HOME > Chowhound > Greater Boston Area >

Discussion

jellyfish are Crunchy - who knew?

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?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. 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.

    5 Replies
    1. re: Bostonbob3

      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.

      1. re: ScubaSteve

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

        1. re: Bostonbob3

          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.

          1. re: limster

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

            1. re: limster

              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.

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

        3 Replies
        1. re: bowmore36

          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.

          1. re: ScubaSteve

            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.

            1. re: ScubaSteve

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

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

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

                1. 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.