To Follow or Not to Follow a Trend? 4 Tips to Help You Decide

To Follow or Not to Follow a Trend? 4 Tips to Help You Decide

By Salar Sheik, Foodable Industry Expert

Trends are nothing new to us in the world of hospitality. As soon as we open our eyes and mouths, we see and taste fondue, martinis, gourmet burgers, protein everything, low carb, no gluten, or even Sriracha on Sriracha.

All trends seem to plateau sooner rather than later, but few ride along in full force before something takes its place or someone slanders its status. All types of foodservice outlets need to take note of trends and why they rise and fall. Quick-service, full service, fine dining, and caterers are all subjected to reviews as customers are quick to judge as soon as they read over your menu or glance over at your Instagram page and start to #hashtag.

Understanding the trend origins is key in judging which to follow or not to follow. Use the following tips as your guide.

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Taiwanese Cuisine Now Trending in Portland

Up until 2012, Portland did not have a single restaurant dedicated to serving exclusively Taiwanese cuisine. Yet over the last several years, Portland has welcomed not one but four unique Taiwanese restaurant concepts, and local diners are eating it up.

Perhaps the best known of the four is Portland's Wei Wei, a mom-and-pop type joint located in a local strip-mall, in addition to the others: Honey Toast, Taiwan Eats, and Oolong Yuan Cafe. Read More

Alt-Asian Cuisine Takes off in Portland

Portland is known for its adventurous, original dining options so it is no surprise that the fusion cuisine known as "alt-Asian" would find its home here. Alt-Asian cuisine refers to the growing number of restaurants in Portland that feature unique and admittedly inauthentic Asian-style cuisine.    

As Portland lacks the rich Asian ex-pat presence that West Coast cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Vancouver all share, the Asian culinary influence was left to locals to reinterpret. The result? Restaurants such as Kim Jong Grillin' serving up culinary inventions such as kimchi pizza and daikon wrapped hot dogs or Noraneko, a health food cocktail bar masquerading as a Japanese ramen den.  

Learn more about the growing alt-Asian food scene here.

Indonesian Cuisine: From Babi Guling to Nasi Goreng

Indonesian Cuisine: From Babi Guling to Nasi Goreng

Indonesian food simply doesn’t hold the same sway over American palates as other Asian cuisines, which is a shame because Indonesia has so much to offer. Even though Chinese takeout containers and Indian buffets have served as introductions to Asian cuisine, there are still parts of Asia that deserve a culinary introduction. Living in Southeast Asia has many charms, but it’d be a lie to say that anything beats the constant opportunities to try new food. 

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