The machine, dubbed e-delicious, has ten sensors which create a chemical signature for food, which is then measured against a gold standard recipe, as approved by 120 taste testers. According to the website, the machine is composed of three parts:
"An electronic nose for measurement of smell by an array of 16 gas sensors, an electronic tongue that allows us to measure sourness, sweetness, saltiness, spiciness, and a central processing unit that gathers data and interprets the result."
Each test takes no more than 30 minutes.
The government, which was ousted by a military coup in May, was so concerned about the idea of inferior Thai food that it set up the Thai Delicious committee and gave it $100,000 (£61,000) to build the machine.
Each recipe has had its chemical make-up recorded in a database to compare with other versions. Food samples are inserted into the box to be analysed and are rated out of 100. In the case of a Thai green curry, the dish will be tested to ensure it has the right mix of basil, curry paste and coconut cream.
The team from the Thai Delicious committee has also created an app with authentic recipes for chefs to use.
Source: Bangkok Post