I’ll start these Thursday Reviews At 6 with a Youtube channel that I grew to really enjoy over the last few months, and for reasons that might baffle some people. So here goes:
One Meal A Day is an online Cooking program from South Korea, in which our chef shows how to create a range of dishes with components and techniques that can be easily purchased and practiced. Each video is less than five minutes long, with only two videos (so far) going over that, and it all follows a loose formula: We are introduced to our ingredients, then we witness the items being prepared and cooked. After cooking and eating the dish on camera (even out of the frying pan from time to time), the Chef will then consume a different kind of fruit or dessert afterwards (and sometimes a Yakult), before occasionally showing some of the bloopers, in which stuff spills or falls.
Upon looking at this collection of videos, people might experience confusion, and within reason. We have the likes of Gordon Ramsey and Thomas Keller putting online courses on Masterclass, which includes Ramsey showing you how to make a really expensive version of Scambled Eggs with Sea Urchin and White Truffle in it. Which is all well and good if you’re looking to work in a Michelin Star restaurant, but it’s not for everybody. One Meal A Day on the other hand says “Cooking is for everybody”. It does a wonderful job creating Foundational Recipes that can be built upon when there is desire to experiment and explore different ingredients and spices. The editing is quick and wastes no time when presenting the process, and the sound of knives chopping and food cooking is very appealing, along with the quirky piano music (‘Claudio The Worm’ by The Green Orbs, and ‘Fall’ by Jincheng Zhang). Though the chef doesn’t speak, but uses text (in Korean) nothing written in the description can’t be translated in google translate (as far as I can see).
I would recommend this channel for everybody, but in particular this range of folk: Parents/Guardians teaching children to cook (under intense supervision of course, because of boiling water and frying pans), students living on a budget, anybody living on a budget, and those who are too tired or uninspired to cook (but also don’t want to eat a ready-made microwave dinner or buttered toast). I usually fall under the latest category for this one, and the results have always made me happy.
As of this review the channel sits at 3.95 million subscribers…and you know what? It deserves more.