You know what I find fascinating? Other than finding food and learning about different cultures, it’s where my readers are from. It’s especially intriguing when I discover someone reading my blog from a place I’ve never even heard of. It only makes me want to discover more about that country (and, of course, the food). However, let’s talk a bit about an Asian discovery today. 🙂
The first time I walked into a Seafood Market in Asia (South Korea, to be accurate), I was astounded by the number of seafood options that were available.
There were tanks everywhere with all types of fish, shellfish, and unidentifiable moving objects floating or crawling around in water. I won’t lie, it was a bit troublesome to think I could have been swimming in water with these different animals! Granted, a majority of them are probably much deeper in the ocean, but you never know!
Anyway, I bring this up because I remember when I went to Hong Kong, we went to a beach and my uncle put on his snorkel gear and started diving under water. At first, I thought he only did that to get a closer look at the sea creatures below.
The water was so clear, you could see the sand and tadpoles swimming near shore.
However, to my surprise, he came back with some goodies – fresh sea urchins. These spiky creatures are considered a delicacy in many cultures. Plus, it’s really expensive to order in restaurants so to get them fresh out of the water, even better. 🙂
They have the hard spikes on the outside, so you have to crack them open to get into the insides. Although it doesn’t look appetizing, I tried it anyway. As they say, do as the locals do.
Down the hatchet! It was rich, smooth, and creamy, though the flavour wasn’t very pungent. It didn’t take fishy, but slightly briny and sweet. It was almost custard-like. I’m sure, like a lot of weird things that I have tried over the years, sea urchin may not be for everyone. However, if you come across it, I’d say give it a whirl…especially if you can find someone that can catch them for you for free. Have you ever eaten anything straight out of the ocean or sea? 🙂
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