I inadverently tried the Japanese delicacy Nattō today. The Japan Centre have introduced a ridiculous queuing system (the classic red-rope-and-confusing-arrow combo, creating more chaos than it solves) which means you can no longer graze in front of the sushi offerings at your leisure as you are hustled down the line by savages in suits queuing behind you. I panic-bought some Tuna Nattō rolls, thinking Nattō was pine nuts. Idiot.

In fact, Nattō is fermented soybeans, with a smell not dissimilar to a decomposing body. It tastes like it smells, and has the texture of a mashed eyeball mixed with superglue. It’s the only food I have ever tried which I had to spit out.

UPDATE : Clarissa explains it all. (Thanks Mr Mike)


9 Responses to Nattō

  1. McKinley says:

    When I lived in Japan, the kids used to always try and gross the foreigners out with things they thought we would hate. Natto was number one. Not even Japanese people like it, but they eat it anyway. Something to do with perseverance.

  2. recoder says:

    It’s apparently a popular breakfast item. The concept of eating this in the morning (especially with a hangover) sounds like a challenge on Takeshi’s Castle.

  3. Pete says:

    I’m sure I’ve seen you spit food out in the past. Hmmm….

    I’ll eat most things, but this sounds like stale beer and farts in sticky bean form: No thanks.

  4. Amardeep says:

    i remember trying the salmon row rolls from the japan centre. That was euqally grim. The were like little balls of puss exploding in your mouth with a slight crunch. I ate one and the dumped it.

  5. Amardeep says:

    I meant roe not row.

  6. recoder says:

    Damn, you got in there too quick for me to add some sarcastic bullshit about ‘row’ being something you do in a boat.


    You freak, for not liking fish eggs exploding in your mouth!

  7. alison says:

    I’m never going to the fucking Japan Centre now, by the way. You and Amardeep have put me right off.

  8. mieke says:

    i fucking love salmon roe.

  9. Amardeep says:

    Sorry Alison. Japan centre is actually really good. The only issue i have with it’s sutainabilty, but that’s just suhi in general.

    Mieke i admire your strengh and tolerance towards textured food.

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