You can’t skip out on eating sushi in Japan, but if you are tired of your regular rounds at top-rated restaurants such as Sukiyabashi Jiro, here’s something new that you can try out in Tokyo: 3D-printed sushi.
A Tokyo-based startup, Open Meals, has started a sushi restaurant called SUSHI SINGULARITY TOKYO. With the bold claim that humans know nothing about sushi, this restaurant envisions that sushi will undergo two major changes: the first that sushi can actually be produced, edited and shared online, and the second being the combination of sushi and biometrics.
Here’s how SUSHI SINGULARITY is going to change the way you eat sushi in Tokyo:
1. You have to take a health test before you can eat
When you make a reservation at SUSHI SINGULARITY, you will be sent a test kit to collect data on your DNA, urine, and intestines. Yes, that means you have to send back samples of your biological samples, such as your saliva, urine, and stool.
While this sounds extremely unconventional and a little strange, this actually allows SUSHI SINGULARITY TOKYO to better understand your health status and genetics. They will then run an analysis on your health data to optimize cooking ingredients and formulate necessary nutrients.
2. Your sushi is designed online
The next step after understanding what you need to supplement your dietary with is to design a sushi that is unique to you.
This Food Operation System will disassemble the elements in food and then reconstitute them at the centimeter scale. Nine element-based algorithms enable food creators all over the world to produce, edit, and share food data. That means you can look forward to eating some truly unconventional sushi.
3. Your sushi is printed by 3D printers
You may be used to watching a skilled chef slice fresh fish in front of you, but now, you get to have your sushi printed instead. This technology is similar to that of 3D printing. It prints your sushi by using food ingredient cartridges containing ingredients such as seaweed and crickets(!) mixed with water, fiber, and enzyme.
You can also be sure that the ingredients used are still fresh: there will be artificial light farms that cultivates fresh vegetables in enclosed spaces using artificial light, such as LED.
With 3D printing techniques, you get to eat some truly exquisite sushi that looks like works of art, such as this Squid Castle:
The Squid Castle is actually flash-frozen squid printed in the detailed likeness of a Hirayama Castle, and coupled with a stone wall made from rice! Now, just imagine the squid melting in your mouth – that is a Japanese experience you definitely want to bring home and brag about!
However, there is bad news for those who are already looking to book tickets to Tokyo: SUSHI SINGULARITY TOKYO is slated to open only in 2020, but even that date is subject to changes. If you want to get a bite of this highly-personalised sushi, you will have to wait a little longer!
For more information about SUSHI SINGULARITY TOKYO by Open Meals, you can visit their official website here.