Researchers at Korea University developed an AI program that matches any ingredient with its best possible pairing.
Renowned food researcher Han Myung-sook, who has been coming up with an array of fusion Korean dishes for the past thirty years,said the program could give her a lesson or two when it comes to finding food combos that stick better to the palate.
"People are interested in coming up with their original recipes. Although I have cooked for a very long time, I still feel the need to study new cooking methods."
Developers say one million pairings are stored in the program's archive.
Its user-friendly interface allow anyone to use the program with ease right off the start.
If a user wants to use red wine while cooking, all he or she must do is type in 'red wine.'
Then the program lays out its top-50 list of dishes that require the drink as an ingredient, and dishes that go well with it.
"After analyzing one-million recipes, we found out Koreans use nearly three,five-hundred ingredients on average. So we made a list with all the ingredients in the order of how compatible each of them are to others."
What makes the program nifty is its feature that recommends pairings that are rarely used in the kitchen, but still work.
Using these unconventional combos, the program provides more room for creating new recipes for people to try out and enjoy.
Cho Sung-min, Arirang News.