Tuesday, January 27, 2009

soup bowl? or not?

I'm sure all of you have been holding your breath, waiting to hear exactly what that Japanese "soup" bowl was traditionally used for!

Ready for the answer?

It's for natto - something I'm not very fond of (the flavor is fine but the smell and texture are not my cup of tea). I buy it every week for the hubster, but it's too slimy for me - a clump of fermented soybeans that you mix with soy sauce and hot mustard, stir it around till it's all stringy, pick up a glob with your chopsticks and twirl it around till the stringiness stops.

Click here to see our friend April's reaction when she tried it.

And be sure to read my surprising stomach-problem recovery story when I ate some as a last resort.

Thanks for guessing, guys! They were good ones.


Cate said...

hilarious! i loved watching her reaction. um, i think we're going to pass on this one. slimey as an adjective doesn't appeal somehow.

so cute, though. thanks for keeping us guessing.

Reeni said...

I've never even heard of it before! I think I would like it! I like soybeans!

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

Cate, April's reaction tickled my funny bone, too! Natto is powerful stuff.

Reeni, I like soybeans, too, but natto is several levels beyond soybeans! :) It's got quite a unique (i.e. overwhelming) texture and smell! :) Hope you can try it sometime.