Last night, I returned to Four Sisters again with a bunch of friends. Of course our meal was excellent, but what stood out was the soft shell crabs that I ordered. I've been on a mission to try everything that I normally wouldn't eat. I'm sure you'll be amazed when I say this, but it was the first time I'd eaten soft shell crabs and I didn't realize what I was missing. For some reason, I'd always imagined that I'd have a real problem with the texture, as if the "shell" would be crunchy or chewy in some manner. Plus, I'd always thought that there just has to be something in the crab that you're not supposed to eat. I mean, seriously, you're supposed to eat the whole thing?
Anyway, all those misconceptions went away last night when I took my first bite of the soft shell crab, which was lightly breaded and fried. Prior to frying, the soft shell crabs were salted and baked, which left them with a slightly salty flavor and really brought out the flavor of the crab. On the side, I was brought a small plate of salt, pepper, and limes with which I was instructed to squeeze the limes into the salt and pepper, mix them together to make a sauce, and then dip the crab in it. Our waiter was extremely helpful throughout the night, in fact, it was probably the best service I've received at Four Sisters. He helped us choose dishes that we'd like and explained how to properly eat each dish, which is really helpful when your entree consists of three different plates with different ingredients on them.
Other stars for the night would be the caramelized pork spare ribs which were very tender and flavorful. We had the lean strips of beef salad again, which went over well with everyone. Oh, and we also had a couple orders of the pork spring rolls which had to be the best damn spring rolls I've ever had. All in all, the dinner for the six of us was extremely reasonable considering the amount of food we ordered at about $50 a couple. I'm sure we'll be going back again.
So now I can cross soft shell crabs off the list of foods I've never eaten. Still to go are:
Squid or octopus or any sea creature with tentacle like appendages (Cuttlefish is a good example)
Snails or escargot
Any kind of animal tongue
Insects of any kind (thank you JS)
Anything with the word "Blood" in it, like blood sausage.
Plain steamed cauliflower - the smell just turns my stomach
My grandmothers pizza - seriously, she used to put wheat germ in the pizza sauce.
I'm sure there are lots of things that I've never eaten that I could list here, but these are the things that I know I've had a chance to eat and I've shyed away from them because I thought they looked or sounded gross.