What was that meal I ate?
February 23, 2006 3:56 AM Subscribe
What on earth was that meal that I ate? Tingling spicy tofu?
posted by tomble to Food & Drink (20 answers total)
In 1996 I had the great pleasure of visiting China. In a lakeside town, we actually found a Japanese restaurant, and decided to eat there.
I ate a dish called `Tingling Spicy Tofu'. It was quite spicy, with a very interesting flavour, and one of my travel companions confirmed my thought that it tasted like marijuana (!).
There's a lot of it grown in that region, so it wouldn't be hard to get. It is, however, terribly weak as a narcotic.
There was no feeling of being high, so it may not have been an ingredient. My tongue did indeed tingle, and felt somewhat numbed. For an hour or so afterwards I had a pleasant tart sort of taste that seemed to be more chemical in nature. By that I mean it didn't seem like a flavour in my mouth, but a reaction with my tastebuds.
Does anyone have any idea what this might have been? It was wonderful.