Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Day 10: Say Goodbye to Repulsion

Natto, or at least the "happy-natto-woman" brand of natto is no longer repulsive. I let it warm up to room temperature this morning and ate the whole box without flinching. It's still a strange taste, no doubt about it -- and I have a feeling there are probably more pungent brands (we'll try to find a new brand for next week). I wouldn't describe eating it as a satisfying experience, and I think once you get used to it, the taste is actually somewhat uninteresting. I think this may be the real reason it's generally eaten with rice, soy sauce, mustard and other accompaniments (my initial assumption was that these things would hide the taste, but I don't think this is possible -- I'm guessing the best they can do is augment it). Ultimately I think the texture may be a bigger problem in the beginning than the taste. Getting used to the slimy coating and its corresponding neba neba is at least half the battle -- though some things I've read suggest that my natto could be even slimier (and thus even more delicious).

In other news, if you haven't been following the comments of Tomas, you should read some here. He is doing the hard work of scouring the internet for arcane natto knowledge.

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