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92 Ethnic Flavor Innovations

From Fried Shrimp Parfaits to Microwavable Bean Curries

— February 5, 2015 — Lifestyle
These ethnic flavor innovations range from fried shrimp parfaits to microwavable bean curries that are ready in mere minutes. As ethnic food becomes the norm in urban centers, fusion restaurants, convenient gourmet meals and unconventional desserts are on the rise.

While exotic foods used to be exclusive to culturally authentic restaurants, they can now be enjoyed right at home thanks to frozen and microwavable products that are both tasty and easy to make. In addition to DIY samosa recipes and microwavable Mandarin chicken meals, other standouts from this list include camp-ready micro meals that are pre-made and packaged for outdoor enthusiasts.

Restaurateur Jennifer Scism's Good To-Go range offers gourmet meals to camping enthusiasts who can enjoy dehydrated versions of Herbed Mushroom Risotto, Smoked Three Bean Chili and Thai Curry recipes.

In the fine dining sector, exotic garnishes like ants are being paired with fresh seafood while Japanese Wasabi ingredients are becoming used to create some unlikely recipes including cupcake and decadent truffle desserts.

When examining the grocery retail industry, the demand for e-commerce has spilled over into the food market, leading companies to set-up an abundance of meal deliveries and grocery subscription services. Along with these convenient services, companies are offering boxed gourmet meals and exotic spice kits that encourage creativity in the kitchen.
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Candy-Topped Italian Cakes
Candy-Topped Italian Cakes
This Cassata Siciliana Recipe Puts a New Twist on an Old Favorite
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91
Imitation Mexican Chili
Imitation Mexican Chili
Quorn's Mexican Chili is Made Using Non-Meat Grounds
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90
Spicy Indian Salsas
Spicy Indian Salsas
This Spicy Salsa Recipe Packs a Nice Kick
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89
Meat-Free Mandarin Chicken
Meat-Free Mandarin Chicken
Gardein's Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick'n is Vegan-Friendly
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88
Microwaveable Bean Curries
Microwaveable Bean Curries
Haldiram's Rajma With Jeera Rice is Delicious and Nutritious
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87
Crispy Thai Sprouts
Crispy Thai Sprouts
These Crispy Brussels Sprouts Are Infused with Spicy Flavor
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86
Chorizo Breakfast Tacos
Chorizo Breakfast Tacos
This Savory Breakfast Recipe Includes Potato Hash and a Fried Egg
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85
Italian-Influenced Matzo Recipes
Italian-Influenced Matzo Recipes
This Recipe for Matzo Gnocchi Soup is Perfect for Passover
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84
Homemade Vegetable Samosas
Homemade Vegetable Samosas
Canadian Living Creates a Recipe That Rivals Street Vendors in India
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83
Healthy Indian Recipes
Healthy Indian Recipes
BBC Good Food's Chicken Balti is a Lighter Version of the Classic Takeaway
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82
Persian Food Pop-Ups
Persian Food Pop-Ups
Chef Louisa Shafia's Lakh Lakh Pop-Up Brings Exotic Flavors to America
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81
Health-Conscious Cabbage Cafés
Health-Conscious Cabbage Cafés
The Windup Bird Café is Set to Oust Kale from the Spotlight
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80
Spicy Citrus Salsas
Spicy Citrus Salsas
This Fruit Salsa Recipe is Prepared with Clementines
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79
Fruity Chili-Flavored Desserts
Fruity Chili-Flavored Desserts
This Recipe for Mango Chili Sorbet is Refreshingly Spicy
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78
Restaurant-Quality Masalas
Restaurant-Quality Masalas
This Tikka Masala Recipe Replicates an Indian Restaurant Staple
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77
Paleo Nut Sauces
Paleo Nut Sauces
