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Stumblinman
03-11-2013, 04:16 AM
Ha ! yeah wording was a bear to explain this.. This stems from someone asking me to heat a fish stock longer cause it didn't taste bad yet. (plus he was using fatty fish not suited for it) So I tried to think of something I made that tasted bad to make something taste good and came up blank. Then I thought of pre-made stuff and came up with 'fish sauce' and anchovy paste. Yeah they would taste bad 'raw' but a couple drops in something would bring out great flavors. I was hoping to see if anyone had something else like it.

ecchef
03-11-2013, 04:50 AM
Turmeric.

franzb69
03-11-2013, 05:15 AM
shrimp paste, pretty much anything fermented =D

Jmadams13
03-11-2013, 11:32 AM
Sourdough starter. Mine is 17years old, smells like rot and gasoline, and tastes like the inside of a dead hippo, but the bread is so yummy

El Pescador
03-11-2013, 01:00 PM
Sourdough starter. Mine is 17years old, smells like rot and gasoline, and tastes like the inside of a dead hippo, but the bread is so yummy

+1

Duckfat
03-11-2013, 04:50 PM
Sauerkraut. Stinks up the place but tastes great.

Dardeau
03-11-2013, 06:23 PM
Bitters. They all taste awful by themselves.

Mrmnms
03-11-2013, 06:34 PM
Dried porcini mushrooms

boomchakabowwow
03-12-2013, 12:41 AM
easy!

fish sauce! and anchovy paste..

Stumblinman
03-12-2013, 03:39 AM
sourdough starter I forgot about that one. I like the dried porcinis always thought that.

mhlee
03-12-2013, 04:06 AM
This isn't something I make, but XO sauce (smells horrible to some; I happen to love the smell and taste), isn't a great tasting or smelling product to some, but it's wonderful IMHO.

boomchakabowwow
03-12-2013, 12:34 PM
i add chicken livers to my meat sauce.

it is gross..i food process it, and dump the "slurry" into the sauce. it adds something, but doesnt taste like liver..phew!

franzb69
03-12-2013, 12:41 PM
it is gross..i food process it, and dump the "slurry" into the sauce. it adds something, but doesnt taste like liver..phew!

it's the bitter flavor that it gives.

i too would food process it if my guests don't like biting into whole chunks of offal.

but then again i'm asian, so you can only imagine the stuff we put in our dishes.

=D


we filipinos have been known to use bile as a bittering agent in our dishes. not that i have done it myself. but people do it here.

cclin
03-12-2013, 12:51 PM
Stinky tofu

Zwiefel
03-12-2013, 09:22 PM
Sourdough starter. Mine is 17years old, smells like rot and gasoline, and tastes like the inside of a dead hippo, but the bread is so yummy

Hmmmm...you seem to have a lot of expertise on hippo carcass decomposition :)


Turmeric.

People think turmeric tastes bad? I kinda like it...


easy!

fish sauce! and anchovy paste..

+1 fish sauce for sure.

rdpx
03-12-2013, 10:38 PM
anchovy paste..

I love this stuff straight up, on toast....