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Jun 1, 2009 09:59 PM

repulsive texture; heavenly taste?

I've been privy to much discussion about foul-smelling foods that taste much better than their rank odor would suggest, but today I would like to examine yummy foods that have a nauseating texture.

On a recent visit to my favorite yakkitori place in NYC, I naively ordered a marinated or pickled seaweed appetizer billed as "Okinawa Umare". I eat as adventurously as most chowhounds, but when presented a small shotglass-like pool of cool, slimy and clingy dark green glop, I couldn't help but recoil. The way it ickily adhered to my chopsticks was not characteristic of a substance I'd willingly put into my mouth.

Fortunately, as the title of my thread suggests, the seaweed was delicious once I got over its slippery standoffishness--a nice balance of brine, sweetness and pungent vinegar.

I might even order it again.

So.... are there any tasty foods that *you* have found to have a vile consistency?

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Wow. I happen to love the texture of all three!! ;-)

    2. cow trotters soup. cooked overnight, the gelatine and marrow and all seeps out and the stuff looks slimy and full of unidentifiable joints and bones and cartilege. But it is really good.

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        1. re: luckyfatima

          oh boy. that got my saliva going!

          1. re: luckyfatima

            Sounds good...think I need to try making this one.

              1. re: lynnlato

                Oh, and I'm not a big fan of flaked coconut, but I love the taste.

              2. Okra.

                Come to think of it, I'm not keen on the flavour either.

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                1. re: Paulustrious

                  Biting into shrimp gives me the willies

                    1. re: Paulustrious

                      I read "How about cookies" and I'm thinking what kind of cookies give people the heebie jeebies? I've not met a cookie yet that freaked me out...
                      Then I read it correctly.
                      And still felt compelled to comment with nothing of value to add.
                      Except that I've never knowingly eaten a cockle. Ever. What's it like?

                      1. re: Boccone Dolce

                        A clam by any other name would smell as sweet.

                2. Raw spinach and the gritty sensation when you chew it.

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                  1. re: Cookiephage

                    I am totally with you on that one. I actually hesitate when buying a spinach salad because of that phenomina

                    1. re: Cookiephage

                      for me the grit with spinach isn't the problem, it's that it makes my teeth feel squeaky /slippery/dry after I eat it....I can't even discribe it

                      my husband thinks I'm crazy - he has no idea what I'm talking about because it doesn't happen to him and I can't put the sensation into words

                      1. re: Cookiephage

                        It's like a slippery, granular film that covers the surface of your teeth... a pretty terrible sensation!

                        1. re: Cookiephage

                          yes! thank you cookie! I was begining to think I was crazy...

                          I eat spinach at least once a week but the fresh stuff drives me nutz- not enough to quit eating it but I do brush asap after dinner

                          ps: I just read that I spelled describe as discribe above...bad english major....

                          1. re: chef4hire

                            I think it's the oxalic acid content in spinach that some people are more sensitive to than others.