A Global Vibe

If you love the idea of food fusion, don’t hesitate to experiment with a blend of global cuisine styles in just one dish. For example, you might try a sushi burrito that’s loaded with roe, raw fish, sticky rice and avocado and wrapped in a traditional burrito tortilla. In 2019, menu items that incorporate more than one global style are going to be in demand.

Fusion cuisine is inventive and fun. It’s a break from the tried and true. Middle Eastern flavors are expected to be very popular. for example, spices mixes from Jordan, Turkey and Palestine may be prevalent in fusion cuisine. Mint, jam made from tomatoes and Tahini are fusion cuisine ingredients to watch for next year. Also, keep an eye out for fusion food with a bit of Indian inspiration. Indian flavors that are likely to surface in fusion cuisine in 2019 include curry, cardamom and sesame. While you’ll have to trouble finding fusion cuisine at restaurants, there’s no reason why you can’t come up with your own recipes. Think of two food styles that you love and then devise a creative way of combining them in one dish. For example, you might add a traditional Asian sauce to Italian Gnocchi, or something like that. Have fun with it. 

3. Food Brands With Gen Z Values Will Be Prized

Gen Z’ers are very mindful when it comes to choosing food brands that echo their own values. This is why you’ll see more food brands marketing to Gen Z customers, by sharing brand stories and brand messages that resonate with younger, hipper customers. Gen Z’ers generally want non-GMO brands. They’re more likely to buy organic and they appreciate independent companies that produce food in eco-conscious ways. Brands that offer “real food” will also be very popular with Gen Z’ers next year. Younger customers don’t want a lot of filler or artificial ingredients in the foods that they consume. They are looking for brands which will offer more food purity. They are searching for authenticity from companies that produce foods. Brands like Eden Foods, which aren’t new, but which have great reputations because they are offer non-GMO foods that are completely organic, will have an edge with modern, young Gen Z’ers. New brands will try to get that type of credibility. Younger consumers know a lot about what they want from food and what they don’t want. 

This food trend ties into another current food trend, which is transparency from food providers. Gen Z’ers and some other want to know exactly what’s in their food. Some fast food restaurants, such as Panera, spearheaded this trend by offering complete nutritional information about their menu items, long before it was really trendy. Companies that are transparent about their ingredients and how those ingredients are produced will become popular next year, or hang onto their popularity. 

2. Veggie Cuisine Will Be Hotter Than Ever 

Whether you’re a vegetarian or just enjoy the odd Meatless Monday, you should know that vegetarian cuisine will be trending in 2019. According to Uber Eats, vegan food is also going to be a red-hot trend next year. The food delivery service reports that many customers ordered plant-based foods during 2018 and Uber Eats anticipates even more veggie-based orders in 2019. Examples of popular dishes ordered by health-conscious and ethics-conscious consumers included hummus and avocado toast. Avocado toast was undoubtedly the hottest food trend in 2018. Will any other dish eclipse avocado toast in 2019? Time will tell… As people become increasingly concerned with health and wellness, anticipate a rise in alternative protein sources that are vegetarian, such as seitan and tofu. Pumpkin, chia, farro, bulgar and agave are hot vegetarian ingredients that people are more interested in these days.

It’s pretty easy to find good vegetarian food in most cities these days. It’s also easy to whip up tasty and hearty veggie stir-fries at home. It does feel good to eat meals that don’t require the slaughter of animals. While some people eat vegetarian only sometimes, they may find that they want more of this type of food next year, for health and ethical reasons. Vegetarians and vegans do need to pay careful attention to nutrition. They need to ensure that they’re getting all of the right nutrients. However, a lot of vegetarians and vegans are very educated about how to give their bodies what they need. 

1. Spring Pancakes From Northern China Will Trend

Spring pancakes from Northern China are easy to eat. They’re street food. They’re also becoming very popular in other countries. There are two main forms of Northern Chinese spring pancakes and they are Chunbings and Jianbings. Chunbings are Northern Chinese spring pancakes which look a bit like burritos. They feature wheat flour wrappers which hold a host of delicious fillings, such as stir-fried veggies and braised proteins. People feast on Chunbings or other “bings” during a special day known as lichun, which celebrates the advent of spring. Hence the name, spring pancake. These spring pancakes emerged during the Jin dynasty and have been popular since the days of the Tang dynasty.

Jianbings aren’t as similar to burritos. They are more like crepes and contain egg fillings and savory and sweet sauces. Jianbings really hit the spot for breakfast. If you haven’t tried Northern China spring pancakes, you should know that they’re on trend for 2019. They are a form of street food that many people outside of China are starting to learn about and appreciate. Jianbings appeared thousands of years ago, in Northern China, so they are very traditional. How a jianbing is made will depend on where in China it’s made. People in China line up for these treats. They taste fantastic and that’s why they are becoming popular outside of Northern China. Now that you know the top 10 food trends for 2019,  you’ll be ready to test out one, a few or all of these trends. Food is an important part of everyone’s lives. We all need to eat and trying new food trends makes it easier to enjoy variety and novelty while we nosh. Without culinary experimentation, meal prep or dining out may get a little bit boring. Now that you’re inspired, why not start sampling these trendy foods or eating style today? There is always something new to discover when it comes to food.

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