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Aug 26, 2007 08:11 AM

What about things you prefer underdone?

A popular thread started by tastyjon asks the question of what foods you prefer slightly burnt or overcooked. Many people chimed in with favorites, including myself, but there are many things I personally prefer slightly underdone by the standards of many.
The first thing that comes to mind is toast. Basically I like to put mine in the toaster long enough to get it warm and just barely crispy around the edges with almost no color as I prefer it to get almost soggy in the middle when the butter melts. Nothing better IMO!Continuing in the realm of breakfast items I prefer my scrambled eggs a bit on the runny side. Most people in my family find this reprehensible, but I cannot tolerate dry scrambled eggs. When I make sweet potato fries it is very much a juggling act as I take my portion out of the oven when they are still very soft, almost soggy, and have to leave the remainder in until they are crisp as that is how my housemates prefer them. On the rare occasion I make a grilled cheese for myself I like mine barely toasted, basically in the skillet until it is just heated through, but not at all golden or crispy throughout. I have known a lot of people with an aversion to things with a soggy texture, but upon reflecton, it is one I seem to enjoy. I also like a slightly underdone cookie, blondie, or brownie. Yum!
Does anyone else have any underdone favorites? Or am I alone in this?

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  1. Agree on eggs, always like them on the runny side.

    Seafood - I almost always like my seafood, particularly shellfish, slightly underdone. What most people considered as "just run" is usually overdone for me. That may be because I grew up with sushi and sashimi and Japanese food with seafood mostly raw or only slightly torched or cooked.

    Steak - I should say I want it to be just right (medium rare), but most of the time I got mine slightly more cooked than I want. I would rather have underdone steak (of course, can't be TOO underdone with blood flowing around) than an overcooked tough piece of meat!

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    1. re: kobetobiko

      Agree regarding seafood & steak. I am always hesitant to order salmon in restaurants as I usually find them a bit overcooked.

      1. re: kobetobiko

        Definitely agree about the steak. My friend who works in a kitchen told me to always order about one step below what I want because they tend to over cook them. I like mine medium rare, so I order it rare and it is normally perfect.

      2. Toast, steak, and most veggies. I hate completely soft veggies -- I like them to have a bite to them.

        1. If I'm in a tuna mood and it's on the menu, I sometimes ask the server to bring a raw tuna steak for me to inspect. Some servers react with contempt for the extra trip to the kitchen; others relish the opportunity to show off a special piece of fish. If it passes my sight and smell test, I often have it raw. I know the caveats, and how to cut and trim. Always I can request soy sauce, sometimes wasabi. I always have wasabi in my car or with me when I travel.

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          1. re: Veggo

            wow. you travel with wasabi in your car, impressive. :)

            1. re: fara

              In Florida, wasabi is on my "hurricane preparation" top 100 list. I may be a bit spoiled, but I did all the spoilin' myself, and I'm ready for the big one! You should see what's in the airplane and on the boat. :)

              1. re: Veggo

                Wow. My hurricane stockpile consists of bottled water, dried fruit, nuts, and canned staples, but nothing too interesting. I am thinking a bit of wasabi might make the notion of surviving post hurricane a bit more bearable, haha. If it actually came down to surviving on Campbells i am thinking I'd be wishing I'd gotten blown away, haha.

                1. re: ArikaDawn

                  Hey, AD, most evacuation routes, at least the scenic ones, pass fish markets. Think tuna has chinette, flatware, soy sauce, wasabi, cooler, ice... a sashimi fiesta! A storm doesn't have to ruin your day. Last summer we had no hurricanes and I ate my friggin' canned hams until December. I'm older and wiser now. These overpaid meteorologists in Florida exaggerate everything.

                  1. re: Veggo

                    Last summer was a nice respite from storms and I, like you, was left eating canned goods I had bought as a precaution once it became clear we werent going to see any hurricane action. I can't help but prepare some though. We weren't overly prepared a couple of years ago and the week after Wilma where we were w/o power grew tiresome not so much because of the heat, lack of hot showers, boredom etc., but because of the diet consisting mostly of pb and j and spamwiches. That year I let my guy do the hurricane shopping. Distinctly bad idea.

          2. Tuna and all veggies. I love rare/raw tuna, but I'm not a big fan of cooked tuna. I hate it when resto's have "pan-seard" tuna on the menu and it comes fully cooked through.

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            1. re: SweetPea914

              SP914, I agree completely about the pan seared tuna. If it's not overcooked, sometimes the dry rub is so much like battery acid in taste that it ruins even the edible center. Give me raw and I'll doctor it up to my own preference.

            2. Sugar cookies need to be slightly underdone to be perfect.

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              1. re: ESNY

                I agree about tuna, lamb, and even calves' liver and pork. However, I have about had it with woody, munchy veggies (chew, chew, chew), and pasta that is so al dente that it breaks up into little hard bits in my mouth.