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Today synthetic biology uses fermentation in scientific laboratories granting the scaling of foods, materials and products that are animal-free and molecularly the same or simulated in wet labs. However, in eastern and middle asia, many derivatives of animal products have existed using fermentation with completely different outlook and profile. Trompe l’œil, translating to “trick of the eye” means optical illusion, and has been used within visual art for centuries to create the feeling of artificial or forced perspectives. What does it mean for us as we progress in technology and science to simulate what we don’t have, might not have, or will not be able to soon?