I drove past it three times before I noticed that I hadn't noticed it.
As in I was reading it each time but not reacting the way I would have thought I would.
The sign said "Today's special: stewed horse's small intestine"
Horse meat is a local speciality here. Mostly it's eaten raw. The meat is a very dark red colour but really doesn't taste that different from beef.
Yup. I've eaten it. Poor cute horsey.
But then what about poor cute lamby?
And poor cute piggy?
I eat them after all....
The one thing that worries me is I've never seen a horse farm so I don't know what conditions they are kept in. And that bothers me. I'm a hypocritical carnivore- I only want to eat happy animals.
As an Australian in Japan every now and again someone asks me "Why don't you want Japanese people to eat whale?"
To which I answer "Because it doesn't taste any good."
Yup. I've eaten whale, too. It was a local speciality where I was living so avoiding it was difficult- it even made appearances in the school lunch menu.
I have also eaten wild boar (strong taste and vile smell), deer (not memorable), sea cucumber (chewy, chewy, chewy), wasp pupae(tasted like the soy sauce and sugar glaze and not much else), crickets (see wasp pupae) and was given some part of a bear's internal organ (maybe liver?) as it was good for pregnant women but I'm afraid I may have accidentally mixed up the rubbish bin and the fridge when I went to put it away...
I never ate any of these things in Australia and when I first got to Japan I was horrified at the very idea of eating meat other than chicken, pork, beef or fish (white fleshed). So, I've gone from that to driving past a fresh horse gizzards sign and not thinking twice. Makes me realise
how desensitised I've become. It'll still be many more years before I slurp up some of K's favourite pungent shiokara though: squid in a salted squid guts sauce. All yours honey!