Growing up, there were certain foods that disgusted me. The flavors and textures just didn’t seem to “taste right.” However, as an adult, I find them to be just delicious. I really do believe that our tastes evolve as we grow older, and that we should not discount giving some foods a second chance.
Cilantro – The first time I had this, I thought I was eating dirt-flavored detergent. I don’t remember when I started liking it. A few of my friends cannot stand the taste of cilantro, and others simply love the flavor.
Bitter Melon – If you’re Chinese, chances are, you’ve had bitter melon growing up. I remember when my parents used to cook this stuff for dinner. When I had it for the first time, I spent the rest of dinner trying to scrape the bitter flavor off my tongue. Fast forward 20 years and there I am at a Chinese restaurant enjoying bitter melon with beef over rice. Image credit: http://sybaritica.me
Kimchi – I remember the day I had kimchi for the first time. I saw my dad downing this stuff and I decided to try some. The spiciness and pungent smell blew me off the seat. Needless to day, I never touched the stuff until I graduated college. Kimchi is now one of my favorite foods. In fact, the more fermented the better!
Uni (Sea Urchin Roe) – Uni is one of those foods where one has to not only acquire the taste for, but to overcome it’s texture. Also, if you know what a sea urchin is, then you’re probably wondering who the heck decided to crack one of those spiny things up and stick a spoon in it. Uni is truly one of my favorite foods. It’s the butter of the sea.