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People on the Internet tend to freak out about all things cute and tiny, from babies to animals to babies who are friends with animals. But now, there’s a new addition to this genre: videos of people making tiny edible food creations on YouTube.
We’ve just discovered this trend of making tiny meals using miniature collectible pots and pans as cooking utensils, as YouTuber RRcherrypie Group demonstrates above. The trend started in Japan, but recently it started catching on with viewers worldwide, with some of these videos racking up hundreds of thousands of views.
So why do so many people find the idea of pinky-sized cuisine appealing? For starters, most of these “recipes” use real-life ingredients, cooked with a small candle or canned heat. The fact that you can actually eat some of these bite-sized creations makes them a lot cooler than if someone had whipped them up using inedible plastic toys.
These tiny delicacies are also usually prepared using equipment that’s either perennially out of stock, or has long been discontinued. So if you want to be a successful tiny food chef, you don’t just need to know how to cook—you also need to be a resourceful vintage toy collector.
Breakfast: Scrambled quail egg and sausage
Who knew a miniature plate of scrambled eggs could be made from a single quail egg?
Lunch: Mini shrimp tempura
Because miniature deep-frying is mesmerizing.
Late lunch/early dinner: Mini sushi
A plate of eight human-sized assorted sushi from a restaurant will satiate you for about an hour before you start to feel hungry again. You’d probably need at least 50 of these tiny plates to fill up your tummy.
Dinner: Tiny spaghetti Bolognese
Featuring a single strand of fresh pasta. Whoa.
Dessert: Tiny crepes
As if making them in regular human size wasn’t complicated enough.
If you’d like to try your hand at your own tiny edible creations, a word of warning: Cooking regular-sized food for regular-sized humans is difficult enough. Creating well-composed dishes that are more suitable for a hamster than a human, however, takes serious skill. You need to have a great imagination and a steady hand, because one flick of the wrist can easily transform an edible masterpiece into a disaster.
Jam Kotenko is a technology reporter and graphic designer who specializes in coverage of Instagram, Facebook, and other social media apps. Her work has been published by Digital Trends, Bustle, and Gotta Be Mobile.