If you've never heard of Nattō (なっとう or 納豆), it is fermented soybeans typically mixed with shoyu or soy sauce as well as mustard. It's usually accompanied with a carb like rice or bread and boasts a variety of health benefits.
I took a long sniff of the package and didn't think it smelled too bad so it can't possibly taste that bad right? Besides, i've liked everything Japanese that i've ever tasted so I was confident this wouldn't be any different.
At this point, i am excited and curious about what i'm about to get into.
I opened the package and sniffed again... still not too bad. I proceed to open each sauce packet and peel off the plastic layer covering the soybeans. Stringy. Oh boy.
I start to mix and see how truly stringy, ooey-gooey, and slimy this is. Oh boy x 2.
The moment of truth. It's hard to understand how incredibly slimy this is until you mix it and see it for yourself. I took a deep breath and put a heaping spoonful of fermented soybeans and rice into my mouth. Smell: not too bad. Taste: Tolerable. Texture: ......... (O____O) It felt like I was swishing around a spoonful of mucus inside my mouth. It just felt wrong! I guess this is how some people must feel having (bubbletea) pearls inside their mouth for the first time.
Would I try it again? Sure... but maybe mix it with something sweet or have it as part of a smoothie as others have suggested.
Would you try nattō?