More recently, I have been into Sushi at a local supermarket. And some time back, I finally got the courage to try the eel. And you know, it really isn’t that bad. It has these spiny fibers in it, that may get lodged in my intestines. But what are you going to do?
My mother was Polish, and she got me started on a lot of Polish food. They have this soup called czardnina, which is basically duck blood soup. I was grossed out by it as a child. But as I got older, I realized, it really isn’t that bad.
Do any of the rest of you have examples of foods that sound gross, but are really not that bad?
Hog jowls and pig’s feet used to get grossness laughs on The Beverly Hillbillies, but they are actually scrumptious fatty goodness. Chicken foot stew is good too, but you have to beware of tiny bones as you eat. Spit those out like watermelon seeds.
Oh wait, I usually eat the watermelon seeds…when I can find any. Damned seedless melons, damned peaches without fuzz…grumble, grumble…
Speaking of eel, there’s unagi pie, which is a specialty mainly of Hamamatsu in Japan, which produces a lot of unagi eel.
The unagi pies aren’t like British eel pies, but are more like fried sugar cookies made with powdered eel mixed into the flour. There isn’t any particularly fishy taste, or anything to suggest you’re eating eel (which makes me wonder what the point even is?)
Anyway, they’re yummy, and you can scroll down a bit on this page for a photo.
I’m another haggis lover. Also white pudding…but not black. Don’t really care for food made out of blood.
I like innards, especially sweetbreads and grilled kidney. And I’m HUGE on tripe, which you can get stewed with chiles in dim sum houses and braised in garlicky marinara in some Italian places. But the best thing is mitteleuropa tripe soup, which I first tried in a Polish diner in Brooklyn. Here’s my favorite home method: