False Elephant …. What?

Back in October, I wrote a post about my Chinese neighbourhood and the local grocery store where I found an intriguing product I’d never seen before …. False Elephant’s Snout.

Of course you know I couldn’t just it leave it at that.  My curiosity eventually won and I went back to buy a can.  The real question now was … what would I do with it?

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My research indicated that False Elephant’s Snout is also known as geoduck – pronounced gooey-duck.  It is a very large saltwater clam found along the west coast of North America and is considered somewhat of a delicacy in Asia.  In my opinion, that’s just another way of saying it looks remarkably unappetizing.

The photos I found of the geoduck put me off doing anything with my new-found treasure. This one was  – shall we say – obscene.

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Photo from Wikipedia

It’s now been weeks and I finally got up the nerve to open the can.  I was about to go where no reasonably sane person should go … and make clam chowder from this False Elephant’s Snout.  I couldn’t help but think of a certain post by Nancy at My Year(s) of Sweat about Cock Soup.

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I had found a recipe for clam chowder using geoduck which suggested putting it through a food processor to cut it into chunks.  So far, so good.  I wasn’t gagging yet.  In fact, it looked innocently like chicken.

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The end verdict?  Meh.

It might look like chicken but it had the texture and taste of rubber hose.

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I won’t be rushing out any time soon – or ever – to repeat this adventure in trying something new.  The kitchen is now closed.

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      • I’ve been veggie now for over 50 years. It was unusual in those days. My poor mother must have wished I could be a bit more “normal” at least when it came to food as she had to source “meatless steaks” for my protein. There was only one vegetarian shop in the whole of the city of Glasgow in those days.

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  1. Hi i randomly came across your blog and i had the same canned snout as well. Actually elephant snout is not geoduck, it is a type of seasnail and the texture and taste is completely different than geoduck. This canned elephant snout is cooked, so they are only meant to be reheated very briefly (<3mins) or else they will have a very very chewy texture and the taste would be gone. If cooked right, it is actually very soft and flavourful. Hopefully you will attempt at it again and enjoy it next time! Happy cooking!

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  2. I spent the night in a hotel in Vancouver which was close to an Asian grocery. It was just fascinating walking through. I purchased a few snack items for my family which weren’t too bad; but, they were something recognizable.
    I have heard of geoduck in my travels to Washington State. You are tougher than me.

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  3. Hehe; this is brilliant. I’m so glad you persevered and tried it. We should all be food adverturers (and may have to be if we keep over-fishing, industrial farming and generally laying the planet to waste). And on that cheery note … I’m off to have some marmite on toast (Kiwi marmite of course).

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  4. Okay, I have to say there is no way… NO WAY… I would have gone through with this. I would’ve just donated that can to the local food bank and cut my losses! You are brave, Joanne 🙂

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  5. 🙊 Ohhh…. I couldn’t have been that brave. Beautiful presentation, but no thanks! Since moving to Japan, I’ve developed a slight allergy to shellfish, so that may be adding to my queasy feeling at the moment… *looks at Wiki picture* Nope. Definitely the Wiki image. 🙈

    Alex Hurst, A Fantasy Author in Kyoto
    A-Z Blogging in April Participant

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  6. I’ve seen these creatures in local natural history displays when I lived in California, they looked creepy then, too! And the reason they are sold in Mexico is that no sane American would harvest these for sale. The rubber texture reminds me of tasting pickled jellyfish…it tasted like rubber bands soaked in vinegar.

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    • LOL! My ‘meh’ was for the final soup. It looked good but didn’t cut it in the taste department.
      As far as food goes, I’m going to stay in my comfort zone for a while 🙂

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  7. You are so brave, Joanne! Yes, those “sea creatures” look like a biochemistry clam experiment gone very wrong in the lab. And still, good on you.
    Sorry the taste didn’t measure up, but the picture of your dish looks delish!

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  8. OK….besides the lack of visual appeal (not sure how you got past that) how fresh can something be if it is an Asian delicacy, found off the west coast of North America and made in Mexico?!
    You are a brave woman!!

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  9. Clams is rubbery, gooey or no. But I do like them finely minced as in clams casino. I lived on Long Island NY for a bit and they loved all kinds of clams. One I found rather….uh, rather….well, they called them “pissers”. someone at a table would order a bucket of them, steamed and when opened, the dang thing’s foot would extend (obscene) and then a stream of water shoot out. Never got the willingness to order them…..calamari and clams – fish flavored rubber.

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  10. God, you’re brave. Or adventurous. Or both!! I find if SOMEONE ELSE makes the exotic dish, I’m usually willing to taste and think it’s delicious. But handling squeamish or smelly things myself? Not so much.

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  11. Well, really, does anything taste good out of a can? But then, in this case, I’m not sure fresh would have been any improvement. I send you a million Aussie kudos for going through with it. Ha! And people complain about Vegemite. Wusses, they are, total wusses.

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  12. Joanne, you really had me laughing. I think you were very brave, even trying this. Rubber hose sounds really unappetising! Those elephant snouts don’t tempt me at all either. Well done! ❤

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  13. I’ve never heard of them being called false elephants snout. 😊 yes they are native to this area and we used to tease each other as kids with gooey ducks but I’d never eat one especially from a can… You’re so brave!

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    • Curiosity got me this far … only because I had seen the can in the grocery store. I was appalled when I finally did the research!
      I learned more than I ever wanted to know about these clams. With 2 older brothers, I can just imagine how they would have made my life hell if we had geoducks where we lived!!

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  14. Crikey, I’m impressed ! – I mean, REALLY, Joanne !
    The very thought of throwing together a dish made out of something I’d seen such a photo of …

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  15. Ugh. Am glad the kitchen is closed. I think you’re better off focusing on more appetizing adventures. Ugh. But I guess it had to be done….at least now you know! And another one for the list!

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  16. You’re truly walking on the wild side, Joanne. Bleh. I don’t like anything rubbery either. If you hadn’t said anything I would have said your soup looks astonishing but I’ll pass on sitting down with you. Ewe. I like your gumption. 😀 😀

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    • Your fungus soup is sounding really good! … and I figured I was wrong about vegemite, so how bad could false elephant snout be? If you like chewing rubber … not so bad I guess 😉

      Chocolate cake is always welcome though 🙂

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