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ASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response, can cause a “tingly” sensation when people hear certain sounds or visual triggers. That combined with food prep is the latest relaxing trend taking over TikTok. What could be better than combining the most gratifying sights and sounds of cuisine into one quick video? Here are five TikTok accounts that prove ASMR and cooking are a match made in sensory heaven.

1. Sam Way (@sameats)


Ratatouille 🐀 #ratatouille#food#foodie#cooking#asmr#fyp

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Watching TikTok user Sam Way (@sameats) prepare food is like attending a matinee of Stomp. Aside from Way’s gourmet cooking, his percussion skills in the kitchen have earned him more than 5 million TikTok followers. Whether he’s making crème brûlée or eggs benny, Way’s method of cooking is nothing less than captivating. 

2. Miniature Cooking ASMR (@miniaturecookingasmr)


ไข่เจียวนมสดจิ๋ว Mini Omelette with Fresh Milk

♬ เสียงต้นฉบับ – ASMR Miniature Cooking – ASMR Miniature Cooking

TikTok user Miniature Cooking ASMR (@miniaturecookingasmr) combines the art of cooking, ASMR and miniatures into satisfying meals. Viewers can marvel at appliances and utensils that, in addition to being tiny, are actually functional! You can’t get this kind of omelet anywhere else. 

3. Men With The Pot (@menwiththepot)


One and Only “Cheesy Garlic Bread” #menwiththepot#foodporn#fyp#foryou#asmr#food#cooking#fire#nature#outdoors

♬ original sound – menwiththepot

If your perfect meal involves scenic views and a farm-to-table menu, then TikTok Men With The Pot (@menwiththepot) is the satisfying content you need. Vegetable chopping and chirping birds make for a melodic soundtrack. Who knew watching someone else make cheesy garlic bread next to a shimmering lake could be so relaxing?

4. Ms Shi & Mr He (@msshiandmrhe)


Learn this Grilled/Baked mushrooms. Get ready to be a bbq star 🌟😉 #comfortfood#cookingasmr#asianfood#easyrecipe#grill#vegan#veganrecipe#cook

♬ LULLABY WALTZ – Marcel Coulomb

Watching a video from TikTok power couple Ms Shi & Mr He (@msshiandmrhe) is like watching an ASMR version of Julia Child. Ms Shi’s soft-spoken narration accompanies the footage. From shiitake mushrooms to mini banana pancakes, Ms Shi believes food is best served with a whisper. 

5. Daily Meals (@dailymeals91)



♬ 오리지널 사운드 – 하루세끼 daily meals – 하루세끼 daily meals

TikTok user Daily Meals (@dailymeals91) combines the art of cooking with stop-motion. Objects appear as though they have a life of their own thanks to the playful, quick, incremental footage. Whether making chocolate popcorn or crab meat pasta, each recipe is like its own Pixar short.

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Shh! These Quiet Food Videos Will Get Your Senses Tingling

A growing number of food videos aim to trigger ASMR — Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or pleasing sensations in the brains of some viewers — by focusing on sounds like chopping and stirring. Christina Lee for NPR hide caption

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A growing number of food videos aim to trigger ASMR — Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or pleasing sensations in the brains of some viewers — by focusing on sounds like chopping and stirring.

Christina Lee for NPR

Shhhhh! Come closer. A little bit closer. There you go. That's better. There's a growing food trend we want to tell you about, but it's being done in hushed whispers by video bloggers known as ASMRists.

Look away, folks with misophonia. These aren't your mama's cooking videos intended to teach you a new recipe. Instead, these are meant for viewers who experience ASMR, which stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. They're videos created to trigger pleasing tingling sensations in the brains of some viewers by focusing on specific sounds like crinkling, chopping, sautéing and stirring. Intense eating sounds like slurping, swallowing, chewing or crunching do the trick for others.

And they're taking off — drawing millions of fans (and now corporate attention) to ASMR-tagged content on places like YouTube and SnapChat.

The trend is making stars out of vloggers like Taylor, a 20-year-old Florida resident with a soft giggle who goes by the moniker ASMR Darling. (She asked us to withhold her last name because of safety concerns.)

