Yes, you heard me right. Eel! I like it. I like it A LOT! After posting my ABC Leap Foods last week, I thought I’d do a post about eel…because I got so many comments about it.
“Are you kidding? You like eel? Ugh!”
Now, to clarify…I don’t like eel right out of the ocean. I live in Idaho, and can’t go down to the beach, throw a line and wait for an eel to bite and then reel him in, look him in the eye and bite his head off. I’m not that uncouth. I like my eel served up in disguise…in a barbecue suit.
I was raised on very bland foods…mostly meat, potatoes, and Chef-Boy-R-Dee pizzas. My dad’s so set in his eating ways that when we went to a Mexican restaurant, he ordered a hamburger. Sigh. Because of this, I never ventured too far with spicy, exotic, weird foods in my youth.
I was saved from bland eating by my husband. When we dated in high school, he took me to all sorts of crazy places: Japanese, Italian, French, Seafood, and Vegas buffets. I tried octopus, shark, lobster, fancy pasta dishes, bisque, and many other savory items. My husband’s a better explorer of new cuisine than me. I’m still satisfied with any meal that comes with mashed potatoes. But I do enjoy trying new things now (even if it’s just a bite of what my husband’s eating).
The sushi place down the street–Sakana’s–is my favorite eating establishment right now. Each time I go there, I come away babbling happily about how beautiful and yummy my meal was. The Japanese waitresses don’t bat their eyes at me when I ask for a fork. They know I’m a lame white girl who can’t use chopsticks, so they humor me (and I love them for their kindness).
At Sakana’s, they serve barbecue eel. I don’t know their cooking secrets, but I’ll attest to the extreme deliciousness factor of eel. It was my favorite item when we ordered a sushi boat once. I wanted a dozen more of those babies! Yum!
Eel is very tender and doesn’t have a nasty fishy taste like some seafood. In the picture, it looks the most like the darker sushi by the greens. If you ever have the chance at a sushi restaurant to try some eel, go for it. It might not be as wonderful as the eel served up at Sakana’s (and that’s the only place I’ve tried it), but it might be.
The good thing about trying something new you’ve never tried before (and that is weird like eel), is that even if you don’t like it, you can still tell people at a party something cool like this:
Guest: I was sick all week with Strep.
You: Oh, yeah. Well, that’s nothing. I’ve eaten EEL!
It’s a win-win situation. If you like it–you win. If you don’t like it–you still win and can show Strep guy up with your daring eating charisma. And that’s all I have to say about that. (Name that movie)