Today my friends and I tried to find out what foods are best eaten at lukewarm temperature tastewise. F. ex.: A hot pizza is tastier than a lukewarm or cold pizza, a cold steak on a sub is tastier than a lukewarm steak and a just baked steak is also tastier than a lukewarm one, … For clarity, I mean foods with different temperatures without changing anything chemically about them, they stay as they are, only the temperature changes.
Any ideas? And what about the science behind this?
quakerorts: Cheese. All the flavors come out that you miss when it’s cold.
shinywtf: How has no one mentioned BUTTER
nahm17: Chips, crackers and bananas are all good at room temperature. I’d say peanuts and popcorn are good slightly warmed.
foxybadgerington: quiche – i find when it’s hot it’s very bland and it lacks texture – if anything it’s slimy, but when lukewarm i can taste all the flavours and the texture has more bite to it. Cold quiche is too far the other way and of course the pastry loses its crispness.
LarsMartian: Serving temperature of sushi is supposed to be at around 18ºC (64 farenheit)
Stoul: lemons are much juicier at room temperature than cold
starsinaparsec: Certain soft cheeses like brie are better at room temperature. When they’re cold they have a firmer texture (less spreadable) and a milder flavor.
The foods that you listed also seem to have major texture changes. Cheese on pizza is melted when hot, and the fat in the steak solidifies when it’s cold, giving it a firmer texture. Prepared foods usually aren’t served at room temperature so there’s also probably some bias there based on your previous experiences.
Also, try grilling your steak instead of baking it, weirdo.
KatDanger: I actually think steak is better when it’s closer to room temperature than when it’s hot. You’re not suppose to serve it right after it gets off the pan/oven so I always enjoy my steak slightly room temperature.
Cheese is better room temperature too.
xxdcmast: Hot Pockets or Pizza Rolls so you don’t die.
Dgr8est: Hummus, should be a little warmer than room temperature
Chinese Take-Out for me is equally good hot vs “second-helping-after-sitting-out-room-temperature-because-too-lethargic-to-put-in-fridge”. Dishes with noodles work better than dishes with rice at room temp.
arigato_mr_mulato: Gummy candies.
Sometimes cake, but sometime I like that slightly chilled for firm icing and a bit of texture. If it is room temperature I need a cold glass of milk or hot cup of coffee.
Realizing I enjoy most foods colder or hotter than room temperature.
Long, thin, slimy ones,Short, fat, juicy ones,Itsy, bitsy, fuzzy wuzzy ones.
mcrom: Peanut butter. Too cold and it rips your bread and doesn’t have much flavor. Too warm and it’s liquid soup.
bnanapancake: Tomatoes. Don’t refrigerate them!
LOL_EVAN: Most cakes
HooDooOperator: steak should be served closer to room temperature, it has to settle first. and who the fuck bakes a steak?
also, i prefer pizza after it has cooled down. when the cheese solidifies a little. it tastes better, and it stays together better..
also also, the temperature of food changes the chemistry of the food. what do think cooking is?
tangerine264: Strawberries. The flavor is so much better at room temp. I can’t stand cold fruit that I have to bite, my teeth can’t handle it. Cold grapes are great but I could have them room temp. Steamed broccoli has to be hot, it’s not good room temp or cold. Eggs have to be hot, any other temp and they’re yuck.
DtownAndOut: Gatorade. It has more flavor at room temp than cold.
raveon: Fresh baked bread! You don’t want your bread hot nor cold.
ravia: Cheese by any and all means, including a 5 to 10 seconds in the microwave.
Beatleslover31: My husband eats just about everything room temp.. we order pizza and he won’t eat until is cold and rock hard lol. So I’ll wait for it too cool for him then I reheat mine so I can eat with him :p
maggiegraves88: Mochi cakes
This-is-Peppermint: Besides cheeses, charcuterie meats. I also like room temp or slightly warm lightly cooked/grilled vegetables like asparagus, zucchini, eggplant, with balsamic vinegar syrup or vinaigrette of some kind, or a dish made of these kinds of ingredients like a grain salad. Asparagus wrapped in prosciutto shouldn’t be too cold.
bulbishNYC: I like my pizza somewhere just above lukewarm.
poopenny: Sushi for sure
lukewarmtakeout: Takeout …from anywhere
sieddi: Bun bo nam bo
Sameotoko: most kinds of sishi, actually. If you’re doing an omakase at a respectable sushi restaurant, the itamae will serve the nigiris or makis at the exact temperaure it is supposed to be enjoyed. The experience is surreal
camellips: I hate cold wine , even if it’s supposed to be chilled. Maybe for white wine I take it out of the fridge and let warm up a bit before drinking.
A_Bolw_Of_Pho: Freshly out-of-oven chocolate chip cookies. Just my opinion though. Too hot and the texture is too soft, too cold and the aroma is significantly fainted.
jdsandaker: I like rice and beans room temperature. With crisps.
truenoise: Bread. Tortillas. Biscuits.
homechefskitchen: i love chilled berries, they are just awesome, cheese tastes best in fondue,apple at room temperature, the juices just drip from the corners of your mouth.
openvjayjay: Most Mexican food I enjoy cold(usually when it’s with a chili of sorts or a molé) just because I feel like you get a better flavor from the spices
Full_Rectal_Prolapse: Anything out of a can is fine. Soup, chili, clam chowder, you name it. No dishes to clean up, either. I do it all the time.
AlexInNapa: Apple pie with a 7 inch hole through the middle… OK, 5 inches.