Weird Recipes 101: Sesame Jellyfish

Ah, the life of a bachelor. The sitting down in front of the computer/TV and the instant grub. Unfortunately, we cannot live this life forever (we cried when we realised this). We do have to learn to cook eventually. That is why Alt:Mag has added yet another new exciting feature to its overgrowing list of them.


If you, like us, have enjoyed the utter brilliance of the Gorillaz song 'Superfast Jellyfish', then the more imaginative of you may have suffered from a sudden brainstorm. A brainstorm which asks yourself the question 'Can You Really Eat Jellyfish?!?'. Well Alt:Mag is here for you, because like you, we asked ourselves the same question.

The answer is yes. You can eat Jellyfish. It's really chewy and tasteless. But it is nice though. You can buy it from Asian markets, fresh or frozen. And here is a simple (well cooking anything isn't exactly simple if you are a bachelor) recipe for Sesame Jellyfish.

What You Need:
1/2 lb prepared shredded jellyfish
2 tsp light soy sauce
3 tbsp sesame oil
2 tsp white rice vinegar
2 tsp sugar
3 tbsp white sesame seeds, toasted

What You Need To Do:
1. Rinse the jellyfish well in cold running water and drain.
2. Put it in a stainless steel bowl and cover with boiling water.
3. Let the jellyfish sit in the water for about 15 minutes or until it is tender.
4. Drain and continue to soak at least 6 times in several changes of cold water.
5. Drain thoroughly and blot dry with paper towels and set aside.
6. Mix soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar and sugar in a small bowl.
7. Toss the jellyfish well in this sauce and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.
8. Just before serving, garnish with the sesame seeds.
9. Serves 4 as part of a Chinese meal or 2 as a single dish.



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