I see things in the Asian market, think, "Hey,
why not try that?" and buy them. That's how I ended
up with a package of jellyfish. Yes, I actually picked
up the package, read through the step-by-step prep instructions on
the back, and put it in my basket. What the heck, it
wasn't expensive, and the worst that could happen was
that I might not like it.
For those who know nothing about cooking jellyfish
- and I know there must be one or two out there - they
are saltwater critters, so you have to get that salt
out of it first. That involves soaking it in cold water
for three hours, changing the water at half-hour intervals,
to diffuse the salt out. Then soak it in hot water for
5 minutes and cool in cold water immediately. Only then
it is ready for you to cut and do the final cooking.
a lot of prep, isn't that? If you've done it right,
it has a Jell-o kind of texture, and has very little
flavor of its own.
So... I did all that soaking business, and stir-fried
some vegetables (broccoli, snow peas, mushrooms,
corn, bean sprouts, carrots, and squash). Then I tore
up some jellyfish and stir-fried it in a bit of soy
sauce with fake crab, and finally I served the seafood
on top of the vegetables. And... well, shrug. I wasn't
impressed, but I had no problem eating it either. I'm
not posting a recipe, as I don't really think that this
was worth the effort. (Plus, the info above is enough
for those who are really determined to make this.)
And with that I have rice,
egg-and-shiitake eyes (another
a buttered cafeteria roll,
and some strawberries.