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Old 03-29-07, 11:05 PM
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Name a "sushi thing" you think we haven't tried!

I LUV sushi.

I think I've tried about everything. But I'd love to try more. I've tried just about everything on the regular menu, as well as nato, gold wrapped sushi, etc.

But hey - what have I not tried?

Ok - here's my contribution - have you ever had shiso leaf?

It is wonderful! Usually you don't get it, and even if you get it, it's on a sashimi plate and it looks like an extra piece of lettuce (though it IS a leaf).

It is absolutely fabulous! Wrap it around something (I wrap it around the daikon threads in my sashimi) and you get a blast of flavor!

So - my contribution to the thread: SHISO LEAF

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Old 03-29-07, 11:14 PM
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I don't think I've ever had that. . . or if I did, I looked at it and didn't know you could eat it.

One of my favorite kinds of sushi is shako, however I'm rethinking that based on this Wikipedia excerpt:

In Japanese cuisine, the mantis shrimp is eaten as sashimi and as a sushi topping, and is called shako (蝦蛄).

In Cantonese cuisine, the mantis shrimp is a popular dish known as "pissing shrimp" (濑尿虾, Mandarin pinyin: lài niào xiā, modern Cantonese: laaih niuh hā) due to its tendency to urinate when cooked. Because of this, mantis shrimp are speared to induce them to evacuate their bowels prior to being introduced into the cookpot. After cooking, their flesh is closer to that of lobsters than that of shrimp, and like lobsters, their shells are quite hard and require some pressure to crack.

There are health concerns associated with consuming mantis shrimp, as they are known to dwell in contaminated waters, this is especially true in Hawaii where some have grown unnaturally large and are being consumed by poorer people. [1]
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<----chicken shit, won't try it
Old 03-29-07, 11:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Kittydreamer
<----chicken shit, won't try it
Same here. Any kind of shit, really.
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Seeker, you've had Fugu?
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Originally Posted by devilshalo
Seeker, you've had Fugu?

I want to try fugu, but I promised my wife in a horny period when I really wanted to have sex that I wouldn't eat it. Ah, life.
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Maybe I'll cheat on her someday by trying fugu.
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Yeah, fugu or shirako.

Real wasabi is relatively hard to find in the U.S., which is stupid.
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(Human) Shirako is what I wanted to provide that night!

(I knew what it was, but in the future, you may want to describe these things 'we haven't had')
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I ate fugu in Japan but wasn't told till afterwards what it was. My hostess was actually normally pretty thoughtful, but I think that wasn't her most thoughtful moment, especially since we ate it in a home rather than at a restaurant (though it was catered).

Not something at a sushi bar, but at a yakitori bar:

Does anyone know the name of those little fish where you eat the whole fish (cooked on a stick) and the inside is almost all eggs? I wouldn't mind having those again, but I don't know what they are.
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Poison.
Poison.
Poison.
Tasty Fish!
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Originally Posted by devilshalo
Seeker, you've had Fugu?
That's my puffer's nickname.

I threaten him with becoming his namesake when he acts up.
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Originally Posted by dork
Yeah, fugu or shirako.

Real wasabi is relatively hard to find in the U.S., which is stupid.
No kidding. I had sushi with a friend of mine last week and she was all up on the lingo. Personally, I just pick at the menu and order it but one thing I do know about, is real wasabi. Anyway, she's telling me how this wasabi is sooooo "authentic".

She asks, "So, why aren't you enjoying your wasabi? You never eat it when we go out? Wasabi is all about the experience..."

I said, "Uhhh, you are aware the so-called wasabi you are eating is mostly horseradish. Right? It's not authentic wasabi, honey. It's seiyō wasabi. That's a pile of green-colored putty you have there. It's great for filling holes in that overpriced NW Portland apartment of yours."

I absolutely cannot stand this fake crap. And you'd think in Portland, we would have more real wasabi, because we are the "sister" city of Japan.
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Nato, it just looks too much like snot. Ew.
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I ate a live tree snail and live shrimp when I lived in Japan. I was nine.
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Natto is the single most disgusting food on the planet. I would eat a sheep's eye or a monkey's brain or any number of creatures I identify as "bugs" before eating natto again.

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Eww tasha! lol

I don't care for sushi. I never developed a taste for it. Now, after having watched a certain episode of Dirty Jobs, I know I will never ever try any sushi. Ever.
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Have you ever had a California roll? Those are good
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Originally Posted by DVD Polizei
And you'd think in Portland, we would have more real wasabi, because we are the "sister" city of Japan.
What do you expect from a town that thinks "Japan" is a city?
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I like Crab Rangoon.
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Originally Posted by tasha99
Natto is the single most disgusting food on the planet. I would eat a sheep's eye or a monkey's brain or any number of creatures I identify as "bugs" before eating natto again.

Bukkakekekekeke!!!!!
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Originally Posted by Seeker
I LUV sushi.

I think I've tried about everything. But I'd love to try more. I've tried just about everything on the regular menu, as well as nato, gold wrapped sushi, etc.

But hey - what have I not tried?

Ok - here's my contribution - have you ever had shiso leaf?

It is wonderful! Usually you don't get it, and even if you get it, it's on a sashimi plate and it looks like an extra piece of lettuce (though it IS a leaf).

It is absolutely fabulous! Wrap it around something (I wrap it around the daikon threads in my sashimi) and you get a blast of flavor!

So - my contribution to the thread: SHISO LEAF
You can grow a shiso plant with relative ease. I had one for a while, they're only annual around here but can be perennial, but it was actually red (usually you see the green variety in restaurants). It's good as a spice or in a with a few leafs in a salad.

I actually had no idea what it was when I bought it, the lady said it was edible and it looked cool so I bought it and then googled it when I got home.
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Originally Posted by lordwow
I like Crab Rangoon.
Me too.
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I've never tried shiso leaf, it sounds interesting.

I'll go with fugu. I didn't have it sushi style, I ate it just as raw sashimi (fugu soup too). It was good, but the taste wasn't worth the high price. I guess you are paying for the whole experience and the "thrill"

I agree about wasabi. The real stuff is much better. There is a good sushi restaurant that my wife and I visit regularly when we are in Japan, and they have a big wasabi root sitting in the display case at the bar. I was surprised the first time I saw it ("So that's wasabi?" )

Not really a "sushi thing" but something I've eaten in Japan that I really like is shanghai crab. In the fall, the females are full of eggs, and they cook the crabs whole. When it arrives at your table, you gotta rip the suckers open and eat whatever's inside. I was squeamish the first time, but once I tasted how incredibly rich it was (with the eggs) I didn't care how nasty everything looked, I dug right in.

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