It’s alive! Strange food—or frankenfood—is everywhere. From the gut-busting, Double Down sandwich at Kentucky Fried Chicken (fried chicken replaces the bread) to the Cronut, the croissant-meets-donut pastry which launched hours-long lines in New York City, restaurants and home chefs are going to great lengths to create weird and exotic food combinations. Whether you’re a junk food addict or on a health kick, here are seven strange foods that may make an appearance at your next meal, if you dare.
When Asian and Mexican food join forces and make a baby, the results are usually delicious. Just follow the famous Kogi BBQ food truck for proof. But the latest Asian-fusion-craze is less inspired. The sushi burrito (or sushirrito) is basically a burrito with raw ingredients like salmon and tuna that kicks the tasty tortilla for a big sheet of nori. If this sounds like a messy, sushi roll you eat with your hands (instead of chopsticks) you’re right.
2. Ramen Burger
The humble hamburger has taken a lot of abuse over the years. It’s been doused with sautéed veggies, guacamole and countless unnecessary sauces, but the ramen burger takes the burger wars to an obscene level. Picture fresh USDA Prime ground beef chuck sandwiched between two “buns” made from freshly-cut ramen noodles. The outrageous dish has become a sensation in New York City and Los Angeles.
3. Doritos Locos Tacos
Taco Bell has always been on the forefront of pushing snacking limits (and pushing out our waistlines). The fast-food chain upped the ante with its ridiculous Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco. Imagine a Taco Bell taco—which is already pretty bad for you—made out of Nacho Cheese Doritos. It’s a couch potato’s dream come true, and it's delicious.
4. Cap’n Crunch Delights
After eating your Doritos Locos Tacos, why not wash them down with some Frankenfood for dessert? Taco Bell introduces Cap’n Crunch Delights, which are basically warm donuts coated in Cap’n Crunch cereal with ooey gooey stuff in the middle. Even breakfast isn’t safe anymore.
5. Avocado Desserts
Strange foods aren’t just junk food. In the pursuit of healthy deliciousness, folks get very creative. One of the most popular ingredients in raw and vegan cookbooks is avocado. The healthy fat can do more than star in guacamole or avocado toast, it’s the basis for desserts—yes, desserts-- like chocolate pudding, ice cream, mousses and cakes.
6. Bean Brownies
Like avocados, beans are a popular food substitute in healthy desserts. You’ve probably heard of replacing oil and fats in brownies with black beans but that’s just the beginning. Health nuts swear that black beans, garbanzo beans and navy beans can make cakes, brownies and other sweet treats taste just as creamy and delicious. One of the most outrageous recipes combines garbanzo beans and chocolate chips to make faux cookie dough. P.S. I’ve made this recipe and it tastes more like hummus than what grandma used to make.