It is amazing how there are chefs in cooking shows who can recreate a meal just by looking and tasting something prepared by someone else! But one chef was able to recreate a dish from 5-year-old frozen leftovers of a mom’s last meal – and he made the late woman’s daughter cry…
A 25-year-old woman named Takaya Reiki went to the show, “Detective!”, for help as she wanted to know whether 5-year-old frozen leftovers could still be safe for eating.
That’s really too long to hold on to a food in the fridge, huh? But everyone was soon touched to learn why she still wants to eat something that has been in the fridge for 5 years.
Reiki shares the heart-wrenching story of how she and mother had planned what they will eat for dinner. Before she went out to go to school, Reiki and her mom decided that they will have pork porridge for dinner.
She was looking forward to the meal, knowing that her mom always cooks delicious foods. But Reiki was shocked to see her mom slumped to the floor when she arrived home from school. The woman had already prepared their meal for dinner but had collapsed.
Reiki brought her mother to the hospital but there was nothing the doctors could do. Devastated that she could no longer taste any food cooked by her mother, she decided to freeze the last meal the woman had prepared.
She intended to eat the meal when she’s feeling that she misses her mom too badly, but never got around to doing it. It was only 5 years later that she finally had the courage to try eat the meal, but was not sure whether it was still safe for eating.
With the help of a biology professor, the meal was inspected. While he found microbial adhesion on some of the food, everything else was alright. He discovered that if thawed and heated at the right temperature, the food will be safe to eat.
A chef helped thaw the food. The bad parts were taken away, then the meat was placed in a pressure cooker. To recreate the meal, the chef added ginger and green onions. He also prepared a side dish similar to what the late woman had prepared.
Reiki and her father cried after tasting the food, saying it was exactly how her late mother had cooked the dish! Thanks to the chef who helped them eat this last meal that late woman had prepared…