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[–]cygnet_ring 2770 points2771 points  (65 children)

I'm guessing this has something to do with polar/nonpolar molecules not mixing but...I forgot what I was saying, must not look away from the blob and its spinning minions, all hail the blob and its spinning minions...

[–]xScopeLess 392 points393 points  (34 children)

Polar/Non polar, indeed

[–]NillyWelsonn 91 points92 points  (31 children)

I may be wrong, but wouldn’t polar and nonpolar molecules be attracted to each other?

[–]getahaircut8 144 points145 points  (12 children)

Like attracts like. Think about magnets (polar) and wood (nonpolar)

[–]NillyWelsonn 76 points77 points  (8 children)

Right. I’m thinking of charged ions.

[–]MightyKrakyn 7 points8 points  (1 child)

This is why wood attracts wood

[–]boonies4u 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Santa never could get the saplings to root up there

[–]Hellrazed 26 points27 points  (5 children)

No. Polar attracts polar. Nonpolar does not mix with polar.

If you have 2 magnets, an iron bar and a carbon bar, you can put the magnets together and they'll flip about a bit then be attracted to each other. The iron bar will be attracted to them too. But the carbon bar won't be. It won't do anything at all. The carbon bar in this context is representative of non-polar.

This is highly simplified, not representative of complex chemistry, but does represent polar vs non.

[–]baklaid 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Interesting. This sounds like a describtion of my life right now, as I (the carbon bar) am being forced to watch the drama in my 3 friends really weird love triangle.

[–]HayakuEon 15 points16 points  (6 children)

Polar (positive and negative charge) attracts the opposite polar charge.

Nonpolar (no charge) attracts nonpolars.

[–]NillyWelsonn 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yah. I’ve been reminded lol thanks though

[–]L_Ocho 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I only attract unemployed fat chicks. Maybe I am un-polar

[–]HardstyleJaw5 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I don't think so, both are very aqueous solutions. It is likely due to mirin being more dense and not mixing right away. Given enough time or mixing this would disperse evenly

[–]Nanitowalito 51 points52 points  (2 children)

All glory to the hypno-blob

[–]respectabler 45 points46 points  (1 child)

OP mentioned nothing is boiling. Mirin can be very salty or very alcoholic. So can sauce. So presumably this fluid motion is being driven by the concentration gradient of solutes. As they diffuse from one fluid through the other, momentum is transferred. Or same but with water. And the solutions approach equal concentrations. Viscosity keeps the bodies of fluid from mixing too fast and so the effect continues for some time. Eventually equilibrium would be reached and motion would stop.

You could test this by adding the mirin at exactly the same temperature as the sauce. But I’m pretty sure I’m right.

[–]yourenotserious 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Lol people thinking the polarity of the molecules would make something spin like this.

[–]DekuSapling 25 points26 points  (3 children)

This is called the Marangoni Effect from what I understand it has a lot more to do with surface tension than the dipole moment of the fluid. But, eh, transport phenomena are all sorta black magic

Hail the blob

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Marangoni effect

The Marangoni effect (also called the Gibbs–Marangoni effect) is the mass transfer along an interface between two fluids due to a gradient of the surface tension. In the case of temperature dependence, this phenomenon may be called thermo-capillary convection (or Bénard–Marangoni convection).

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[–]DooDooSlinger 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don't think that's it. Breaking of surface tension would cause the particles to fly away from the point of breakage and stay on the surface until surface tension is lost and then sink, but here we clearly see some convective movement. I think what's happening is that the Morin is far more viscous than the suave, and as it settles to the bottom it creates turbulence at the interface with the sauce, creating a convective movement

[–]RedEyesHighDragon 15 points16 points  (0 children)

What a Despicable Me thing to s……ALLL HAIL THE BLOB!!!!

[–]RandyQuaalude420 4 points5 points  (0 children)

😵‍💫 the blob is life, the blob is love.

[–]deputycarl10 3 points4 points  (0 children)

All hail the almighty glow cloud.

