Mukimono, Art Emerges From Fruit
Mukimono is the traditional Japanese art of decorative garnishing. Traditional images are carved into the skins of fruits and vegetables. Vegetables are transformed into new images such as flowers, twists, and fans. (Wikipedia). Boats and bowls are often created to grace buffet tables often containing other beautifully carved edible fare.
Food carvings displayed at banquets and meals have always fascinated me. It is an art that I keep thinking I wish to try but have never taken the time to do. The most common carving I have encountered is the radish flower. Today I saw a cantaloupe carving of a leaf design on Flickr which was so amazing it compelled me to begin my search.
In Thailand, the art of carving fruit and vegetables is derived from their tradition and deep appreciation for beauty and is fundamental to any meal. Food and meal presentation are of the utmost importance. Natural and realistic creations placed on the table are innate to their culture. Thai carving is an adaptation of Mukimono.
Learn Thai Carving
As with any job, learning to carve fruits and vegetables requires the acquisition of the correct tools. Thai Carving provides step-by-step instructions for flowers, leaves, a chick, a fish, and more.
- Use fresh vegetables and fruits just before they are ripe.
- Wash the fruit or vegetable if it will be consumed.
- Clean hands, carving tools, and cutting board.
- Sharp stainless steel knives will not discolor the fruit or vegetable.
- Quick carving keeps the carving fresh.
- Do not over carve and remove more than necessary.
Find these and more instructions at the following links.
How To Carve Fruits and Vegetables
- Bangkok Thai Cooking Academy | Thai Cooking School In Bangkok | Thai Cooking Class
Thai cooking school in Bangkok with a Thai cooking class and a Bangkok cooking school.
- Professional Thai fruit carving | Wix.com
Chuncarve is one of the best “Fruit Stylist” base on fruit and vegetable carving Kae-Sa-Luk. Learn to make beautiful carved centerpieces, garnishing and edible arrangement for any occasion.
- Learn Thai Carving
Welcome to Thai Carving. Purchase beautiful Thai fruit and vegetable carvings for weddings and other special events We specialize in carving fruits and vegetables following the traditional Thai method that originated in the Royal Thai courts.
Complete edible centerpieces are provided both for beauty and consumption. Instrucables walks you through the steps to create this incredible swan to become the focal point for your table.
What would you choose to carve first?
Creation of the Swan
One carving I might actually be able to master is the Carrot Leaf Carving from Temple of Thai which requires only two long carrots and a sharp carving knife. Instructions complete with photos are available for download. It would be so much fun to make these for each plate at the next dinner party.
Carrot Leaf Carving
More Article Links
- Fruit Carving Tutorials — How To Carve Fruits & Vegetables | Temple of Thai
Learn the art of fruit and vegetable carving with our tutorials, books, knives and tools at Temple of Thai.
- Flickr: wtimm9's Photostream
Visit timm9 on Flickr for more amazing photos of fruit and vegetable carving.
- Learn Thai Carving
Welcome to Thai Carving. Purchase beautiful Thai fruit and vegetable carvings for weddings and other special events .We specialize in carving fruits and vegetables following the traditional Thai method that originated in the Royal Thai courts.
- How to carve fruit for a centerpiece
This instructable will guide you through some of the basics to creating fruit centerpieces.
Instruction for classic Thai vegetable and fruit carving. Instructions in Thai and English.
Fruit carving knife.