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Do you Enjoy or Hate Natto?
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23 / M / Beyond The Wall
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Posted 9/12/14


Looks hard to swallow
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18 / M / seattle (Rain city)
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Posted 9/12/14 , edited 9/12/14
i mean if it has salt in it, it cant be that bad
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Posted 9/13/14
I've seen several different anime where natto was depicted and discussed by the characters. Invariably, there was always one character that liked it, and everyone else thought it was gross. To me that means that even Japanese people think natto is gross, and it's a Japanese food.
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31 / M / Central KY.
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Posted 9/13/14 , edited 9/13/14
Sounds like something I need to try.
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I love nattou, but there are some things that people should know that will often turn them off it when they first try it:

- Don't heat it. Heating it makes it more fragrant, and it's not an appetising aroma to most noses. Additionally, it's been found by a number of research studies that actually eating nattou colder instead of warming it preserves more nutrients, which heating can reduce.

- Don't stir it. If you want to stir nattou properly, you're going to have to do at least 200 strokes, though exact numbers vary as to what people's opinion is for the ideal. However, before you get there, you'll turn the nattou into a mucouslike mass, which is the opposite of appetising to many. It's stringy if not stirred, but it's a more appealing and accessible texture.

- If you really want to stir it, eat it with a raw egg. That's right -- eating it with a raw egg (and stirring it with the egg) actually can improve the texture and make it more manageable if you don't have the commitment to stir it so much. The flavours are also complementary, although if you can't stomach raw egg, you probably aren't going to like nattou either. And if for whatever reason you're not supposed to eat uncooked egg (as some immune system diseases and so forth advise against), of course don't do this.

- If you want to reduce the edge of the nattou, mix it with mustard. Many brands of nattou come with a packet of mustard. This tends to neutralise the nattou's strong flavour, but I find that some kinds of mustard completely eliminate its flavour, rendering it just an interesting blend of textures with little taste.

- The best way to eat nattou tends to be with a little soy sauce. A spoonful or so gently mixed in goes a long way to enhancing the flavour of nattou.

In my experience, these things have helped many people I know to have a positive experience with nattou. But if you don't like nattou, don't feel too bad. Even native Japanese people tend to love it or hate it. Of course, different upbringing in different regions also have different preparations.

Additionally, for those who are on a vegetarian or vegan diet, or suffer from seafood allergy, Shirakiku is a brand I buy consistently that doesn't include any fish ingredients in their mustard packets of their nattou, or at least they're not listed in the ingredients on the package. Shirakiku brand nattou is really tasty! I hope you'll try it.
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24 / M / Iowa >.>
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Posted 9/13/14
I wouldn't mind trying it
Posted 9/13/14
I can't get near enough to try it because of the smell.
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18 / F / Basketball Court
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Posted 9/13/14
Never tried it but will do in the future.
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M / Adanac
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Posted 9/13/14
I eat natto every now and then. I like it. It's nothing special though (to me, at least). Just stinky, sticky beans.
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26 / M / California
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Posted 9/13/14
Never tired it. :/
anybody here would like to try it with me?
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24 / M / Shinagawa
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Posted 9/14/14
Thought it was okay actually. Hear so much bad about it

I did try natto-candy. That was very good
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Posted 9/14/14
I've never had it but I've had tempeh (which is fermented soybeans) many times and it's pretty good.
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