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!
Dumplings + Breakfast = Brunch Dumpling
The mashup: Haute New York dumpling cafe Mimi Cheng’s had already won us over with their smores holiday dumplings, but they’re brightening the dark days of January with a new special: brunch dumplings. Available on weekends only, they’re filled with free-range scrambled eggs, maple breakfast sausage, cheddar cheese, and sautéed onion, and served with Sir Kensington’s ketchup for dipping.
Staying power: High. Although this special will disappear from Mimi Cheng’s next month (cue sad trombone), it’s surely going to inspire similar items at other restaurants. We’re kind of surprised it didn’t exist already.
Burger + Eggs Norwegian = Salmon Egg Burger
The mashup: Freshness Burger is a Japanese burger chain that’s already on our food bucket lists, by virtue of the fact that they have a gyoza burger on their menu. Now the chain is planning to introduce a breakfast burger with salmon, egg, lettuce, onion, and hollandaise sauce, that’s also available as a cheeseburger.
Staying power: High. According to Akihabara News, eggs Benedict is hot stuff in Japan and folks are willing to line up for hours to eat it. If that’s true, a fast-casual option is surely going to be a hit, if only so people can avoid waiting in the cold outside their favorite brunch spot. (Photo: Facebook/ Freshness Burger)
Pizza + Bagel = Tomato Mozzarella Supreme Bagel
The mashup: Most people agree that a bagel covered in tomato sauce and cheese is called a pizza bagel. But Dunkin Donuts isn’t most people. The chain is offering its Tomato Mozzarella Supreme bagel in select markets right now, along with another new item: chocolate croissants.
Staying power: High. Grub Street reports that Dunkin is planning to expand from 11,000 stores to 30,000 stores, and that the expansion model depends on selling non-donut items like these. Which means this pizza-bagel-by-another-name is probably here to stay, and that there’s more where that came from. (Photo: Dunkin Donuts)