Goal: Try 20 new foods (20 of 20)
Date: November 6, 2014
Location: London, UK
Well I finally did it, I tried jellyfish. Jellyfish and I have not always had a good relationship. When I was a tween I was stung while wading in the Atlantic ocean on an island camp out. That was the most persistent pain and annoyance I have ever experienced. After I packed some sand on my legs for about a half hour, I felt better.
That to say I didn’t eat the jellyfish today to punish the species, I just wanted to try something truly unique. That it was.
So I was in Chinatown in London browsing menus outside of Chinese restaurants and an older Indian man (Raj) was doing the same. Then we turned to each other and opted to have lunch together. I heard all about his family back in India and how his birthday was just two days earlier. He said our lunch was his celebration because other than a cake at work (the Indian embassy), he hasn’t done anything special to celebrate.
He definitely was not game to try the jellyfish. And to be honest I was a bit anxious until I chewed up the first piece. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It was flavoured with sesame and soy perhaps. It was rubbery indeed, but didn’t take too much chewing before I got it down. I definitely didn’t finish the plate and I won’t be ordering it again, but I’m glad I braved the challenge.