Jellyfish - A Chinese Delicacy

Jellyfish come in all shapes and sizes and can sting. Moreover they are not pretty creatures to look at and some species are pretty deadly. Aesthetics and toxicity aside, there’s another thing you can do with jellyfish beside admire or avoid them, and that is to eat them! Yes, jellyfish (the non/less toxic kind) is a delicacy that is very popular in China that is usually served shredded, chilled, and tossed with soy sauce, sesame oil, and sesame seeds.

In Singapore, there isn’t that much of a difference in the seasonings, just perhaps the ratio of the seasonings, and/or variations at the various places you can eat this delicacy. Most often than not, if you ever attend a Chinese wedding in Singapore, jellyfish is served as a cold dish for starters. It is something almost all Chinese wedding dinners serve for the guests.

Besides being served cold, jellyfish has a crunchy, chewy texture and on its own doesn’t have much of a flavor. But oddly enough it is one of my favorite foods or maybe its the vinegar. Jellyfish can be found on the menus of most Chinese Restaurants in Singapore. So if you ever want to try something out of the ordinary, I would recommend jellyfish! If you can pass the mental barrier of eating something cold and savory, which a jelly-like crunchy texture that is...
Jellyfish
Jellyfish served cold with vinegar and chopped raw garlic, garnished with chopped spring onions
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  1. We found a large blue jellyfish on shore in Ko Samui, Thailand yesterday. I couldn't imagine eating one, but when in Rome....do as the Romans. If a host offered it to me, I would try it.

    Would you ever prep and cook one yourself?

    Thanks

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    1. I don't think that blue jellyfish is edible thought. I haven't tried preparing it myself. I'd rather just go out and eat it than preparing it myself. ^^ Not sure where they sell the pre-cooked version.

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