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!
Reuben + Pho = Pho’wich
The mashup: Philadelphia chef Robert Legget loves pho and Reuben sandwiches, a man after our own heart. On a recent episode of Tony Luke’s Food Mashups show, he combined the two by braising pastrami in pho beef broth, then stuffing it into a toasted roll, and topping it with kimchi, Sriracha aioli, sprouts, jalapeño, cilantro, and Thai basil.
Staying power: High. All the flavor of a bowl of soup noodles delivered in a portable, hand-held format is obviously genius. Track down Legget’s BBQ food truck Guerrilla Ultima to taste it for yourself. (Photo: Food Mashups)
Pop Tart + Donut = Big Poppa Tart Donut
The mashup: San Diego’s Donut Bar has taken the totally unreasonable step of putting a pop tart inside a giant donut. The knowledge that this exists but is so far away we can’t eat is causing us Nietzsche-an levels of psychic pain right now. Although it’s probably for the best that we can’t access these pastries, since each strawberry-jam filled tart-donut weighs an entire pound.
Staying power: High. These permanent fixtures on Donut Bar’s menu are one of the reasons the two-year-old bakery has a line out the door most weekends. Maple bacon cinnamon rolls are another. (Photo: Facebook/ Donut Bar)
Burger + Burger + Burger etc. = Uber-Burger
The mashup: Perhaps less of a mashup than an act of idiocy, First We Feast staffers launched a carefully co-ordinated operation this week to collect ten burgers within a five-mile radius of the New York office, and combine them into one beefy stack. This protoburger is made up of the following building block burgers: Shake Shack, Smashburger, Checkers, Umami Burger, Five Guys, McDonald’s, Steak ‘n Shake, Burger King, Fatburger, and Wendy’s.
Staying power: Low. The only reason people (who really should have better things to do with their time) ever embark on such ridiculous endeavors is to see A. if they can get away with it and B. what will happen if they succeed. Now that those questions have been answered, recreating the Uber-Burger has no purpose. Although we have no doubt some will view this as a standing challenge to build something even bigger and more ridiculous. To which we say: bring it.
Funnel Cake + Cinnamon Roll = Fun Bun
The mashup: Saturday, March 28 marks the return of Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Festival. The 16-day extravaganza offers California residents and tourists the opportunity to try tons of limited-edition boysenberry treats. One of those items is the Funnel-Cake-Batter-Fried Cinnamon Roll Topped With Boysenberry Frosting, a.k.a. The Fun Bun. There will also be Boysenberry dessert flautus, which are even more exciting if you ask us.
Staying power: High. We can already see a copycat funnel-cake-battered and deep-fried cinnamon roll recipe on Buzzfeed. Watch the throne, Mr. Ansel. (Photo: Parks & Cons)