natty natto

Megan was in town over the weekend, and today she did our family a huge favor by cutting my father’s hair. She is a hairdresser extraordinaire, you see, and my father has refused to go get his hair cut for I don’t know how long. It was all long and crazy looking. His fingernails were also all long and crazy, so she clipped those, too. Afterwards we went out to lunch! My parents had noodles:

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I ordered a few a la carte items, hoping for no sugar, dairy, or wheat. One of the items I got was a mixture of kim chee and natto (Japanese fermented soy beans). Natto has this weird, slimy, sticky consistency, and it is pretty stinky. Many people can’t stomach the stuff. I have only eaten it a few times, but I thought it might be a nice combo with the kim chee (yes, kim chee might have some sugar in it, I suppose, but my acupuncturist recommended I eat plenty of kim chee):
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You can’t really see how sticky slimy it is, can you?

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20 Responses to natty natto

  1. debbie says:

    hmmm….kim chee and natto – now that’s a combination i’ve never heard of. did the kim chee mask the natto?

  2. Karen says:

    What about a kim chee burger? Better yet, cheeseburger…get that dairy in there! ;O). You’re brave to eat the natto. The weirdest natto food I’ve heard of is mochi with natto filling.

  3. molly says:

    Wow, kimchi and natto. Interesting…

  4. sandee says:


  5. Celia says:

    Ah natto. Kind of like Limburger on steroids…mmmmmm

  6. suzy says:

    What was it like?

    People here keep recommending I eat natto with kim chi as a kind of donburi thing to make the natto more palatable… I really want to learn to eat it – it’s meant to be insanely healthy.

  7. steff says:

    I actually like that combination a lot!
    I know people think I’m weird, but I like to add a slice of cheese to it, and have everything on hot white rice.

  8. carolyn says:

    megan is a goddess. cut his fingernails too? amazing!

  9. jess says:

    your dad looks very spruced up now. I think I shall pass on the food.

  10. Gina says:

    I tried natto in a sushi restaurant some time ago, and it was quite an experience. Yes, it definately requires something to help it go down!

  11. supertoki says:

    your mom and pops are so cute =)

  12. Ani says:

    Mmmmmm Kim chee. Hope you feel better soon!

  13. gleek says:

    ugh, i definitely cannot stomach natto. kudos to you for giving it another go!

  14. Alicia says:

    Mmm, I’m hungry. Mariko, I got your comment and tried to email you but my email bounced back. Will you write me again? A

  15. Susan says:

    is this diet helping your health? that must be a fun diet, although i don’t care for kimchee personally, but the people i know who like it, really like it…

  16. Elaine says:

    You’ve got the cutest parents!

  17. amanda says:

    your parents are just adorable!

  18. freecia says:

    The consistency of natto disturbs me more than the smell.
    Kim Chee and Natto. I think I could eat that with some vinegar. Or an especially pickled kim chee. I’m all about the icky smelling Heinz White Vin.

  19. ann says:

    I love natto, and Kin chee too. My mom makes her own ( I always think she is like a Japanese Tasha Tudor).. I always request natto when we hit Sushiland in Portland.

  20. tomoko says:

    I watched on TV that Ao-nori(powdered) make natto taste easier. I couldn’t eat natto but now I can eat natto ao-nori mix. Try it some time.

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