The cheats listed are:
olive oil and lemon
I'd say a shorter description is copy the idea behind Thai cooking, to hit every taste bud sensation at once, salt, sugar, sourness, bitterness, umami, along with olfactory sensations of herbs and spices and the heat in chiles. While being mindful of texture and color. This is what they are doing and all that is standard cooking technique. Sriracha is basically chile. It also has vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt. See? They rounded it out to hit other spots on the tongue.
The Green kids didn't mention vinegar. Vinegar mixed with sugar, boom, sweet and sour right there, and that added to nearly anything makes it better.
They didn't mention a great cheat code, fish sauce, or anchovy, another additive that transforms nearly anything.
And they didn't mention alcohol; nearly any wine or beer makes everything better. Wine and butter is an especially great combination.
All those items as little additives transform ordinary things into something much better. They talked about rice but did not talk about beans. Add vinegar and something sweet to beans, boom, they're instantly a lot more interesting.
The other videos on the Brothers Green Eats are similar. They're all two young cooks describing what they've learned so far and care to share with their generation.
It cheers me that millennial types make these discoveries of long established traditions and take them for brand new ideas worth sharing. And it bums me out that comments to them are so negative and arrogant as if they should have already known. The thing that caused me to dwell on this is the response in comments to the essay posted by a young person who traveled to Cuba with friends and discovered immediately how messed up the country is. Right off the bat their expectations are shattered. What they imagined or thought that they knew about the world was shattered by harsh reality. The essay is hilarious and a bright description of a hasty and inexpensive adventure to an unknown place, just throwing themselves into it and facing circumstances that they had no preparation for. It's a cheerful facing of difficulties in series, not a litany of complaints, while comments to the discoveries reveal hostility that these kids weren't born with the knowledge that Boomers learned through their decades of living through it. The same thing is showing with this video and the same response is shown in the comments. For Pete's sake, give them a break. You have 3X the life experience, 3X the amount of living under your belt.
Cuba is Actually a Terrible Place to Go, by Bengali Miles Guru, on Travel Codex, via Instapundit. Recommended. The story is fun. Read down through comments, they're obnoxious. I'm ashamed to admit, my generation really is obnoxious especially towards millennials for some reason that I cannot fathom.
My favorite part: "Between one of my friends having the smallest bladder in the universe and my other friend trying to find non-existent wifi, I thought it was time to make an executive decision ..."
And, upon leaving, this:
"... I will never forget the look on their faces. [of the newly arriving tourists] Excitement, curiosity and bewilderment were some ways to describe it. Meanwhile, I caught a glimpse of the three of us in the glass. Defeated, exhausted and battered, one of us still wearing the same clothes as the day before."
Is that hilarious or what?