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Volume 4 | Issue 06

June 6, 2018

Global Grab & Go


From the hawker centers of Singapore to the roadside taquerias of Mexico—fresh and flavorful street food can be found all over the world. The desire for convenient, delicious fare is universal—in fact, the global fast food market is expected to reach almost $691 billion by the year 2022. Whether it’s bao stuffed with pork belly and a drizzle of hoisin sauce, bean and cheese pupusas served with spicy cabbage slaw, or empanadas filled with ground beef, raisins and green olives—dishes inspired by street fare have the power to make an impact on your menu. And even if faithfully authentic recipes aren’t in line with your customers’ needs, you can still introduce the trend to patrons in an approachable way. Consider condiments, spreads and dipping sauces with globally inspired flavors, perfect for burgers, chicken tenders, wraps or any number of handheld items that guests already know and love. Think harissa aioli, Thai peanut sauce or apple-mustard spread. Premium touches like these will add flavor excitement to a familiar item, instantly! 


Food halls, push carts and sidewalk vendors are purveyors of some of the most memorable cuisine across the globe. And many signature street foods from cities far and wide are showing strong growth opportunities onto American menus. 

Fresh takes on sandwiches, tacos and finger foods are just some of the ways to infuse global flavor into your guests’ favorite dishes. Try our new recipe ideas for inspiration! 


Vietnamese Bánh mì Chicken Sandwich
Dress up a flavorful, colorful bánh mì with a tangy signature sandwich spread—sriracha-lime mayo made with Custom Culinary® Master’s Touch® Sriracha Lime Flavor Concentrate.
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Mediterranean Style Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Flavored Panini
This pressed flatbread sandwich features the flavors of Italy, including a relish made with Custom Culinary® Gold Label Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce, balsamic vinegar and basil.
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Pollo Con Ancho Street Tacos
These flavorful tacos are filled with chicken thighs marinated in Custom Culinary® Master's Touch® Southwest Flavor Concentrate, Ancho Flavor Concentrate and Gold Label True Foundations™ Chicken Stock Concentrate; a cabbage and Gold Label Jalapeno Relish slaw; and Gold Label Latin-Style Citrus Chili Sauce-infused Greek yogurt.
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Citrus-Chili Cuban-Style Sandwich
Amp up flavor in a classic Cuban by braising pork shoulder in Custom Culinary® Gold Label Latin-Style Citrus Chili Sauce and topping with a spread of mayonnaise and Gold Label Latin-Style Citrus Chili Sauce.
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Thai Roasted Peanut Lettuce Wraps
Crisp lettuce cups are filled with sautéed chicken and vegetables, mixed with Custom Culinary® Gold Label Thai-Style Roasted Peanut Sauce and served with an orange-peanut dipping sauce.
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Tahini Kibbeh
Minced spiced lamb with onion, mint, cilantro and garlic, stuffed in a bulgur-based dough and baked to a golden brown, served with Custom Culinary® Roasted Pepper Tahini Sauce.

Guanciale and Kale Arancini
Risotto folded with Custom Culinary® Kale and Walnut Pesto and formed around rendered guanciale, fried to a golden-brown and served with Custom Culinary® Gorgonzola Alfredo Sauce.

Apple-Mango Pani Puri
Hollowed puri fried until crisp, stuffed with a rich Custom Culinary® Apple and Mango Chutney and chana masala, served with Custom Culinary® Tamarind Ketchup for dipping.

Saffron Spanakopita
Twenty layers of phyllo dough brushed with roasted garlic butter, wrapped around a mixture of baby spinach, feta and Custom Culinary® Saffron Tomato Jam, then fried to a golden brown. 


A world of flavor can be found in our portfolio of sauces, chutneys and flavor concentrates. Here’s a sampling of our offerings, perfect for handheld menu items.


  • Kale and Walnut Pesto
  • Roasted Pepper Tahini Sauce
  • Apple and Mango Chutney
  • Tamarind Ketchup
  • Gorgonzola Alfredo Sauce
  • Saffron Tomato Jam 
*Products are customized; please contact your Custom Culinary® representative for more information.


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FlavorIQ® enables our customers' growth and success by approaching the creation of customized solutions with a bold mix of expertise, aspiration and curiosity. We develop unique products, menu concepts and "gold standard" flavor delivery systems, meeting the requirements of our customers today and anticipating their emerging needs, too. The opportunities we identify for operators and food manufacturers on a global scale are rooted in a deep understanding of the culinary arts, sensory science, consumer insights and food science. Our ultimate goal? Innovation without limits.