Shiok Meats, the world’s first cell-based crustacean meat company based in Singapore, recently showcased the first ever cultured lobster meat at an exclusive tasting event held at Innovate 360, the country’s first food incubator.
For tasting, Shiok Meats had put forth the cultured lobster meat in two dishes. According to the company, the objective of the private tasting session was to give the invited guests a taste of a sustainable seafood future. Shiok Meats also wanted to showcase the versatility of their cell-based shrimp and lobster meats through a variety of dishes.
Cell-based meats are similar to greenhouses for fruits and vegetables. The process starts by taking a small sample of crustacean cells and growing them in a nutrient-rich environment.
The company aims to develop cell-based crustacean meats that could be a key to a “cleaner and healthier seafood industry, while also solving for the inefficiencies around global protein production”. Shiok Meats first launched its shrimp prototype in March 2019, in the form of siu mai (Chinese steamed dumplings).
The exclusive tasting event saw some of the key stakeholders in the alternative protein industry coming together to taste some innovative food.
Dr. Sandhya Sriram, CEO and Dr. Ka Yi Ling, CTO, Shiok Meats, said in a company statement, “We are ecstatic that we were able to showcase the first ever cell-based lobster meat that we produced in our facility. We are humbled by the support and enthusiasm of our team, investors, collaborators and industry experts. We are working very hard on making sure that our products are delicious, healthy and affordable in the long run.”
Shiok Meats is currently working on R&D and aims to launch their products in 2022, starting off with Shiok Shrimp.