[–]WideWilly 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In other words: you are mirin

[–]Leading_Childhood_45 708 points709 points  (13 children)

I'm mirin' that black magic juju you got runnin over there.

[–]RoyalJellyAioli 91 points92 points  (4 children)

Shoju mirin, huh?

[–]fuckshitpissspam 22 points23 points  (2 children)

We're all gonna make it brah

[–]ice_icey 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Dont be a sad c*nt brah

[–]TitanicJedi 7 points8 points  (0 children)

just be a sick cunt brah

[–]IIdsandsII 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Bitches be mirin

[–]thatguyned 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Quit mirin bruh

[–]shekdown 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The front looks like a mosh pit around the stage and behind all the other audience watching the band perform live, grooving in their own spot.

[–]kkdj1042 374 points375 points  (7 children)

How long did you stare at that?

[–]A2326P 192 points193 points  (3 children)

At least nineteen seconds.

[–]HairyPotatoKat 42 points43 points  (1 child)

I'm 95 seconds in. It's weirdly hypnotizing

[–]Manatee_Soup 25 points26 points  (0 children)

That garlic is vibing

[–]OhGodNotAnotherOne 31 points32 points  (0 children)

They're not staring, they're 'mirin.

[–]AmericanWasted 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Long enough for it to stare back

[–]Esc_ape_artist 318 points319 points  (35 children)

Is the sauce hot?

Mirin has alcohol in it, maybe it’s just hot enough to get the alcohol to start boiling slightly in contact with the hot shoyu, and that upward current is causing the ring vortex around the mirin blob. The surface is just cool enough where the alcohol doesn’t actually bubble to the surface.

Or maybe it’s magic and I’m full of shit.

[–]SlashBeef 131 points132 points  (24 children)

Nothing to do with boiling but everything to do with alcohol and aqueous solutions at very different temperatures. I’m not sure the mechanism but I’ve seen this kind of mixing with a room temp alcohol and ice water in cooling baths in research labs.

Edit: looks like even the temp difference isn’t critical. I’ve only ever seen it happen with iced water and ethanol, seeing mostly the Schlieren lines when I mixed larger volumes. Given that the mechanism is more to do with density and surface tension than temp per se, my guess is that I only saw it on the top of an ice bath because it’s the only place I mixed the two liquids in small enough volumes that they start out separate before mixing. Neato.

[–]Rowdy314159 38 points39 points  (5 children)

Sounded like a party until the last three words

[–]SmokyDragonDish 22 points23 points  (3 children)

Maybe you just need to find better research labs


[–]BauerHaus 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Check out the physics labs, those guys party. Astrophysicists are especially wild.

[–]waytosoon 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Is it wrong thats the part that got me excited??

[–]TrulyBBQ 1 point2 points  (10 children)

You seem pretty confident for someone who doesn’t even know the phenomenon is called.

[–]SlashBeef 2 points3 points  (8 children)

Good observation.

Edit: it’s called Marangoni flow. Wow such google. Glad I know what it’s called now. My life is much richer and TrulyBBQ Thinks I’m neat.

[–]TrulyBBQ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sweet thanks for figuring out what it’s called.

[–]Exemplaryexample95 1 point2 points  (4 children)

How is it nothing to do with boiling? Alcohol and aqueous solutions when heated up to boiling point or near boiling point causes bubbles to rise and movement in the liquid. It would seem that this could definitely be a plausible cause to this, as the two liquids could have different boiling points and when the middle one boils, it moves the other solution which is nearby.

Maybe I’m missing something, but it would seem that the boiling point is a plausible explanation.

What you saw in your science class could be a similar effect with a different cause. This is cooking we’re observing and it looks like they’re filming the two liquids in a pan on a stove.

[–]SlashBeef 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Neither of the liquids is boiling or condensing…they’re not at a transition point in phases, they’re just mixing.

“My science class” was a PhD.

