Have you tried an aspic dish before, such as ham & parsley aspic, salmon & egg aspic and such, usually as an appetizer in somewhere serving European cuisine? For those who don’t know what aspic is, how about if I say “meat jelly”? Does it ring a bell and give you a better picture in mind now? I bet most of us have seen it in the cooked-food section of some supermarkets.
While I have the impression that aspic is mainly used in western cuisines, Chinese and Japanese have their jelly dishes too. And this time when I was in Fujian, I saw an exotic one, a jelly that many of us may think is too gross to try while it is a very common food in Fujian that many locals love much – the sandworm jelly (it is called 土筍凍 in Fujian).
I actually tried it. It tasted alright. In fact, the texture was pretty good – crispy and crunchy. But the look of it and the idea of eating sandworm are too gross that they couldn’t bring up my appetite for another piece.
Well, thinking more of it, it’s not too gross I guess… similar to the French escargot gourmet snails, isn’t it? Haha