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?
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.
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.
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.
The end verdict? Meh.
It might look like chicken but it had the texture and taste of rubber hose.
I won’t be rushing out any time soon – or ever – to repeat this adventure in trying something new. The kitchen is now closed.