Friday, January 06, 2006

The Chicken or the Egg?

Well, here's an interesting story.

We are often surprised by people's generosity (isn't it a shame it is something of an oddity?). Especially so, when it is a non-christian that does it. We were surprised the other day by one of our neighbors, whom we have not yet met. What surprised us was that she had brought us some goodies for the New Year. She gave us some chicken and some mochi. The mochi had to be eaten pretty soon, so we ate it that day. The chicken we put in the freezer for another day.

Well, "another day" was today. So I pull out these chicken wings, whip up a sauce and throw them in the oven. After an hour in the oven, we were quite surprised to find the meat was still pink. Well, back in the oven it went, but it came out the same -- still pink! After two more tries with the microwave this time, it was still pink.

That was when we decided to have a closer look. It turns out that these were "special" chicken wings. They were chicken on the outside, but the inside was filled with mentaiko, which is fish eggs (yes, they are pink). They surely have some strange, I mean, unique foods here.

We verified this finally by READING the packaging they came in. It sure does help if you read the package first.

Anyway, it was an interesting, and delicious, dinner.

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