When chef Eddy Leung was tasked with cooking what was touted as the world’s first lab-grown fish fillets in his kitchen in southwestern Hong Kong, he pan-fried some and deep-fried others before finally deciding on breaded fish burgers with tartare sauce. “Before I cooked the fish it was quite firm, but after I cooked it the texture changed to being like real fish,” Leung said of the culinary experiment that took place in the gritty Wong Chuk Hang neighbourhood late last year.
Shiok Meats grows its product by taking shrimp cells and keeping them at a temperature of 28 degrees Celsius. They are then given nutrients in a solution. The cells become meat in four to six weeks.This lab-grown meat’s price is high. One kilogram of it now costs $5,000, said Shiok Meats’ Chief Executive Sandhya Sriram.
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Cell-based meat, also known as lab-grown meat or cultured-meat, is trending right now with headlines about cruelty-free chicken nuggets and shrimp wowing inaugural tasters and Hong Kong-born cell-based seafood startup Avant Meats is riding the wave. Grown in exacting and controlled conditions in a laboratory environment, cell-based meat and seafood is viewed by many as an important solution to our need to reduce the ills of factory farming and feed our growing appetite for meat and seafood without putting pressure on our planetary resources.