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(NHK World (Japan)) Video Japanese food researchers sniff around the dark, sticky origins of natto, hope to identify ancient recipe in the lab. Yes, they brought their facemasks   (www3.nhk.or.jp) divider line
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2022-11-29 6:13:15 PM  
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2022-11-29 6:18:55 PM  
Throw out your hands
Stick out your tush
Hands on your hips
Give 'em a push
You'll be surprised
You're doing the Jenkem Mistake
 
2022-11-29 6:39:51 PM  
Smutto
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2022-11-29 7:58:17 PM  
There are few things that I truly do not like, and natto definitely made the list. It is like something that was found in the back of the fridge that had been in the container for so long you couldn't even remember what it was supposed to be.
For some reason, going against any sense of self preservation or good judgement, someone decided to eat it.
 
2022-11-29 10:24:37 PM  
"Rotted soybeans in snot."

"It's NATTO and it is a delicacy!"

"You think Pabst's Blue Ribbon is 'good' beer, and kale makes things taste better.  Fark off."
 
2022-11-29 10:49:35 PM  
I remember the first time I heard about natto.
 
2022-11-29 11:00:34 PM  

Exluddite: There are few things that I truly do not like, and natto definitely made the list. It is like something that was found in the back of the fridge that had been in the container for so long you couldn't even remember what it was supposed to be.
For some reason, going against any sense of self preservation or good judgement, someone decided to eat it.


The answer to that is invariably some other bastard had already nicked the edible stuff and it was that or starve
 
2022-11-29 11:00:56 PM  
i want to try it once.  likely only once.  but once.
 
2022-11-29 11:10:10 PM  
I think I read a description of the smell as being something like old cheese mixed with sweaty socks.

But the smell is *much* better than the texture.

It's an acquired taste.

It's actually not all that bad if you eat it with soy sauce and Chinese mustard. And you can use a little bit of it to make more.
 
2022-11-29 11:16:49 PM  

gietmay: I think I read a description of the smell as being something like old cheese mixed with sweaty socks.

But the smell is *much* better than the texture.

It's an acquired taste.

It's actually not all that bad if you eat it with soy sauce and Chinese mustard. And you can use a little bit of it to make more.


"It's not bad if you dump enough stuff on it to completely mask the taste!" is really not a big recommendation imo
 
2022-11-29 11:30:06 PM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: gietmay: I think I read a description of the smell as being something like old cheese mixed with sweaty socks.

But the smell is *much* better than the texture.

It's an acquired taste.

It's actually not all that bad if you eat it with soy sauce and Chinese mustard. And you can use a little bit of it to make more.

"It's not bad if you dump enough stuff on it to completely mask the taste!" is really not a big recommendation imo


"try the lutefisk and durian platter!"
 
2022-11-29 11:34:34 PM  
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2022-11-30 12:14:49 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: gietmay: I think I read a description of the smell as being something like old cheese mixed with sweaty socks.

But the smell is *much* better than the texture.

It's an acquired taste.

It's actually not all that bad if you eat it with soy sauce and Chinese mustard. And you can use a little bit of it to make more.

"It's not bad if you dump enough stuff on it to completely mask the taste!" is really not a big recommendation imo


True.

I tried it after reading that it has health benefits (despite reading the description of the smell).

I've experimented with a lot of fermented foods. Natto is probably the least appetizing I've tried.

But if I could remember where that Japanese food store is, I'd probably ty it again (and I'd probably save a small amount to make more).
 
2022-11-30 12:53:36 AM  
Exluddite: There are few things that I truly do not like, and natto definitely made the list. It is like something that was found in the back of the fridge that had been in the container for so long you couldn't even remember what it was supposed to be.
For some reason, going against any sense of self preservation or good judgement, someone decided to eat it.


The answer to that is invariably some other bastard had already nicked the edible stuff and it was that or starve
 
2022-11-30 12:57:43 AM  
The smell and texture aren't great, but it barely tastes like anything once you get past that...

I grab it once a Japan trip as part of the experience.
 
2022-11-30 2:32:56 AM  

tembaarmswide: i want to try it once.  likely only once.  but once.


I did, glad I did but yeah I don't think I'll have it again. You could say it's the sliminess but I love eel, chicken feet, okra, tapioca, oysters, etc. I don't think it's the fermented thing as I've gone back to plenty of foods that have a much more potent rotten funk to them, I think it's the combination of cold, slimy, and putrid that just didn't click with me. I wasn't disgusted by it, I just didn't find it to be "I need to do that again" interesting.
 
2022-11-30 3:46:16 AM  

tembaarmswide: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: gietmay: I think I read a description of the smell as being something like old cheese mixed with sweaty socks.

But the smell is *much* better than the texture.

It's an acquired taste.

It's actually not all that bad if you eat it with soy sauce and Chinese mustard. And you can use a little bit of it to make more.

"It's not bad if you dump enough stuff on it to completely mask the taste!" is really not a big recommendation imo

"try the lutefisk and durian platter!"


