Thailand — A man cooks chicken meat with the rays of sun reflected on an oversized mirror panel on his property in Phetchaburi province.
60-year-old food vendor Sila Sutharat designed and built himself a cooking device that uses a large wall of nearly 1,000 moveable mirrors. The device focuses the sun’s rays onto a row of marinated chickens, sizzling under the intense heat.
The solar reflector generates intense heat, enough to match an oven, with a sun-baked chicken taking just twelve minutes to cook through.
For two decades, Sila grilled for a fairly local crowd. But after videos of his solar-griller went viral online, people from across Thailand have flocked to his stall in Phetchaburi province.
Sila says the idea came to him in 1997 when he was struck by the heat reflecting off a passing bus.
He thought that with the heat reflecting from the window from the sun, he could possibly change it into an efficient thermal energy to cook food.
“At the time, energy such as petrol and gas was becoming more expensive and suppliers were also running out of wood to sell,” he recalled.
“I thought if I used solar energy, I could save a lot. And it also decreases pollution.”
Sila’s unusual cooking methods raised a few eyebrows at first, “they said that I’d gone mad, that cooking chicken like this was impossible,” he said.
“After a long time passed by, they’d say: ‘Actually, you could do it’,” he added.
He said that his chicken meat is more tender and evenly-cooked, compared to a traditional charcoal grill.
Sila and his wife Pansri now cook around 40 chickens — as well as several sides of pork — each day.
A regular patron said: “It’s delicious. His chicken is fatty, it’s not burned and doesn’t smell like a charcoal grill, which you can smell on the meat.”
This whole environment-friendly, and efficient innovation is possible as the sun’s heat can reach very hot levels if focused. We have seen eggs cooked in the heat of the sun, so why not chicken, right? It can even melt sportscars or metals similar to what happened back in 2013 in London.
Watch the sun-cooked-chicken video:
This food vendor has been cooking chicken with sunshine for 20 years.
Posted by AJ+ on Saturday, May 27, 2017