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Offline Cold HeritageTopic starter

Have you eaten eel?
« on: May 20, 2012, 02:03:04 AM »
If so, how was it prepared and what was it like?

Offline Callie Del Noire

Re: Have you eaten eel?
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2012, 02:07:42 AM »
Unagi.. Eel Sushi roll. It's not as tasty (to me) as some other types.

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Re: Have you eaten eel?
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2012, 03:03:51 AM »
Smoked eel is a local delicacy around here - in southern Sweden. An autumn dish, as they're fished in September and October. I've eaten it a few times, it's rather fat. I don't have anything against fat food as such (I don't seem to stock fat in my body to any obvious degree, burning it too fast...) but well, eel was never really a favourite.

Offline NotoriusBEN

Re: Have you eaten eel?
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2012, 08:44:21 PM »
I've had unagi sushi, and skewers. Its a 'little' earthy and its either cliche` or my tastebuds are off in that it tastes kinda like chicken

Offline jaybee55

Re: Have you eaten eel?
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2012, 09:25:50 PM »
Sure.  While in Japan I had unagi sushi and sashimi as well as kabayaki/unadon(grilled/grilled on rice).  Not really my speed - the taste was ok, but the texture of the raw stuff was a little off-putting (just my opinion - I don't really like fatty raw things very much).  I also had smoked eel while in either Germany or Belgium, I can't remember exactly where any more.  And a long time ago a brit friend of mine tried to get me to try jellied eel... couldn't do it, looked too nasty.  Oh, and I once roasted an eel I caught while on a long hiking trip (Appalachian Trail).  Unfortunately I overcooked it and it was nearly inedible.

All in all, my favorite was the smoked eel.  Very much like smoked fish, but fishier than some (whitefish for example).
« Last Edit: June 04, 2012, 09:30:27 PM by jaybee55 »

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Re: Have you eaten eel?
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2012, 09:33:14 PM »
I'm not much into fish, but did enjoy smoked eel the few times I was able to get it.
I'm afraid I can't recall if I ever ate the sushi kind, sorry.

Offline Aidonsious

Re: Have you eaten eel?
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2012, 11:34:30 AM »
I have eaten it in sushi and did not like it at all. I wish I was more adventurous with food but I am not....

Offline Ramster

Re: Have you eaten eel?
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2012, 12:45:58 PM »
I've had it in sushi, smoked and jellied. My  favourite endagered species!

Offline Koyume

Re: Have you eaten eel?
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2012, 07:41:34 PM »
I used to really enjoy unagi (and I never 'stopped' enjoying it, I just became a vegetarian).

Offline curiouskitty

Re: Have you eaten eel?
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2012, 01:38:37 PM »
I've had it in a sushi roll; it wasn't my favorite but it was gross either.  I'm a big tuna fan myself :)

Offline Kuroneko

Re: Have you eaten eel?
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2012, 01:42:58 PM »
Love eel.  I've had both unagi and anago, with unagi being my fave.  I've had it in sushi (rolls and nigiri) grilled on rice (unadon).  Now I can only eat it in Japan, where you can get it without soy sauce, as I'm allergic to gluten.  All the eel in sushi shops here in the US is premarinated in shoyu :(. 

Offline Will

Re: Have you eaten eel?
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2012, 11:35:49 PM »
I like eel quite a bit, although the first time I tried it was not pleasant and put me off of it for a long time.  Both times I had it, it was in a sushi roll.  I suppose the first time it just wasn't all that fresh or something, because it just tasted bad.  I thought for sure I would love it, since I'm pretty much obsessed with eating anything that swims, but I was wrong.

Thankfully I tried it again, very recently actually, at a much better establishment.  It has a very distinct flavor, which may not be for everyone.  And quite frankly, in my opinion, it's a little ugly.  But it is tasty.  It has a melt-in-your-mouth quality kind of like a very fatty piece of sashimi might.

So, I do enjoy it.  But in the realm of sea critters, it's far from my favorite.
« Last Edit: June 21, 2012, 11:36:56 PM by Will »

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Re: Have you eaten eel?
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2012, 04:15:18 PM »
The first time I can remember eating it is as Unadon in Hawaii. It is definitely one of my favorite foods, though here in the contiguous states I eat it in a roll more often than on rice. It tastes nothing like chicken, and yes, it is fatty.

Offline Valentinian

Re: Have you eaten eel?
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2012, 07:24:01 AM »
Smoked eel is very common here... you could say it's the fish equivalent of bacon: salty, flavorful, fat, softly textured.

Unsmoked eel is a little boring to me and is only enjoyable if very fresh (as in: they cut it a few hours before serving) - raw eel has a tendency to lose flavor very fast and even adopt other flavors if left in a fridge too long.

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Re: Have you eaten eel?
« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2012, 09:36:11 AM »
If so, how was it prepared and what was it like?

My father's father used to catch and fry eel (breaded, not battered).  I was young at the time, so it tasted pretty much like fried fish to me - it was just a lot rounder.  I remember my mother couldn't stand it, but I'm also convinced that she was reacting to the pre-cooked existence, the way some people look at you strange if you suggest eating snake or gator.

Offline Will

Re: Have you eaten eel?
« Reply #15 on: July 05, 2012, 02:35:24 PM »
Alligator is so delicious.

Offline Crackicus

Re: Have you eaten eel?
« Reply #16 on: July 05, 2012, 02:48:00 PM »
Tried sushi with grilled eel. Loved it. :D

Offline Mathim

Re: Have you eaten eel?
« Reply #17 on: July 05, 2012, 05:29:15 PM »
If a place has unagi rolls, I order it, I don't care what else I'm getting, that's going to be part of my meal there. The sauce is tasty and complements the flavor of the meat.

But my hands-down fave dish is Unagi Donburi, a fat slab of grilled eel over a bento box of rice. Fricking to die for, my friends. Smush that sea snake up into the rice bed, a little soy sauce and/or teriyaki splashed in there and you're on your way to a foodgasm.

Offline YoshiFumi07

Re: Have you eaten eel?
« Reply #18 on: July 09, 2012, 05:54:42 AM »
I've already eaten smoked eel.  :D
It's kinda rare to see eel vendors around the city in here, but smoked eel really tasted nice.  ::)