Food coated with edible gold leaf has been a rage on social media lately. Placing a flimsy sheet of gold would definitely amp up your favourite dish. The Temple of Foodies, a chic café in Kollam, has taken the ‘golden’ leap by serving edible gold burger accompanied by blue tea or ambrosia (made with blue pea flower) that looks and tastes exotic.
Chef V Shine, who is also the owner of the Temple of Foodies, said that they are the first eatery to serve edible gold burger in Kerala. The chef, who hails from a family of traditional ayurvedic medical practitioners, believes in the excellent medicinal properties of gold. He says that gold is added in ayurvedic medicinal concoctions to help preserve youth.
Gold is extremely soothing for the skin too. Thankabhasma or monatomic gold is often used in Malayali household. Royalty and aristocrats in foreign countries use edible gold in their food. Food lined with edible gold leaves is commonly available in North Indian restaurants too.
Interestingly, this edible gold burger costs half the price of the gold facial that you could get in the beauty salons. The blue tea or the ambrosia made with blue pea or butterfly pea flower is extremely refreshing. This drink is often touted as God’s drink for its amazing taste and colour and also for its herbal properties.