Miniature (Fake) Food Is Big In Japan

Miniature (Fake) Food Is Big In Japan

A recent food trend doesn't even involve eating, but merely the preparation of lifelike, miniature meals.

Scott Lachut, PSFK Labs
  • 27 july 2010

It seems the latest food trend in Japan doesn’t even involve eating, but merely the preparation of lifelike, miniature meals in similar size kitchens, intended for display purposes only.  The non-edible (but perishable) dishes are made from sodium alginate, a seaweed extract that is sold in various colored powders under the name konapun. When mixed with water, it takes on the consistency of Play-Doh, becoming a highly malleable material that can be fashioned into all manners of shapes and textures.

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