Okay, so this morning wasn't very good for food. I'm still a bit "ehhh" because I just CANNOT stay at home surrounded by abundant food (or edible substances). Actually, it's not so much the abundance but that there's chocolate in the fridge, and it's the good kind (Valrhona "feve" dark chocolate oval discs).
I bought a small package of natto yesterday. I heard that it smelled and tasted awful, so of course, I had to try it. What's the verdict?
Natto doesn't smell as bad as I thought it would (or maybe the smell wasn't strong because it was cold) but it tastes like...um. It tastes bad. I can't even describe it; it's just not pleasant. It's not necessarily bitter or sweet, it's just NATTO.
I tried it plain on top of rice and at first couldn't taste anything. And then it hit me, "it" being "the natto taste" which is just. Just. ...if you're curious enough, just buy some. I put some of the included mustard sace on it but it didn't help. Then I put some soy sauce on it and that did nothing. No sauce could save it. Definitely an acquired taste, or maybe a taste some people are born with. It's kind of cool to see the spider-web-like threads that appear when you lift some of the beans off the NATTO PILE but that's about it.
There are a lot of foods I wouldn't choose to eat but wouldn't mind eating. Natto is the only food I can think of at the moment that a lot of people eat but I plain do not like nor can find anything good about. Maybe I need to try a different kind of natto, but...but. Oh, I burped sometime after eating the natto and my burp TASTED LIKE NATTO. I can't think of any other burp that had ever tasted so bad. The unpleasantness of burping eggs or sardines was like walking through a bed of spring flowers compared to the natto.
Overall, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be but it definitely wasn't good. At least it didn't make mem nauseous.