I’m so conflicted. The other day I ate this:
I think it’s called Uni. It’s a sea urchin. See that tongue-looking stuff? It was scraped out. It tasted like nothing. Kind of slimy/mushy. Gross. But fresh.
The urchin was caught (taken? hand-picked?) in the waters off of La Jolla—technically, within the first three miles off the golf course at Torrey Pines. I asked the chef myself.
I just edited an article about how the La Jolla area (and others) where this urchin was caught will be protected, come June. It’s a Marine Protection Act, going into effect.
Do you leave the urchin there or put this sushi restaurant, which is known for its fresh and novel fare, possibly out of business?
But I mean, what is the point of eating something that tastes like nothing? Or does it really taste like something to other people? Perhaps I have no taste because my tastebuds have been wiped out and the senses dulled by years of consuming transfatty french fries and Chicken McNuggets.
Can anyone explain the point of eating uni? Does it have any special nutritional value? Or is it just hype? If it’s just hype, I say, leave it in the water.