People Really Eat This?

Went out to dinner tonight with my boss from the apartment buildings. Asian. He had beef with green stuff and I ordered steamed tilapia.

They brought me the entire fish. I’m talking head, eyes, gills, tail, and insides. It was spicy; my mouth was on fire for an hour afterward, and I like spice.

Does anyone know what herbs Asians use on their fish? Because it was strong. Smoky, woodsy…never had it before but somehow seemed familiar. They could have backed off on that quite a bit, but otherwise, the fish was pretty good. 

Spent nine hours today editing. Started at seven this morning and finally called it quits around four this afternoon. My eyes were burning and words were exploding in my head. Thirty pages to go; I’ll wrap it tomorrow.

Hope your guys are enjoying a great Saturday!

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11 Responses to People Really Eat This?

  1. Chris says:

    Well, what sort of Asian? Thai? Thai chillies do the trick there.

    • They had chili sauce on the table. Didn’t smell like that. It was something dark. I think the place was run by Hmong.

      Does that help?

      • Chris says:

        It was probably Vietnamese – I don’t know much about Vietnamese food, because I have better luck (having celiac disease) with Thai than with Vietnamese or Chinese.

      • Whatever that herb was, the taste of it is still in my mouth. Yeah…sixteen hours later.

      • Chris says:

        Zounds! And… ugh. :(

      • A friend suggested it might be nutmeg. I’d have to find some and smell it before I’d know for sure.

      • Chris says:

        Nutmeg?! Huh. Of course, my experience with nutmeg is mostly as an eggnog topper and in pumpkin pie, but… it just doesn’t seem like it would linger like that. Of course, it could be something far odder, like krachai or galangal.

      • I have no idea what you just said. :) Krachai? Galangal?

        Whatever…it was really strong. It seemed familiar to me somehow, but I simply could not place it. I’m unlikely to eat Vietnamese again for that reason, though. Whatever it was just killed the fish.

  2. “They brought me the entire fish. I’m talking head, eyes, gills, tail, and insides”– *chuckle* Almost like fish are served here too. Just no gills and insides. I eat almost everything and when I’m done, usually the only thing you’re able to see is a pile of fish bones. =P

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