Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Yes, Suzanne, it was tripe

Suze and I went to a Vietnamese restaurant for lunch in Bridgeport last week. I had been there a handful of times before, ordering the house special, Pho, a beef noodle soup. As I was introducing a friend to the place, I encouraged us both to order the Pho.

But I did not know that the ingredient pictured above was tripe, at least my conscious mind did not want to acknowledge the possibility because I had just put a piece in my mouth, chewed it up and swallowed, with a mixture of ignorance and dread.

So I took a picture of what I hoped was an Asian fungus with my cell phone, went home and Googled images of fungus and tripe. Book tripe as a matter of fact. Also called Bible tripe--how appropos, she said with much chagrin.


Suzanne said...

Aw geezzzzz. Sure glad I didn't try it. Looks as gross as ever but the soup was good.

Jan said...

Doesn't sound good, especially with your picture. As always, I like the Savage Chickens.

Cynthia said...

It tasted like the broth, but it was the texture, of course, that made me pause and wonder what the heck I just put into my mouth.

Each of those 'fingers' has more tiny little fingers protruding from its surface. Yecchhh!!!

Perhaps it adds some flavor to the broth? I mean, truly, what is the point of eating tripe, except for using up all the parts?