MINI FOOD: MINIATURE FOOD IS THE NEW TREND
The miniature food (mini food) trend arrived in Europe from Japan. Teeny tiny edible meals are prepared in small but fully furnished kitchens
The passion for all that is Kawaii, miniaturized and extremely small is a constant in the Japanese and, broadly, in the Asian history.
Until the foundation of the People’s Republic of China, as an example, it was normal to see women with really small feet, from 7 to 12 cm. The Golden Lotus (foot binding), that’s the name of this practice, required the fracture of little girls’ metatarsal. After that their feet used to be folded and bandaged up so to prevent the feet to grow more than 10 cm.
Luckily, the passion for teeny-tiny things in Eastern countries has evolved into something less cruel: the miniature food or mini food.
The fascination for the diorama and doll houses has no age and no limits. Let’s think about the success of the Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg. In an online survey, the museum has been voted by 40,000 people from 66 different countries as the most loved German attraction. But in the East people went further: the miniature houses have been furnished with working kitchens, and the passion for modelling met the love for the cuisine.
The success was immediate and the mini food has been approved also by the famous singer Katy Perry who used it in her video clip “Chained To The Rhythm”.
In a miniature kitchen, everything is functional and available. For the lazy ones, it is possible to buy furniture and tools at a specialized shop in Singapore (a real IKEA for extremely little things).
The mini-food chefs are able of virtuosity of all kinds: some adventurous people decided to make a made-in-Japan carbonara with quail eggs, others experimented hamburgers or fried chicken filet, and for desserts, make way for cookies, apple pies and multi-storey cakes.
On the contrary, not all creations of the Japanese artist Tomo Tanaka are edible, even if he is able to reproduce an entire tray of mini macarons, small like digital pulp. From the wagyu meat to French desserts, the mini food reproduced by Tanaka is 1/12 scale and the details are impressive for their diabolic precision.
Not to be outdone, Aaron Shay. His facebook page seems a homage to the lavishly decked banquets of Defoe’s Lilliput.
In the end, here for you a brief look to those mini creations in all their delicate smallness:
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