A fun part of my pre-pandemic life was thinking about all the restaurants I’d never enjoy eating out, and then feeling terrible about myself. Maybe they were too expensive, or too hard to get reservations, or too far away. Then there was Chef René Redzepi’s award-winning Copenhagen restaurant Noma. It was a trifecta: far away, really expensive, and impossible to get into. But now, for those of us who just can’t get enough to fly to Denmark for a 20-course meal, even without a global pandemic holding us back, the restaurant’s Noma Projects branch ready to release line of spices.
Garum, reaching back to the Roman Empire traditionally A fermented sauce of fish, salt and sometimes herbs. in the case of noma accordingly By wall street journal, these garams will actually be vegetarian and vegan respectively.
Egg whites and smoked mushroom garams are, in some ways, a product of the pandemic situation. The restaurant was developing the fermented sauce in 2014, when Eater look in Noma’s off now Science Bunker, but Redzepi and his team didn’t have time to fix their product. “It’s something we’ve been thinking about for many years,” he said. WSJ, “But we were always very busy.” Now, the restaurant’s fermentation lab is ready to introduce its first two shippingable products to home cooks.
Because it took so long for these condiments to reach the market—according to Noma Projects’ website, they won’t actually be released until fall or winter—the restaurant isn’t leading the charge or setting the trend for once. Over the past year, with so many people stuck at home and cooking for themselves, many restaurants have come up with condiments and other household items, adding to the lives of home cooks who miss restaurants. Designed to be better. You can do this buy crispy peppers, barbecue sauce, or Spice mix and hot sauce from any beloved institution. Selling well-travelled condiments was a way for restaurants to connect with diners in times of intense isolation. But it looks like the trend may persist for good. And for Noma, a restaurant that most diners will never reach, offering condiments and other packaged foods that travel well may be the perfect way to offer just one. taste A very elusive experience.
Of course, like anything Noma does, these two spices are the result of a very elaborate creative process. they were, according to WSJ, selected from hundreds of vinegars, misos, kombucha and garam developed by the restaurant’s testing laboratory. Fermentation Lab director Jason Ignacio White said these garams work their way into all kinds of soups, sauces and vinaigrettes at restaurants: “The same way you can put a little zest on a dish.” To make these non-fish garam, the ingredients—mushrooms and egg whites, in this case—are brewed in a hot solution of which which Rice, grain inoculated with an edible mold. According to WSJ, Noma Projects will release more garam after the first two in the world are out, including the intensely flavored one with Roasted Chicken Wings. Redzepi told the Journal that he hopes the vegetarian garam will help home cooks switch to a more plant-based diet. Internally, he’s hoping this product line will make the restaurant some money. Since Noma opened 18 years ago, the average profit margin has been only three percent, according to Redzepi. Ideally, these funky condiments will help fill the pockets of the restaurant a bit.
Of course, I haven’t spent a ton over the past year thinking about what Noma was doing, a little more worried about, you know, making it through a pandemic. But my friends are traveling again, posting about it on Instagram, and the good old FOMO is back. I feel completely satisfied these days whether I step out of the house to have a drink, or even eat at a crowded restaurant meal. rooms. World travel, alternatively, still doesn’t sound that appealing, especially when my local coffee shop still feels like an adventure. But topping my eggs or rice with a funky sauce made by some of the world’s leading fermentation experts? Still quite exciting.