Anthony Bourdain smiling in New York
The Fusion Cuisine Anthony Bourdain Wanted Everyone To Be Aware Of
The late chef Anthony Bourdain once said that if there's one national dish that everyone should know, it's immigrant food, namely Korean American fusion cuisine.
As an assimilation technique, fusion slowly introduces non-familiar foods in a blend of culinary stylings. Today, Korean American fusion can be found across the country.
Thursday Kitchen in Manhattan serves up fusion tapas like Korean popcorn chicken and kimchi paella, and Crisp is a Korean-style fried chicken hub in downtown Chicago.
Perhaps the most impactful aspect of fusion cuisine is its powerful potential as an uniter and its ability to showcase heritage.
"The history of the world is on your plate," Bourdain explained, "One of the joys of traveling and eating is you find out who's cooking, and why, and where these things come from."