She made a 21-minute video of herself whisper-chatting viewers while slurping an icy Dr. Pepper (her "favorite"), tapping her fingernails across the top of a box of Chick-fil-A boneless chick-n-minis (another "favorite") and performing a muffled show-and-tell with a side of hash browns ("the best!," she tells her viewers.) Her ultra-quiet video drew more than 1.5 million views.


ASMR Darling's videos aren't limited to eating Chick-fil-A. In another, she role plays making breakfast "just for you." Others focus on makeup, cleaning her room or Game of Thrones role play. Chick-fil-A, however, is reserved for celebrations.

"People want another Chick-fil-A video, but I'm holding off until I hit another milestone on my channel," Taylor says. "If I hit a million subscribers, I'll probably do another."

Think of a food genre and it probably has ASMR videos: recipe reading, extreme crunching, vegan cuisine, and an ASMR spin on the Korean phenomenon known as mukbang — in this case, the vlogger quietly chats while eating surprisingly large quantities of food. Still others focus on carefully taking food apart for the camera. A Houston-based woman known as ASMRTheChew produces videos of herself snacking on candied apples, chewing gum, cracking crabs, nibbling cookies and more. But it's her pickle-eating videos that have gone viral, grabbing more than 4.6 million views combined and prompting a wave of strong feelings across social media.

Stephen Smith, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Winnipeg, says reports of ASMR experiences first started appearing in 2010 on YouTube and Reddit. But he says only a handful of scientific studies have been done on ASMR.

"One of the reasons is that it's the type of experience that's difficult to explain," says Smith. "From a scientific perspective, what's limiting study is that the name itself sounds unscientific. Scientists who are risk-averse don't want to study something that sounds new-agey."

He says ASMR is not recognized as a response or a mental disorder, but it's considered a perceptual sensory phenomenon — an experience some people have, similar to synesthesia, "except the tingles are associated with a feeling of relaxation."

Smith's own study, published in February in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, looked at the personality traits of people who experience ASMR. As part of that, he found that whispering, tapping and scratching sounds (used frequently in ASMR food videos) ranked high among ASMR triggers for those tuning in.

But exactly how much of the general population actually experiences ASMR is unclear.

There are currently over 134,000 subscribers to the Reddit ASMR group, says Smith. "So it must be relatively common."

Food-focused ASMR content has caught the attention of companies like KFC, Pepsi and Tastemade, which have created their own brief ASMR-style videos. Gibi, a vlogger who goes by the name GibiASMR, has done sponsored videos for Blue Apron and Thrive Market. She says she's better known for her role-playing and cosplay videos than her food-focused ones. But she's amassed more than 407,000 subscribers in the last year and now makes ASMR videos as her full-time career. (Like Taylor, Gibi asked us to withhold her surname and location over safety concerns — she's had to involve police in multiple stalking cases and says she frequently receives unsavory messages.)

"Cooking videos make for some really good sounds. You have bubbling, cutting, washing — all the good stuff," she says.


Since August 2016, Blue Apron also has been working with a handful of other well-known ASMR vloggers like Gentle Whispering ASMR, Tony Bomboni ASMR and Fairy Char ASMR to produce videos packed with ear-to-ear cardboard tapping, package crinkling, slicing and plenty of pan sizzles. Combined, these vloggers' YouTube channels have just under 2 million subscribers.

"We thought our product would be perfect for a video because the sounds of cooking with Blue Apron are so unique — the crinkling of our packaging, chopping of a knife on a cutting board, salmon sizzling on a pan, peeling carrots, etc.," says Allie Evarts, a spokesperson for Blue Apron.

Jay Holzer, global head of development and production for Tastemade, a digital food and lifestyle network, says the viewers who gravitate to ASMR videos "almost have a chemical reaction to it."

"It's bigger now than it ever has been — especially when you see companies like Blue Apron get into sponsoring it — that's never happened before," Holzer says. "The people who are into it are addicted to it, almost in a weird way. Whether it grows 10 times over the next few years, who knows?"

Tastemade's ASMR salmon carpaccio video — a minute and a half of sound-pleasing slicing, chopping, stirring and grinding, accompanied by mouth-watering close-up camera shots — has scored 4.4 million views since it was posted on Facebook in March 2016.

"That wasn't our first, but it's our biggest hit," says Holzer. "I'd say we've probably done 50 of them. A lot will run on SnapChat first. If they're successful there, we'll put them on other platforms."