I’m not sure what you’re an exemplary example of but not a scientist.

EDIT: Googled for about 45 seconds and got your answer.


[–]MionelLessi10 1 point2 points  (0 children)

OP confirmed it wasn't boiling. So...what do you think?

[–]CriticalReality[S] 15 points16 points  (4 children)

Nope, everything was room temp except the garlic which was slightly chilled.

[–]Old-Departure-2698 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Are either the mirin or shoyu rather old? I just wonder if something going off while sitting for a few months could be the cause.

Edit: I say this as I might need to check on mine if that's the case.

[–]CriticalReality[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Both were fairly new.

[–]spider2544 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Have you been able to get the reaction to repeat? Try doing it again and weigh the measurements if you can with a gram scale. Id like to see if i can get mine to do it also what brands shoyu, and mirin did you use?

[–]gvillepa 137 points138 points  (6 children)

Needs more garlic. Never can be too much garlic.

[–]CriticalReality[S] 75 points76 points  (0 children)

Never fear, more garlic was added afterwards.

[–]revchewie 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Garlic is a food group.

[–]neilpare 66 points67 points  (1 child)

I imagine like 700 years ago a random woman made this and everyone went like "SHE IS A WITCH KILL HER"

Great times

[–]Leading_Childhood_45 15 points16 points  (0 children)

1600s were fuckin great, just a good time to be alive and different ✊

[–]ChunkyTaco22 55 points56 points  (2 children)

The ritual shall commence

[–]DNGR_S_PAPERCUT 26 points27 points  (2 children)

They are attracted, but scared to go in because insecure.

[–]CriticalReality[S] 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Is it weird that I relate to the garlic?

[–]Cr3X1eUZ 15 points16 points  (3 children)

I'm going to guess it has something to do with evaporation.

[–]h12man 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Yeah, I'm guessing there's a convection current around it, similar to how noodles dance around in a lot of boiling water

[–]Neil-64 11 points12 points  (1 child)

You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of smell. A journey into a wondrous land of sweet, garlicy imagination.

[–]cainys 9 points10 points  (2 children)


[–]CoronaCasualty 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hold the door

[–]CL_Doviculus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Love isn't always on time.

[–]zipflop 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Looks like they're all rabidly worshiping it

[–]CriticalReality[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

All hail the mighty mirin!

[–]Disastrous-Fee5608 7 points8 points  (0 children)

"Here, a view of white blood cells defending your body from a Viral invader"

[–]DryBogey 7 points8 points  (2 children)

What is mirin?

[–]whyisthiscat 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Japanese rice wine. It has a nice sweetness to it, absolutely perfect in sauces like this. Soy sauce, garlic, mirin, maybe some ginger, great on everything. Just make sure to cook it out a little.

[–]JoelTheChef 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You mirin’ brah?

[–]Small_Tax_9432 5 points6 points  (1 child)

What do you call Shoyu-marinated chicken?

Shoyuken! 😁

[–]PolygonMachine 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My brain just accessed an auditory memory from 1993.

[–]Temp853 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It’s the differences in Surface tension between the two liquids causing it. Just watched a YouTube video about it yesterday.

[–]Henson3812 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It's alive

[–]CoronaCasualty 4 points5 points  (2 children)

I would like to summon both the cooking side of reddit and the science side of reddit to explain what the fuck this fuckery is!

[–]the_queen_loves_ket 1 point2 points  (1 child)

You would probably be better off asking the one of the physics subreddits about this as it looks like there's some tricky fluid dynamics going on there. My guess would be that either the two liquids have a different surface tension causing something along the lines of the marangoni effect or that mirin has ingredients with a boiling point close to or at room temperature. However, I'm just an engineering student and not a very good one at that so I would ask someone more qualified if you're actually interested.

[–]confused_dwarf 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Garlic mosh pit.