This Paleo-Friendly Satay Sauce Uses Almonds in Place of Peanut Butter
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76
Everday Epicurean Meat Dishes
Everday Epicurean Meat Dishes
The Moroccan Honey Lamb Ribs Bring Gourmet Food Home
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75
Refreshing Tomato Salads
Refreshing Tomato Salads
Wanderlust Kitchen's Recipe is a Cooling Summer Treat with a Spicy Kick
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74
Instant Noodle Gnocchi
Instant Noodle Gnocchi
This Traditional Italian Pasta Dish is Made from Ramen Noodles
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73
Homemade Butter Chicken
Homemade Butter Chicken
This Indian Dinner Recipe is Made with Tandoori Marinade
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72
Thai Chocolate Caramels
Thai Chocolate Caramels
This Unique Caramel Recipe Features Lemongrass, Fish Sauce and Limes
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71
Exotic Frozen Entrees
Exotic Frozen Entrees
Luvos' Easy Frozen Dinner Options Include a World of Flavors
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70
Sliding-Scale Organic Restaurants
Sliding-Scale Organic Restaurants
Pay What You Want at 'Lentil As Anything' Locations in Melbourne
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69
DIY Exotic Food Baskets
DIY Exotic Food Baskets
These ‘Passport Dinners’ Let You Go On a Culinary Adventure
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68
Microwaveable Curry Noodles
Microwaveable Curry Noodles
This Curry Noodles Brand is Better Known For Burgers and Hot Dogs
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67
Ramen Trail Mixes
Ramen Trail Mixes
This Crunchy Ramen Snack Mix is Made from Dehydrated Instant Noodles
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66
Nutty Open-Faced Sandwiches
Nutty Open-Faced Sandwiches
This Thai Sandwich Features Crunchy and Spicy Toppings
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65
Antioxidant Egg Rolls
Antioxidant Egg Rolls
This Chinese Egg Roll Recipe is Paired with a Spicy Pomegranate Sauce
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64
Wrapped Tortilla Burgers
Wrapped Tortilla Burgers
Tabu's Crunchwrap Burger Replaces Traditional Buns with Mexican Flatbread
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63
Asian-Influenced Burgers
Asian-Influenced Burgers
This Kimchi Burger Has Japanese and Korean Aspects Foodies Will Love
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62
Spicy Cucumber Recipes
Spicy Cucumber Recipes
The Pickled Plum's Kimchi Recipe Mimics a Korean Classic at Home
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61
Thai Squash Soups
Thai Squash Soups
This Butternut Squash Soup Recipe is Topped with Spicy Sriracha Seeds
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60
Seasonal Meatless Curries
Seasonal Meatless Curries
This Summer Vegetable Curry Recipe Packs a Ton of Flavor
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59
Stuffed Gourd Stews
Stuffed Gourd Stews
This Thai Curry Recipe is a Perfect Way to Warm Up the Fall and Winter
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58
Fried Shrimp Parfaits
Fried Shrimp Parfaits
Karafuneya Coffee's Ice Cream Desserts are Garnished with Seafood Bites
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57
Chunky Pistachio Truffles
Chunky Pistachio Truffles
This Savory Greek Yogurt Bites Recipe Features a Mix of Tasty Textures
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56
Speedy Maki Making
Speedy Maki Making
This Sushi Wraps Recipe Serves Up Japanese Cuisine in Just Minutes
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55
Asian Noodle Pies
Asian Noodle Pies
The Cupcake Project's Pad Thai Dish is Served as a Pie with a Peanut Crust
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54
Decadent Moroccan Burgers
Decadent Moroccan Burgers
This PornBurger Recipe Includes Strawberry Harissa-Slathered Lamb Belly
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53
Bahn Mi Macaroni
Bahn Mi Macaroni
This Mac and Cheese Recipe from the Vulgar Chef Incorporates Vietnamese Cuisine
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52
Avocado Yogurt Dips
Avocado Yogurt Dips
Two Peas and Their Pod Creates a Healthy and Creamy Mini Meal Recipe
