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Health Hit-Or-Miss Products Technology

This Innovative Plate Will Make Healthier Eating Effortless

Let me make sure to clear up the immediate question everybody has right off the bat, that way we don’t waste any time:

No, this plate will not automatically make your food healthier.

Metro reports that the plate was created through a collaboration between advertising agency BBGO Thailand and the Thai government health board, this creation was made in order to help curb the growing obesity problem in Thailand. With grease and oil playing pivotal roles in the typical Thai cuisine, it comes as no wonder that this problem would eventually arise.
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The plate, known as the AbsorbPlate, removes all the excess grease from meals by draining the food once it’s been placed onto the plate. The AbsorbPlate sucks up a good chunk of grease, saving you from eating an average of 30 extra calories.

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While this may not be revolutionary in terms of weight loss, it certainly could have noticeable affect over time. Furthermore, the biggest takeaway from this product is the fact that you don’t have to diet. Everybody wants to lose weight but nobody wants to give up burgers and pizza. So why not give up the equivalent to a bite or two instead?

The plate comes riddled with 500 holes made to drain the grease from the food. Much like blotting a slice of pizza with a napkin, the plate works to remove as much oil and grease and possible without jeopardizing the integrity of the food.


While this plate in no way will make any dishes you make healthier, it will at the very least make it slightly less greasy, and that’s better than nothing. The AbsorbPlate is currently still in a concept design phase, but will hopefully be sent into mass production soon.

 

 

Photo Credit: Metro

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Adventures

We Learn What ‘Yum Sauce’ is and How to Eat Sticky Rice [THAI TOWN ADVENTURE]

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Recently, Foodbeast was invited to Los Angeles for the Melting Pot Tours’ tour of Thai Town with celebrity chef, Jet Tila. Chef Jet was appointed as the inaugural Culinary Ambassador of Thai Cuisine by the Royal Thai Consul-General in 2013. He is the first-ever chef to represent his country’s culture and cuisine in the U.S.

Chef Jet has also set many world records including world’s largest stir fry and longest California Roll and has appeared in many cooking shows throughout his career. However, no matter how much he’s accomplished, he hasn’t forgotten where he came from and the Thai community that made him who he is. He was kind enough to give Foodbeast a detailed tour of his old stomping grounds, restaurants and all.

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Reun Pair

Pork Jerky

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Started off the tour at Reun Pair with this savory dish. Deep-fried marinated pork served with Yum sauce. Holy crap this was good.

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Sticky Rice

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Sticky rice meant to be eaten alongside the pork and dipped together into the yum sauce.

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 Yum Sauce

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The yum sauce is made mostly from fish sauce, chilies and palm sugar. Definitely the right amount of spicy and sweet.

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Green Papaya Salad

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Chopped papaya mixed with green beans, dried shrimp, tomato, ground peanuts, cabbage and lime juice. A really refreshing dish that was light enough to go with the pork and rice.

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Sapp Coffee Shop

Jade Noodles

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Jade noodles served with roasted duck, BBQ pork and crab meat. You gotta mix it together and squeeze some lime juice on it for the full effect. The marinate on the pork and the duck were phenomenal.

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 Sukhothai Noodles

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A hot and sour soup broth served with BBQ pork, shrimp, trout fish balls, green beans and noodles. At first I was pretty nervous to try this, with all the different combinations of ingredients. But I was surprised how much I enjoyed this dish. The broth was heartily packed with flavor and all the meats were spot on.

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 Siam Books Center

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After two sit-down restaurants in a span of under two hours, we had to walk off some of those dishes. Jet took us to a local Thai bookstore across the street.

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Tons of cool Thai gifts, statues and books here, including many items representing the importance of elephants within Thai culture.

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Bangkok Market

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We got to check out a local grocery store that is a staple in the Thai community in Los Angeles. Chef Jet, who’s family owned the market since the ’70s, showed us some of the fresh produce that surrounding Thai restaurants use in their dishes as well as the Thai community to cook at home.

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Thai Spirit House

Spirit-House

A miniature house or temple mounted on a pillar in the neighborhood. A shrine dedicated to appease the spirits of the area so that they may offer the community protection.

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Red Corner Asia Restaurant

Spicy Thai Basil Pork Stir Fry with Fried Egg

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The last savory dish of the tour. Between the crazy amounts of flavor in the stir fry and the crispy fried egg, the tasting ended on a great note.

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Bhan Kanom Thai

Desserts

A box of assorted desserts from Bhan Kanom Thai. Kanom Krok (Roasted Coconut Pancakes), Tokyo (Crepe filled with Pandan Cream), Pachi (Taro Coconut Corn Fritter), Kanom Chun (Layered Coconut and Pandan Gelee), Kanom Buang (Thai Sweet and Savory Tacos),  Jasmine Sticky Rice Cakes and Coconut Mochi balls.

