6 Favorites: Ethnic Flavors

Everywhere diners and restaurateurs alike are celebrating diverse ethnic flavors. Check out these 6 popular favorites!


Italian food is the most popular ethnic cuisine, with 61 percent of surveyed consumers saying they eat it frequently, according to the National Restaurant Association’s “Global Palates: Ethnic Cuisines and Flavors in America” report. There’s nothing quite like ripe tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and all the other distinctive ingredients use in Italian cuisine.


South of the border flavors are unique and characteristic. Tacos and enchiladas may be the staples of Mexican cuisine, but flavors vary depending on the region. Northern Mexican flavors include rice and beans served along with grilled meats. Southern Mexico serves up dishes with black beans, limes sauces and seafood.


One thing that makes Thai cuisine so delicious is the use of pastes. These are traditionally made from whole spices and herbs ground together in a pestle and mortar or food processor. Pastes usually start with onions, garlic, and chilis. Then, other spices and herbs are added, such as lemongrass and coriander.


Curries, samosas, and naan bread. The Indian craze is just now starting to boom. Spice palates differ from cook to cook but the bases for any Indian cooking include turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin and cardamom. The warmth and richness of Indian cuisine contributes to it’s increasing popularity.


Mediterranean foods are rich in lean proteins, like chicken, fish and legumes; fresh fruits and vegetables; whole, unprocessed grains; seeds and nuts; healthy fats like olive oil; and a limited intake of dairy and red meats. This combination all adds up to a very well balanced diet, which is why there is growing popularity for Mediterranean eats.

Sushi / Sashimi

Twenty-one percent of surveyed consumers ages 25-35 say they eat sushi or sashimi at least once a month. Among Millennials who are frequent ethnic cuisine eaters, 38 percent say they eat it at least once a month. Sushi is fast becoming a go-to meal for lunch, dinner and in-between.

Information courtesy of National Restaurant Association and Fix.com


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