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RE: Eating Natto

Postby clay » Wed 05.09.2007 10:32 am

I still haven't tried natto. If I did, I couldn't tell my 'natto story'.

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RE: Eating Natto

Postby sei » Wed 05.09.2007 11:40 am

Let's see what i remember to say from what i read... Hmmm, first, what the heck is molded beans? I know what beans are, but molded beans?

And second, cheese...I've tasted TONS of them! My father is crazy for cheese (just yesterday he brought home around 30 small cheeses (sp?), no wait, and 6 more fresh cheeses, plus around 5 more we already had at home, you do the math), and i can say, there are some cheeses that smell terribly!!!
Like one cheese that's very popular with my mom and sister here, it's one that you cut the top part and the inside is buttery, like butter to put in bread, of course, and sticky. That cheese as a horrible smell, but the taste is ok, nothing like the smell.

3rd thing... maybe, just maybe, i'll try natto someday... This thread got me scared a bit. I'm very weird about what i eat. :|
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RE: Eating Natto

Postby lalaith » Wed 05.09.2007 12:12 pm

sei wrote:
Let's see what i remember to say from what i read... Hmmm, first, what the heck is molded beans? I know what beans are, but molded beans?

3rd thing... maybe, just maybe, i'll try natto someday... This thread got me scared a bit. I'm very weird about what i eat. :|


You know what scares me? The idea that molded beans are exactly what they sound like. I'm familiar with molded items, it's what happens to food left in my refrigerator too long. I don't eat them. I throw them out.

Like one cheese that's very popular with my mom and sister here, it's one that you cut the top part and the inside is buttery, like butter to put in bread, of course, and sticky. That cheese as a horrible smell, but the taste is ok, nothing like the smell.


Was it a brie?

EDIT: I really should have said "The idea that molded beans might be exactly what they sound like."
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RE: Eating Natto

Postby sei » Wed 05.09.2007 12:25 pm

lalaith wrote:
You know what scares me? The idea that molded beans are exactly what they sound like. I'm familiar with molded items, it's what happens to food left in my refrigerator too long. I don't eat them. I throw them out.

OMG! Is that what it is?? Really?? Woah!... Ugh... disgusting.

Was it a brie?

I don't know, honestly. The one i'm referring to is made in a certain part of Portugal. And i have the impression 'brie' is french? So maybe not. But i'm not sure. I just know it's used like butter, on your bread.

Or like my sister does so much!:
Maybe the bread is the one that goes with the cheese. *giggles* Like, you know, instead of bread with cheese, having cheese with bread. (Having a lot more cheese than the amount of bread). - Usual portuguese joke...

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RE: Eating Natto

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Wed 05.09.2007 1:18 pm

Natto does not have any mold. They are fermented beans, but the stringiness comes from the bacteria involved in the natto production. Like most other fermented foods, natto is not made by randomly leaving beans sitting around, it involves a carefully controlled process and actually only takes a week or so.

(Cheese and yogurt both rely on bacteria too, so don't be too grossed out by that.)
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RE: Eating Natto

Postby sei » Wed 05.09.2007 1:30 pm

*laughs*
I know Taiteki-san. For a moment i was disgusted, but i understand that could never be it.
I've actually been studying that process in my biology class for the last weeks. :)

Edit: Oh, i just realised... I could never eat natto... i hate beans. -_- Amazing how i didn't even remember that before. Also amazing that i actually had to remember that.
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RE: Eating Natto

Postby two_heads_talking » Wed 05.09.2007 3:29 pm

molded beans should probably be read as modly beans.. lol.. molded beans sounds like someone put them in a jello mold and let them form in the shape of the mold.

brie is a soft cheese. very mild, very soft and often eaten with fruit.. http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-brie.htm
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RE: Eating Natto

Postby sei » Wed 05.09.2007 3:42 pm

Yes, that's what i thought at first!! Pretty weird!

And i'm still not sure. It doesn't mention a very bad smell or anything... So i don't know. There are a lot of kinds of cheese, so i can't say which one this is.
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RE: Eating Natto

Postby coco » Wed 05.09.2007 8:44 pm

It seems that heated natto is not so offensive to the nose.
I don't take responsibility for the complaints from your family. :D

I should have told an important point. They say nattokinase (ナットウ・キナーゼ=ナットウ菌) is good for health. Some specialists point out that nattokinase is weak against heat and it must die when adding heat. ;)
So some might think that it isn't worth cooking なっとう by heat.

Eating なっとう with minced 梅干し is my favorite.

I feel an empty package of なっとう smells worse than なっとう itself.
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RE: Eating Natto

Postby tanuki » Wed 05.09.2007 9:34 pm

I'm dying to try this stuff. I wonder if they sell it at the Japanese restaurant here.
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RE: Eating Natto

Postby Infidel » Wed 05.09.2007 9:59 pm

me too, just for the purpose of cultural education. I know the local Japanese restaurant does serve it off the special "japanese" menu they don't normally show customers.

I'm thinking of asking if they have a kiddie size :P
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RE: Eating Natto

Postby coco » Thu 05.10.2007 9:41 am

これ、どうです? :D
納豆石鹸 A Natto soap.
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RE: Eating Natto

Postby two_heads_talking » Thu 05.10.2007 12:11 pm

ok, I am going to be funny here.

Cocosan, is that for washing the natto? or what?

ok, I know, that wasn't so funny, but I couldn't help myself.
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RE: Eating Natto

Postby coco » Thu 05.10.2007 9:50 pm

:D
The commercial copy says
納豆由来の保湿成分が
潤いを与えるので、
お肌ずーっとぷるぷる
something like...
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Your skin keeps vitality for a long while since an ingredient of moisturizer from なっとう hydrates your skin. (?)
An ingredient of moisturizer from なっとう makes your skin rich for long time.(?)
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(I hope my Engrish makes sense.)
There was a solid type soap inside the package. The color was same as なっとう brown. :D
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RE: Eating Natto

Postby lalaith » Thu 05.10.2007 11:36 pm

coco wrote:
A Natto soap.


What does it smell like?! After the descriptions I've heard of the all-pervading stench that is natto I sure hope it doesn't leave you smelling like its namesake.

I understand the urge to smell like food. I just showered with a vanilla body wash and put on a moisturizer that makes me smell like a chocolate pastry, but smelling like natto?
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