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Fast Food

Dunkin’ Donuts Thailand Has All-Black Chocolate-Flavored Donuts

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We’ve already seen McDonald’s all-black burgers, Vegas Premium’s 12-inch all-black hot dog and Aya Cemani’s all-black cock (chicken). This time around, Dunkin’ Donuts Thailand is rolling out a line of 27 inky (obsidian, raven, stygian) donuts guaranteed to make your inner 3m0-g0tH-ch1ld squee (you know, on the inside).

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From Charcoal-Choco-Chili to Charcoal Blue Mint to Charcoal Banoffee (banana toffee), Dunkin’s take on the monochromatic food trend definitely sounds tastier than anything we’ve seen in the past. According to Rocket News, “these doughnuts took a year in the making as Dunkin’ Donuts carefully selected what they thought were the best combination of ingredients.”

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For anyone still feeling a little squeamish (these things do look kinda dead after all), rest assured: the charcoal doesn’t affect the donuts’ taste at all. So you can indulge your morbid sweet tooth with all the comfort that your non-charcoal eating tastebuds can handle. Suh-weet.

H/T + PicThx Rocket News

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Sweets

Sushi Donuts Exist, Raw Fish Not Included

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For some awesome reason, donuts have stepped up their game recently. (See: Cronuts and the Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe.) And remember when Psycho Donuts rolled out donut sushi? That stuff was cray. Well, it looks like they’ve got competition in Thailand that could give ’em a run for their money. Thanks to a Twitpic hat tip, we now know Mister Donut’s SushiDo Delights exist.

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First off, thank goodness there isn’t any raw fish on there, because it bears a pretty decent resemblance to the real deal. Luckily, the dessert is made entirely of sugary goodness that even sushi haters would enjoy. Check out SushiDo Delights in action below:

H/T + PicThx HuffPo@Chaiyo106

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Hit-Or-Miss

This Elephant Dung Beer Serves Some Intense Butt-Brewing Action

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The only thing better than a $50 cup of elephant dung coffee is an even pricier glass of elephant dung beer. Because alcohol improves everything, right?

That’s the idea behind the Thailand specialty brew  Un, Kono Kuro, a dark stout that uses Thailand’s infamous elephant-processed coffee beans as a base for some really intense butt-brewing action. It works like this: workers at a Thai elephant sanctuary feed their elephants a crapload of coffee beans. Then the beans sit around in the elephants’ digestive system for awhile, absorbing all sorts of secondary flavors like banana and sugar cane (and, you know, elephant sh**) before being pooped out in giant caffeinated piles. Then really unlucky specially trained workers hand-pick the coffee beans out of the elephant dung, the beans get made into coffee, and the coffee gets made into beer. Then you drink it.

According to the brave folks over at RocketNews 24, the beer has “an initial bitterness […] washed over by a wave of sweetness,” which sounds pretty decent for a dark stout. We were almost sold until the reviewer started describing what he called ‘the afterglow’ by saying, “for some time after I could still feel as if my body was saturated with that warm scent.” Yeah. Any beer that saturates our body with the warm scent of elephant dung is probably not for us, but props to the brave folks who enjoy it (and to the elephant sanctuary that earns a profit on every butt-processed bean). We raise our glasses to you.

H/T + PicThx RocketNews24

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Hit-Or-Miss

Apparently Hitler Ronald McDonald is An Actual Thing (and Thailand Thinks He’s Adorable)

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Nazi-chic is the use of Nazi-style imagery in clothing and pop-culture, especially when used for shock value rather than out of genuine sympathies with Nazism (thanks Wikipedia). Its popularity rose in the ‘70s among angry British punks, but it turns out the trend’s latest advocates are a little less concerned with politics and a little more concerned with how Hitler is just too freaking cute.

Yeah, you read that right. To some youths, Hitler can be counted among the likes of Hello Kitty, Mickey Mouse and Domo-kun.

According to CNN, Thai youth culture adopted Hitler as its mascot-du-jour mostly because he looked funny, with one of the most popular designs, which appeared on t-shirts and bags and even a statue, being that of a Nazi-fied Ronald McDonald, complete with that iconic, one-handed, Heil Hitler salute.

“It’s not that I like Hitler,” one Thai clothing store owner insisted. “But he looks funny and the shirts are very popular with young people.”

Oh of course. He looks funny. I see it now. With the mustache and the nose and the angry frowny face. Totally adorable. So fetch.

Ah, who am I kidding? Wtf?

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H/T + PicThx CNN