"While there was yet time to rescind it..." ~ Jane Eyre
A few months ago I posted a "Never Will I Ever" list that included, as an item, never eating jellyfish salad (see above photo for how the salad appears on a plate). Promptly after that post, I received an email from J. Sarah's mother informing me of how delicious it is and how I should try it (she has made it before and eaten in during her travels to China).
Last Autumn I attended a program of The Fall for Dance series at City Center with J. Sarah, her fiance, and Moo. We dined out at Wu Liang Ye, a yummy Szechuan restaurant. Tradition brought us back there a year later the other evening, this time with J. Sarah's mother, Dee.
Clearly the combination of the aforementioned information was going to land me in some hot water where jellyfish roam. Dee does not take no for an answer when she tells you to try something. Of course I owe her the pleasures my palate has enjoyed over the past 14 years of dining with her, including escargot, but I have my limits. And those limits include blubbery gelatinous creatures that roam in the ocean and terrorize the feets of beachgoers everywhere.
Mistake number one: I had the chance to pass on szechuan since J. Sarah mentioned doing Korean. Being sentimental, I said lets go back and have the same kind of evening as last year.
Mistake number two: I know very little about Szechuan cuisine, but apparently it includes jellyfish salad.
Mistake number three: I sat next to Dee at dinner.
Yes, yes, yes. I am eating my previous words along with the JELLYFISH SALAD I ATE. It was absolutely delicious, flavored with scallions and sesame oil. I would have it again, thanks to Dee, and I am even considering going to the Korean market and looking for jellyfish since it is high in protein.
Sigh...I am so proud of me.
It would be lovely to read in the comment section about the most "exotic" food that you have ever eaten. For some it is more tame than others, and that is just fine! I still want to know! I also want to know if you would ever try jellyfish salad. If so, here is a recipe! I hope everyone is eating well this three day weekend! Cheers!
Oriental sesame oil
1 1/2 teaspoon light soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoon garlic (finely chopped)
2 1/2 teaspoons rice vinegar
1/2 giant white radish (shredded)
1 small cucumber (shredded)
4 ounces jellyfish (salted and soaked)
Drain jellyfish. Cover with warm water and soak for 20 minutes. Drain again and mix with cucumber and radish.
Mix soy and vinegar with garlic adding sesame oil, salt, pepper and sugar to taste. Toss with salad; serve cold.
Shredded cooked chicken can be added.
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