Flavours from the Pa­cific Rim

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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.

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