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natto.

i've been downloading and watching a lot of iron chef lately, both the classic japanese one and the new "iron chef america".

a recent battle from the classic japanese show featured [Natto]. I downloaded it because i had never heard of it before - i thought maybe it was some sort of exotic fish, so i was surprised when Kaga unveiled the ingredient.

Watching the two chefs work with the stuff was fascinating and makes me want to try it, if only once, to see what it tastes like, both in its simplest state and then maybe a recipe that incorporates it with more subtlety. I wonder if it's available in asian food stores around here.

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kitsuneracer
Mar. 9th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
I kinda wanted to die when the Hostel owner in Japan made me try it... nothing like eating moldy beans o_o

Wasn't too horrible.. but I don't think I'll voluntarily have it again..
zqfmbg
Mar. 9th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
The only person I know of who reportedly likes it is megami. Talk to her. :)
hellomrhieu
Mar. 9th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
sunrise most likely has it. if not, you should check out uwajimaya when you head up for the hockey game. :)

natto is an acquired taste or so i'm told.
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lifeofmendel
Mar. 10th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
by "one", what do you mean? episode? series? chef?
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miss_skillet
Mar. 10th, 2007 07:11 am (UTC)
Oh god that stuff looks like baked bean vomit eww eww eww gross.

Iron Chef is AMAZING and quite possibly the reason I got into cooking. When I was a wee young assistant cook, I and the other cooks would kick it and watch Iron Chef in the head cook's dark little trailer between meals. Cooking can be total drudgery sometimes but you can't help but feel inspired when you watch the masters at work. Something about brandishing knives and yelling at the beginning of a shift puts you in a much more rockin' mood. And then if you run out of staples it's a challenge to improvise rather than a hassle.
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