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24 October 2006 @ 01:01 pm
 
i was right to be skeptical about today's lunch though! for today was the first time since i started that it contained the dreaded natto.

i've heard about this forever, but never actually eaten it. i'd actually never even seen it until today. it was not at all what i expected. nothing set off my danger signals that this was something to be feared. it looked like a little package filled with nuts, honestly. and the sensei who was sitting next to me and trying to speak a little english with me, asked "natto ok?" and at first i thought he was trying to ask if i could eat nuts.

i'd been warned about the smell. kelly said it really smelled like ass. i dunno, it didn't smell that bad to me. and i'd been warned about the taste, but really, it just seemed kind of bland. the only thing i hadn't been warned about was the one thing that made it ridiculously difficult to eat, and what was the texture. not the actual pieces of natto, but the sticky spiderweb-like strings that it made. i couldn't get them off!! it stuck to my lips and the chopsticks and the bowl and all over! it was like trying to eat something made of glue and spit. and on top of being gross, it's kind of embarrassing, getting my lunch covered in natto stringiness.

but now, it can finally be said that i have eaten natto! and i might do it again...as long as i have plenty of napkins and no one is watching.
 
 
Mood: natto-ed!
 
 
 
Ed-gar Mack-Feydolorouschilde on October 24th, 2006 07:17 am (UTC)
See? I'd starve in Japan!
Mellenabsentmammoth on October 24th, 2006 09:26 am (UTC)
it's not ALL natto, silly. besides, as the article notes, it's not so popular in kansai, which is where i'm lucky enough to live. school lunch is never a delicacy, but plenty of stuff around here is great!
Ed-gar Mack-Feydolorouschilde on October 24th, 2006 07:21 am (UTC)
Also, there appears to be some kind of Natto Burger that they sell at Japanese McDonalds!

Mmmmmmmmm!

http://www.xeni.net/images/boingboing/nattoburger.jpg
Mellenabsentmammoth on October 24th, 2006 09:27 am (UTC)
ummmm, yeah. i don't do mcdonalds, and now i have an extra special reason not to, hehe.
Alex Staherskiintheblacklodge on October 24th, 2006 08:24 am (UTC)
Oh so THAT'S what it was they were eating in that movie last night! I was like "what the hell are those? baked beans with sticky stuff?"
Alex Staherskiintheblacklodge on October 24th, 2006 08:25 am (UTC)
This does appear to be an interesting synchronicity however that these events occurred on the same day.
Mellenabsentmammoth on October 24th, 2006 09:27 am (UTC)
that is pretty crazy. what movie were you watching?
Alex Staherskiintheblacklodge on October 24th, 2006 12:28 pm (UTC)
The Happiness of the Katakuris. As I said in my Netflix review, I've seen plenty of weird movies but this one's near the top. Really fucking strange, what between the flying and the singing and the claymation and the dead people. Though I should point out that even in the movie they ended up feeding the natto to the dog when no one would eat it.
tantric tantrum: princessradiosity on October 24th, 2006 12:08 pm (UTC)
Mmmmn...natto! It's like eating spider webs! =)
Shadowantisocial_shdw on October 24th, 2006 07:50 pm (UTC)
You should have said, "Sorry, but that's natto for me!" That's bad, I know.
Mellenabsentmammoth on October 24th, 2006 11:05 pm (UTC)
i met up with some friends for dinner, and i used a similar line then, saying "lunch was natto good!"