5.08.2006

uni adventure

We saw sea urchin at Ranch 99 last night so Simon decided to conquer it. It was no easy feat. Who the hell knew it would spew red crap. Once he got in and split the thing in half I almost fell on the floor. I expected it to be full of that orange goodness like you see at the restaurant but nope. There were valves and jaws and slime and tubes and all this nasty shit. I screamed when I saw the inside. It was like something from out of a horror movie. The fresh uni tasted, I dunno, a lot more fragrant than the stuff at restaurants. It tasted kind of like perfume. To be honest, I like the restaurant stuff a bit better. The fresh stuff was a bit intense.

sea urchin

oozing red stuff

EEEEEEEWWWW!

Simon spooning out the roe from the ugliness

all for this

9 comments:

Bombo said...

looks.. uhmm.. ewwwww...

Paul said...

EEEWWWW!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! How much did it cost?

We should go somewhere for uni and drink till we pass out.




-BC

Van said...

$6.99 a pound and one big mess! BC, we were saying as we ate it that you'd totally have loved watching this happen.

Ben said...

Holy crap, that is just disgusting. It's like they took the leftover innards from the fishmonger, and crammed it into a spiny coconut, added water, and shook.

I was just watching a show on Taiwanese TV two nights ago about uni farming in southern Taiwan. They dove for the stuff, and then cracked one open right on the spot, and it did NOT look like that. The yummy parts were a brilliant orange, and the yucky parts were somehow not there, or very little, and mostly liquid.

I've had fresh uni by the wataerfront markets of Keelung (NE Taiwan) and you scoop the orange gunk out with a spoon and eat. (They pre-rinsed it for us.)

Yum.

Junebug said...

that's pretty scary. a lot of scary shit to get through.

simonma168 said...

It was an experience I won't forget. Maybe I cracked it open wrong because I felt like I was in an H.R.Giger picture.

Robyn said...

damn you guys are ambitious

Kai said...

talk about not knowing where you food comes from ... eeeeewe :P

I'm forever passing on the stuff now but I'm gonna keeping believing that farmers grow my t-bone steaks in plastic wrapped styrofoam packs.