Wednesday, April 08, 2009

What's Your Food Fetish?

When you eat a meal do you have your own odd habits that go along with the meal? Do you take apart your cream filled cookies and eat them separately or do you eat it all at once? Do you separate your M&Ms into colours? Do you eat your fries first then your burger or do you alternate with a bite of fry and a bite of burger?Is it something you've been doing for so long that you do it subconsciously without even realising it?

My fetish became glaringly obvious during one meal when I was enjoying a nice piece of roti canai (a crispy flaky bread eaten with curry)...I had peeled off the crispiest bit and put it to the side of my plate to savour later. I had just about finished with the majority of my roti when I took a pause to sip a little bit of my drink before I got down to the good part...the really crispy bits...when I took that pause though R seemed to think that I was done eating and with just one quick swipe my beloved crispy bits of roti were chomped down and in that split second I went ballistic! It was as if something snapped and I immediately lost it...I came down on him hard for finishing the last bite that I had been eagerly anticipating. I actually got really angry that he had the pleasure of eating the best part of my meal and I'm sure in that moment he might have been having doubts about who he was dating...haha...after a few minutes I had calmed down and I saw how funny the situation was!

That was when I realised that I have a sort of fetish for the crispy bits in each meal...if it's fries it's the small tiny ones with the large crunch...with chips it's usually the darker coloured harder looking pieces...with chicken it's the outer layer that has been fried crisp...with salmon it's the little burnt bit on the side that has that slight caramelization going on...with a grilled cheese sandwich it's the oozing cheese that managed to drip off of the bread and burn slightly on the pan....I'm sure you get the idea here...

And to answer the above I always take my cream filled cookies apart and eat them separately...I eat red M&Ms or any red candy first in a variety bag...don't know why...red to me always tastes better...I usually will eat most of my fries first...then my burger...with the crispy fries left for last...

So now I ask you...what's your eating fetish?
And with that I leave you a picture of the wonderful fried chicken at Waroeng Penyet...this is a crispy crunchy lover's dream come true!

10 comments:

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Hehe great post! I have so many eating fetishes it's not funny. I didn't realise I had them until a colleague would watch me eat and I asked him what he was doing and he said "You eat strangely, like a mouse" lol. I like eating things in separate layers and I like the soft bit inside a roti!

Arwen from Hoglet K said...

You made me laugh - this is a great idea you've got.

Have you ever read Bread and Jam for Francis? It's a children's book about a badger. Francis refuses to eat anything but bread and jam, but her friend Albert eats a whole variety of things. Most importantly he takes a bite of each thing to "make it all come out even". I'm like Albert, I like to make it all come out even, but I do make sure my last mouthful is of my favourite thing.

carol said...

bwahahaha! love this post!!! cracked up at so many bits! hehehe...
but for me, the orange m&ms taste the best (all in our own heads!... lol!), i finish my fries before i start on the meal! and i'm with you guys in the saving the best for last! mmmm.... =)

Janet said...

i dont have much time right now, but i eat things in layers, ie a ferrero roche chocolate, i eat teh first layer then second layer then choclate and then the nut is last.

I eat in layers on almost everything, people think its strange because they say you cant taste the full taste, but i do, :)

Alexandra@Chefspiration said...

Lorraine - haha it's funny how sometimes it takes someone else for you to notice your own habits..

Arwen - hee hee..no I haven't read that book before...I'm with you on having a variety...I get bored easily with the same meal...

Carol - lol it is all in our heads but I guess that's what makes us all unique! Best for last seems to be the general consensus...

Janet - I also eat my ferrero rocher in layers...to me it's the only way to enjoy it!

Nadine said...

LOL! Poor R! hehehe....great post!

With regard to my food fetish, I need my food to be piping hot like it was served to me fresh off the fire....if its lost its heat, I usually will not consume it or if possible, get it reheated....same goes with my hot drinks :D

Another one is that I love my food juicy....If its a sandwich, it needs chili/ketchup, if its Asian food, then there needs to be lotsa gravy on my rice or dipping sauces on the side for my dim sum or roti. If its western/European, I love a good amount of gravy on my steak, sauce on my pasta and again, more dipping sauce for my chips/fries....what can I say, im a saucy kinda girl :p

Janet said...

carol thats cuz orange m&ms are made of orange chocolate :)

carol said...

yums! i LOVE orange chocolate!!!

burpandslurp said...

hahaha! I'm just like you with the crispy bits!
I have so many food fetish it's not even funny. for example, I LOVE skins. potato skin, bagel skin, sweet potato skin...I always peel them off and save them for the very end, weird right?
and I LOVE burnt bits. I always swoop on them first.

Alexandra@Chefspiration said...

Nadine - I also like a lot of sauce and gravy...only on my rice though...I eat my fries plain :)

BurpandSlurp - mmm...potatoskins are really good...especially if slightly charred!