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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Black Burger: Kuro Burger of Burger King In Japan



The picture of a Kuro Burger was posted by my grandson in Facebook, So, I will look at this Kuro Burger and what's in it.

Here is a write-up about the Black Burger - The Kuro Burger

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/09/burger-king-is-debuting-a-black-burger-in-japan-because-everything-is-terrible

What makes the sauce black?
Squid Ink

What makes the cheese black?
It was smoked with bamboo charcoal

What makes the bun black?
Squid ink

There's this quote from the article, 
'Cheeseburgers are not supposed to be black.'

What is a cheeseburger?


All I know is that the first time I ate a cheeseburger, it was from McDonald and my mom got it for me when I was young. It made me full. The ketchup and the burger plus some fries gave me different taste sensations and because we were going out to enjoy ourselves at that time, the taste of the burger became associated with 'fun times' , family and somehow being special, because where I grew up, before we can get a burger, we had to dress up, ride a vehicle to arrive to McDonald and all of these require some money. So, only the ones with money can get a burger


Now that I am an adult, I question what food is. I recently expanded Food to mean 'a substance that nourish the physical body'. 


All my life, I saw food as a form of entertainment. The problem is, 'how will I change the way I look at food and align it to its essential meaning - food as a form of nourishment?' I will answer that in posts to come.


Let's look at the definition of a Cheeseburger


Word Web

Definition of a Cheeseburger
A hamburger with melted cheese on it

What is in a Cheeseburger?

A bun 
Cheese
Lettuce
Tomato
Onion
Pickles
Mustard
Mayonnaise
Sauce
Meat
Bacon (sometimes)

Let;s look at the definition of these words

Word Web
A bun - a  small rounded bread
Cheese -a  solid food prepared from the pressed curd of milk
Lettuce - leaves of a cultivated plant (Lactuca sativa) often eaten in salads
Tomato - a widely cultivated plant that produces tomatoes as fruit, native to South America
Sauce - flavorful relish, dressing or topping served as an accompaniment to food
Onion - The bulb of an onion plant
Pickles - Vegetables (especially cucumbers) preserved in brine or vinegar
Mustard - Pungent powder or paste prepared from ground mustard seeds
Meat - The flesh of animals (including fishes and birds and snails) used as food 
(can also be vegetable based meat)

The addition of the squid ink made the Kuro Burger the center of attention in newspapers, tv and the internet. Let's look at it:


Squid - widely distributed fast-moving ten-armed cephalopod mollusk having a long tapered body with triangular tail fins


Ink -Dark protective fluid ejected into the water by cuttlefish and other cephalopods


What did we forget to look at here?


That all of these ingredients to make a cheeseburger comes from the earth and it was made for all to support all to survive. But the way this world is set up is that, only some who has the money can buy food and that is true where I come from, the Philippines. The poor cannot buy a burger, they mostly survive eating boiled bananas, boiled sweet potato or boiled rice with salt..


So, we have to assist in making ingredients the body need to survive, accessible for all and look at a living income that will support all to get food with nutrition their body needs.


These burger ingredients can be recombined and cooked to make something else - an open faced sandwich, a salad etc.. The portions can be different for each one because our body is different from each other, 


Here's the Nutrition in a regular cheeseburger from the web:




Video: Bill Nye on Nutrition:
Continued.

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