See that black and green region on this plate? Century egg. Why is it that color you ask? Well, because it’s rotten. Why is it on a plate instead of in the trash? Because it’s a delicacy. You will eat some, and you will like it.
And I did, and I did. It’s got an earthy flavor and creamy texture, and you only taste the “offness” of it a few seconds after you’ve swallowed it. I split it with 2 other people, and we pretty much ate it with great relish and exclamations of bravado. The tofu chaser next to it makes everything okay again. Follow with white fungus soup and a steamed pork bun. Yum!
I expected to have stomach distress of various kinds in Taiwan but it never happened. In fact, the relative richness of food back here in the states after being on a pretty clean diet for 2 weeks caused the most distress. The richest thing I ate was fried duck – served whole, of course, so we could make meaningful eye contact while I dined on his innards with a nice guava nectar.