So as part of our visit to the temple fair Chen Xi and her friend and I went for hotpot. It wasn’t the best restaurant and it was in the basement so it smelled odd the whole time.
I told Chen to order whatever she wanted, because she reads Chinese a lot better than me funnily enough. She said “Do you eat frog?” I said I never had but I would try one.
When the food arrived and the raw frogs were placed on our table I took a picture. After we cooked some and I discovered they had bones so you basically had to chew frogs and try not to bite the bone. I hate stuff still on the bone, I don’t like chicken wings and ribs for that reason. Anyway I ate the meat from the legs. The frogs look really disgusting, you can see their rib cage and everything, I wasn’t sure whether you were suppose to eat more than the legs, so I didn’t. I then got the brilliant idea to take a picture of the frog I ate.
I only ate the one. I know it is cliche but it tasted like chicken. Actually it tasted like hot broth and dipping sauce covered chicken. I preferred beef and lamb, even the vegetables Chen ordered I didn’t dig on. A bunch of weird mushrooms and some taro or yam like thing. I ended up ordering more lamb.
Chen felt bad about ordering all the frogs so her and her friend tried to eat them. So even after I ate my one frog, there were always frogs floating in our soup broth. It got pretty creepy as sometimes a frog foot would rise out of the red broth and it looked just like a little hand. Needless to say once you put frogs in your soup, everything is going to taste a little like frog.
I don’t know how this compares to my deliberate and successful quest to eat Yak Penis Soup. You’ll have to ask Dave.