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51
Peanutty Ramen Soups
Peanutty Ramen Soups
This Recipe Provides an Asian Take on the Classic Chicken Noodle Soup
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50
Romantic Fish Desserts
Romantic Fish Desserts
These Kamaboko Cakes Resemble Sugary Confections
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49
Fishy Chicken Wings
Fishy Chicken Wings
This Fish Sauce Chicken Recipe Replicates a Vietnamese Staple
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48
Crispy Zucchini Bites
Crispy Zucchini Bites
The Breaded Vegetable Goes Great with Spicy Sriracha Greek Yogurt Dip
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47
Alternative DIY Dishes
Alternative DIY Dishes
The Epicurious Christmas Eve Chinese Takeout Post Remodels Holiday Tables
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46
Lasagna Noodle Soups
Lasagna Noodle Soups
Platings and Pairings' Lasagna Soup Transforms a Classic Noodle Dish
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45
Fiery Tofu Squares
Fiery Tofu Squares
This Olives for Dinner Recipe Features a Tasty Kick of Sriracha
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44
Indian Food Ingredient Deliveries
Indian Food Ingredient Deliveries
Saffron Fix Will Deliver Ingredients for Indian Meals to Homes
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43
Indulgent Holiday Burgers
Indulgent Holiday Burgers
The Chronic-kah Burger Pays Tribute to Traditional Chanukah Flavors
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42
Peculiar Ramen Poutines
Peculiar Ramen Poutines
This Cultural Hybrid Poutine Cleverly Replaces Fries with Noodle Sticks
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41
Chili Cashew Noodles
Chili Cashew Noodles
These Spicy Noodles Give an Extra Kick to Ordinary Ramen
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40
Thanksgiving Sushi Rolls
Thanksgiving Sushi Rolls
This Untraditional Sushi Recipe is Filled with Thanksgiving Foods
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39
Soup-Inspired Sandwiches
Soup-Inspired Sandwiches
East Borough's Pho Baguette Saves You From Choosing a Soup or a Sandwich
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38
Speedy Thai Cuisine
Speedy Thai Cuisine
A Quick Pad Thai Recipe Makes the Most of Ready Frozen Ingredients
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37
Modern Korean Sauces
Modern Korean Sauces
The We Rub You Korean BBQ Marinade Brings Sweet and Savory to American Meals
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36
Pho-Inspired Cocktails
Pho-Inspired Cocktails
The 'Worthy F*cking Adversary' is a Pho Cocktail That Tastes Like Beef Soup
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35
Spicy Thai Lasagnas
Spicy Thai Lasagnas
The Luminous Kitchen's Lasagna Recipe Involves a Spicy Kick
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34
Frozen Indian Feasts
Frozen Indian Feasts
Haldiram's Frozen Thalis Bring Traditional Indian Cooking To Your Microwave
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33
Noodle-Infused Tacos
Noodle-Infused Tacos
This Ramen Taco Mixes up a Favorite Mexican Dish
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32
Fragrant Curry Recipes
Fragrant Curry Recipes
This Butter Chicken Recipe is a Take on an Indian Classic
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31
Scrumptious Sushi Burritos
Scrumptious Sushi Burritos
The Geisha’s Kiss Sushi Burrito Combines Both Asian and Mexican Flavors
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30
Spicy Asian Pizzas
Spicy Asian Pizzas
Heather Christo's Bahn Mi Pizza Fuses Italian and Asian Cuisine
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29
Exotic Gourmet Infant Food
Exotic Gourmet Infant Food
This Spiced Baby Food Recipe Will Make Your Baby Smile
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28
Instant Noodle Burritos
Instant Noodle Burritos
The Ramenrito Offers Ramen Noodles as a Burrito Topping
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27
Decadent Salt-Based Menus
Decadent Salt-Based Menus
Armani/Aqua's New Menu is Inspired by Global Varieties of Salt
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26
