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The Inupiat Eskimos in Barrow, Alaska celebrate spring every year by catching a bowhead whale. During the celebration, a whaling crew serves whale meat, with a side of blubber that's been fermented in its own blood for four days.
One non-native online blogger reported that whale meat tastes like the padding of a nasty old carpet. While wondering how he'd know that, I couldn’t resist asking a friend of mine to bring me a frozen slice of whale from Barrow, just so I could say I’d tasted it.
The sample I received had a tough, shiny, seal-black skin about two inches thick. In cross-section, the skin looked very much like the underside of a large, oily portabella mushroom, only blacker.
The thin strip of meat attached to the skin had a resistant texture and a subtle, pinkish-yellow hue. Visually and texturally, whale meat is rather pleasant.
Seared in hot butter on an eager skillet, the meat’s gentle aroma was at once fishy and gamey. The smell was not overpowering, but unmistakably disturbing, like some great mythical beast couldn’t decide whether to be a mammal or a fish, and was now letting me decide.
I tasted the creature with dangerous curiosity, and here’s how I describe this culinary novelty:
The hardy black skin tasted very much the way it looked - like a mushroom soaked in cod liver oil. The pretty yellow meat was tougher than a radial tire and I never actually finished chewing it, finally giving up after about 45 minutes. The flavor of whale meat is a bit like conch – clammy and tough, with a sneaky, lingering after-taste that suspiciously reminds me of a dumpster on the beach at high noon.
Whale meat is said to go well with red wine. Five or six glasses ought to do the trick.
Perhaps my sample slice wasn't entirely fresh. In any case, to this unaccustomed observer, whale meat tastes like something that died the day before it was caught. I personally recommend a steady diet of whale meat to anyone who is trying to lose weight.
Or maybe I didn't cook it right.
Try the Easy Cooking Tips below from a more experienced whale taster.
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