I ate a Sea Snail! As most of you know, I eat some pretty “weird” stuff. Of course, none of it is weird to me… but still, I understand how it may seem that way to some. I love fermented cabbage (kimchi). I snack on dried cuttlefish and squid. The smell of octopus on a grill makes my mouth water. I could eat seaweed in almost any form! And although I have no desire to eat liver, I do LOVE liver paté!
It might therefore sound odd for me to say that I don’t have any interest in eating “weird foods”. I guess it is all down to perception, right? It all depends on what YOU perceive as weird. If it doesn’t sound appealing to me, there isn’t much desire in me to eat it. A few examples would be chicken hearts, tripe, pig’s feet, and anything slimy or gooey. I have therefore never had any wish to try snails. In fact, I assumed that snails would be squishy and gross!
After a hike last week, I went with a group of friends for a seafood lunch. A number of platters of seafood were brought to our table in rounds. Each time new food arrived, it was still alive as it was thrown into the sunken table steamer in front of us. I watched a friend pull the meat out of one of the snails and then eat it. Imagine my surprised (yes, surprise in myself) when I reached over to pick up a snail to try. Honestly, I have no desire to eat foods like this. But hey… It looked interesting, and not the least bit slimy. With some assistance, I removed the snail from the shell, dipped it in some sauce, and dove right in. Just like anything lathered in sauce, that is basically what I tasted, but still… it wasn’t bad at all.
I made a video on this hike and lunch, and you can view it HERE.
Sea snails are also known as whelks. Or if you want to be fancy, you could call them “marine escargots.” They have elegantly spiraled shells and, when properly cooked, their meat is tender and succulent. Whelks are popular in Europe. They’re growing in popularity in the U.S., but still not very common. They are known among California fishermen as “the poor man’s abalone”.
Why the face? Well, apparently I was supposed to take off some part of the snail’s meat before I ate it. OOPS!
Watch the video!
There are a ton of weird and wacky foods over here in Asia. I’m sure that – if you have seen our China Groceries blog series – you already know that. I keep trying to convince Justin to buy some ridiculous foods and try them with me. All for the sake of entertainment, of course! We would record it all, and let you watch our reactions. My husband – who barely ate anything that wasn’t fried before we met – is NOT excited abut this. I am pretty sure that he would flat out refuse to eat everything!
Still, I think it would be really amusing!
What do you think? Entertaining or not?