While scientific studies lag behind the ASMR phenomena, Smith says he doesn't think the videos present any dangers to viewers who are able to experience the sensations they spark. And in fact, he says the videos can be used in helpful ways.

"Some [people who experience ASMR] use it to help them relax. It's like meditation for them. They watch the video and go into a meditative state, which is associated with health benefits," says Smith.

But what's clear is that the genre isn't for everyone.

"When you post an ASMR video, there's no neutral reaction to it," says Holzer. "You either think it's the greatest thing ever, or are offended by the sounds."

Clare Leschin-Hoar is a journalist based in San Diego who covers food policy and sustainability issues.

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With so much time on our hands, why stop at cooking skills and cocktail mixing? This is the time to ace baking skills like a boss with ASMR baking channels.

After years of watching Cake Boss producing the most incredible-looking cakes, our minds have always wondered if we were able to do the same. Now thanks to the lockdown, now’s the best time to test it out.

Baking classes may be out of the question because of COVID-19, but thankfully YouTube has millions of channels that can show us the light. The more popular channels would be Tasty, Matt Adlard (previously known as Topless Baker), and How To Cake It.

But beneath a layer of the endless chattering on baking channels, another genre is slowly gaining the interest of many: ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) baking channels.

There’s just something about these ASMR videos that soothe the soul: the sound of mixing ingredients together, when the measuring spoons hit the bowl or when packages are opened. People who enjoy these videos often describe them as calming. Whether or not ‘clear clinking sounds of cups and bowls’ is your cup of tea, these baking channels are easy to follow and also aesthetically pleasing to the eyes — minus all the inane chatter.

We might very well be the next Cake Boss if this MCO isn’t coming to an end — if not close to the real thing. Here’s where you can get started.

Cooking Tree


Cooking Tree

With almost 3 million subscribers and counting, Cooking Tree may be the biggest ASMR baking channel on YouTube and we can see why. Every cake and pastry made are just too pretty to be eaten, and these surprisingly come with recipes that are easy to follow. Even if you’re not into ASMR, this is one channel you should follow to learn how to make the prettiest-looking cakes.

Cooking Tree
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Cook Kafemeru


Cook Kafemeru

Cook Kafemeru is a Japanese baking channel with 1.2 million subscribers. Don’t be intimated by the Japanese characters you see — each recipe is relatively simple to make. The channel posts mainly video on cakes and pastries with the occasional savoury recipes such as Japanese bento and mini pizzas.

Cook Kafemeru
Watch it here



The sound of making your own bread seems daunting, but Apron’s here to show you that it’s actually pretty easy. Anything from classic milk breads or dinner rolls to something fancier such as tomato loaf and condensed milk dinner rolls.

Watch it here
HidaMari Cooking


HidaMari Cooking

HidaMari Cooking is another popular ASMR baking channel on YouTube, with more than 2 million subscribers. Even if the channel is based in Japan, recipes are very diverse. Here you’ll get to learn everything from Italy’s Mont Blanc to the French Madeleine and the classic New York Cheesecake — ASMR style.

HidaMari Cooking
watch it here
Umi's baking


Umi's baking

Umi’s Baking is another baking channel that is Korean but features recipes from all over the world. Its most popular video is Tangzhong milk bread, but the channel mainly posts videos on pastries and cakes.

This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Kuala Lumpur. 

Umi's baking
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7 Instagram Accounts to Follow If You Love Food ASMR

If you get goosebumps on your arms and feel tingles across your scalp when someone whispers in your ear or turns the pages of a book, you're not alone. You're in the segment of the population that experiences ASMR (aka autonomous sensory meridian response), and luckily, there are countless places to get your kicks online. Every day, creators post hundreds of videos to YouTube full of quiet ASMR "triggers," in which they drag their fingers across felt, crinkle up pieces of foil, whisper while giving you a pretend dental exam, or rub a hairbrush across a microphone. ASMR videos have become a fascination, even for people who don't experience the giddy, warm, tingling sensation that apparently accompanies them.


