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J-fish for a j-schooler

In an ongoing effort to eat everything weird on the planet – summer belt-notches included lamb’s brain, cow heart, and…

By Kate Allen , in The Masticator , on November 16, 2009

In an ongoing effort to eat everything weird on the planet – summer belt-notches included lamb’s brain, cow heart, and an entire octopus frozen in a tube for $4.99 – The Masticator recently made a trip to TKTKSEOUL to sample some of their jellyfish salad.

It was also in service of an upcoming feature, but I don’t want to scoop myself. Suffice to say this was stop #1 on Jellyfish Tour 2009. After my first tasting, I was left with a pressing question.

The dish was weird. The jellyfish came in strips and was tossed with cucumbers, imitation crab and bell peppers, and garnished with strawberries. But that wasn’t the strangest part. It tasted fine, and was on the whole generally inoffensive, but I can’t figure out how to describe the texture.

Here are a few things I scribbled down:

  • Like an earlobe
  • Like a shoelace, but made out of sharks
  • Chewy

I guess what I’m going for is cartilage. But that doesn’t really encompass the weirdness. I’ll keep working on it, and I’ll keep you posted. But to the other jellyfish-tasters out there: advice?