The challenge now for chefs is to elevate these street food classics into restaurant-quality dishes. Here are some simple steps you can do to create easy appetizer recipes that may become your restaurant’s next bestseller.
1. Give your Dish a Healthy Twist
Street food has the notorious reputation of being greasy and unhealthy, like the Dakgangjeong (deep-fried boneless Chicken Nuggets coated in a spicy sauce) of Korea or the Kwek-kwek (deep-fried orange quail eggs) of the Philippines. Don’t worry -- a bit of fried food won’t hurt, but for the health-conscious diners, you may need an arsenal of healthy recipes. Try grilling instead of frying, or even lessening the amount of oil used works like a charm. You can even create vegetarian versions or ketogenic diet recipes for those with special dietary needs. And if your guests can’t bear to part with the deep-fried crispy goodness that street food has to offer, you can even add it on top of salads!
2. Use Different Ingredients
The same old dishes can be boring for diners, most especially given that everyone else is doing the same thing. It even means more competition, so you need to step up your game to stand out! Get away from all that noise and just add a creative twist to your dishes with the use of Asian ingredients. Try using Yuzu to add acidity instead of lemons, or Sriracha instead of peppers to add heat. Or better yet, check out trending ingredients and use them to create bestselling dishes.
3. Add Flair to your Presentation
You eat with your eyes too -- not just your mouth. Visual presentation is very important for a dish to stand out, and it can even make a dish look expensive. Instead of just serving your dish with some garnish, try something eye-catching. Hollow out your pineapple and use it as a bowl for your Pineapple Fried Rice. You can even do the same for coconut, especially for soups. Apply sauces and garnishes that add a pop of color and complement the flavors of your dishes. The objective is to add to the dining experience and create a feast for the senses. You’ll be the talk of the town for sure!
Get Started with these Easy Appetizer Recipes!