Chitterlings as the main dish.
 
2022-11-30 3:48:32 AM  

drjekel_mrhyde: tembaarmswide: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: gietmay: I think I read a description of the smell as being something like old cheese mixed with sweaty socks.

But the smell is *much* better than the texture.

It's an acquired taste.

It's actually not all that bad if you eat it with soy sauce and Chinese mustard. And you can use a little bit of it to make more.

"It's not bad if you dump enough stuff on it to completely mask the taste!" is really not a big recommendation imo

"try the lutefisk and durian platter!"

Chitterlings as the main dish.


Century eggs on the side?
 
2022-11-30 3:51:04 AM  

puffy999: Stolen, but...

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I think I'll pass on the jizzberry frosting cake, if you don't mind.

/Most disgusting food I've ever had was snail soaked in garlic butter
//Tastest like greasy mushrooms, with a meaty texture.
 
2022-11-30 7:11:18 AM  

robodog: tembaarmswide: i want to try it once.  likely only once.  but once.

I did, glad I did but yeah I don't think I'll have it again. You could say it's the sliminess but I love eel, chicken feet, okra, tapioca, oysters, etc. I don't think it's the fermented thing as I've gone back to plenty of foods that have a much more potent rotten funk to them, I think it's the combination of cold, slimy, and putrid that just didn't click with me. I wasn't disgusted by it, I just didn't find it to be "I need to do that again" interesting.


That was my experience with natto as well. I couldn't get over the smell and the texture. If it did have a nice taste, it was killed by the funk coming from the natto.
 
2022-11-30 8:25:15 AM  
I think it looks awful after it's been stirred and stirred (necessary to bring out the umami and increase stickiness, apparently), but I actually like it, even just on top of rice.

It's very good in omelettes and scrambled eggs, or just as a side dish with a little chopped shiso leaf added.

However, I think my favourite way of eating it is tossed with avocado and dressed with a bit of ground sesame, soy sauce, and olive oil.
 
2022-11-30 8:32:01 AM  
Natto, balut, and beondegi.

"Liking" any of these is a trait of trauma survivors (usually, the trauma is being forced to eat stuff like this).
Pressuring others to eat this stuff is saying "You should be traumatized the way I was."
 
2022-11-30 10:35:06 AM  

No Catchy Nickname: I think it looks awful after it's been stirred and stirred (necessary to bring out the umami and increase stickiness, apparently), but I actually like it, even just on top of rice.



And the sound is like two old people covering themselves in mayonnaise and f*cking
 
2022-11-30 10:56:13 AM  

puffy999: No Catchy Nickname: I think it looks awful after it's been stirred and stirred (necessary to bring out the umami and increase stickiness, apparently), but I actually like it, even just on top of rice.


And the sound is like two old people covering themselves in mayonnaise and f*cking


Not a mental image I particularly needed or wanted, but accurate.
 
2022-11-30 6:09:28 PM  

robodog: puffy999: No Catchy Nickname: I think it looks awful after it's been stirred and stirred (necessary to bring out the umami and increase stickiness, apparently), but I actually like it, even just on top of rice.


And the sound is like two old people covering themselves in mayonnaise and f*cking

Not a mental image I particularly needed or wanted, but accurate.


Yep, I can't say he's wrong.
 
2022-11-30 6:10:31 PM  
No Catchy Nickname:

However, I think my favourite way of eating it is tossed with avocado and dressed with a bit of ground sesame, soy sauce, and olive oil.

Sorry, got the dressing wrong. It's just the sauce that comes with the natto and ground sesame.
 
2022-11-30 7:12:40 PM  
I like natto.  I eat it at home, but it's more often an early morning snack at work.  However, mine gets a generous dose of tsuyu and Asian mustard.  I have no problem eating it with the standard packets that come with it, but I like to thin it out.

It has the same effect on the smell of your urine that asparagus does, though.
 
2022-12-01 12:06:55 AM  
Natto, to me, tastes like a tonsil stone.  It's like concentrated bad breath given physical form.  It hits my gag reflex the moment it touches my tongue, and I feel like I need to brush my teeth immediately after eating it.

However, 山ちゃん makes a natto omelette that, against absolutely all odds, is goddamn delicious.  Somehow, the egg cancels out the putrescence, and it ends up tasting kind of like Japanese huevos rancheros.
 
2022-12-01 1:55:24 AM  
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2022-12-01 9:23:29 AM  
I saw a show on NHK a few years ago, where they had a company that made natto, and they were researching different bacteria cultures and processing methods to come up with different versions of natto that brought out different qualities in the finished product.

So I suspect that it's like cheese, wine, beer, or any other fermented foods.  You might not like the common style of the product, but there might be some outliers that appeal to a wider audience.

Of course, no one's going to film reaction videos of someone trying a mild, less slimy natto for their first time... they're going to break out the equivalent of Limburger or an IPA.
 
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