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Watch Irish Folks Try Korean Food For The First Time

The folks over at Facts have gotten pretty adventurous over the last few months, slowly expanding their culinary horizons with each new video. In their latest taste test, the Irish group tries some Korean foods for the first time.

Traditional dishes include Kimchi (pickled cabbage), Haejangguk (hangover beef broth stew), Nakji Bokkeum (spicy stir-fried octopus), Mul-naengmyeon (noodles in an icy soup), and Yumilgwa (a rice confectionary).

As you can see in the video, they’re more receptive to some dishes than others.

Damn, watching them try these foods really makes us crave some good Korean food. Preferably a meal that that won’t burn the roof off our mouths.

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Controversial Experiment Forced Koreans To Try ‘Dog Meat’ And They Weren’t Happy

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In a pretty controversial social experiment, a group of five Korean people asked to participate in an experiment called “Try Foods from Around the World.” They were given different dishes and had to guess where they thought the dish came from.

Pretty innocent, right?

It was only after they tasted one particular dish that they were immediately told it was dog meat.

The group did not take the news well.

Soon after the groups reactions were caught on tape, they were relieved to discover it wasn’t dog meat. Rather, they had eaten lamb and were lied to.

Check out the pretty powerful video.

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Watch Chefs Taste Microwaved Dinners For The First Time

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To be a decent chef, you kinda have to have a halfway decent palette. This means you can’t always be eating microwaved dinners at home. Y’know, the ones you find in the frozen foods section of your supermarket.

The folks over at Facts gathered a few seasoned chefs and sat them down to try various microwaved dinners.

Some of the items include Irish beef dinner, a microwavable burger, vegetable spaghetti and sticky toffee pudding.

Watch as they taste and react to the frozen and reheated meals.

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New Study Shows ‘FATTY’ Might Be The Sixth Taste Sensation

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We’re all familiar with the five sensations of taste. You’ve got sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami. It turns out, scientists have added a sixth  to the list: fatty.

A research team at Purdue have found that taste receptors also recognize fat, the Washington Post reports. Fat on the tongue acts precisely the way flavor sensations like salty and sweet do when people perceive food. The team tested a group of participants and gave them foods that strongly featured the five staple tastes, along with the addition of the taste of fat.

The participants were able to distinguish the differences between foods with a fatty taste and the traditional ones.

With more research, it’s more than likely we can develop something that stimulates the taste of fat, without actually having to eat too much of it. As the experiment concluded, the team believe that there aren’t a set number of taste sensations, rather an infinite amount. As we all know, taste is incredibly complex and amazing.

 

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How The Sound Of Your Food Helps It Taste Better

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A new study has shown the sound that food makes when we bite into it can be linked to us enjoying the taste so much, Time reports. Charles Spence, professor of experimental psychology at Oxford, attributes sound to perceiving the freshness of food.

According to Spence, sound is an indictor of texture which leads to identifying quality.

Picture foods like soft drinks, potato chips, mashed potatoes and fruit. Each has a signature sound when bitten upon. The study illustrates that sounds plays a role in helping us determine how delicious food is based off our initial expectations. If you’re biting into an apple, hearing a crunch will probably be more appealing than a soggy squirt.

There’s mention of the possibility of augmenting foods to boost sound and smell levels for older people who have diminishing senses so they can still enjoy the dining experience to its fullest. The study also notes that external sounds, such as music, is also connected to the way people enjoy foods.

Eating food is considered a multi-sensory experience. According to Spence, sound is the “forgotten flavor sense.”

 

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Government Builds Robot to Judge Thai Food

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People take their national foods seriously, that’s a given. So when someone is producing sub-par dishes and calling them authentic, it ruins things for everyone else. The prime minister of Thailand is especially tired of restaurants cooking up crappy Thai food, so she had a robot created to solve the problem. Yeah.

According to the NY Times, the Thai Delicious Committee is a group focused on ensuring that Thai cuisine meets high-quality expectations. The committee appointed a robotic judge to deem what is worthy of being called Thai food. The machine utilizes a series of sensors to emulate the chemical signatures of Thai dishes. It then compares the results with a government database of what is considered a “good dish” and projects a score out of 100. If a dish falls below a score of 80 points, it’s legally considered bad Thai food.

The plan is have one of these machines in each of the Thai embassies throughout the world. Each unit is valued at $18,000, and the machines will judge selected restaurants within the areas where they’re stationed. While the science behind it seems pretty solid, some are wary of the robot judge. They feel humans would be better suited to gauge authenticity rather than machines.

Robots can’t taste the love of home cooking. If they could understand love, we’d have a bigger problem than just shitty food.

H/T NY Times

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Taco Bell Testing Nacho-Shaped Tortilla Stuffed with Beef, Cheese & Sour Cream

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They gave away free PS4s, they gave us the Distortion and Typhoon freezes, they kinda wimped out with the Flamas Taco but the point is they totally understand that a giant Nacho-shaped food Item is something that we want to consume.

In Knoxville Tennessee, Taco Bell is testing a “Grilled Stuft Nacho” which contains beef, tortilla strips, cheese, and sour cream all wrapped in a soft flour tortilla and it’s the next best thing to them literally making a giant Nacho chip and handing it to you. Although it’s still in its testing phase, I have faith that Taco Bell will do the proper American thing, and get this  overly self-indulgent food item to become a reality.

H/T + PicThx HuffingtonPost

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Chocolate’s Shape Can Change Its Taste, Says Science

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When Britain’s beloved Dairy Milk got a makeover, the country was in uproar, claiming that the taste had completely changed.  The chunks of chocolate are now curved, and according to some reviewers, taste “oily and sickly.”

Even though Cadbury said the recipe hadn’t changed at all, scientists, chocolatiers, and chefs all agree that shape can absolutely affect the way chocolate tastes.  It influences how quickly the chocolate melts, which in turn affects the order and speed with which certain food molecules are released onto the tongue and into the nose, creating our experience of taste.  In regards to the new Cadbury bar, the change in shape potentially changed the way these chemicals are released, leading to a new, if less pleasant flavor.

It’s important to note that our memories of food and shape can also affect our perception of the food’s flavor if it changes.

H/T BBC + PicThx Cadbury