AFN 2020 Takeaways: Year in Review

AFN 2020 Takeaways: Year in Review

Find out your top recipes, food trends, and cooking videos this year, and more.

While it's been a tough year, food has never let us down and gave us a reason to smile - through surprise food deliveries from your friends or homecooked meals made by your loved ones. More than ever, people have been experimenting in the kitchen and trying out new recipes this year. So without further ado, here are some of your favorite dishes in 2020: 

Top Searched

Olive fried chicken, inspired by hit Korean drama, Goblin.

We see you and your chicken cravings! This juicy protein comes out top on our most searched list, and it's easy to see why. Fried, roasted, grilled, braised or stewed, chicken is the go-to meat for your favorite comfort foods including Chicken Rice, Sticky Honey Soy Chicken Wings, and Grilled Chicken Satay

Other popular recipes that you've searched for include desserts, no gluten and Chinese food

Related: 10 Ultimate Finger-Licking Chicken Recipes

Top Cuisine

Ayam penyet with rice and sambal.

The best part about cooking is that you're able to "travel" and enjoy different cuisines in the comfort of your own home by trying out recipes from other countries. This year, Indonesian food reigns supreme with well-loved dishes that offer rich savory flavors with a spicy kick. From mouthwatering mains like Soup Buntut (Oxtail Soup), Bakso Malang and Ikan Pepes, to addictively sweet snacks like Martabak Manis and Kue Cubit, Indonesia has a delicious range of dishes to tantalize your taste buds.

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Top Recipes

A bowl of Soto Ayam.

Given the top searched term and the top cuisine, it's no surprise that the top recipe is an Indonesian chicken dish. Soto Ayam is a spicy chicken soup that is often served with ketupat (rice cakes) or vermicelli noodles. Turmeric contributes to its earthy peppery flavors and signature yellow hues. Comfort food at its best, a bowl of this delicious soup will instantly brighten your day.

Other recipes you love include Kimchi, Martabak Manis, Mochi Donuts and Healthy Pineapple Tarts.

Top Desserts

Sweet mochi donuts.

Everything you want and need in a post-meal treat, these Mochi Donuts deservedly take the top spot in your dessert list in 2020. Covered in a sticky sweet icing sugar coating, they are delightfully crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. This tasty recipe is also gluten and dairy free so it can be enjoyed by those who are lactose intolerant or those on a gluten free diet.  

Other desserts you love include Salted Egg Baked Donuts, Pandan Kaya Pancake Rolls, Ube Macapuno Pandesal and Moss Jelly.

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Top Food Trends

Korean fried chicken.

Food trends come and go, but it seems that Korean Fried Chicken is still all the rage in 2020 - no doubt, spurred on by the Hallyu wave that shows no signs of stopping. Perhaps, with the travel restrictions, having a plate of this crispy fried chicken might be the closest you can get to rubbing shoulders with your favorite Korean idols and K-Drama actors. That being said, you can't deny this dish of its own merits. After all, who can resist tender juicy chicken covered in a sweet and spicy yangnyeom sauce?

Other food trends that you can't get enough of include Salted Egg and Soto Ayam

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Top Food Destinations

Mango sticky rice.

While you love Indonesian cuisine and crave Korean fried chicken, your top food destination is actually Thailand! Seems like everyone is Missing Thailand, Missing Thai Food. With their classic tom yum soup, rich green curry, punchy papaya salad and sweet mango sticky rice, nothing beats authentic Thai dishes from the gritty Bangkok streets.

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Most Watched Video

Buttermilk Chicken.

You just can't get enough of this Buttermilk Chicken, and it's completely understandable. Juicy morsels of fried chicken coated in a creamy buttermilk sauce with a touch of heat, what's not to love about it? After watching this 40 second-video, you'll be able to learn how to make this perfectly wholesome dish for your friends and family. It's a win-win for everyone!

Other videos you love to watch include How to Make Tempura.

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Most Watched Facebook Video

Rendang paste.

While the Buttermilk Chicken caught your attention on our website, this How to Make Rendang Paste video garnered the most views on our Facebook page this year. This spice paste has earned your thumbs up with its versatility and aromatic flavors. Prepare it ahead of time and place it in airtight re-useable containers to store in the fridge for up to 1 month, or in the freezer for up to 1 year. With this instant homemade spice paste, making rendang has never been easier. 

Other videos you love to watch on AFN Facebook include Kung Pao Chicken Spaghetti, Sambal Udang Petai and Ube Cheese Pandesal.

Most Commented Facebook Video

Dalgona coffee 3 ways.

The most buzzworthy post naturally goes to this Dalgona Coffee video. Taking the world by storm this year, Dalgona Coffee broke the internet with its aesthetically pleasing appearance and creamy caffeine-fuelled flavors. With only four main ingredients and 20 minutes to make, it's an easy way to unleash your inner barista and make a stylish café-style beverage in your own kitchen.

Other videos you love to comment on on AFN Facebook include How to Make Rendang Paste, Ube Cheese Pandesal, Shrimp Lo Mein, and Vietnamese Shrimp and Glass Noodles.

Top Instagram Post

Kale lemak.

Many hearts were sent for this creamy Kale Lemak, making it your top Instagram post this year. Everyone's superfood is given an Asian twist in this recipe. High in nutrients, antioxidants and minerals, kale is cooked in creamy coconut milk and a fragrant blend of spices to create a dish that's not only healthy but also delicious at the same time.  

Other posts you love on AFN Instagram include How to Use a Whole Chicken, Chicken Katsudon, Tortang Talong and Bánh Xèo (Vietnamese Pancakes).

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