Good idea, cchiu. I hadn't thought of that!
Edit: Hmm, I can't seem to edit the poll. Sorry...if your opinion isn't on the list, please tell me how you do feel about this odd little herb...hehe....
I can certainly understand not liking something at first and then growing into it. But no matter how many times I try to sample cilantro, even in tiny nibbles, I still hate it!
Cilantro strikes me as something you either love or hate, with very few falling in the "neutral" zone. Some people are terribly allergic to it - and suffer from symptoms like ferocious headaches if even the smallest trace is consumed. I love cilantro and feel it gives a fresh flavor to Mexican foods - or any food with a southwest slant.
What is shiso?
I went to Chili's once recently and asked for no cilantro on their chicken tacos. The waitress said Oh, are you allergic? That was the first time I had heard of someone being allergic. I said No, I just can't stand it!
Some information on Shiso for you here. Shiso is a mint-like herb which is traditionally used as part of sushi presentation. It is hard to find in the west and is often replaced with bits of green serrated plastic.
I don't know how I could eat without it. It's such an important flavor in so many ethnic dishes - I couldn't imagine making pico de gallo without cilantro. And then there's all the Asian dishes - steamed fish with scallions and cilantro, Thai and Vietnamese noodle dishes, Indian food with dosas and curries...the list goes on...
cchiu - at the sushi bars where I've eaten, shiso is often used as an integral part of the dish. I have had it as a chiffonade on top of sashimi- (which I can sort of handle) but sometimes it gets tucked into a handroll and then it's overpowering (to me).
There's a bar I go to - 15 seats- you eat what the chef presents to you - and I love it so much but I have to carefully watch what he's making so I don't get the dreaded leaf and end up gagging and embarrasing myself (and showing disrespect to him!)
I have a Thai cookbook written by a former Peace Corp volunteer that spent time there. He writes in the intro that the first thing he learned to say in Thai was "Hold the cilantro." They use it a LOT. He said six months later he was saying "Extra cilantro please."
It was an aquired taste for me too. Now I love the stuff!
I can take it or leave it – mostly leave it! The first time I had I thought it tasted like soap & went back & rinsed & rinsed the leaves, thinking there was some sort of residue. Still think it tastes like soap, but don’t waste the effort anymore. Maybe making a kid eat cilantro when he became foul-mouthed would save on the soap budget??:lol:
I, too, fall into the "it tastes like soap" category. It really is a splendid flavor, like anything in moderation. But, so often it falls subject to the heavy hand. Remember the Food Network's Too Hot Tamales? They used that stuff by the handful.... I wonder if you could blow bubbles after eating their food?!?
I used to think that basil would be the one herb I couldn't live without, but I'm beginning to think cilantro might be more important. I use it when I cook Indian, Thai, and Mexican-flavored dishes. I put it in salsa, omelets, polenta, enchildas, pesto, scrambled eggs, I could go on and on. I planted basil and cilantro in two pots on my deck (all I had room for, we live in a small apartment) and the cilantro ended up growing both places!
Can't wait for more to grow so I can use more of it!!!
Cilantro like durian are the two edibles that you can have physical illness smelling. It used to turn my stomach just getting a whiff of it....I can handle and even like it in moderation.....though I pick it off the top of my noodles and don't add it to spring rolls.
As someone could remember from a thread I started a few months ago, I had never had Cilantro since in Italy is unknown- both the plant and the name (I always heard about it as "coriander leaves"). So, I planned to grow it at home and got from you some excellent advice. Well, time has passed and I still don't know how is Cilantro since it didn't grow at all
It's likely the coriander seeds I got in my pantry were too old
In any case, the last Shroomgirl post worries me a bit since Durian is definitely the most disgusting stuff I have ever tried in my life so I hope they don't taste like each other...
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