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.

geoduck - wikipedia

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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About Joanne Sisco

Retired but not idle. Life is an adventure - I plan to continue to embrace it.
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101 Responses to False Elephant …. What?

  1. Helen Bushe says:

    Some things just remind me of how happy I am to be a vegetarian😉

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      I haven’t made that plunge yet … although there are days when just the thought of meat makes me queasy.
      I will however never try False Elephant Snout again 😉

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      • Helen Bushe says:

        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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  2. Sarah says:

    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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  5. ann bennett says:

    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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  6. I am going to put this on my ‘to don’t’ list. Keep on blogging in a free world – The False Prophet

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  7. Su Leslie says:

    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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  8. jannatwrites says:

    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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  9. Alex Hurst says:

    🙊 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
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  10. Was this on your list or are your followers just lucky you spotted this ‘delicacy?’

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  11. Lol I’ve seen these before on Hell’s Kitchen! They’ve got to be one of the grossest ingredients they’ve ever used!! xx

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  12. Mrs. P says:

    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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  13. LB says:

    You are a brave, brave woman!
    It sure looks more negative than “meh” 🙂

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    • joannesisco says:

      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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  14. 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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    • joannesisco says:

      I really had my heart set on it tasting like chicken … I mean, isn’t it supposed to? – like frog legs?
      I’ve done my part for science. Not going there again! 🙂

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  15. Mmmmm…. Sea penis. Why duck though? Duck is so yummy, why call that sea penis “duck”?

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  16. treerabold says:

    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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  17. kanzensakura says:

    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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  18. Sammy D. says:

    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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  19. At least you’ve managed to turn it into something photogenic 🙂

    P.S. I like rubbery… I would probably have enjoyed your chowder.

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  20. Gosh – rubber hose soup. You are brave to have had a go at working with this interesting ingredient.

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  21. 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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  22. bkpyett says:

    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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  23. Sue Slaght says:

    Gagging while reading Joanne. That photo from Wiki is branded on my brain. Yikes!

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  24. 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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    • joannesisco says:

      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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  25. You finally have me baffled as to a response…not sure what to say…maybe in true Canadian fashion “I’m sorry”…

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  26. de Wets Wild says:

    I like the post, and your daredevil attitude, but think I’ll just have a marmite sandwich instead, thank you 😉

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  27. M-R says:

    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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  28. bikerchick57 says:

    I watched Mike Rowe on Dirty Jobs dig gooey ducks out of the muck and I was pretty much disgusted by them. I give you credit for at least trying to eat them.

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  29. I think I’d rather have cock soup!

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  30. *urp* …’scuse me… I … hafta… *borp* … gotta go!

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  31. 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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  32. But…I wanted to a bowl!! Just kidding. Congratulations on turning something utterly disgusting into something that looks at least somewhat appetizing…even though it wasn’t.

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  33. 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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  34. Heyjude says:

    Oh, and I bought some Vegemite today and it looks the same colour as my Marmite! Maybe your Marmite is different to ours?

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  35. Heyjude says:

    I won’t join you for lunch today if you don’t mind, but I DO like that bowl…

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  36. Bahahaha! Suddenly Vegemite looks immensely appealing! And you turned up your nose at my poor innocent fungus soup? We need to do a taste-off on weird Asian dishes….or skip it and go eat some chocolate cake.

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    • joannesisco says:

      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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  37. NancyTex says:

    That picture from wiki… oh dear. 🙂

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