Eel Drink Goes On Sale For Japan's Hot Summer
I love eel, but an eel drink... I have to think twice about trying this out. From what I know so far, it is yellow and fizzy. I wonder if it is sweet? sour? bitter?
This reminds me of the "birds nest drink" Chinese people drink. For all of you who doesn't know what it is, basically it contains the saliva of swiftlets. It is actually really good and quite expensive. It is considered a rare commodity and very good for the health. I have only had it sweet, but I think it comes in salty flavour as well. You should definitely try it out if you are not yet too freaked out by the idea. It is not mass produced and can be found in Chinese markets. Although mass produced, it is not cheap.
Back to the eel drink, I just hope they modify it enough that we do not smell or taste the fish. Nothing more disgusting than drinking a yellow rotten fish smelling fizzy drink.
It's the hottest season of the year in Japan, and that means it's eel season. So, bottom's up!
A canned drink called "Unagi Nobori," or "Surging Eel," made by Japan Tobacco Inc., hit the nation's stores this month just ahead of Japan's annual eel-eating season, company spokesman Kazunori Hayashi said Monday.
"It's mainly for men who are exhausted by the summer's heat," Hayashi said of the beverage, believed to be the first mass-produced eel drink in Japan.
Many Japanese believe eating eel boosts stamina in hot weather.
The fizzy, yellow-colored drink contains extracts from the head and bones of eel and five vitamins _ A, B1, B2, D and E _ contained in the fish.
The Japanese particularly like to eat eel on traditional eel days, which fall on July 24 and Aug. 5 this year.
Just a side note, after looking at eel pictures, I am not too sure if people would want to try it.
If anyone knows more or has tried the drink, I would like to hear your thoughts.