Crunchy Taco Pizzas
Crunchy Taco Pizzas
Pizza Hut Korea's Latest Pizza is Meant to be Eaten Folded Like a Taco
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25
Boozy Wasabi Truffles
Boozy Wasabi Truffles
These Chocolate Truffles are Infused with a Vodka Made from Wasabi Peas
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24
Ramen Sushi Rolls
Ramen Sushi Rolls
This Sushi Cleverly Substitutes White Rice for Instant Noodles
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23
Baked Pasta Poppers
Baked Pasta Poppers
This Meatball-Featuring Spaghetti Recipe Makes Unique and Tiny Tasty Treats
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22
DIY Meatless Mexican Meals
DIY Meatless Mexican Meals
This Bean and Butternut Burrito is a Savory Salsa Dish
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21
Exotic Astronaut Food
Exotic Astronaut Food
Space Kimchi
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20
Pasta-Sushi Hybrids
Pasta-Sushi Hybrids
This Unique Dish Blends Italian and Japanese Cuisine
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19
$3,000 Curry
$3,000 Curry
Bombay Brasserie Garnishes Lobster With Caviar & Edible Gold
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18
Authentic Global Spice Kits
Authentic Global Spice Kits
These International Spice Kits Add Special Seasonings to Dishes
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17
Exotic Meal Kits
Exotic Meal Kits
The Destination Dinners Box is an All-in-One Tasty Meal
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16
Cheesy Kimchi Breads
Cheesy Kimchi Breads
This Cheesy Bread Recipe is Topped with Kimchi Butter and Six Cheeses
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15
Exotic Asian Hotdogs
Exotic Asian Hotdogs
The Asian Dog Restaurant Offers Hotdogs with Asian-Inspired Toppings
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14
Mexican Restaurant-Store Hybrids
Mexican Restaurant-Store Hybrids
This Mad Mexican Outlet Offers Dine-In and Retail Options
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13
Social Sri Lankan Seasonings
Social Sri Lankan Seasonings
The Spicy Gourmet Supports Small Farmers Through Fair Trade
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12
Korean Frozen Foods
Korean Frozen Foods
The Aijinomoto Rice Bowl Set Provides Easy to Prepare Bibimbap
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11
Wasabi Caviar Crepes
Wasabi Caviar Crepes
This 'Lox on Crepes' Recipe Packs an Unusually Spicy Punch
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10
Spicy Condiment Cakes
Spicy Condiment Cakes
These Wasabi and White Chocolate Cupcakes are Bursting with Sweet Heat
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9
Curry and Wasabi Chocolates
Curry and Wasabi Chocolates
Spice It Up With Vosges Exotic Truffles
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8
Meatless Avocado Eggrolls
Meatless Avocado Eggrolls
The I Wash You Dry Appetizer Adds a Little Green to a Take-Out Favorite
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7
Super-Sized Phyllo Desserts
Super-Sized Phyllo Desserts
The Baklava Pistachio Cake is a Unique Way to Serve the Classic Sweet
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6
Upscale Wasabi Sliders
Upscale Wasabi Sliders
The SlapFish Food Truck Tuna Sandwich Item is Asian Fusion-Themed
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5
Crazy-Flavored Lollipops
Crazy-Flavored Lollipops
Bourbon, Wasabi-Ginger and Real Coffee Sweet Treats
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4
East Asian Latte Desserts
East Asian Latte Desserts
The Vietnamese Ice Coffee Panna Cotta is Creamy and Delish
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3
Scrumptious Spaghetti Muffins
Scrumptious Spaghetti Muffins
These Spaghetti Muffins are the Perfect To-Go Dinner Option
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2
Salmon-Infused Sushi Salads
Salmon-Infused Sushi Salads
This Cook Kosher Recipe Offers a Bizarre Take on a Japanese Classic
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1
Sushi-Inspired Vegetarian Snacks
Sushi-Inspired Vegetarian Snacks
Cucumber Feta Rolls are a Quick Treat to Whip Up for Guests
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