If You're Tired Of Traditional Christmas Dinner, Try These Trendy Foods Instead It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — and I don’t just mean all the tinsel strategically placed around your living room , the decorations lining every department store window from here to Timbuktu.
No, Christmas , in all its deliciousness, has made its way into our pantries, with mince pies slowly replacing wholemeal bagels, strawberry jam making way for cranberry sauceAnd, in the same way our pantries have succumbed to tasty traditions associated with the holiday season, so, too There’s nothing more versatile than the crispy and creamy texture of decadent pork belly, according to Chris Yan, Head Chef of Lotus Barangaroo.
“I’m Chinese and we basically have pork belly in our blood,” he says.
Yan, who boasts the culinary pedigree of restaurants such as Billy Kwong and China Doll, believes that pork belly has ingrained itself so much into our food culture that it is no longer an ingredient found solely on Chinese menus anymore.
“Roasted pork belly would be my first choice for Christmas,” he says.
“Crispy skin and melting pork belly is near irresistible.
It’s also a good alternative for your traditional Christmas ham, if you want to try something different.
He also recommends seasoning the pork belly with a few wild and wonderful Australian ingredients — a forte he often incorporates into his Chinese dishes at Lotus.
, have our dining plates given way to food trends over the past year.
“It is not only one of the best-looking ingredients to decorate a Turkish plate with but it adds a depth of tart sweetness,” he says.
Chef and owner of award-winning Anason, Somer Sivrioglu sings praises for an ingredient that is steeped in Turkish heritage and tradition — the pomegranate Long gone are the days of truffle oil’s reign, such as was the case in 2013, and our blenders aren’t lined with the greenish tinge of kale anymore This year, a procession of ingredients have shifted the parameters of culinary trends , and all of them can provide a tasty twist on the traditional Christmas dinner.
Three renowned Australian chefs offer their insight into the flavors of 2016 , and offer ways to incorporate them into the most gluttonous dining event of the year.