Life-style vlogger Emily Mariko’s salmon rice bowl is the most recent culinary sensation on the video-sharing app. The dish combines leftover salmon, leftover white rice, kimchi, Kewpie mayonnaise, Sriracha, soy sauce, avocado and dried seaweed.
Mariko’s TikTok put up from Sept. 21 ― captioned “Greatest lunch of the week!” ― had almost 50 million views as of Friday morning.
Numerous customers have shared their takes on the recipe with the hashtag #salmonricebowl, which had greater than 23 million views. Moreover, Instacart reported that orders containing each salmon and dried seaweed doubled the same old quantity as of Sept. 29, one week after Mariko shared her recipe on TikTok.
“Salmon and dried seaweed aren’t traditionally a standard pairing on Instacart, so there’s no query the current progress of those two objects is a direct results of this newest TikTok pattern,” Instacart developments skilled Laurentia Romaniuk mentioned.
Whereas the ingredient mixture makes for a scrumptious and comparatively wholesome meal, it’s the preparation that has individuals significantly intrigued ― particularly, the way in which Mariko reheats the rice.
The vlogger locations the leftover white rice on high of the leftover salmon, provides an ice dice on high, after which covers every part with a bit of waxed paper earlier than placing it within the microwave. When she removes the plate from the microwave, she tosses the still-formed ice dice and proceeds so as to add her recipe’s different components.
For a lot of viewers, the truth that the ice doesn’t soften looks like utter witchcraft, and it’s arduous to consider steaming meals could possibly be really easy. Nevertheless it seems all of it comes right down to ― science!
Christopher Arturo, chef-instructor on the Institute of Culinary Training (aptly acronymed ICE), informed HuffPost that he was not aware of the ice dice approach particularly. However what Mariko does, he mentioned, mimics a extra generally used technique for reheating rice ― placing a bit water on high, protecting after which microwaving.
“Over time, rice dries out and the outside will be crunchy, virtually arduous,” Arturo defined. “Placing the ice dice and canopy on high earlier than microwaving creates steam, which can totally reheat the meals.”
He continued: “The ice dice provides one thing for the microwave to warmth, and the steam will diffuse throughout the meals ― so that you don’t find yourself with half the meals nonetheless chilly. Steam is a penetrative type of warmth ― it heats totally, evenly and throughout. The parchment paper lid additionally helps to carry within the warmth. Steam goes up, hits the parchment paper and scorching liquid goes right down to reheat the meals. If Emily microwaved the meals for an extended period of time, the ice dice would soften totally.”
Certainly, that’s what occurred. I carried out a extremely unscientific experiment at residence with a small ice dice on a paper towel and located it took about one minute and 40 seconds within the microwave to utterly soften. Ice doesn’t soften within the microwave as rapidly as you’d suppose.
That’s as a result of the water molecules in ice are locked in place in a inflexible crystal construction, and the hydrogen bonds that hold them collectively are fairly sturdy. So, the water molecules don’t take in a lot power from the microwave and due to this fact don’t vibrate and produce warmth rapidly the way in which liquid water does.
What does occur, nonetheless, is that the tiny quantity of water on the floor of the ice rapidly turns into steam to assist reheat the meals.
Following the viral success of Mariko’s salmon rice video, TikTok creators have been experimenting with the ice approach on a wide range of meals. On Sept. 29, singer Lizzo posted a video by which she reheats a cupcake within the microwave with an ice dice on high (although Meals Community recipe developer Amanda Neal famous that the trick doesn’t actually work as properly for already-moist meals objects).
However heck ― don’t knock it till you attempt it, we suppose.