Now you don’t have to go to any fancy restaurant to enjoy the exquisitely decorated dishes, you can do the decorating bit yourself. And you don’t even have to enroll in any food art classes too.
It’s thanks to ReDeStu, a 3D Real Design Studio in Japan, that has found a way to produce 3D-printed food. The company offers porcelain soy sauce dishes that hides a painting. It appears once the dish is filled up with soy sauce.
The paintings include Japanese national symbols, such as Itsukushima Shrine, Mount Fuji and animals, including kittens and puppies. Currently, the company is producing these dishes in four different designs. The best part is you can buy one such dish for a modest sum of only $10.
The company explains on its website how it’s able to achieve this, thus, “The Photoreal Soy Sauce Dish-enman-series uses a high-definition 3D printer to create a prototype, which is then cast into a mold. It’s made of bright white porcelain so that the pattern is clear and the glaze is made as thin as possible so that the small pattern doesn’t disappear.”
However, ReDeStu is not the originator of the soy sauce idea. Its origin can be traced back to a Chinese product called ‘Chiang’ that was created over 3,000 years ago. This product and the idea were brought to Europe by the Dutch and Chinese traders in the 1600s. The Japanese converted the idea into ‘shoyu’, a Japanese word for soy sauce.
What goes to the credit of this Japanese company is the use of 3D printing technology in producing soy sauce paintings. Although 3D technology was first used for materials, such as plastics and metals, the company began using it for ceramic and biological substances. The result: Soy sauce dishes with hidden paintings.