Trendy tea and the chickpea

Fare from the Far East has become a growing trend in fine dining, food trucks and everything in between. A fusion of Chinese, Laotian, Indian and Thai flavors, Burmese cuisine is forecast to flourish in the year ahead. Staples include already-trendy chickpeas and fermented tea leaves.

Burma Superstar in San Francisco serves such specialties as tea leaf salad, coconut chicken noodle soup and fried yellow bean tofu.

“Burmese is this wonderful compilation of some of the most recent trendiest Asian cuisines,” Ms. Moskow said. “Curries that aren’t as spicy but more sour and savory, which are also flavors that have been trending… Because Indian cuisine isn’t as approachable but is trendy, it’s sort of ‘India light’ in a way.”