Bad Thai food isn’t just disappointing, it’s an insult to Thai cuisine. Seems fitting, then, that Thailand’s government have set up a committee to deal with the waves of unauthentic Thai restaurants all over the world that fail to deliver the yum in their tom yum. One of the committee’s pet projects, is a $100,000 smart sensor-loaded machine that measures the smell and the taste in Thai dishes from readings against 10 sensors, and rates the chemical signature that is produced against a benchmark based on the gastronomic preferences of 120 Thai people.
Restaurants that make the grade get a Thai Delicious logo they can display proudly on their menu. But, you know, as a street food vendor told the New York Times, ‘“I use my tongue to test if it’s delicious or not… I think the government should consider using a human to gauge authenticity.’
Via NY Times