Saturday, April 7, 2018

Fusion Food

I just witnessed my son, Rodney, tossing 2 slices of cheddar cheese into the pot of Tom Yam flavoured instant ramen  he was cooking. "Fusion food, Ma!", he quipped, in response to my grossed-out face.

Actually, he wasn't wrong. Isn't fusion food after all, borderless? The hubs eats lasagna with kimchi! Korean-Italian fusion, he says!

I am a big fan of fusion food, but not lasagna with kimchi or cheese with ramen though!
Fusion food is like pairing the best of two cuisines together to make a dish that's better than each on its own.  I love Bahn Mi (Vietnamese ingredients inside a French inspired baguette). Yummmmm! Cheese naan (oven baked Indian flatbread heavily stuffed with gooey melting cheese), Thai Tom Yam Pizza, Japanese-Italian fusion pasta... these are all my favourite foods.

Have you tried Chinese style baked cheese rice? Apparently, it is very popular in Hong Kong. Essentially, it's pork chops on a bed of fried rice, topped with mozzarella cheese. Chinese-Italian fusion, if you will. It's Josh's favourite.

Here's the recipe to share.


6 pork chops
oil for frying

1 tbsp Chinese wine
1 pip garlic, minced
2 tsp salt
a pinch of ground black pepper

1 cup flour
2 eggs, beaten (for coating)

6 cups cooked rice
2 eggs, beaten
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp oil

4 large tomatoes, diced
6 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
½ cup chicken stock
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp sugar
ground black pepper

250 g cups grated mozzarella cheese
⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese


Marinate pork chops for at least an hour.
Dip marinated pork chops in beaten egg. Coat with flour.
Pan fry pork chops until golden brown. Set aside.

Using a wok, heat oil until smoking point.
Add rice and salt and stir fry for a minute.
Make a well in the middle of the wok , pour in beaten eggs. Allow the eggs to set just a little before scrambling gently. Mix the rice and egg and stir fry for another minute.
Remove from wok and  set aside.

In a bowl, mix tomato ketchup, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, chicken stock and cornstarch. Set aside.
SautĂ©  garlic and diced onions until the onions turn transparent. Add diced tomatoes, followed by the sauce mixture. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes.
Place the  fried rice in a casserole, followed by the pork chops. Pour in the sauce and then top with the cheeses. Bake in a  preheated oven at for 220°C for  15-20 minutes or until the cheeses are browned.


So what's your favourite fusion food?

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Sandee said...

Oh the pork chops sound really good. I had pork chops last night that were very good, but I think I'll try your version. Yummy.

Have a fabulous day. ♥

Michele Morin said...

Fusion food! I love that term!

A GAL NEEDS said...

Oh my gosh! To die for! And also love that term! Gonna use it often!

stevebethere said...

Now that looks and sounds delicious I want some now LOL

Have a slurptastic week :-)

Teresa Kindred said...

Wish I had that for supper tonight! Thanks for stopping by NanaHood!

alissa apel said...

My mouth is watering. Anything with cheese on top is wonderful!

This Scribbler Mum said...

This looks good! I like dishes like this. Will definitely try it! #BloggerClubUK

Cathy Kennedy said...

I can't think of any fusion foods I like better than it's original counterparts. The Hong Kong Baked Rice sounds good. Not sure if I'm willing to go the extra mile to make it, though. :) I'm not a huge rice eater. Thanks for visiting and joining my WW linky party today!

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Claire Justine said...

This looks so tasty :) Making me hungry.

Amanda McCusker said...

That looks delicious!

Marie Moody said...

The Hong Kong Baked Rice looks pretty good and I'm sure my grandkids would go for it, but not sure about hubby or me for that matter. Rice does funny things to my system and hubby's. Gotta watch what we put in our bellies these days. The curse of getting older... but thanks for the recipe for when the kids come over! ~hehehe~ Have a great day! hugs

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

I don't think I have ever had anything fusion, it sounds good though.

Tracey Radford said...

Looks and sounds delicious! Love a bit of fusion.. keen on chilli in my Irish stew!

Heather Keet said...

This looks absolutely amazing!!! I love fried rice and I love cheese. #GlobalBlogging

Jenny Curtis said...

These look great, pork chops always come out dry when we cook them but a marinade would sort that out, never thought of doing that! #FabFridayPost

Mrs Tubbs said...

Yum! I've got most of those ingredients in my cupboards so I've pinned this for later as it looks delicious. Although I'm not great with weighing things out in cups although I do have a set ...

Jacqui said...

That looks absolutely delicious! #globalblogging

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Looks good!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by and for leaving such a kind comment on my post about my nephew and thanks for your prayers.....

Mellie said...

That recipe looks and sounds so good! A lot of Cajuns will put creole seasoning on EVERYTHING, so I guess that counts as fusion food! LOL!!

Sarah Stockley said...

I love a bit of fusion food. We made Moroccan style meatballs last week. #FabFridayPost

Mary (cactus catz) said...

I love fusion food. It was very popular in California. Burrito with thai food inside. Arizona doesn't do things like that as much and I miss it.

Coombe Mill said...

It looks delicious and a bit different too #KCACOLS

Jessica Powell said...

I've never really tried any fusion food but the idea is really cool! I love the look of this recipe. :)

Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time!

Madeline Littlejohns said...

I've not eaten that much fusion food, but this recipe sounds like it would be really quite nice! x #KCACOLS

Awdures said...

Mmmm cheese with everything! Not good for the cholesterol levels but meh! I love fusing cheese and fruit with regular salads plus halloumi new potatoes and roasted peppers/ Italian begetables JUST LUSH #KCACOLS

Ruth Hilbrown said...

This sounds good, although I think I'd have to spend hours in the kitchen to make it! I suppose I inadvertently eat or make a lot of Mexican fusions with other types of cuisine. #kcacols

Sarah Barber said...

Looks a great recipe to try! #KCACOLS

GorgeousGsmama Blog said...

I’ve never heard of fusion food. Or if I had I didn’t quite register what it means. Thanks for putting it so simply. I love it. So next time I make what I call a mish mosh dinner I can now sofisticatedly day it’s fusion food daarling lol.

Thanks for linking this up to #KCACOLS

Carol Cameleon said...

I do love the idea of fusion food. The best of both worlds/foods! #kcacols