Glow-in-the-dark sushi sounds like something that Gary Shteyngart might imagine hip youngsters eating at a Stephen Starr restaurant in 2035. But it’s already here. Not in hoity-toity temples to haute sushi, though — on YouTube and in the Science Gallery in Dublin, Ireland.
The people at the Center for Genomic Gastronomy have put together a series of instruction videos on the former and an exhibit at the latter highlighting the possibility of using transgenic biolumiscent fish to make edible, glow-in-the-dark sushi, all under the aegis of “Glowing Sushi.” (“Trangenic” refers to a process by which a gene is taken from one organism — like a glow-in-the-dark bacteria or jellyfish — and inserted into another.) Their food doesn’t look as delicious as, say, an omakase sushi tasting at Masa. But it does look pretty darn futuristic and cool.