By understanding the characteristics of different foods and how they combine, you can offer unique and delightful dishes on your menu. Here are a couple of ideas to help you create new and exciting combinations.
Appearance & Texture
Bring out the promise of freshness and flavour with colours. Use ingredients of various shapes, sizes and textures to create new layers of depth and appeal to your dishes.
The five basic tastes are sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami ("savouriness"). Explore different combinations and intensities to create interesting and unique dishes.
Try combining food with varying serving temperatures to add an interesting twist to familiar dishes. This will appeal especially to Adventurous Diners.
The most popular cooking methods in Southeast Asia are wok-frying, deep-frying, grilling, simmering and braising. Try combining them to create a dish with more complex flavours and textures.