Best of 1991: Food

1 CAL-ASIAN CUISINE, a.k.a. PACIFIC RIM COOKERY.

It was the year's best new gourmet trend, and its most renowned pioneer was Los Angeles' superstar chef, Wolfgang Puck. Pacific Rim cuisine--more for dining out than cooking in -- features American, chiefly Californian, staples subtly accented by Oriental herbs and spices such as lemongrass or ginger. The result: dishes that have a Western look but an Eastern aura, like shrimp and papaya salad with Thai peanut dressing.

2. MCDONALD'S MCLEAN BURGER.

The best news for fast-food devotees was that, after years of helping clog the nation's arteries, McDonald's introduced its new McLean burger...

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