Hong Kong’s ‘Batman’ Burger, Japan’s Ginger Catnip Cider, Water-Purifying Books, and Thailand’s Robot Food Judge

Flavorful World’s Friday Fourplay offers up a bite-sized tidbit of info on each of the four food- and drink-related things we found most interesting each week.

Image credit: McDonald’s Hong Kong

Justice: Now Served Hot. With Cheesy Fries

Ordinarily, I bristle when descriptors like “mysterious” get applied to any food or drink that I intend to put into my body. But McDonald’s Hong Kong’s Batman Burger gets a pass. This Dark Knight-themed sandwich debuted not long after Burger King Japan’s “Kuro” (“black”) Cheeseburger hit the scene with its black bun and cheese and squid-ink dressing, as if rising to show the former what being dark is all about. With Batman headlining a much-anticipated film in 2016 along with a certain immensely powerful alien do-gooder, can a marketing stunt involving a contrived conflict between the Batman burger and some Superman-inspired burger creation be far behind?

Via Grub Street

Image credit: Yume Neko
Image credit: Yume Neko

Nyan Nyan Cider

Available right now in Yokohama and Osaka, Japan, “Nyanko” (“Kitty cat”) Cider is a ginger-flavored beverage that counts Japanese catnip, also known as silver vine, among its ingredients. One can score a bottle at Yume Neko, a cat-themed art gallery/gift shop, for about 300 yen. It doesn’t stretch the imagination much to envision this product eventually being sold at cat cafes throughout Japan. If not there, then I have to think it’d move like gangbusters at the next gathering of furries to take place anywhere in the world.

Via RocketNews24

Drink These Books

Chemist Theresa Dankovich, Ph.D., has invented a way to purify contaminated drinking water of hazardous bacteria for just pennies. She’s created paper filters that utilize a coating of microscopic silver particles to kill E. Coli, cholera, and typhoid. Working in collaboration with WATERisLIFE, she plans to distribute them throughout areas of  Ghana, Kenya, India, and Haiti suffering from lack of clean water. Collected in “Drinkable Books”, each filter page is said to provide up to 30 days of clean water, with each full book lasting up to four years. I don’t know about you, but I can’t recall the last time I read a bit of news this cool and contaminant-free. [Video courtesy of The Gift of Water YouTube channel]

Via Buzzfeed Food

Image credit: Devour
Image credit: Devour

Thai Robots Uphold Thai Cuisine Quality

Thailand’s government-funded Thai Delicious Committee (I swear I’m not making that up) has engineered a robot capable of detecting chemical signatures of a multitude of Thai staple foods. The aim is to preserve the quality of Thai cuisine around the world. By equipping one of these robots in every country with a Thai embassy, the intent is that said sentry will protect the integrity of Thailand’s signature national dishes by scoring them on a 1 to 100 scale (a score of 80 is considered a passing grade.) Tough time to be a Thai chef, as I shudder to imagine the penalty for disappointing our eventual robot overlords. Still, I tip my hat to the Thai Delicious Committee for not only conceiving a robot of such noble purpose, but bringing it to fruition.

Via Devour

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