Disclaimer: It was just a TV show.
I was watching an episode of “The Blue Knight” in which Bumper (played by George “That’s what I like about 707s–they can do anything but read” Kennedy) goes into a local Chinese restaurant, where he is served the special of the day, “sea cucumber soup.”
As he is enjoying this delicacy, he quips “I didn’t know they grew in the ocean.”
His waitress tells him, “Oh, it’s not a cucumber. It’s actually a sea. . . slug.” (OK, wrong phylum, but most Hollywood writers are not marine biologists.)
At which point Bumper struggles to maintain what he had previously chowed down.
But the questions:
Are there indeed restaurants that serve such holothurian delicacies?
Similarly, (usually dead) horseshoe crabs can be seen on many beaches along a good part of the east coast, but I’ve never seen anyplace that specialized in preparing any such merostome morsels. From what I have gathered, there is a spot near the tail that is edible, at least it was to the American Indians.
Has anyone ever seen that served anywhere? If so, what was the taste like?