Friday, April 14, 2006

moldy natto? - day 6

you know that "gritty" texture chad saw on the "crazy-cartoon-natto-chef" natto? that's mold. i'm pretty sure. i've noticed that every day the mold expands, and the beans seem more shriveled. i know the soy is fermented and becomes coated in a slimy gooey web, but i'm not sure whether it's supposed to develop white fuzz. one packet mentioned that natto should be eaten within 7 to 10 days, but unfortunately, there is no date on the packaging - at least no english transcription. since natto cannot be found at every corner deli, even in nyc, we decided to get a supply for the week. but maybe the natto had been sitting on the japanese supermarket shelf for 5 days already. so maybe we are now, in fact, eating rotten fermented soybeans.

the taste is pretty much the same, though. it's the texture that has changed: the beans are less crunchy.

(i ate half the box of moldy natto, regardless. i'm way beyond that now.)

7 Comments:

Chad Allen said...

Ummmm... can any natto experts weigh in on whether we are eating rotten, moldy natto or not?

12:02 PM  
Natto Expert said...

It was rotten.

2:01 PM  
another natto expert said...

Just like fine wines, some natto is better than others. You test the quality by putting natto in a bowl and mixing it with luke warm water until nabu nabu form. Put it in the fridge for a day and if it still becomes nabu nabu when stirred again then you know your natto is right. No nabu nabu natto, no good natto. As simple as that ...

4:09 PM  
Chad Allen said...

I haven't been able to find a translation for "nabu nabu." Anyone care to elaborate?

4:59 PM  
curious bystander said...

Maybe it's neba neba?

9:26 PM  
Chad Allen said...

Yes, must be neba neba. See last sentence here.

10:07 AM  
Made in DNA said...

yeah, sorry about that dude. i was all over this like flypaper on the day you asked, but then forgot to post. =P i just remembered you were doing this today and came here to find, you had found out already. sorry i have been such lousy help on this. it's been a hell of a month since i moved in with my in-laws. they are a non-stop family. me, on the other hand, i'm kind of a "when i get around to it kinda guy". so unfortunately i get sucked up in a lot of things and much of my me time has gone to hell in a handbasket. not that i'm complaining as i enjoy my time with them immensely. but it is an UNPRECENDENTED change in my lifestyle.

8:54 AM  

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