Find fusion cuisine in Camberwell
Article posted: August 21, 2020
Fusion cuisine blends two or more cooking traditions together to discover new flavour and texture combinations and push the boundaries of modern cooking.
Food fusion can bring together cuisines from different countries, regions or subregions like South-East Asia to create new culinary offerings.
Chefs and cooks also experiment by creating dishes belonging to one culture with the flavours and ingredients of a different culture.
Japanese celebrity chef and restauranteur Nobu Matsuhisa rose to fame for combining traditional Japanese dishes with Peruvian ingredients in a style of cooking known as Nikkei.
His signature dish, black cod in miso, and Nikkei delicacies became sensations, helping him expand his restaurant business around the world.
Then there are food mash-ups like the cronut, a croissant-doughnut pastry invented in New York, and the turducken, which is a chicken inside a duck, inside a turkey.
The history of fusion cuisine
Food fusion has occurred organically for hundreds of years thanks to immigration, trade, and less peaceful developments.
However, restaurants and chefs have been actively experimenting with fusion cuisine as we know it today since the 1970s.
Austrian-American chef and restauranteur Wolfgang Puck is one of the biggest names in fusion cuisine, testing the boundaries with combinations like buffalo chicken spring rolls and ‘designer pizzas’ made with smoked salmon, crème fraiche, and caviar.
In Australia and the US, fusion cuisine has had more of an impact due to their relatively short histories and lack of culinary traditions compared to the rest of the world.
A new style of international cuisine was born out of France in the 1960s and ‘70s, known as nouvelle cuisine.
This game-changing cooking style emphasised lightness and freshness over the richness and heaviness of traditional French cuisine.
Nouvelle cuisine inspired new thinking and culinary innovation that supported the growth of fusion cuisine around the world.
In Europe, there are also fusion cuisines made up of culinary customs of neighbouring countries such as France and Belgium.
Some examples of French-Belgian cuisine are magret de canard aux cerises, which is a duck breast dish with cherry sauce, as well as carbonnade de boeuf à la flamande, a Flemish beef stew.
Asian fusion cuisine combines the culinary traditions of various Asian countries, with Asian fusion restaurants growing in popularity around the world.
Take Filipino cuisine, which blends the different cuisines of Spain, China and the US with native ingredients and culinary customs.
In the Philippines, pancit palabok incorporates native smoked fish flakes, sauce made with annatto seeds from Mexico, and rice noodles and tofu from China.
Malaysian cooking is another example of fusion cuisine, mixing Malay, Javanese, Chinese and Indian traditions, in addition to British, Thai, and Dutch culinary influences.
For example, Malaysian seafood laksa and Singapore fried noodles draw flavours and influences from numerous cuisines.
Modern Australian cooking is a form of fusion cuisine, drawing on the variety of cooking styles that have immigrated to the country over the years.
While much of Australian cooking was steeped in the country’s colonial past, waves of immigration from the Mediterranean and Asian regions introduced new cuisines after the Second World War.
Known as contemporary Australian cuisine or Mod Oz, this style of cooking often creates different cuisines with local produce.
Examples include roast barramundi with green curry, Chinese broccoli and snake beans, as well as smashed avocado on toast with edamame, dukkah, and chilli.
Find fusion cuisine, including modern Australian food, in Camberwell
Shop 1, Camberwell Fresh Food Market, 519 Riversdale Road, Camberwell, 3124
(03) 9882 0151
371 Camberwell Road, Camberwell, 3124
(03) 9042 2447
10 Prospect Hill Road, Camberwell, 3124
(03) 9882 8661
3 Cookson Street, Camberwell, 3124
(03) 9882 8995
9 Evans Place, Camberwell, 3124
(03) 9191 7370
768 Burke Road, Camberwell, 3124
(03) 9995 3168
2 Burke Avenue, Camberwell, 3124
(03) 9813 1333
695 Burke Road, (Opposite St John's Church), Camberwell, 3124
0451 723 902
347 Camberwell Road, Camberwell, 3124
(03) 9041 1796
Rear, 586, Burke Road, Camberwell, 3124
(03) 9804 0155
159 Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East, 3123
(03) 9813 1623
893 Burke Road, Camberwell, 3124
(03) 9813 3566
2A Prospect Hill Road, Camberwell, 3124
(03) 9882 7359
Shop 109, Camberwell Place, 793 Burke Road, Camberwell, 3124
(03) 9813 3302
Shop 4, 480 Riversdale Road, Camberwell, 3124
891 Burke Road, Camberwell, 3124
482 Riversdale Road, Hawthorn East, 3123
(03) 9882 8728
259 Camberwell Road, Camberwell, 3124
(03) 9882 8646
227-229 Camberwell Road, Camberwell, 3124
(03) 9882 6699