ASMR videos run the gamut thematically, but one of the most intriguing genres—to me, at least—is food. Some food ASMR creators capture the sound of meals being prepared, with all the boiling, chopping, and whisking you'd expect. Others lay out spreads of crunchy, chewy, or gelatinous edibles and eat them next to a microphone. Warning: This latter category is not for people with misophonia, the term for a violent negative reaction to the sound of mouth-related noises. (For reference, if you have this, you're probably unable to withstand any scene set in a hot tub on The Bachelor. Are the mics directly inside their mouths?)

But if you're open to listening intently while a woman eats a bag of Takis, this odd genre of video can be intensely satisfying and fun. Whether you're a food ASMR newbie or a longtime listener, some of these should tickle—or tingle—your fancy.

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On his absurdly popular feed, Zach Choi plows through heaping piles of junk food: Fried chicken sandwiches, onion rings, and waffle fries. The unhealthiness of the food isn’t entirely his fault—breading has a particular sonic texture that’s hard to replicate. I’m very partial to this clip, in which he and a friend plow through some ultra-crispy Korean mozzarella corn dogs.

Spirit Payton calls herself the “queen of ASMR,” and who are we to argue? (She’s a regular fixture in Twitter memes.) Unlike Zach, most of Spirit’s meals are fairly simple: Yes, sometimes she tapes herself eating a masssive plate of crab legs, but other times it’s an ordinary breakfast, like a vegetarian egg and cheese sandwich, with her whispering in between bites. The charm of Spirit’s videos is that they feel like sitting with a friend in her kitchen, and she’s keeping her voice down because everyone else in the house is napping. 

Run by a “sourdough and panettone enthusiast” (relatable), this Malaysian account is devoted primarily to cutting through loaves of rustic, crusty bread. It’s a very elegant experience overall—I think Martha would approve. This clip, starring a sourdough with toasted seaweed and sesame seeds, has an especially nice resonance.

Naomi MacRae’s account has plenty of visual appeal: She favors monochromatic landscapes of jellies, gummies, and candies, with an eye for bright colors and lots of bouncy texture. Though it’s color-free, I’m partial to this video, since you can watch her teeth slide right through the clear gummies. (As you might have noticed, it’s really hard to describe these videos without sounding like a weirdo.)

Not all food ASMR is a celebration of trans fats: The lipsticked woman behind this account loves to do audio-packed eating fests involving massive fruit trays or whole vegetables. (But yes, there are some pizzas and cakes thrown in for good measure.) Here’s a video of her absolutely demolishing some green veggies—her mother must be so proud. 

The @mrs_macarons account is a dream for anyone who loves food ASMR but is grossed out by chewing noises—this Korean creator focuses solely on the sounds of cooking and prepping. That means the crispness of a cleaver slicing through a raw onion, the sizzle of meat, and the bubble of a piping-hot broth. There’s even gentle classical music in the background to make things even more relaxing. This video has it all—the gentle rasp of a carrot being peeled, a cleaver thwacking a cutting board, and the sizzle of raw egg hitting a cast-iron pan.


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How watching Korean and Japanese ASMR cooking videos can relieve you in times of crisis

What is ASMR? For those who may still not be in the know, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary gives this relatively new term the following working definition: “the ‘tingly feeling’ that travels from the head downward that some experience in response to certain sounds, feelings, or descriptions. These can include soft whispering, crinkling paper, or a gentle touch.” Just search “ASMR” on YouTube and you’ll be regaled with legions of ASMR videos, everything from night rain gently falling, fingers tapping against myriad surfaces, to munching various food items (think ASMR meets mukbang).

Under the general ASMR category is a much beloved sub-strata of cooking videos, mostly Korean and Japanese, that manage to distill the act of cooking to its most aesthetic, soothing, and “tingly” quintessence. No annoying chef-hosts barking orders, no distracting music in the background—just gorgeous visuals paired with natural ASMR-quality sounds. Think milk drip-dripping into batter, a whisk scraping against the bowl, oil gently sizzling on a pan. A form of meditation, perhaps? This is something to calm your nerves and remove all bad thoughts from your psyche—never mind if you’ll never recreate the recipe yourself.

While there are lots of YouTube channels that specialize in ASMR cooking videos, here are three well-executed ones—each with its own distinct style and subject matter—to get you started:

Cooking Tree

With over 2.75 million subscribers, Cooking Tree is one of the most popular Korean YouTube channels. It specializes in desserts, combining a clean, minimalist, yet quirky aesthetic with soft sounds that never reach a high decibel level. 

