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  • - Hello, welcome to my kitchen.

  • My name is Andrew.

  • You might recognize me from the show Worth It,

  • where I'm usually tasting foods at different price points

  • with my pals, Steven and Adam.

  • Today, I'm attempting to recreate

  • one of my favorite things I ever had on Worth It,

  • the lychee and grape smoothie from Spoon By H.

  • This was in our Korean Soups episode.

  • At Spoon By H, everything is stunning,

  • from the classic Korean dishes, the desserts to the drinks,

  • everything has this sculptural flourish to it

  • that is so enticing.

  • You're afraid to consume before consuming it,

  • but then once you try it,

  • you realize there's so much more

  • than it even was in just your eyes.

  • This fits into something that I'm really curious in,

  • which is the fundamentals of why something tastes good.

  • Holy (beep).

  • With this lychee and grape smoothie,

  • I'm interested in how its visual presentation

  • enhances your experience in eating it.

  • So to start off, I'm speaking with Yoon from Spoon By H,

  • to learn more about how this drink is made.

  • Hey Yoon, it's nice to see you.

  • - Oh, hi, Andrew (giggles).

  • - It's funny that when I first

  • asked you about this smoothie,

  • you said it was really simple,

  • but then I'm looking at the steps.

  • There's whipped cream,

  • then you're stacking grapes, there's flowers.

  • And then even there's the little piece of paper

  • that says Spoon By H,

  • which, to me, is like a lot of effort for one drink.

  • - Every time we eat something, we eat it with our eye first.

  • - [Andrew] Right.

  • - I want to make everyone happy,

  • to give them special experience.

  • - To me, it's very unique to find a cafe like yours,

  • where the drinks are given

  • as much attention as the desserts.

  • - It's a little different culture.

  • In Korea, they do everything in one place.

  • In United States, boba place, they do just boba.

  • But when you go to Korea and get brunch,

  • boba milk tea, waffle, all together.

  • - Doing the grape stacking,

  • I think that's gonna be the most difficult part for me.

  • Do you have any advice?

  • - It's like a game, Jenga.

  • - Right, Jenga.

  • - So if it's your first time,

  • make your smoothie more icy,

  • 'cause when you work your grape part,

  • if it's too long, smoothie's gonna be melt.

  • The whipped cream part is gonna be--

  • - Gonna sink down, right?

  • - Yeah, yeah, yeah,

  • so you have to do it really quickly.

  • - Thank you so much for chatting with me.

  • I'm gonna go and get started on making the smoothie.

  • - Thank you, thank you, I'm so excited (giggles).

  • - So we got our ingredients,

  • and the first thing we're gonna do today

  • is prepare an infused milk and a simple syrup

  • that will be in the smoothie, which we'll make tomorrow.

  • First off, let's look at a lychee.

  • I know that some people say lychee, some people say leechy.

  • I don't think that there's a wrong way to say it.

  • Kind of like a berry-looking thing.

  • Oh, can you hear that?

  • (lychee crinkles)

  • Very like dry paper type of exterior,

  • but then the inside is this beautiful,

  • translucent white flesh.

  • The smell is very melony.

  • Mm, very unique flavor,

  • kind of like rose water,

  • not too dissimilar from a grape, actually.

  • In fact, you could kind of close your eyes

  • and think that you were eating a grape

  • with a flower petal wrapped around it.

  • For our grapes, we're just using green grapes.

  • I know what a grape tastes like, but for the side by side.

  • It's very curious, the lychee almost tastes like

  • the bottom half of what the grape tastes like.

  • A grape and a lychee are the same note,

  • but the grape is a high note and the lychee is a bass note.

  • To then put those together can kind of represent

  • the same tonal similarity across a range.

  • (orchestral music)

  • Grapes.

  • So pretty much what we're gonna do

  • is start by slicing a bunch of grapes,

  • put them in this jar, cover with milk.

  • You know what's interesting about grapes,

  • despite being so juicy,

  • they also kind of make me thirsty.

  • I think that's called astringency,

  • and it's like the same thing that happens with a wine

  • that makes your mouth pucker.

  • I guess I'm gonna pour a bunch of milk

  • on top of these grapes now.

  • This feels so wrong to me for some reason,

  • but I guess it's not that,

  • this is probably how flavors of ice cream are made.

  • This feels like something I would do as a kid

  • and then get yelled at by my mom for doing,

  • but, hey, it's gourmet, mom, deal with it.

  • So there's actually also a secret ingredient for this step.

  • And are you also putting the (beep) in there?

  • - (beep) that's my secret, actually (laughs).

  • - That's your secret, okay, we don't have to put that in.

  • Yoon made me promise I wouldn't say,

  • so you're just gonna have to deal

  • with not knowing what I'm doing to this milk now.

  • Okay, so next up, we're gonna be making

  • a simple syrup with lychee,

  • and so I'm going to start by pitting a bunch of lychee.

  • Okay, welcome to the stove area.

  • For Yoon's syrup, half raw sugar, half agave,

  • an equal proportion of water, and the lychee.

  • And now we wait for it to boil.

