Monday, December 29, 2008

#241 Gomiso!

On the c/Balmes in Barcelona there is a wonderful shop called Dong Fang full of Asian foodstuffs. It's an Aladdin's cave of interesting, bizarre and unusual comestibles.

I bought: Green Tea, unsweetened Peanut Butter, Glutinous Black Rice, Gomiso (sesame salt), Asafoetida powder (this smells like sulphurous farts but when cooked in a lentil dish adds that je ne sais quoi to the dish :-) Sesame Seeds, Wasabi Powder to spice up Sushi, Koh-Kae (crunchy peanuts covered in wasabi - they are hot!). Also nice red Szechuan Pepper which, if you wish to be pedantic, is not really a pepper - anyway, I forgot to include them in the photo - so there.

Embarrassing story #99.
I was taking photos at Ironman Hawaii, years ago, and was giving the runners a cheer. Some Japanese runners came by and to each one I shouted Gomiso! confusing it with Gam ba le! (courage). They must have thought it a bit weird being encouraged to take sesame flavoured salt half way through an Ironman marathon . . . . . . or maybe not . . . . . .

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