We’re living 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!
Pho + Burrito = Phorrito
The mashup: I wonder if Foodbeast staff writer Peter Pham realizes that when he writes things like “Komodo invited us to come out and try their new pho burrito,” a lot of people feel bad about how their lives turned out? The L.A. food truck and cafe that brought you kimchi nachos is now shilling a soup-less pho in wrap form; it contains thinly sliced rib-eye, noodles, bean sprouts, onions, herbs, and jalapeño, and is topped with a squeeze of lime and a side of Sriracha.
Staying power: High, obviously. Why else would Foodbeast readers be hate stalking their high school careers counselors on social media right now? (Photo: Facebook/ Komodo)
Poutine + Burger = Poutine à la Burger
The mashup: We gotta hand it to Burger King, who are killing it when it comes to culturally appropriate offerings. We’re talking beef-free Whoppers in India, a cranberry sauce Whopper in Japan (although tbh that would probably be more suited to the States), and now this: traditional poutine (french fries, cheese curds, and gravy) with chopped-up burger patty bits, pickles, mustard, and ketchup.
Staying power: High. Beef and gravy are already best buds, and pickles should cut through the richness of poutine nicely. Unless BK really messes up one of the components, this should be a simple case of 1+ 1 = 2. (Photo: Burger King)
Oreo + Biscuits = Oreo Biscuit Bites
The mashup: Church’s Chicken customers are pretty devoted to the fried chicken chain’s honey-butter biscuits. In light of how popular they are (and possibly to boost sales over a traditionally quiet period of the year), Church’s is putting out a bite-sized biscuit with vanilla icing and crumbled Oreos in the dough, available December 1–28.
Staying power: High. Church’s Chicken hasn’t messed with their biscuit recipe in 52 years; we’re guessing they wouldn’t break that streak with a poorer version of one of their most popular products. Or, as food expert Elena Bergeron told FWF earlier, “I definitely want to try this and the future flavor experiments because if anyone knows what they’re doing with biscuits it’s fucking Church’s.” (Photo: Church’s Chicken via USA Today)