  • The hot lychee has taken on

  • kind of like a roasted chestnut scent to it.

  • Okay, the syrup is cooled down,

  • and now we're just going to strain it.

  • We're also going to take the lychee that we boiled

  • and freeze it.

  • Syrup will go in the fridge,

  • and tomorrow we can make a smoothie.

  • So I remember from the soup video,

  • one of the most impressive features,

  • this tiny little Spoon By H paper logo.

  • So I'm gonna make my own little logo.

  • I'm not gonna call it Spoon By H,

  • because I don't think my version

  • is going to live up to theirs,

  • so I'm gonna give it Spoon By A.

  • Maybe I should do it a couple times.

  • Big top part of the S, that's important.

  • Penmanship is a highly underrated skill.

  • I think I can just use tip of my sharpest knife.

  • I think that'll work.

  • Next step is to portion some more fruit

  • before we get to the blending stage.

  • Does this look like my eyeballs?

  • Bleh.

  • When you cook by yourself, weird things happen,

  • just a fact of life.

  • These containers are a leftover from Spoon By H takeout.

  • The takeout amazing, highly recommend.

  • We did a video about it.

  • I now also need to slice grapes

  • for the decoration of the smoothies.

  • Start with just one grape at a time I guess.

  • This is probably the most crazy aspect.

  • I'm starting to think about the number of individual cuts.

  • For your average sized grape,

  • it's like one, two, three.

  • I need maybe 10 to 20 grapes just for the top,

  • so now you're looking at 30 individual cuts for one drink.

  • Okay, so it's time to start actually making a smoothie.

  • Handful of grapes.

  • Our infused milk, smells like milk.

  • Mm, a sweet melon nature to it.

  • We have our lychee syrup from yesterday.

  • Mm, it does have like a warm sweet flavor

  • the way that maple syrup does, for example.

  • Sure.

  • We also have the frozen leftover lychee from that syrup

  • and then just a few fresh lychee.

  • So this isn't in Yoon's recipe,

  • but something that I have to do in my kitchen.

  • 'Cause I don't have the most powerful blender,

  • I've learned to pre-break my ice,

  • but it's okay because I have this suspiciously thick spoon.

  • This is not what Yoon does at the restaurant.

  • You gotta break a couple eggs to make an omelet.

  • Time to blend.

  • Sounds like I'm changing tires in a pit ring right now.

  • I just need to taste this to make sure

  • I got the proportions right.

  • Oh yeah.

  • Let's talk about my glass options.

  • This is the closest thing I could find.

  • This is a lot smaller, I know,

  • but it's still kind of that thicker tulip shape.

  • Working quickly now because this is icy.

  • Most of the volume.

  • A whipped cream cone for the grapes to sit on.

  • If you can tell, I'm kind of fricking nervous right now,

  • because this thing is melting.

  • I can't imagine doing this

  • in the restaurant setting to order.

  • Now I'm gonna start overlapping.

  • Ooh, but now I need smaller grapes, what?

  • You can't just use any slice that you, gah.

  • So right off the bat, I understand

  • that it looks way less impressive on a smaller scale,

  • which is crazy because the actual smoothie

  • is larger and has more grapes.

  • Oh, it's melting so much.

  • Okay, one other decorative element, which is flowers.

  • I'm just going to use individual petals.

  • When we had it in the soup episode,

  • Yoon's smoothie features these white flowers.

  • It's a seasonal thing,

  • so it's not always gonna be those flowers.

  • My cream is really melting.

  • I hate everything about this.

  • Yoon was like, "This recipe's too easy.

  • "I don't know why you wanna do this recipe."

  • Come on, this is easy?

  • I'm going to take one choice grape,

  • make an incision just in the top,

  • insert my Spoon by A.

  • - Okay, there's my melty smoothie.

  • There's my melty smoothie.

  • Okay, I'm gonna make this smoothie again.

  • Here's what I'm gonna do this time to try to optimize

  • for the circumstances I'm making it in.

  • Slice my grapes thinner.

  • Since I'm dealing with a smaller wine glass,

  • I want all of the features to be a little bit smaller.

  • Preselect my flower petals, arrange them by size and color

  • so that there is as little downtime

  • in the assembly phase as possible.

  • Smoothie, whipped cream,

  • grapes, much tighter pattern.

  • I don't know if working faster

  • really did smoothie a whole lot of favors.

  • Now for my capstone grape.

  • I think if I shoot it from some angles,

  • I can trick you into thinking it looks kind of good.

  • I am melting, and the smoothie is melting.

  • It's still delicious, yeah.

  • It's kind of like a similar enjoyment to having a milkshake,

  • but without all the heaviness of a milkshake.

  • I think we all know how I did.

  • It didn't really come out as visually stunning

  • as it does at Spoon By H.

  • I think there's something very unique

  • about putting a ton of effort

  • into one first impression moment with food.

  • I feel like I've just gotten a door crack view

  • into the amount of stuff that they do at Spoon By H,

  • and it is, it's mind-blowing.

  • And if you want an actually well-made smoothie,