The Strawberry Double Fromage Cheesecake is a prime example, with a palette in pastel, and little mommy cat and baby kitten figurines gracing every frame. In this 12-minute video, anticipate the crunching sound of sugar blending into eggs, the subtle whir of the handheld mixer, and the crinkle of baking paper as it’s removed from the just-baked cake. 

The Pastel Rainbow Crepe Cake is another deeply satisfying 11-minute watch. I never knew gazing at crepe batter pouring through a sieve could be so pleasing. The repetition is especially calming, as you watch the host make crepe after crepe after crepe for a whole 2 1/2 minutes. It’s followed by more mantra-like repetition as she layers the crepes, spreading whipped cream after each layer, again and again and again. 

Camping Hankki

If you’re a nature lover, this Korean YouTube channel is just for you as it combines outdoor cooking with ASMR. While Camping Hankki’s main purpose is to sell camping gear, I really don’t mind, as the cooking + nature sounds are all that matters.

The Pork Belly BBQ video is a samgyeopsal video classic, starting with the anonymous host cracking a hole through an ice-covered stream to cool her soju bottle. That’s followed by the kindling crackling in the outdoor stove, the slapping of pork belly on the wooden board, the careful slicing of the meat, and the sizzle as the pork is laid on the grill, its fat snapping in the heat. Nature provides the background music: wind blowing, birds chirping, water streaming. The video ends with the clinking of soju glasses, and even some munching ASMR.

For something a bit more primal, the Tomahawk Caveman Style Steak video ratchets up the sounds a bit more than usual, with firewood chopping, twigs crunching, and boots stomping on a layer of ice. It may not be as soothing as Cooking Tree’s videos, but it still produces a calming effect. After all, there really is nothing more pleasurable to the ears than a huge steak sizzling direct over charcoal. 

Peaceful Cuisine

While Cooking Tree is a great example of the ASMR cooking aesthetic (pretty pastels, anonymous female host, mostly desserts), this Japanese YouTuber takes the genre to another level. For one, he’s male (and judging by the comments, with lots of online admirers); he sometimes appears in his videos; his aesthetic is a bit more rustic (wooden countertops, natural lighting); and he cooks sweet and savory vegan recipes. He also usually produces two versions of his videos, with background music, and as straight-up ASMR.

His Vegan Takoyaki is a fun example of his distinctive ASMR approach. There are a lot more percussive sounds captured—the snap of the ginger as he breaks the knobs, his knife tapping against the wooden chopping board, various kitchen tools clattering on the countertop—but each of these sounds seem necessary and, I have to admit, kind of “tingly.” The highlight, of course, is when he starts cooking the balls in his stovetop takoyaki mold, with the most suspenseful moment being how he converts the messy batter into perfectly round golden balls.

For those advanced level ASMR + coffee junkies, may I recommend the How to Make Iced Latte video which, quite frankly, deserves an Oscar. He starts by roasting green coffee beans for a full 2 minutes, with only the metallic whir of his nifty spinning coffee roaster, and the coffee beans clicking against each other to entertain you. Then he cools the beans, grinds them, pulls the espresso using a manual espresso machine, and pours milk then coffee over perfectly molded ice balls—each scene and sound masterfully shot and captured. 

For those curious about how these videos are made, Peaceful Cuisine shows exactly how it’s done in one of his videos (yes there are English subtitles). He has also done Q&A sessions with viewers, conducted kitchen and house tours, and even showed off his camera equipment, kitchen gadgets, and pots and bowls. 

If you can’t get enough, there are still more Korean and Japanese YouTube channels to get lost in, including Hanse (the Frothy Coffee recipe!), HidaMari Cooking, SEODAM, and EMOJOIE CUISINE (Japanese soufflé pancakes!). And yes, even US-based cooking video giant Tasty now produces ASMR videos as well.

Lead photo: @cooking_tree

ASMR Baking: Soft \u0026 Jiggly Cheesecake • Tasty

In today’s article, we’re focusing on some of the best ASMR cooking and baking videos that the web has to offer. There’s plenty of ASMR cooking and baking videos on YouTube to enjoy, for those that find this kind of content super relaxing.

