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King cake is a big part of New Orleans pastry culture. But there's a whole lot more!

Foods that you can find in the U.S.? Coconut bacon, French onion pho and mung bean pork belly pancakes. In fact, we ran stories on all three delicacies this week, providing videos and recipes and even predicting that one of them might hit it big in 2016. Foods that you might not be able to find in the U.S.? Any one of the 15 exotic fruits — hailing from the Caribbean to Southeast Asia and everywhere in between — we compiled in infographic form. We tackled important questions like whether or not you should wash your rice before cooking it and where to find the best Asian eats in Portland, Oregon. All that and more on this week’s Hot Topics on Food Republic.

  1. Check out this infographic of 15 exotic fruits you need to try.
  2. Should you wash rice before cooking? We’ve got the definitive answer.
  3. Here are 10 bakeries in New Orleans to satisfy your sweet tooth.
  4. So, what exactly is coconut bacon?
  5. The food in Sardinia, Italy is excellent. Here’s our complete guide.
  6. Here are the best Asian eats in Portland, Oregon.
  7. We learned how to make French onion pho. Yes. You heard that right.
  8. Angry Orchards is upping the ante in the race for cider superiority.
  9. What’s becoming most valued in the food-delivery market? Speed!
  10. Our video of chef Beverly Kim making mung bean pork belly pancakes.