Thursday, June 23, 2011

Day 312

Seasoned Dried Cuttlefish: After my not-so-appetizing experience with prepared cuttlefish a couple months ago, I wasn't sure if I'd ever be up for eating them again. However, when I saw these seasoned, dried cuttlefish at the Buford Highway Farmers Market last weekend, I decided to give them another try. The pre-packaged version I tried before tasted like stinky fish jerky, but these (seasoned with oil, syrup, soy sauce, sugar, and sesame seeds) actually sounded good.

Since I didn't want them to spoil, I eagerly dove into them tonight. The first thing I noticed after opening the package was the smell. Apparently, cuttlefish never smell good. These had an extremely fishy odor that hit me from a couple feet away, so I hoped that they tasted much better than they smelled.
Luckily, that was exactly what happened. Don't get me wrong - there was definitely a strong fish flavor, but no worse than canned sardines. Believe it or not, the sweetness of the soy sauce and sugar worked well with the strong flavor of the cuttlefish. If you've never seen a cuttlefish, they look a lot like squid, but these had obviously been dried and shredded before seasoning. The texture reminded me of a cross between jerky and firm noodles, and overall, I liked it. I'm not really sure if it's supposed to be eaten as a side or snack, but it was tasty.

If you like ultra-fishy flavors and jerky-like texture, check this one out. Once you get past the smell, it's really not bad.

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