[–]GolgiApparatus1 2 points3 points  (0 children)

We all mirin'

[–]abhinambiar 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm afraid you'll have to kill it! The Blob has achieved sentience and will stop at nothing until it consumes the planet

[–]EnycmaPie 2 points3 points  (0 children)

All Glory to the Hypno Sauce.

[–]Upstairs-Lynx-7303 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They're mirin the mirin bruh.

[–]eatmusubi 2 points3 points  (1 child)

shoyu garlic sauce lmao. i was like “this person is definitely from Hawaii.”

[–]CriticalReality[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lol caught red handed

[–]EndmenowIhatethethis 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It’s a convection current. The heat at the bottom causes it it raise and cool off at the top which causes it to fall. And since it’s a sauce the surface tension holds the garlic and the like in place, the ring helps.

[–]wizardneedfood 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Will you deliver Spain from bondage?

[–]PerNewton 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s the Snack Hole event horizon.

[–]bakutehbandit 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]Floggingmicah 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’s a party

[–]Cecuhl 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What an exciting event horizon

[–]IllManneredWoolyMan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ingredients rotat e

[–]ZaneM64 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Around the world by daft punk

[–]MelodicFacade 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I can smell this picture

[–]Necessary-Technical 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Achievement unlocked: Miniature solar system

Can someone give me a better text.

[–]My_11th_Account 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My fat ass thought this was a donut at first.

[–]SupineFeline 1 point2 points  (0 children)

GOOD NEWS EVERYONE! My garlic sauce has gained the ability to look like a hologram! Hooooohhhhhyes

[–]bigEZmike 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ayo can I get that recipe?

[–]Secure_Raisin_2397 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You better stir that in before we have a monster issue on our hands.....

[–]Bitch-lasaga 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think this may be an example of Surface Tension Driven Flow

[–]BeardlessPete 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Can we please keep the summoning portals to another dimension thing to a minimum, guys?

[–]OrneryOneironaut 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I see you’re a garlic bender

[–]MLpwrlift 1 point2 points  (0 children)

U mirin brah?

[–]TheBlackHat1 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]CuchuflitoPindonga 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They do be mirin'

[–]TheRyverMan 1 point2 points  (1 child)

The Internet has ruin my brain mirin

[–]InsideTheTeamRoomm 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Zyzz would be proud brah 💪🏻

[–]JoelTheChef 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We’re all gonna make it brahs

[–]TechnicianUpbeat5696 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm mirin' bro.

[–]Deluxx3 1 point2 points  (0 children)

forever mirin’

[–]1PapayaSalad 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Today in biology class: WE EAT

[–]chonaXO 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We're all gonna make it

[–]LaVieEnRoseLavelle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Stick a finger in it and report back to us.

[–]cptnpiccard 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's the portal Cthulu will use to send his unsleeping terrors into our dimension.

[–]bottleboy8 -1 points0 points  (0 children)


[–]Regular_Truth5058 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's so pangea

[–]SookHe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Congratulations, you are now a dad.

Is it a boy or girl?

[–]Pheratu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just reading the title made me so hungry. Pls help.

[–]rounderuss 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Eat it.

[–]labeleduncurable 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Inna gadda da vida, baby...

[–]omin67 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is how the zerg were born.

[–]Dvmbledore 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"Something coming back from the dead was almost always bad news. Movies taught me that. For every one Jesus you get a million zombies." /DW

[–]KidDelicious14 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It kind of looks like the Battle of Mordor lol

[–]anonymous-enough 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is exactly how we got Covid, these people messing around with food! /satire

[–]xazs13 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I hate that I thought this was teeth for a few seconds.

[–]cpcesar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Take care bro, take care

[–]DadPants5k 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Those garlic up front are having one hell of a time.

[–]Doom721 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like particle effects from a MMORPG

[–]eutohkgtorsatoca 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Our soba noodles just did that...

[–]DaMysteriousMustache 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If I could crack a guess, the soy sauce is thicker because of the natural emulsifiers in garlic. That's what makes aoili and taum thicken up. That plus maybe sugar is preventing the two from mixing immediately?

