New de­vice lets peo­ple en­joy healthy foods

The Sun (Malaysia) - - WHERE2EAT -

A DE­VICE that tricks peo­ple’s tongues could be used to make healthy foods into de­li­cious, ex­cit­ing-tast­ing treats, and could even­tu­ally save lives.

The Taste Buddy is placed in the mouth be­fore eat­ing some­thing bor­ing. And it then uses ther­mal and elec­tric sig­nals to make that taste far bet­ter, by stim­u­lat­ing the taste buds.

For the mo­ment, that stim­u­la­tion can only come in the form of sweet or salty tastes.

But in the fu­ture, the peo­ple be­hind the tool hope that they can change di­ets en­tirely, trans­form­ing sal­ads into the taste of juicy steak, or mak­ing broc­coli taste like choco­late.

Pro­fes­sor Adrian Cheok, from City, Univer­sity of Lon­don, who led the team of sci­en­tists and en­gi­neers that cre­ated the de­vice said: “What started out as a fun Keong Fook, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Unique Seafood Sdn Bhd, each space is de­signed to be flex­i­ble enough to han­dle mul­ti­ple pri­vate func­tions at the same time, while still of­fer­ing pri­vacy to the pa­trons.

But what sets Unique Seafood apart from the rest? Wong cites its “never-end­ing sup­ply of seafood”.

As a ma­jor live seafood sup­plier in Malaysia, Unique Seafood has over 80 dif­fer­ent types of seafood.

Ac­cord­ing to Wong, many restau­rants are re­luc­tant to of­fer pre­mium seafood dishes in wed­ding ban­quet sets be­cause they would need to order in bulk, and would have to “bear the mor­tal­ity cost” or wastage, if there is no de­mand from pa­trons. en­gi­neer­ing ex­per­i­ment has now led to some­thing much more ex­cit­ing, with the po­ten­tial to have a pos­i­tive so­cial im­pact.

“The Taste Buddy could even­tu­ally help save lives, by al­low­ing peo­ple to switch to

“Many restau­rants and ho­tels be­gin pre­par­ing and freez­ing the seafood two days be­fore a func­tion be­cause of the lack of man­power, and to se­cure their seafood stock, but our restau­rant is dif­fer­ent.

“If you have a wed­ding func­tion tonight, we be­gin pre­par­ing the seafood at 5pm on the same day, so it al­ways tastes fresh,” said Wong.

Wong adds that while a typ­i­cal wed­ding menu of­fers sim­ple dishes such as gluti­nous rice, shark’s fin soup, a prawn or fish dish, and the hot and cold ‘four sea­sons’ ap­pe­tizer, Unique Seafood is able to serve up dif­fer­ent of­fer­ings.

Unique Seafood even has soon hock (mar­ble goby) in its wed­ding menu pack­ages, a pre­mium health­ier food choices.”

Cheok added: “Many chil­dren hate the taste of veg­eta­bles. So I knew that when I be­came an en­gi­neer, I wanted to make a de­vice that could al­low chil­dren to eat veg­eta­bles that taste like fresh­wa­ter fish that not many high­end Chi­nese restau­rants of­fer.

“Some cus­tomers opt for a lob­ster side dish in their four sea­sons ap­pe­tizer, and we can also put in live abalone, Ja­panese spi­der crab and Alaskan king crab … We can do that for our cus­tomers and I be­lieve that is our spe­cialty – if you ask for it, then we will give it to you,” said Wong.

All Unique Seafood restau­rants are pork-free, ex­cept The Elite Seafood Restau­rant and The Pan­tai Seafood Restau­rant. choco­late.”

In its cur­rent early form, the Taste Buddy con­sists of a 2cm wide tab that sits on the tongue and is wired to a bulky pro­ces­sor.

To en­hance sweet­ness, the de­vice warms up very rapidly and stim­u­lates spe­cific taste re­cep­tors that re­act to heat.

A weak elec­tric cur­rent is used to tar­get other taste buds re­spon­si­ble for salty flavours.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic will have a chance to try out the Taste Buddy for them­selves at The Big Bang UK Young Sci­en­tists and En­gi­neers Fair.

The event, aimed at young peo­ple in­ter­ested in sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy and en­gi­neer­ing, takes place from March 15 to 18, 2017 at the Na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, Birm­ing­ham. – The In­de­pen­dent

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit Unique Seafood’s web­site.

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