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Fusion food: Caribbean-Asian recipes

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Island-inspired Asian food

Ready to celebrate Caribbean-Asian cuisine with recipes crafted by Chef Carlos Jorge? Chef Jorge, chef extraordinaire of Solu restaurant at The Resort at Singer Island, just off the coast of Florida, is a master of fusion food, particularly island-inspired flavors with an Asian flair. Read on for secrets of his culinary success and a few of his sensational recipes - an easy way to enjoy the island life at home.

Chef Carlos JorgeA diamond in the rough

Located on a quiet island just off of Palm Beach, Florida, The Resort at Singer Island is a diamond in the rough. One of the only hotels on Singer Island, the resort is peacefully surrounded by the sparkly blue Atlantic Ocean and soft sand beaches, offering a much-needed escape from the typical fast-paced, everyday life.

Opened in 2007, The Resort at Singer Island has a soothing luxury spa, two pools (one with a waterslide for the kids), a fitness center, a world-class restaurant, Solu, helmed by chef Carlos Jorge, and great deal more for those looking for an island get-away. This all-suite resort is not only a quiet respite, it is also a family-friendly retreat with a top-notch kids club. The area surrounding Singer Island is a virtual billionaire's playground, but you don't need billions to enjoy it.

More than 100 first-class golf courses can be easily accessed from Singer Island along with one of the best polo grounds in the country, a luxury shopping center (even just for browsing), and delicious restaurants. Singer Island and The Resort at Singer Island are the perfect place for a weekend getaway or a week-long retreat for the mind, belly and soul.

About Chef Carlos Jorge and Solu

Celebrating the cuisine of the sun and sea, Solu takes diners to the Far-East and the Caribbean islands without leaving the country. Chef Carlos Jorge, an alum of the Raleigh Hotel on South Beach where he worked with acclaimed chef Eric Ripert, and Mercer Kitchen and Butter in New York City, combines his Puerto Rican heritage with his own blend of Asian-inspired flavors.

Some of Solu's specialty dishes are fresh fish ceviches, seared Florida grouper with a spicy Caribbean sancocho broth, and plantain mofongo. Chef Jorge focuses mostly on seafood, as he is close enough to the source, that he can get first-rate fresh fish and shellfish on a daily basis. The rest of the ingredients for his seasonal menu come from the local West Palm Beach GreenMarket and local farmers and artisan suppliers.

Chef Jorge says his menu is "inspired by flavor combinations I was brought up with. I tweaked and refined dishes I remember as a child, especially the rustic fair that I grew up eating."

Another inspiration for his menus is "travel, living by the ocean, and living on the beach." Chef Jorge says "I believe food is art, just a different medium, so all different things give me ideas on what dishes to create. You just have to look around and you will be inspired."

Make your recipes your own

Although Chef Jorge is a world-class chef, he shares one secret of his success for the aspiring home cook. "Never follow a recipe. If you do, you have to taste, taste, taste because along the way, you can find a completely different destination and make the recipe your own."

Although Chef Jorge says never to follow a recipe, you can recreate some of his favorite dishes with the recipes below (while making it your own), but – if you can – visit Solu to experience his food first-hand.

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