Sunday, November 05, 2006
Poking out a Pig's Eyeball and Eating It
One of the plates in a part of a big Chinese banquet tonight was some roast pork, done up rather nicely with very crispy cuts of skin and fat neatly laid out on a plate (with a little hint of Chinese spices infused into it too). I was pretty happy with this until we were left with only some strange-looking U-shaped piece that remotely resembled a jaw. I dismissed it at first since I didn't think a pig's head would be so small and flat, but when I saw the teeth, I realized that this was the real deal, complete with the same ethereally tasty skin that was on the body.
By the time I peeled and devoured the skin from it, I was left with a rather naked and unattractive skull (OK, half a skull...and it still didn't really look like a pig). I dug into the cheek meat a bit, which turned out nice and tender. By then the only edible thing left was the eyeball. Hmm...I'd never had an eyeball before (not even from a fish). Was I going to try it? Aw, screw it...I'd gone this far already. As grotesque and inhumane as it sounded, I shoved my finger into the skull and poked the eye out of its socket from behind. I hesitated a bit before popping it into my mouth, but down it went.
And it really didn't taste like anything in the end. I was expecting maybe a gelatinous consistency followed by perhaps even a hard inedible glass-like center or something, but it was just like any other part of the meat, all seeming decently "normal." Hmph. It was actually rather boring in the end. As a result, that probably won't be anything that I'll yearn for again, but at least I tried it. And with that, the caveman went back into his abode to rest.
Digested at 9:48 PM
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