Luckily, it was not alive.
01.19.2008 - 01.19.2008 73 °F
We stayed in Kaohsiong Friday night and on Saturday morning attended my uncle's company banquet. I am finding that some of the most interesting foods are appetizers. At this banquet, fried bees and cashews were served. A gentleman at the table explained that the bees are not actually fully-formed bees yet and are harvested before they are "born". They're deep-fried to a crisp and served with sauteed cashews. I'm not sure if it's intentional, but the cashews and the bees end up being the same curved crescent shape!
Eat 'em up, yum!
I actually only had one, by the time I finished taking the pictures, the rest of the bees were all gone! It really didn't taste like much, just fried crunchiness. But I guess quite popular, at least at my table!
Also pictured is the caviar cake slice and green onion described in a previous post.
Oh, on a similar note, while the caviar appetizer is harvested from the female oh hee, a local large Pacific Ocean fish, a main dish was served later in the banquet that was the male reproductive organ from the same fish. It was explained as the fish's prostate, but I don't think fish have prostates... probably the testes? It came sauteed whole with vegetables in a thickened sauce. It looked like and had the texture of very soft tofu, but had a slightly fishy flavor. Wasn't that great, but wasn't all that bad either.
Hurrah for new foods! (Can't wait for Thailand. I hear there is a very pungent fermented crab papaya salad that I should try... wait and see!)