Move over fashion and beauty! Today, Instagrammable food trends are taking centre stage. These days, food not only has to taste good but also look good — not that we're complaining, of course. But while we love a feast for the eyes that can easily earn us some likes on the 'Gram, we're definitely still big on taste. After sifting through the budding food trends this year, we found the best ones that guarantee a feast for both your eyes and your tummy.
Curious? Here's a cheat sheet on the latest Instagrammable food trends that won't disappoint your tastebuds. But be warned — an empty stomach while reading this would do you no good.
Sandos (short for the foreign term sandwiches) in Japan are common food items created by the locals for daily bento boxes or during hanami (cherry blossom viewing). Following their flair for anything cute and eye-catching, Japanese sandos are usually filled with delicious yet colourful ingredients in between two thick yet soft half-slices of bread. While a normal sando is already filling and appealing, the Wanpaku Sando kicks things a notch higher.
According to some research, Wanpaku is derived from a term often used to describe cheeky and mischevious children. This serves as an explanation for its colourful and energetic aesthetic. It succeeds another sando trend called Numasan, which is made popular by a couple who is said to be the creators of these trending thick and hearty sandwiches. Beating your ordinary BLT or clubhouse sandwich, this packs on at least seven or more layers of filling, from meats to eggs and cheese to veggies and more.
Tin can cakes
Preserved fruits, cookies, and even sausages are just some of the things that we expect to come in tin cans — that is until cakes came into the picture. Boasting a crisp texture on the outside and some delicious gooeyness on the inside, it grew popular in the Philippines with chocolate as the main flavour.
The appeal comes with the fact that tin can cakes are easier to deliver without worrying about wrecking the cake. Plus, because the tin is made of aluminium, it helps preserve the heat or chillness of the cake while in transit. Now, because of the high demand, it has expanded into different flavours, from red velvet to birthday cake to localised flavours like lime and ube. Sellers have also elevated the aesthetic of the cake's surface with varied toppings and piping.