June 27, 2005

Hot! Hot! Hot!

We try to expose our kids to different types of foods. Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not. We all have preferences… my husband hates Mexican. I’m not a fan of Thai or Indian food. Some spices, people just don’t like, but I want my kids to try it all and we started young by feeding them whatever I prepared for dinner.

Today we went for Japanese for lunch, something we do quarterly.

The three boys ordered Bento Boxes or what our place calls a Lunch Box. If you’ve not had one, you can specify a certain main course like chicken, steak or salmon teriyaki and it also comes with a Japanese spring roll, rice, fruit, etc. They vary from restaurant to restaurant, but the basics I believe, are the same. It comes on a cute little boxy tray.

I ordered a Garden roll, which was cooked salmon, with cream cheese, wrapped in rice. I have to have my fish cooked. I’ve done the Sushi thing and can’t. As I say, “I don’t do bait.”

My eldest tried my Garden roll and liked it. Off to the side was what appeared to be a lump of paper thin sliced Salmon and wasabi sauce. Now, for the record, I like hot. I like wasabi in very small doses and I love Chinese hot food, but I can’t do pepper hot… like jalapenos.

I finished my Garden roll and I asked him if he wanted the rest of this salmon, to which I received a hearty, “Yeah!!!” So I placed it on his plate.

He took one bite… and his eyes damn near bugged out; he opened his mouth as if to yell and mouthed “Hot! Hot! Hot!” I’m telling him, “Drink water! Eat rice” and he’s trying to bring himself to swallow.

I look down and think that perhaps this salmon was touching the Wasabi? But I specifically checked and I saw NO green on what I placed on his plate. So to see how bad it really was… I picked up a piece and put it in my mouth.

Holy crap! Every square millimeter of soft tissue in my mouth was screaming! I am unsure if *hot* is the word I would use. It was difficult to explain, but I know for sure that in my mouth, it did not belong. I forced myself to swallow, fighting the urge to spit it out… or rather spit it across the table… trying to set a good example for my sons, half way wondering if my throat would react in the same way as my mouth and just close off in the horror of it all.

I quickly grabbed my glass of water as my son was still shoveling rice into his mouth and in between bites muttering in a slight laugh, “Mom. I hate you!”

I said: Buddy, man I am so sorry. I have no clue what that was. I thought it was salmon! It’s the color of my salmon!

Bones: Geez, Mom, bubble gum is the color of salmon. Would you just assume a piece of bubble gum was your salmon?

Me, ignoring my pain in the neck 6 year old: Seriously, I had no clue. That was the most awful and horrible thing I have ever tasted. I’m really really sorry.

I left out the part about how I doubted it was as bad as he said because I swear to you, I birthed the three biggest drama Kings that walk the Earth. I actually didn’t believe him that whatever I fed him was that bad.

I picked up the remnants and smelled it. It smelled somewhat like Kimchi, but the Kimchi I’ve eaten didn’t give my mouth that reaction. (I don’t like Kimchi.) I saw the waitress and beckoned her to our table.

I asked her if she could tell us what it was and she replied, “Oh! That is pickled Ginger!”

Yeah. We are not a pickled ginger family. We have officially crossed that off the list of foods we eat in our home. Blech.

Posted by Boudicca at June 27, 2005 10:43 PM

Haha! At least you didn't pay him to try it for your entertainment.

My dad offereded Sis #2 $5 to take a bite of a jalepeno...and she did it! Just for his amusement!

Posted by: Sissy at June 27, 2005 11:07 PM

Sounds like something Contagion or Graumagus would feast upon!

Posted by: TNT at June 27, 2005 11:11 PM

Pickled ginger is kind of tasty, but I like it with sushi.

Posted by: littlejoe at June 27, 2005 11:26 PM

Dear Husnad loves sushi he could eat it daily. I prefer sashimi (spelling?) However I can not eat it often, and when I was pregnant, could not bear to look at any Japenese food.

Posted by: ArmyWifeToddlerMom at June 28, 2005 12:09 AM

ROTFLMAO! I like the pickled ginger, but in small doses as a palate cleanser between things. *G* Then again, I know of someone who picked up the lump of wasabi, not knowing what it was, and ate it. Ouch.

Posted by: Laughing Wolf at June 28, 2005 07:55 AM

{wipes tears from eyes} Oh that was too funny. I wish I had been there. I would have been able to tell you it was ginger. I, too, like it in small quantities between items. But even I would "die" trying to eat a large quantity of it. Glad you survived.

Posted by: vw bug at June 28, 2005 08:14 AM

I love pickled ginger and wasabi and sushi... I love hot food. My wife swears I've destroyed all nerve endings in my mouth over the years because I eat stuff that most people wouldn't touch with an asbestos suit.

Posted by: Contagion at June 28, 2005 08:20 AM

LOL! We're not big on sushi at all, and Alex won't touch fish baked, boiled or fried, let alone raw! And he lived in Japan for 16 months. Go figure..

This is one of those stories where you think, "Poor Bou, but I would have loved to have been there!"

Posted by: Sally at June 28, 2005 03:48 PM

Sally....that is so a quote for Bou's site!

"Poor Bou, I would have loved to have been there!"


Posted by: Sissy at June 28, 2005 07:31 PM

If y'all don't like sushi it's because you're not preparing it right. You dip it in a batter and deep fry it. Served with hushpuppies and cheese grits it's mmmmmm..good!

Posted by: Joe S. Ragman at June 28, 2005 09:55 PM

I like sushi, but I'm not crazy about the pickled ginger. I don't dislike it, but it's not anything I crave.

Love the sushi though. Especially eel.

Posted by: Graumagus at June 29, 2005 02:29 AM

Oh yeah, my wife has done the same thing and she thing taco bell mild sauce is too hot....

Posted by: Graumagus at June 29, 2005 02:29 AM

Dammit! Now I'm hungry... If I wasn't broke right now I'd run over to Woodman's (only place I can get sushi at 1:30am)

Posted by: Graumagus at June 29, 2005 02:33 AM


I love that you go out for Japanese quarterly... where do you go for your annual meeting? ;-)

Posted by: Marie at June 29, 2005 09:56 PM

If pickled ginger did that to your mouth you definitely want to stay very far away from extracted horseradish. Hoo boy! I love hot. I love peppers. I love thai chiles and jabaneros and scotch bonnets. The only hot wings I've ever been unable to eat were in a horseradish/chipotle sauce.

Demon food. Seriously.

Posted by: Jim at July 11, 2005 01:02 PM