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September 15, 2006
Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Ice Cream
Squid ice cream and squid ink ice cream. Both Japanese, of course.
Posted on September 15, 2006 at 3:25 PM
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Semirelated Japanese squid treat LJ...
For my birthday a few years ago, a friend got me a beer mug that had been made out of an actual squid.
I didn't have the stones to try drinking out of it (it looked like a rawhide treat and smelled like a sack of dead goldfish), but I did keep a scan of the logo:
Gray colored ice cream? This can't be good.
Grey ice cream? The colour's not the problem, but fish flavoured? That's just .... eeeeuuuuuuugggthhhhh! One of the others was ox tongue, and I like tongue sliced and on a sandwich with a bit of mustard, but on my tinned peaches? Nooooo...
Actually I had squid ink in a few dishes in the Philippines. It's quite tasty. But the ink does make the dish does look like was dumped in used motor oil.
Once on the FoodTV channel I saw squid ink udon noodles being used. I like udon noodles, but pure black noodles seems rather unappetizing...
i like to mix valrhona cocoa, grand marnier and half-and-half with my favorite ice creams (chocolate and vanilla). i just don't think the squid flavor would be compatible.
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Wow, that looks quite nasty. I generally love oriental food, but I am not planning on finishing off my next round of sushi with a bowl of squid ice cream.
Now salmon might be doable.
Pizza? YES. Squid is great on pizza -- had some last night.
Having lived in Japan for many years, I must say that the average Japanese person would probably find this just as unusual as the average American but may be more willing to give it try than the average American.
However, squid ink spaghetti and, to a lesser extent, squid ink coloured bread are much more common.
First time I saw 'Squid ink ice cream' was on a show called 'Iron Chef' on FoodTV. Absolutely horrid, it looked.
Later, one of their ads had 3 chefs tossing a fish between themselves, and announcing their signature dish. The Japanese chef announced "trout flavored ice cream -- with eyeballs!"
Not to mention the Italians also have a squid ink in risotto that is quite tasty. So the East certainly doesn't have a monopoly on employing squid for interesting uses.
Of course, as Ted said, its fantastic on pizza too.
Actually when I visited Japan a few years ago, I had one of these "squid ice cream." Not bad actually. It's quite famous in western Japan (Osaka) I think.
Ah, but where's the cookie dough and squid ice cream and the rocky road and squid? Can't just have plain squid flavor if you're talking about ice cream...
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