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Japanese Chef using 'Dirt and Soil' in his cooking!!

Charles Yu Feb 11, 2013 05:11 PM

I just finish watching on TV, a French Trained Japanese Chef in Tokyo using high temperature sanitized dirt and soil in his cooking!!
He commented that since one can taste the sea in seafood dishes, likewise one should be able to taste the 'earth' in earthy components! As such, he is using dirt to 'balance' his seafood dishes. eg., dirt in his truffle sauce for the sea urchin, dirt encrusted potato, dirt in his Risotto and even in the ice-cream. Patrons paying US$110 pp for the tasting menu actually found the dishes 'tasty'!
What do they think of next??!!

Website of restaurant before introduction of their new 'soil menu'

  1. tcamp Feb 12, 2013 06:17 AM

    This was mentioned on NPR this morning. All I could think was "WHY????"

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    1. re: tcamp
      StrandedYankee Feb 12, 2013 09:25 AM

      I can see how certain minerals in the dirt might lend interesting flavor compounds to dishes, but I can't get over the notion of what this would do to the textures of the dishes being prepared.

    2. EricMM Feb 12, 2013 02:48 PM

      This is still way better than the Japanese chef who used his own genitals in his cooking....................................

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