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Ronagon
Thursday, August 23, 2007, 11:32am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Tonight I had sea urchin sushi -- otherwise called "uni".  

It was horrible.  The taste was probably one of the nastiest things I've ever experienced.  It was slimy and creamy and just awful.

The only thing I way I can describe the taste, is to ask you to imagine what you think it must taste like, to lick the floor of a movie theater.  

Even more unjustly, uni was the most expensive item of sushi on the menu.  You actually pay more to suffer...

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sea urchins are a delicatessen!!
we used to dive for those and cut them open with special gloves, press fresh
lemon juice on the meat and eat them raw, in the Mediterranean coast of Turkey!!
delightful!
Yaman you probably like them, too, right?
this was in Kushadasi!


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I take it that means you've never had sea cucumber?  
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*Baaaaaaaarrrrrrrrfffffffff*
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Lola,
We ate them similar to you and some people fry them.
They were fresh from the sea.

"Sea eggs" ... A delicacy in Barbados and only harvested for a few months of the year.  Very expensive, but you have to acquire a taste.  

I would like to have some fresh ones now....memories

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Yuck, yuck, and triple yuck.

I don't know you people!
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Lola,

I just can't see diving underwater, all to abuse myself like that.  

I mean, you have to hold your breath with a snorkel or rely on an aqualung to keep you from drowning, all to get this nasty little paperweight.  You carve the top off, scoop out the foul black guts, and then eat the nasty, mustard-colored goo in the bottom.

Bllllleeeeeeeeeeccccchhhhhhhhhhh
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Perhaps yours weren't very fresh, Ron... hence the unpalatable taste.


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. Not only do sea urchins have to be very fresh, but they should be alive! I've had them in Sicily where they are a considered a treat straight from the boats which are moored alongside your table on the harbour front. The flesh is scooped out of its just 'shucked' carapace with lots of freshly baked white bread. I don't like the flesh myself, however, I've since discovered that the sea urchin flavour depends on what it has consumed. It'll taste bitter if it has been feeding on protein (the one I had, I suspect) or sweetly oceany flavoured if it's been feeding on sea plants.

Most sushi is now frozen first so that may have affected the flavour, too.


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sea cucumber


what would that be Lloyd?

Bajan and eh,
you both know what I m talking about!
so fresh they would move at the touch of the lemon juice!

c'mon Ron!
you got to do some snorkeling with that butterfly stroke of yours and get yourself some fresh urchins!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roe
scroll down to Sea urchin roe, that s what I m talking about!



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Hoya, Sea Pineapple {Halocynthia roretzi - Pyuridae}

There is also a dish in the Med. where the Urchin Roes are stirred into pasta...

But nothing is more downright disgusting to my tastes than the Hoya {Sea Pineapple} or the Tsubu Sashimi {Raw Sea Snail}.

Its has been awhile since the Urchin Thread, but Yaman did share a few good tidbits.

Its fresh when its Orange with a slight Pink tinge - Avoid it when it is Yellow. I've had some that were almost Red...getting hungry now.


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Ah, yes, my memories of trying uni because it was supposed to be a delicacy..... and my first reaction was like Ron-o-non's -  Wow, something rotting on the beach at low tide!!!!  
But because of various readings describing this goop as sweet and wonderful, I kept trying. 2nd try, same blee-e-ch.   Third time it was fine, somewhat sweet, an acquired taste but not bad at all. I don't order it now, but at least I finally found that taste that was being touted. I guess freshness, method of storage and what the little snots had been eating before they got caught had alot to do with the taste. (thanks for the tip, eh!)
Chalk it up to my stubbornness. Texture doesn't get me, just taste. I'll pretty much try anything at least once.
I kind of draw the line at stuff that's still struggling, tho. Maybe that makes me a wimp O, but I prefer my victims to have their earthly sufferings behind them and busily involved in their next incarnations before I sink my teeth into them.
Ok, insomnia break over, back to bed.


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I kind of draw the line at stuff that's still struggling, tho. Maybe that makes me a wimp O, but I prefer my victims to have their earthly sufferings behind them and busily involved in their next incarnations before I sink my teeth into them.
Ok, insomnia break over, back to bed.


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Lola,

No, no, no!  Ha ha ha ha

In all fairness, people, I've had uni twice, back in Florida, and once here in Oregon.  And all three times the taste was just awful.  I do, however, love all the other forms of roe sushi, with salmon roe probably being my least favorite of all the fish egg types.

Now, also in all fairness, in all three times, the uni was this safety orange color.  (That, in itself, is the color of warning.)  Perhaps when the color is different, it might taste better.

It just had this musky, mucky taste, and this boogery texture.  I would have to see a radically different-looking uni to try it again.

At any rate, I wonder how uni tests, blood type-wise...

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