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Crossover Cuisine, Culture Vulture,Batman and Glissando

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Crossover Cuisine

It’s the culinary equivalent of Monsoon Wedding, where immigrants to foreign shores create a cuisine that adjust flavours of the motherland to new passport reality.

Nonya: Blend of Chinese ingredients and Malayan spices that met when Chinese migrants married Malays in Singapore. Best dishes? Otak Otak, fish curry and Itek Tim duck soup. A delectable ode: Amitav Ghosh’s The Glass Palace.

Tex Mex: A cheap cooking cliché, #conceived when the Texans met Mexicans. Birthed by Hispanic ‘Chilli Queens’ hawking beans and nachos instead of home food, pork in adobo.


Cajun: The sappy spicy seafood gumbos or stews that invaded Louisiana’s kitchens when the Acadians taught America to eat okra. And that...

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