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Splash at Northwestern: March 2nd, 2024!

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RUTH LEE, PhD student in materials science and engineering

College: Northwestern University

Major: Materials Science and Engineerin

Year of Graduation: G

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Past Classes

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S446: Molecular Gastronomy: The Science of Popping Boba in Splash 2019 (Apr. 06, 2019)
Molecular gastronomy is the science behind manipulating flavor and texture to make interesting food. It involves physical and chemical transformations of ingredients, such as making popping pearls. Popping boba pearls are a type of boba often found in bubble tea, a rapidly growing cultural sensation from Asia. Spherification of juices, a technique in molecular gastronomy, is involved in producing these pearls. In this lesson module, we’ll be learning how to synthesize a modified version of these flavored bubbles, using several common chemical reactants. Taste testing is also part of this bubbly experience, of course!