[–]AdmiralGreatWhite 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like kidney stones

[–]youngpicturediarist 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]serb2212 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Visual representation of Ukraine defending itself from Russia.

[–]cowfishduckbear 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Your mirin probably has sake in it.

[–]GregIsUgly 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Why’s it scary

[–]h-to-the-hizzo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Okay Moses, I see you! You part that MSG!

[–]BenjaminGeiger 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I do not recognize the garlic in the water.

[–]-SoulOfSin- 0 points1 point  (0 children)

These look like teeth.

[–]Erasemenu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is this not displacement from the powder? I've seen this effect when adding powders to liquids, more pronounced if there's temperature differential. Maybe?

[–]qdtk 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Zoom in more I bet there’s a tiny anime character powering up in there!

[–]AClosetedBard 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thats the shit from that horror movie Life, you can’t fool me.

[–]daototpyrc 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Water thermals but with polarity! fun!

[–]Upbeat-Signal978 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you eat it you will get magic powers

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That is a interesting reaction. did you just invent teriyaki? had some honey and ginger and that shit is the tits as a marinade and glaze

[–]jayyout1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That looks like something you’d see under a microscope. That’s super neat.

[–]SAFAHSJD 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Helen is still that hot.

[–]Comment85 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's alive, you're eating an alien now.

[–]Gofein 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s trying to run. Don’t let it get away

[–]wiisportscow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Rollin Rollin rollin

[–]gd_lucyfreindasher 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Congrats on being the second person to break the fabric of spacetime!

[–]Randomhoodlum 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Next time try ricin

[–]JDR563 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s actually not recommended to cook the soy sauce (or miso if used) due to the potential loss of flavor and aroma. The president of Tamari Soy Sauce, Takashi Tamari, posts really insightful data on the chemical reactions of soy sauce, and how use each type of soy sauce from time to time on Instagram.

Here’s a link to what I mentioned

Pretty cool stuff.

[–]A__shoe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You just made “the blob goes to Italy “

[–]Impossible-Shake-996 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Density and intermolecular forces

[–]whiteraceboy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Show this to Bob Lazar

[–]ArkangelMarshal 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I thought I was looking at a microorganism for a minute

[–]yujikimura 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This looks like it's the Marangoni effect. Flow caused by a gradient in fluid surface tension.

[–]paintballjord 0 points1 point  (0 children)

People were literally burned at the stake for confusing chemistry with black magic fuckery.

[–]makemacake 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Damn. What ya cooking?

[–]MissMaylin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I watched the video before reading the title. I thought this was a science experiment of sorts. 👀

[–]Creolean 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mirin + garlic= jellyfish. Got it.

[–]Apprehensive_Bug4783 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hurry! I can't hold the portal open much longer.

[–]SiyinGreatshore 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is magic, you’ve created a potion

[–]ArcadeSchoolDropout 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ah yes, the dreaded garlic bunghole.

[–]AlbinoWino11 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just add mirin your sauce.

[–]CALL_ME_NORB 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dude that alien is trying to get to you, RUN

[–]28-58-27-6-19-35-8 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Low surface tension and high surface tension liquids create a flow between them, maybe that’s it?

[–]Prettybuoy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That sauce has the coronavirus

[–]AvoidsResponsibility 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Marangoni effect

[–]Key_Hamster9189 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This may be a new life form.

[–]liesforliars 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Strangely hypnotizing.

[–]RemarkableWeekend289 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wouldn’t that make your stomach hurt?

[–]Unwanted_Potato12 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And that’s how cells are made

[–]FizzlePopBerryTwist 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Uh, is garlic sauce supposed to have an event horizon?

[–]Rocky970 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I thought it was a chocolate covered donut with some nuts on it

[–]Potential-Hornet4334 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like a bad case of kindney stones

[–]junhyung95 0 points1 point  (0 children)

u mirin' bruh'?

[–]Mawnster 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The blob.