Experiment in Culinary Adventurism (tentative)

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  • This is a tentative meetup event. It even sounds nutty to me, but if there is sufficient interest I will schedule the event.

    This meetup will be an experiment in culinary adventurism where we will sample unusual foods from Asia that are not typically found in restaurants. Participants will meet in at the clubhouse of my condo complex (located in the Pinehurst - Lake City area) on a Saturday mid-afternoon; each person will bring $10.00.. We will carpool to Ranch 99 which is an Asian supermarket located in Lynnwood. This supermarket caters primarily to a Vietnamese clientele but also sells foods representing other Asian cultures. At Ranch 99 we will split into small groups to explore the store and to prepare a shopping list of foods that the group would like to sample. Some of these might be semi-unusual and "safe" food items such as chestnuts and pickled radishes. Other selections might be more daring or more  unusual such as eel meat, cockle shells, or the overly smelly durian fruit. We will regroup in the store's restaurant to compare notes and prepare the final shopping list. Nothing on the list shall require a lengthy preparation time or require unusual implements. Moreover, the food items will not be selected with the idea of grossing out the other participants. To ensure that this does not happen the person who recommended a particular food item will be required to eat the first serving, and if the group is still unsure about the food, he or she will be required to eat a second helping. The food will be prepared in club house kitchen.

    As we partake of this meal we will watch one or two episodes of "Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Foods" which has been broadcast on the Travel Channel for the past five years. If you have never seen this show, it features unusual (to us Westerners) foods from around the world such as scorpion on a skewer in China, palm tree grubs from the Philippines, sheep's head from Morocco, guinea pigs from Ecuador, muskrats from Louisiana...

    The rationale for this meetup is that there are many interesting looking foods at Ranch 99. However, I am not willing to spend $10 or so for a standard size package of a food that might, to my dismay. cause me to gag or worse. By pooling our money together we can purchase a number of foods that will provide sample size servings. We hope to find some really interesting foods as well as some that that will never be popular outside the culture that consumes them.

    Let me know if you have any questions, and feel free to post comments.

    George Liu







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  • Ekaterina B.

    What a great idea - 99R is on my weekly marketplace list, and the Lynwood/ Edmonds store is pretty close to the level of those in NorCal, in my experience.
    Hopefully, the date is coming soon, and if it fits my schedule, I'll be happy to help with Japanese & Indonesian & Malaysian section intro (yes, it's a very small but reasonably well-represented one).
    In re durian - depending on individual palate and variety of fermentation exposure, jack fruit can be a great starter.
    Bon appétit! :)

    October 18

  • Lynn

    This is a terrific idea! It would be great to see it happen.

    March 29, 2014

  • Barbara B

    Let's get this scheduled. It's been on the board for a year and a half.

    February 18, 2014

  • T'Chani H.

    Hmmm, this does sound fun! Hopefully it happens soon.

    January 13, 2014

  • C. Ken R.

    Very poor and shameful follow through!

    January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Seems like this has been sitting here for a long time but the idea, location and day of the week is great.

    November 23, 2013

  • Tay and V.

    Love the idea! N the opportunity to stumble upon culinary adventures despite being cuisine-diverse Singaporeans! ;)

    June 20, 2013

  • Kendra

    Any idea when you will be scheduling this? I tend to make plans in advance and worry that when we get a date I might already have plans, so if you can tell us plenty in advance that would be super!

    May 29, 2013

  • SusanH

    I am so there.

    May 28, 2013

  • Gwen

    interested, need more details

    May 12, 2013

  • Barbara

    Love this idea. Can't wait till is scheduled. Since live near Ranch 99, am tempted to take a ride there tomorrow to preview. When event is scheduled, will try to leave the Alka Seltzer home and be a brave connoisseur of a new cuisine.

    March 21, 2013

  • Monika

    I LOVE, love, love that idea! Also, Ranch 99 is the best, I shop there a lot, and I am not even a little bit Asian:)

    March 19, 2013

  • Pat F.

    Sounds quite interesting :)

    January 13, 2013

  • Marlese

    What a fun idea!! Thanks for thinking of this!

    September 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love Maruta! Thanks for suggesting..

    September 23, 2012

  • C. Ken R.

    I tried this concept on my own a while back at Maruta, a Japanese grocery store in Georgetown, absolutely worth visiting. I got inundated with the items and took the easy way out for dinner (Miso soup, sashimi combo, seaweed salad and some of their deli tempuras). I know an itty bitty tiny little Sushi bar on Dexter whose owner might be willing to educate us in Japanese cuisine - once we are Vietnamese proficient!

    September 23, 2012

  • Matt

    great idea. depends on when it will be, though.

    September 22, 2012

  • Gabe

    Hard to RSVP yes without a date. Sounds fun though!

    September 21, 2012

  • C. Ken R.

    Great idea! I hope we can find a native to save us from Googling every item.

    September 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds hilarious! I'm dragging the kiddo.

    September 21, 2012

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