Flavours from the Pacific Rim
The countries dotting the Pacific Ocean are having their day in the sun. From Oceania states to regions in the Americas, flavours from the cuisines in this area are catching on in culinary circles across the world. According to Whole Foods, shoppers are particularly keen on items such as guava, dragon fruit, longganisa (Filipino sweet sausage), shrimp paste and cuttlefish. In the UAE, Hawaiian-inspired poke bowls (pictured) – a dish that typically incorporates diced raw fish, fresh vegetables and grains – are certainly popular. A bunch of pokefocused restaurants have popped up in Abu Dhabi and Dubai over the past couple of years – Poke Poke, Poke and Co and Cali-Poke Californian Seafood House, for example – offering diners the option to customise their bowls. This is one trend, alongside the UAE’s taste for acai bowls, which shows no signs of slowing down.