I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve, except my Santa arrives about 7.30 tomorrow in the shape of an Uber.
I’m about to embark on a 2 month trip, covering some destinations I’ve had on the bucket list for what feels like an eternity. I’m underprepped, excited and more than a little nervous (especially at the thought of leaving my cats for 2 months).
My meanderings through various cities inevitably lead me to the city market.
I find markets to be places where you can always find a plethora of local food that you mightn’t always get from a restaurant. I’m a believer that you can’t really experience a country until you eat it. A market is a great place to start.
I don’t know what the big fuss is about…Yes it smells a bit pongy, and looks like some sort of strange cheese, but stinky fermented tofu is actually quite delicious!
It has a smell, sort of like dirty wet socks and a touch of “I’ve left my washing in the machine too long” smell. However, when fried and served with sweet soy and chilli sauce, the smell goes away and a delicious pickled tofu taste emerges, and let’s be honest anything fried tastes better doesn’t it?
We sampled these from the touristy area of Yu Yuan Gardens in Shanghai, where the food vendors lining the streets sell all manner of things, but none so enticing as those mouldy socks!
I’ve never been much into offal. Mum has always said its just (awf-ul) off-al 😉
However can you classify ox tongue as offal when it’s a muscle just like meat in a leg or arm? I’m going with no for the sake of my arguement!
Anyway, I have decided that ox tongue needs to get more cred because it is really amazingly delicious. It’s springy and lean and had a rich taste and if its served BBQ on a Yakitori stick (like I have become obsessed with) then it’s positively melt in the mouth.
Do yourself a favour and order it.
Apparently it’s great in a pasta bake covered with cheese… Challenge accepted!