Friday, June 22, 2007

Geology meets gastronomy

A Taiwanese artist (Mr. Hsu) has managed to combine geology with gastronomy, creating mouth-watering "dishes" out of minerals and rocks with a striking resemblance to food in an exhibit on display at the National Museum of Singapore. His work is special because none of the stones were dyed, shaped, smoothened or tampered with in any way.

Over 50 dishes (including "Buddha Jumps Over the Wall" soup, shark fin soup, bear's paw, abalone, dim sum, and fried rice, etc.) are on display. The pig’s trotters and eggs in dark soy sauce dish is the most valuable at $130,000, and is made up of rare Gobi stones from Inner Mongolia.

But the highlight of the exhibition is a Jinxiang stone from Yunnan, China, which not only resembles chocolate, but mells like it too due to the break-down of organic materials in its environment over time.

The food looks sooooo yummy!!
When I was in primary school, I was interested in collecting stones too! I did thought about creating different food dishes using stone. However, Mr. Hsu is amazing. He doesn't modify the stones in any way. He just uses it as is. Wow! He must have used a lot of money and brain energy in creating those dishes.

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