These 2018 food trends are already available on our shores

These 2018 food trends are already available on our shores

Ready for it?

Text: Janice Sim

Corn-based nuggets and elderflower cocktails? Bring it on

A quick recap of 2017:  We've seen the likes of sea vegetables, fermentation techniques, and even holographic sheens dominate the food and drink scene worldwide. But with a new year comes brand new food trends to be obsessed about. Thanks to Whole Foods Market's elite pool of global buyers and experts, America's healthiest grocery store chain has revealed the top food trends to anticipate for the year ahead.

The best part? We won't need to wait for them to hit our shores. In fact, some of them might be closer than you think. To get you ahead of the hungry pack, here are five food trends that are already available in Singapore. You're welcome. 

1. Feast from the Middle East

Spices like harissa, cardamon and za'atar are now finding their place in dishes like shakshuka, grilled halloumi, and lamb. Middle Eastern culinary influences have been circulating around for years, but it was only a matter of a time before this tasty tradition became mainstream. Apart from entry-level foods like hummus, pita, and falafel, the world is now ready to delve deeper into traditional and classic ingredients of Middle Eastern cultures.

2018 food trends

Try the trend at: Kazbar Savory Middle Eastern ExperienceQasr Gille & Mezze Bar

2. Super Powders

Fancy a sprinkle of health to your diet? Superfood powders are easy to incorporate into your everyday foods like coffee, smoothies, and baked goods, while lending a ton of nutritional benefits. This is the perfect solution for the average working adult looking for a quick, fuss-free supplement. For instance, powders like maca root and coconut oil (MCT) can provide an energy boost and aid in weight loss.

2018 food trends

Try the trend with: dr. MCT PowderNavitas Organic Maca Powder, iHerb

3. Floral flavours

Do lavender lattes ring a bell? From adding edible whole flowers and petals into dishes, to infusing botanical notes into drinks and snacks, most of our local eateries and restaurants have already started to weave elderflower and hibiscus into their signatures. In a nutshell, it's a trend that's easy to love. This 2018, floral inspo will finally be in full bloom.

2018 food trends

Try the trend: Buckwheat Crepe from PlentyfullElderflower Spritz from Jigger and Pony

4. Puffed and popped snacks

While crunchy chips will always have a place in our hearts, things that are puffed, popped, and dried are ultimately better for our bodies as they don't involve any frying or baking. As the world gravitates towards a cleaner diet, the demand for healthier alternatives is bound to rise. Think popped cassava chips, puffed rice clusters, and seaweed fava chips.

Try the trend with: Nature's Superfoods Organic Quinoa PuffsYes Natural Organic Brown Rice Original Rings, Redmart

5. Plant-based meat alternatives

It all comes down to sustainability. With emerging technologies, science is now able to manipulate plant-based ingredients to appear and taste just like meat. Don't believe us? We challenge you to try it for yourself. With a stronger awareness and appreciation for delicious and cleverly disguised products, it also sparks a small victory for the vegan community. Here's to tofu burgers and micro-fungus nuggets.

2018 food trends

Try the trend at: QuornVegan Burg

To see all the food trends predicted by Whole Foods Market, click here.