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Adventures in corn puffs 
30th-Sep-2016 05:26 pm
Oh man, this translation kicked our butts. But we've finished the edit, and now we just have to go over it one more time to make sure it all sounds okay. I'm so afraid that we'll read it and discover it still needs a lot of work. But that's how we tended to feel about Devil Survivor, and it usually turned out pretty good.

Anyway, today we embarked on food adventures again, and naturally these adventures were brought to us by Tokyo Treat. They sent us these things that are like cheese puffs, only with flavors other than cheese. They're called Kyabetsu-Taro, which basically means "Cabbage Boy," and their mascot is a frog, and neither of these things inspire confidence in us picky eaters. But they are in fact made of corn, and I love cheese puffs, so I figured they couldn't be too bad. The flavor they sent us was "soosu (sauce)", which I think is what Kyoya called the sauce that we put on the yakisoba at the barbecue at Nasu Animal Kingdom. I remembered not hating that sauce, so I was pretty sure I could handle this challenge.

And I could handle it! ...But I didn't really like it. I didn't really hate it, either, at least not at first. It was just unusual in a way that I didn't much care for, but I thought maybe I could adjust to it and acquire the taste, so to speak. But then, when we were almost done with the bag, the thought occurred to me: "Wait, isn't 'sauce' Worcestershire?" I don't know if it is or not, but the point is, one time many years ago, when Mom was making Chex Mix, we made the mistake of reading the ingredients of the Worcestershire sauce. At the time, it had no effect on our opinion of Worcestershire sauce, other than, "Wow, now I'm really glad I don't eat Chex Mix." But now that I was sitting here eating something (I supposed) made with that vile concoction, I went from, "Hmm, I don't care for this, but maybe I could learn to like it," to, "Yeah, I'll be happy if I never have to eat this again." But we had almost finished the bag, so you'll be relieved to know that we soldiered through to the end.

And then! it was time to cleanse our palates, or at least replace the current taste with something more appealing. We still had some Sunkist Fruit Gems, and they have pretty strong flavor, so we went with that. And as I sat there, eating gummies to replace the revolting taste of Worcestershire(?) sauce, another thought occurred to me: "You're eating gummies? You know those are made out of bone, right?" After a pause, I answered myself, "I'm okay with it."

Thus we once again see that taste in food is entirely arbitrary.

And my hands still smell like that sauce.

Today I'm thankful for finishing our edit, getting to try Cabbage Tarou, having gummies to eat afterward, having a delicious Freschetta pizza to look forward to, and also having a bag of Hershey's Miniatures.
30th-Sep-2016 10:21 pm (UTC)
Not that it's any of my business, but I get a little skeptical about pickiness when it's determined after finding out what something is made out of (like people I know who were happily enjoying some cream-cheese-esque dip or spread, and then found out it was made of goat cheese instead of cow and suddenly wouldn't touch it... I mean, if someone learned their food was contaminated with a not-food-safe substance that would be different, of course, but if it's an ingredient you couldn't even taste...) Anyway, what is it in Worcestershire that puts you off? (I never looked it up, or at least not enough to remember, until just now. I admittedly don't use it much myself.) I have to imagine that whatever it is, there's very very little of it in a snack product that's only flavoured like that thing. *googles around for a bit* And if it's the anchovies, this website and other sources (ソースes...) seems to suggest Japanese "Sauce" (including ウスターソース) is made of just fruits/vegetables/spices, and doesn't share a recipe with the original W-sauce. So that's not so bad, right?

You may also be happy to know that preliminary research on Sunkist Fruit Gems (the ingredient list on Amazon's product page) leads me to believe that the gumminess is because of tapioca and pectin, with no actual gelatin.

Good job finishing your translation edit!! Progress! I'm sure you did great work!

Edited at 2016-10-01 01:21 am (UTC)
30th-Sep-2016 11:31 pm (UTC)
We used to feel the same way! We had a friend in childhood who tried some pineapple juice, and she said, "Mmm, this is good! What is it?" and we told her it was pineapple juice and she couldn't drink it anymore.

But then we figured out that a lot of pickiness is more psychological than you'd think; severe pickiness is actually a type of eating disorder. It's like the one time, the first time we went to Mickey's Halloween Party, we stayed at Gaston's house, and his wife had been craving French onion soup, so that's what was made for dinner, and she said before we even got to their apartment that we didn't have to eat it. But I figured they were being hospitable so I might as well give it a try, and I did! And there was nothing about it that I really objected to--the texture was fine, the taste was fine, it was all fine. But for some reason, I could not finish it. It was like there was some kind of alarm in my head saying, "I can't eat this."

That being the case, the ingredients don't always matter. That was actually the joke about gelatin, is that I was okay with bone powder but not anchovies. Although, if you think about it, eating an entire anchovy would require eating every organ of the fish, including the eyeballs, so maybe it wasn't that ironic after all...

But regardless of whether or not Japan uses anchovies in their sauce or the flavoring for those puffs, it wasn't really a flavor we enjoyed anyway (as mentioned in the post), so once that psychological switch was flipped, there was no turning back.
4th-Oct-2016 12:08 am (UTC)
Yeah... I realize you're right about pickiness often being psychological, and that's where my too-logical "If you know it's all in your head, just get over it!" personality comes in. I guess I need to work on that, myself. But thank you for not getting annoyed at me for my uppity comment :)
4th-Oct-2016 01:53 am (UTC)
Haha, yeah, we've discussed it many times with Gaston and we fully acknowledge that it's irrational. We're also firmly of the opinion that mind does work over matter, especially in situations like this, and if we really wanted to, we know we could overcome it. Problem is, we've never had sufficient motivation to overcome it, because we like cheese pizza just fine.
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