Why should we have it with Tuak?
It's a celebration! Of my ending my Mulu journey, on my first time trying out Sago Worms, and I was in Kuching for heaven's sake! Tuak is like the signature liquor in that part of the world. Or country. Or among Ibans to be exact.
Tuak - fermented rice and yeast wine with sugar. (Though I coudln't really taste the sugar)
And besides~~~~ *long drag*, if I was going to eat something that wiggly, I might as well have something strong to go with it.
So lesson of the day, and first lesson you should know when consuming a live wiggling sago worm, is how to tear off the head.
When something is alive and kicking (squirming in this case), you should know that it can bite too.
Would you want it to bite your tongue while you struggle to swallow it? Or would you rather it find its way up your throat when you're trying to push it down?
Neither? Good. Off with its head!!
*note* those are not my fingers.
Grab it firmly between your index and thumb and try to tear it apart, like how you would with a paper.
It would be a bit difficult as the skin can prove very elastic.
It will try to wiggle its life out (hey you're trying to kill it), but be persistent.
argh! (it IS quite difficult to tear)
Now brace yourself for the next photo.
Then place it in your mouth, you may close your eyes, pinch your nose, whatever, as long the headless bugger it's in there.
Don't ask me how it smelt, I stopped breathing at that point!
What's left of the corpse.
The skin, as stated before, can be tough to chew and swallow, so some people prefers to spit the skin out after consuming the inards.
End of lesson.
Now for the real thing.
I have gathered all my fellow kuching-nites to meet at The Junk for a last gathering before my departure from Sarawak once and for all.
It was an exceptional night, despite the fact that we were all hyped about the sago worm eating experience, yes it was a first time for all of us.
All of us except Clare, the wonder woman who once had it and showed off to me when she knew I was desperate to try sago worm. *growl*
So we had her demonstrate to us first hand on how to eat sago worm (Actually we were just slacking off because none of us wanted to start first, lol).
Curious crowd, lol
Everyone was pretty excited. We were like ohh-ing and ahh-ing all over the bar.
And eee-ing when Clare popped the worm into her mouth.
"omg look, the head!"
call me paparazzi
After the demonstration, each of us went in pairs to start the eating fiesta!
Henry and Shawn were brave enough to dive in first (or did I shove them in? erm...)
The rest of us went to the other side of the bar and started snapping photos away like paparazzi, flashes from numerous cameras were coming from all direction.
I bet you never ate a worm and felt like a star before huh?
There went the brave, in came the cowards.
Meet Derek (left) and Drekker. I always got their names confused.
Now Drekker was the cool one, but Derek, oh Derek, you got to see Derek consume a worm. It's hilarious. (Photo will tell the story)
Bong instructing Derek on preparing his worm the right way
come on.. we don't have all day~ :p
On the other hand...
It took Drekker 1 minute to finish his worm, it probably took Derek 15 minutes. LOL
Bong (yes, his name, tee hee) and I were next in line and we weren't as courageous as the first pair, maybe better than the second pair, but definitely more drama than either of them. ROFL.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
Shall we start? (You may read the captions for the storyline)
Wasn't my best hair day, what can I say, I just got back from 3 days in the rainforest.
Let's have a drink first.
*buying time* @_@
Clare stop laughint at me.
I can't decide, which one should I go for?
Bong stepped in to choose for me.
Playing with my worm.
Okay, I'm going to eat this now.
Here I go....
"Damn this worm is hard to tear."
Goddamnit, tear you bitch!
"Oh god, the head just came off. Ewww"
pose one with the (very dead) worm
Pop and in went the worm. Photo session!
Now for the thing that every girl hates to do - swallow.
The moment the headless worm slided down my throat, I was screeching my head off, jumping up and down hoping no atrocious taste would reach my taste bud.
So I closed my eyes... and waited for the taste to hit me..
And I opened my eyes,
Look at Bong
Yea well, thanks to the shot of Tuak I had prior to my "meal", I couldn't taste anything at all. Or perhaps the worm was just tasteless.
Erm... (most of them did say it was rather tasteless, some say it's like chicken, but then again everything exotic tasted like chicken)
Bong had his worm pretty damn fast and no one has a photo of him eating it. Such a brave man. LOL.
And that marked the end of our sago worm fiesta at The Junk, Kuching.
Thank you everyone for coming.
In the end we had the bartender fried us the rest of the live sago worms as late night snacks.
So.. sago worm anyone?
PS// I have a video somewhere, I'll see if I can find it, edit it and then post it up here in the next post.
Till then, have a wonderful appetite everyone. :D :p