We’re in an age of mashup-food mania, a time in which a new frankenfood unveils itself everyday. To help you keep up with all the new hypebeast snacks on the scene, we’ll be doing a weekly roundup of ridiculous mashup foods you need to know about right now, and ranking them on staying power. Read on!
Rice + Burger = Rice Burger
The mashup: New York’s first rice burger restaurant is opening next month, reports Bedford+Bowery, using “buns” of steamed and grilled rice. The Japanese snack can already be found on a menu or two around the city, but Yonekichi will offer six or seven varieties including an eel and avocado version.
Staying power: High. At least that’s what the owners are gambling on by opening a dedicated, single-item restaurant. And if business is a little sluggish, Yonekichi could always try lure health-conscious hipsters in by billing itself as the gluten-free ramen burger. (Photo: MOS Burger)
Baklava + Milkshake = Baklava Milkshake
The mashup: A Foodbeast writer who stopped at the Mad Greek Cafe in Primm, NV reported that this dessert shake is “laden with thick chunks of fresh baklava.” Apparently the real payoff is at the bottom of the cup, where bits of syrupy, nutty filo pastry have been quietly biding their time and saturating themselves with ice cream in preparation for your mouth.
Staying power: High. I may or may not have a tiny drool stain on my lap after reading that description, plus it’s a permanent menu item at both the Primm, NV and Baker, CA locations. It just so happens that both towns are on the road between L.A. and Vegas, so you could order it twice; we’re pretty sure the “what happens in Vegas” rule applies on the drive. (Photo: instagram.com/bookofelie)
Gummy Bears + Bratwurst = Gummy Bear Brat
The mashup: We’ve just come across this candy sausage, but it’s actually been a top seller for years at Grundhofer’s Old Fashioned Meats in Minnesota. It was born of a jokey suggestion from a friend, but has been so wildly successful that Grundhofer’s now crowdsources new flavor proposals through its website.
Staying power: High. The ursine bratwurst has already proven it can last, and according to Metro it’s even spawned imitators in Minneapolis and Austin. We’ve also got to give props to Grundhofer’s for not resting on its laurels, and continuing to come up with other wacky combinations like grape Kool Aid and pizza brats. (Photo: Facebook/ Grundhofer’s Old Fashioned Meats)
Tomato + Beer = Toma Toma Sparkling
The mashup: Okay, there isn’t actually beer in this, but I’m not really sure how else to describe a sparkling tomato drink that’s 4% ABV. The Suntory product is now on sale in Japan and will be available through the summer, reports RocketNews24. The news site also reported in a taste test that the lightly carbonated drink is closer to the consistency of beer than regular tomato juice.
Staying power: Medium. Toma Toma appears to occupy the halfway point between a Bloody Mary and sparkling cider—in the U.S. that would be unlikely to fly, but since I’m less familiar with Japanese palates I’m going to hedge my bets. This is a country known for producing carrot and tomato flavored Haagen-Dazs, after all. (Photo: Entabe)