Trying to cook food on the sidewalk has long been a way of visually showing people just how it is outside in one’s hometown. Most often, eggs are the chosen food for this showcase (to the point where officials at Death Valley National Park had to ask people to stop doing the experiment inside the park’s borders).
Eggs are all well and good, but to a carnivore, nothing compares to a nice cut of meat. It was cuts of meat that one Turkish man cooked during a blistering heatwave in his hometown of Adana to show the sweltering conditions.
— Yahoo UK News (@YahooNewsUK) June 27, 2016
It was about 45 C when Tunay Urper put a baking sheet out in the sun to warm up, and as you’ll see, it doesn’t take long for his “pork steaks” (where I’m from, those are called “chops”) to start to sear. Have a look at the video HERE.
Apparently the video was shot as a response to another video of sidewalk cooking with eggs shot in the southwestern Turkish town of Mugla. Apparently there’s a bit of a rivalry between the regions, with either side claiming their area is hotter.
Like I said, eggs tend to be the go-to food for this particular experiment, and it doesn’t take much searching to find videos of people trying this themselves, like this one from Florence, Arizona:
And Part 2:
It tends to get pretty hot during Australian summers too, and this bloke in Perth manages to cook an egg on the sidewalk on a 46 C day.
He was certainly more successful than a fellow Perth resident who decided to forgo the pan… and it didn’t quite turn out the way he’d hoped.
Now it certainly feels pretty hot out there in Peterborough today, with a high of around 30 C or so… But that doesn’t mean you should go out and make a mess on the sidewalk. According to Bill Nye, we’d need another 25 C just to get a poorly-cooked egg after a decent wait:
There are several references to 158 degrees as the minimum temperature needed to fry an egg. But Bill Nye the Science Guy tested egg-frying on a griddle on a stove a couple years ago, and found the minimum temperature to cook an egg was 130 degrees Fahrenheit (55 C), but that it took 20 minutes at that relatively low temperature. “So indeed, it can be hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk,” he writes.
Now eggs are all well and good, but if you’re a carnivore like me, nothing beats a nice cut of meat… And there are more examples of sidewalk grilling floating around out there… Like this one from Texas:
Or another video that’s gone somewhat viral recently of one Arizona resident cooking some steaks on the pavement, with an added bonus for dessert:
Yes, he’s baking cookies on the dashboard of a Lamborghini. That was part of the “When In Your State” series of videos.
Now the idea of baking cookies in cars is something I totally WOULD recommend. In fact, I did that experiment myself right here in Peterborough about 3 years ago – albeit with a far less flashy car than that dude’s Lambo. You can see how that went in my blog HERE.
Apparently Dashboard Cookin’ is somewhat popular in Arizona. There’s a video on YouTube of an Arizona resident preparing a whole meal and letting it cook on their dashboard of their car all day while at work. It’s pretty impressive – check it out HERE.
If you’re into extreme BBQing, then I’m sure you’ll love this video of people grilling steaks over a flow of LAVA!
You can find a little more info on that in my blog HERE.
Until next time, stay frosty my friends!