Natto (なっとう/納豆) refers to the Japanese
April Fool’s joke breakfast consisting of fermented soybeans. As legumes they’re a good source of fiber and protein, and natto has the added benefits of offering ample amounts of the B-vitamin complex, vitamin C and vitamin K.
BUT WAIT, there’s more…
…natto is among the slimiest things to have ever been considered food. Probably. Even okra shudders at the sight of natto. It’s apparently not as popular in western Japan, but then again, nor are airports that don’t sink.
During my first visit to Japan in 2000, my host family once challenged me to consume a bowl of natto and a bowl of vinegared rice (in other words, rice used in sushi).
End result? Jonathan: 1, Japan: 0.
In fact, there’s a weird sub-genre of Japanese cooking called nebaneba ( ねばねば /粘々) which regards slimy and/or sticky foods. Natto is on the list, as are tororo, or grated yam, okra, and a few types of seaweed. Try a ねばねば丼, or nebaneba don, which combines all of that stuff with a raw egg.
How does a bowl of natto in the morning sound to you?