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jellyfish are Crunchy - who knew?

ScubaSteve Aug 16, 2007 07:52 AM

was at Haru in No. Andover last night and looking for something different. i was served a bowl of sliced raw jellyfish in a sweet, salty spicy sauce.
i have seen this item on a few Chinatown menus but never gave it a second thought.
i must say that i truly enjoyed the texture and the crunch, i never had any idea.
sooooooooooo,,, who's doing the best jellyfish in the Boston area?
anyone?

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    Bostonbob3 RE: ScubaSteve Aug 16, 2007 08:11 AM

    Potluck in Chinatown had whole jellyfish that were quite delicious.

    I remember popping an entire one in my (obviously big) mouth, and lookingf to Limster for instruction...suck, chew, both?

    Ya just chew it like any other food, but the cartilidge-crunch can be a bit surprising.

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      ScubaSteve RE: Bostonbob3 Aug 16, 2007 09:27 AM

      the whole thing? well this JF was not of a size where any (normal) person could do that, it was about 8inches across before it was sectioned and cut into slivers.

      i was at PotLuck last week but like i said, until now, i haven't given the JF any thought. now? absolutely.

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        Bostonbob3 RE: ScubaSteve Aug 16, 2007 10:11 AM

        The jellyfish at Potluck were, I'd guess-timate, 4 inches across.

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          limster RE: Bostonbob3 Aug 16, 2007 09:16 PM

          BTW, the jellyfish came with kidneys. Overall a decent dish, but wish the kidneys were crunchier -- it's suppose to juxtapose to very similar textures.

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            ScubaSteve RE: limster Aug 17, 2007 06:03 AM

            thanks Limster, i just made a note for my next (hopefully soon) visit.

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              9lives RE: limster Aug 17, 2007 06:06 AM

              Here's a pic from the Potluck dinner...

              http://flickr.com/photos/61246842@N00...

              The jellyfish were a different texture than the dim sum version. These were from the "body" of the jellyfish. The dim sum jellyfish seems to be the "top" of the jellyfish..julienned, pickled.

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        bowmore36 RE: ScubaSteve Aug 16, 2007 09:30 AM

        PEACH FARM!!! i love the jellyfish at peach farm in chinatown. jellyfish and snails are my mainstays there...

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          ScubaSteve RE: bowmore36 Aug 16, 2007 09:46 AM

          ooooooh!
          thanks, i have been looking for another reason to get to PF.
          what size snails do they use? i had them at PotLuck but they were more like periwinkles than snails and while delish, were a PIA to eat.

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            Infomaniac RE: ScubaSteve Aug 16, 2007 09:59 AM

            The sesame tossed jellyfish with sweet daikon pickles at Peach Farm was my first and only experience with jellyfish.
            I liked it, and would share it again but it's not something I would order for myself.

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              bowmore36 RE: ScubaSteve Aug 16, 2007 11:25 AM

              definitely get the jellyfish when you go. they are the periwinkles actually... still delicious and i actually have fun eating them although it can be a little challenging!

          2. gini RE: ScubaSteve Aug 16, 2007 10:14 AM

            I really like the jelly fish & garlic at Wang's in Somerville. Wouldn't call it crunchy though, it's been soaked.

            1. limster RE: ScubaSteve Aug 16, 2007 01:16 PM

              I like the version at New Shanghai, tossed with sesame oil, finely mincely green onion and balanced with pickled radish.

              1. galleygirl RE: ScubaSteve Aug 16, 2007 08:02 PM

                They do it for dim sum at Hei La Moon, and Chau Chow City...A lkittle pickled and sweet....

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                  kbw18 RE: ScubaSteve Aug 17, 2007 08:21 AM

                  Another Chinatown place - Wing's Kitchen. Theirs is sliced up noodle-style with a light sauce that I want to say is soy based. A crunchy texture quite unlike what I would have expected. Assumedly not the same jellyfish floating around the docks of the Boston Harbor.

                  I really did like Wing's jellyfish, but one caveat is that I don't have a great means of comparison to know what the "proper" dish is supposed to be. I have limited jellyfish experience.

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