Today is Halloween. Although I didn’t get a chance to carve out a pumpkin this year, let alone visit a pumpkin patch, I think a festive way to get into the mood is through food. I’m not talking about all the candies, chips, and chocolate bars, but by eating things that scare the majority. Brains? Chicken feet? How about some hearts?
In other words, offal. It’s a category that sums up the types of odds and ends in meats that either make you jump for joy or cringe towards a bucket for relief. In America, apparently this may be known as “organ meats” or variety meats”. The term originally included only the entrails of an animal, but in addition to the innards are now other extremities – brains, intestines, feet, ankles, heart, kidneys, cheeks, lungs, liver, marrow, stomach, tail, tongue, testicles…they can be all lumped together now. Are you feeling queasy yet?
Although there are numerous ways to actually prepare offal, this particular time I had it prepared Chiuchow style. It’s marinated in a soy sauce-based marinade and included a variety of animals and parts – pig intestine, beef flank, eggs, duck feet, sausage, pig ears, tongue, etc. There are many different textures on this platter; from soft to hard, slimy to rough, and smooth to crunchy. All I can say is, if you open your mind and just close your eyes, you may enjoy it. Technically, all these things can be incorporated into your common day eats like sausages, hot dogs, and pâtés…not to ruin it for you or anything. Happy Halloween!!! 🙂