They are equally helpful for those who just want to go faster to sleep, as for those that use these kinds of ASMR videos to unwind after a stressful workday.

Hell, some of the videos even let you hit two birds with one stone, as they also provide you with some nice dinner tips and recipes in the process!

We would like to mention that it takes some time before the real cooking and baking parts take place in some of these videos – But best be sure! It’s totally worth your while!

Anyhow, here’s our list with some of the best ASMR cooking and baking videos on YouTube:

1. Baking & Eating – Mouth Sounds, Whispering & Relaxation (created by: FredsVoice ASMR)

2. Kitchen Elf Baking Lemon Cake for You (created by: Cosmic Tingles ASMR)

3. Baking: Red Lobster Style Cheddar Bay Biscuits (created by: Springbok ASMR)

4. Creme Brulee Is Delicious (created by: SoulRepose ASMR)

5. ASMR Cooking Session w/BlueApron (created by: Gentle Whispering ASMR)

6. ASMR Cooking with Fairychar! ~ Italian Cuisine (created by: Fairy Char ASMR)

Are you missing some ASMR cooking or baking video that you think should be on our list? Please send us an email to [email protected] including a link to the YouTube video and we will make sure to check it out. Who knows, maby we will add it!

You may also be interested in our list of the best ASMR artists in general.


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Grapes are a fun food to eat. The tiny spheres seem so smooth and simple—little flavorless orbs. Then they burst between your teeth with sweet, juicy goop. But what if, each time you touched a grape, it also made a little “boop” sound? And as you chewed, you heard bubbles popping in your ears?

That’s the delightful premise behind Sonic Seasoning, the graduation project of RCA student Mengtian Zhang. Inspired by ASMR—the tingling sensation people can get from certain sounds (and most recently, a slew of therapeutic YouTube videos)—it’s a plate and cutlery set that adds all sorts of sounds to the foods you eat, with the hopes of enhancing their flavor.

The project was inspired by Zhang’s own COVID-19 lockdown experience, in which she turned to ASMR cooking videos to calm herself. As for many other people, hearing the exaggerated sounds of someone else cooking or eating their meal can create a sense of  satisfaction and social connection, even through a simple YouTube window.

“I can feel the texture and flavor of food such as crunchiness and freshness behind the phone screen,” says Zhang. “So I was thinking, Could we use sound and visual effects to enhance our taste and build expectations before eating?”

What Zhang designed in response is the set of plates and cutlery you see here. Each is connected to various sensors to measure the food it is touching. The sensors send electrical signals to a processor, which plays the impulses like notes on a synthesizer. All of these connected pieces of tableware can actually create a complete circuit as a bite of food enters your mouth, so the system knows when you actually take a bite to play accompanying sound.

Zhang experimented with different approaches between her sketched concept and physical prototypes. She imagined that an infrared sensor could scan each food, measuring its chemical compounds to create a matching score. And she imagined wearable electronics that could sense chewing. But in her actual built prototype, things work a bit differently. The hand tools, like a scoop or toothpick-like poker, measure the pressure and duration of your force—responding with a certain pitch or chord. Meanwhile, each bowl or plate acts as a sound filter, tweaking the resonance of each hand tool, kind of like the body of a guitar or cello. A finger bowl called a “seasoning device” lets you dip in a piece of food, playing extra sounds like crunches or bubbles. And a DJ station—an actual electronic-looking component with various knobs—lets you tune the sounds to your liking as you eat.

When Zhang began working on the project, she thought it would simply be a more playful way to eat. But through her research, she is convinced there’s something more here. While you don’t often think of sound as a critical component of flavor, research has shown that it is. One study found that playing certain pitches can actually increase the umami or bitter flavors within food. Another discovered that people perceived stale potato chips as crispy if they heard a crunch with their bite. “I think the whole eating experience should be full of fun at first, and then people will focus on the sense of taste changing subtly with sound,” says Zhang.

In the future, Zhang would like to collaborate with a restaurant or science museum on a full dinner served on her tableware. She also imagines that, with enough tuning, a system like hers could bring more joy and flavor to food that might be lower in sugar or fat. But even without leveraging the hard science of flavor modification, her playful eating tools would make it fun to eat just about anything at all. As Zhang says: “I hope the funny part of the work could reduce the pain of having a diet.”

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