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Steve
27th August 08, 04:24 AM
IRON CHEF: Nattō

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Steve
27th August 08, 04:25 AM
It's rotten soybeans.

MEGA JESUS-SAMA
27th August 08, 04:34 AM
natto is GROSS

socratic
27th August 08, 04:51 AM
It's rotten soybeans.
Fermenting isn't exactly the same thing as rotting, is it? Otherwise you could say that sake is rotten rice juice, wine is rotten grape juice, etc

Steve
27th August 08, 05:05 AM
You don't drink natto.

Steve
27th August 08, 05:06 AM
in other words, fermenting is a nice way of saying it's rotten.

socratic
27th August 08, 06:11 AM
Steve is a nice way of saying 'bumeyes'.

Bet you didn't know that, did you?

socratic
27th August 08, 06:31 AM
On a not-more-serious note:

HARDO GEI DESUUUU!!!!!!!
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EvilSteve
27th August 08, 08:50 AM
You don't drink natto.

You don't drink cheese either. And while it is technically speaking rotten milk, there's a difference between controlled and uncontrolled spoilage- in that people came up with the former to try to avoid the latter.

Steve
27th August 08, 11:27 AM
Yeah, most cheese I eat isn't slimey and sticky, looking like something a zombie would drool on you either.

Have you guys actually ordered/ate natto before at a Japanese restaurant?

HappyOldGuy
27th August 08, 11:37 AM
Yeah, most cheese I eat isn't slimey and sticky, looking like something a zombie would drool on you either.

Have you guys actually ordered/ate natto before at a Japanese restaurant?

The happyoldlady loves Natto. I put up with it, because I get to see the looks on the poor schmucks faces when she convinces them to try it. My favorite was a friend of hers who's face just screwed up tight till he choked out, "it tastes like toes."

I love uni. I eat bugs. I've eaten thousand year old eggs and balut. Remember that when I tell you that natto is the foulest thing I have ever tried.

EvilSteve
27th August 08, 12:14 PM
Hey, not saying it ain't nasty- just saying there's a difference between rotten and fermented.

A lot of Asian food is pretty gross. I mean, the pan-Asian place around the corner served PIG UTERUS, ffs! PIG UTERUS!!!

EvilSteve
27th August 08, 12:17 PM
Blurring the line between fermented and rotten:


Casu marzu (also called casu modde, casu cundhídu, or in Italian (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_language) formaggio marcio) is a cheese (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheese) found in Sardinia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sardinia), Italy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italy), notable for being riddled with live insect larvae (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larva). Casu marzu means "rotten cheese" in Sardinian (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sardinian_language) and is known colloquially as maggot cheese.

Link to full article (it gets way grosser): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casu_marzu

Neildo
27th August 08, 12:29 PM
I love uni. I eat bugs. I've eaten thousand year old eggs and balut. Remember that when I tell you that natto is the foulest thing I have ever tried.

balut is truly one of the most horrible culinary experiences known to man.

Steve
27th August 08, 12:44 PM
Hey, not saying it ain't nasty- just saying there's a difference between rotten and fermented.

And I'm just saying that I work for a Japanese lady that is a second mother to me (and she loves natto), but she still calls it rotten soybeans when she tries to get me to eat it.

HappyOldGuy
27th August 08, 12:49 PM
balut is truly one of the most horrible culinary experiences known to man.
Balut and thousand year eggs are both probably worse than natto in theory, but noone ever expected me to savor them. They are both hold your nose and swallow foods. Natto fans seem to actually enjoy it.

Neildo
27th August 08, 12:58 PM
i like food i can leave in my mouth for a bit so i can savour it. also, chewing is good.

EvilSteve
27th August 08, 01:03 PM
And I'm just saying that I work for a Japanese lady that is a second mother to me (and she loves natto), but she still calls it rotten soybeans when she tries to get me to eat it.

Well then you tell that bitch she's WRONG! WRONG, you hear? And furthermore you tell her that if she and her rice-eating, panty-sniffing people didn't insist on being so WRONG about EVERYTHING then we wouldn't have had to drop a nuke on their asses! That ought to set her straight.

Seriously tho- fermented soybeans? Rotten or not, sounds vile.

CoffeeFan
5th September 08, 01:47 PM
The following on Natto is from "Steve, don't eat it"

http://www.thesneeze.com/mt-archives/cat_steve_dont_eat_it.php (http://www.thesneeze.com/mt-archives/cat_steve_dont_eat_it.php)


Natto

I recently came across a container of fermented soybeans in the supermarket. I don't mean an old container of soybeans some stockboy forgot to toss. These are fermented-on-purpose soybeans from Japan. That's what Natto is.

I remembered hearing about this stuff on Iron Chef one time when it was the secret ingredient. The judges in the show were commenting on what a great job the chefs had done to "supress the smell" of the natto. I'm no Iron Chef, but I've got a clever way to supress the smell. Don't put it in your fucking food. I might not win "Battle Natto," but I promise you my dinner won't smell like stank-ass soybeans.

I found it slightly unsettling that the sealed styrofoam container had creepy little airholes in it. As if what was inside needed to breathe. I dared to lift the lid, which made me regret that I needed to breathe. The natto was coated in some kind of sick slime and had the complex yet playful aroma of a dumpster in July.

Actually, the little pile inside looked kinda like baked beans. It also smelled kinda like baked beans. If they were baked in the filthy heat of Satan's asshole.

This particular batch was made by a company in Japan called Shirakiku. I haven't been able to determine if Shirakiku is a food manufacturer, or just a store that sells gag gifts and practical jokes. It might be both.

Not unlike Michael Jackson, these harmless soybeans had undergone some kind of hideous transformation. They were now a freakish version of their former selves. (Which, coincidentally, should also be kept away from your children.)

The most disturbing aspect of this stuff is it seems to get "activated" when you stir it. What I mean by this is, (and I may actually weep, but...) the slimy coating on the beans develops into stringy, stretchy, marshmallow-like strands that will forever haunt my dreams.

Basically, if you move it back and forth enough, you're left with a gross, sticky mess. (Hey, natto and I have at least one thing in common!) And now that I think about it, that's exactly what it looks like the pranksters back at Shirakiku did into my beans. You guuuys!

I force-fed myself a big ol' spoonful, and found it to be slightly rancid and extremely bitter. Unfortunately, swallowing didn't help dissipate the flavor because the strings of bean jizz melted, coating my mouth and lips with a glistening sheen of sadness.

The entire experience is difficult to describe, but if you can remember back to the very first time you made out with a hobo's ass, it's a lot like that.

What I find most hilarious is that there is an expiration date on the package. What could they possibly expect to happen to the product on this date THAT HAS NOT ALREADY OCCURRED?!!!

Also, nestled in this mound of compost was a li'l packet of mustard. In its place, I would strongly suggest a written apology.

I do have one last theory about the date on the package. It may be an expiration date, but not for the beans. If you finish the container, that's the day you die.

EvilSteve
5th September 08, 01:53 PM
Ew.. that's nasty, altho I read further down to where he was eating huitlacoche (known to Americans as corn smut). To be fair- YOU DON'T EAT HUITLACOCHE STRAIGHT! I've made huitlacoche tamales and huitlacoche salsa, and both were delicious. The only unsettling thing is, any food you make with the stuff will be black as the contents of that can.

Wounded Ronin
6th September 08, 11:13 AM
I'm so sick of people hating on natto. I used to eat that stuff in Japan. I love it over rice for breakfast. It's real healthy for you and it's got a real unique flavor.