Walking down the street, the weather is extremely hot and the floor is burning. Oh, wait, you experience that every day here.
Have you ever wondered if you could cook an egg simply by cracking it on the sidewalk?
YouTuber Mel Vinegar tests it out for you.
Hot weather in Malaysia is actually a normal phenomenon, which occurs between February and mid-April. This begins at the tail-end of the north-east monsoon season, which starts in November and ends in April.
The hottest weather so far has nearly hit 40 degrees Celcius.
The Hotness Challenge
In the video, Mel has a series of 4 experiments to show his viewers how hot Malaysia’s weather is.
In the first experiment, he sat in his parked car with its engine off. He had a thermometer in the car which read that the temperature was 50 degrees Celcius. Dressed in a robe and a long-sleeved shirt, Mel sat in his car for 10 minutes.
Was it doable? Yes.
In the second experiment, Mel placed an aluminium tray under the scorching hot sun. He let it heat up for an hour before he poured half a bag of mini hotdogs into the tray. And as soon as they made contact with the heated aluminium, they began to sizzle.
Like, really sizzle. It was as though they were cooked on an actual stovetop. He left a fork pierced into a hotdog and tried to hold it, but it was too hot to be held. Burning yourself with hot metal isn’t very fun.
Now, if you’re looking for the answer to the question: Can the sun cook an egg? Here it is.
In the third experiment, he brought out a pan and placed it under the sun. He waited for an hour for the pan to heat up before attempting to crack the egg into the pan.
As soon as the raw egg hit the pan, the egg whites began to cook.
It even let out that sizzle sound you’d hear if you cracked an egg into a heated pan. And with a few minutes of cooking time, the egg was cooked.
So yes, the sun can cook an egg.
For his final experiment, he decided to kick it up a notch. Next experiment for the hot challenge? Cooking a steak under the sun.
Just like his hotdog experiment, he placed a raw piece of steak into an aluminium tray. Instead of leaving it out in the sun (on the road, actually), he left the tray in his car for about 4 to 5 hours for it to hopefully cook.
He went to watch a movie after. To monitor the progress of the meat, a camera was placed to show a time-lapse of the cooking process. Unfortunately, however, the camera shut off due to overheating in the car in the middle of shooting.
Some people were suspicious about this, but it’s up to you to believe it or not. Maybe he did cheat a little.
After 5 hours, the steak was fully cooked. In fact, it was even well done according to Mel who had tasted it.
However, do note that the interior of a car is always very hot under the sun: just ask anyone who’s entered a car that’s parked without shelter for hours.
You Can Watch The Full Video Below:
The science behind cooking with the sun
Although the idea of cooking with the sun seems like an implausible claim, it actually is doable.
In fact, many people around the world in areas such as rural India, China and Sudan do their cooking this way.
Not everyone in the world is blessed with electricity, so they have to use heat from the sun. Essentially, all you need to cook with the sun is heat and a solar cooker which can be made up of reflective panels.
In conclusion, cooking in a car is possible. In fact, some people grill food on their car’s exhaust. Yum.
And to add one more point from my NSmen colleagues: they do place their combat rations on their outfield vehicles to heat up the food.
So yeah, nothing new?
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