Thursday, August 03, 2006

Beans, Beans, Beans, They Make You Feel So Mean

Giving someone canned beans as a thank-you gift would probably be considered crass in most parts of the Western world, but that’s exactly what my Japanese friends did last week when they came to visit. There are six of these little things sitting in my fridge.

At first glance it looks like canned beets with a yellow pus ball in the middle, right? But au contraire, it’s a Japanese delicacy—sweetened red beans with a chesnut in the middle.

“Wait, that second statement didn’t negate the first!” you reply snidely.

“Hmmph” I answer back, because really, when it comes to sweets, usually the Japanese can do no wrong. (Now when it comes to fermented bean curd, on the other hand, they are definitely misguided.)

But to be honest, while I love the red bean candies, this one ranked pretty low on my scale. It was too sweet and mushy, without the forceful samurai power that is clear in most other Japanese treats.

So really, this is more of a warning than a recommendation: stay away from the canned beans.

In fact, stay away from all beans of any kind. Because we know what happens when you eat them.

P.S. I'll leave it for you to decide whether my digital camera is on its last pixels or rather if I did something artsy with that photo.

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BLOOD AMBITION 2006 said...

wait, what happens when you eat beans?

Moko said...

remember during your vegan days when you used to eat all those french fry bean burritos at taco bell (or was it del taco?)...?

herve said...

your digital camera is on its last pixels.