>> Monday, October 29, 2012
We are all picky eaters. Even the Anthony Bourdains and Andrew Zimmerns of this world find food they'd rather not eat. So, in the spirit of Halloween, let's talk about food that ironically sends us on a hunger strike. I have a good list.
Hallow's Eve is upon us. It is the time when spirits are most alive, and the supernatural is at its strongest. Whether or not you believe in ghosts and spells and the otherwordly, there definitely is food that gives you goosebumps, making you choose hunger over facing your fears. In my case, I have several, although not all of them scare me away in as much as I just don't eat them.
A lot of people I know are happiest eating dinuguan. But no matter how good they say it is, I can't get myself to put it in my mouth. It's not the appearance that scares me away. It's not even the blood. (I remember eating betamax -- the grilled coagulated blocks of pig's blood sold together with isaw -- after school when I was a kid, and drinking the leftover vinegar mix dip from the plastic.) It's the mere thought of it. I mean, what am I eating, really? Everything in the dish looks the same. They're all black and murky. It looks downright dirty. And when I taste it (I have several times) that thought takes over my taste buds. I couldn't get over the texture, consistency and hint of sourness that I think makes it even worse.
Whether grilled, fried, in a torta, or cooked in a vegetable dish, I would not dare touch an eggplant even with a 10-foot fork. It is yuck. I do love okra, though.
Buko or young coconut meat
Here's the thing. I'm head over heels for gata or coconut milk. I can't get enough of grated mature coconut meat usually eaten with rice cakes. And I find young coconut juice absolutely divine. But coconut meat? Blech.
I know many people find this blasphemous. But my aversion to sinigang is almost involuntary. Yes, I'm saying I wash my hands on this one. Ever since I was a kid, I would refuse to eat sinigang. It doesn't matter how hungry I was. I'd rather wait for what the kitchen has in store for me the next day. I tried to eat sinigang several times but I just can't get over the first bites. C is dead set on cooking an absolutely out of this world sinigang to change my mind, so let's see how that will turn out.
How about you? What food would send you running the opposite direction?