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Tasteless food you love for the texture: e.g. Sea Cucumber

Inspired by this comment on sea cucumber thread:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7642...

For me, sashimi of sea cucumber was a love at first bite: rubbery, slimy, cartilagenous, and essentially tasteless. Any other ingredient/food like it? Any cuisine that embraces texture only of an ingredient to this extent as the chinese?

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  1. Jellyfish! Essentially tasteless until dressed with vinegar, soy, sugar, and sesame oil.

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      1. re: seamunky

        I used to like it too... until one day, I bought a bag of it unseasoned and ready to be dressed. It reeked of a strong plasticky, metallic smell when I opened the bag, and I could not get rid of that smell from the jellyfish even after a few rounds of soaking and rinsing with boiling water. I hate wasting food but that had to go into the trash.

        That one might have been a dud bag, but it makes me wonder what kind of processing jellyfish typically goes through!

        1. I grew up in busan, a second largest city in Korea well known for ultra fresh seafood. We ate anago which is sea eel like every weekend. Also love live octopus with sesame oil and salt. Ultra fresh sashimi has firm almost chewy texture which I love. Totally different than Japanese sashimi. Probably the reason why I prefer food with texture like crunch peanut butter and jelly beans.

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          1. re: Monica

            Me too, one of my favourite foods for the texture is octopus as well! No live ones for me, but at least raw. I love the chewy, and ever-so-slightly rubbery/slimy texture.

            1. re: BuildingMyBento

              Cheese that doesn't have much taste? How do you eat this normally? Curious...

              1. re: Kurtis

                I only ever eat it at Ethiopian restaurants, often with lentils but more likely with meat.

                1. re: BuildingMyBento

                  Ha, will try this soon. Thanks for this.

            2. Tapioca Pearls
              Rice Cakes (the Asian Kind)
              Agar-agar Jelly
              Liang Fen – Cold Mung Bean Jelly Noodles

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              1. re: chefj

                Now I want a bubble tea with that chewy tapioca

              2. Konnyaku. I love the gelatinous, rubbery texture.