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Jellyfish

Jellyfish Does Shake Like That

I remember one year I went to Ocean City with my cousins. My parents never went to the beach, so it was a new and thrilling adventure for me.  Little did I know, the ocean was teeming with tiny jellyfish who were out for blood that day.

Like assassins lying in wait, they would latch onto my tender, plump, 10-year-old calf until it swelled up.  Those cold-blooded killers.  Now I’ve got the last laugh.

Jellyfish is a very popular dish in China, usually served shredded, chilled, and tossed with soy sauce, sesame oil, and sesame seeds. It is so good. Really, it is!

Like sushi, it’s more about the texture than the taste. It has a crispy, springy crunch to it, and takes on the flavor of the other ingredients. It’s not slimy at all. The way they process the jellyfish for consumption removes most of the water, thereby firming it up.

It really is something you must try. You’ll find it at most authentic Chinese restaurants. Having grown up on the stuff, I’m extremely picky about where I go. I love Full Kee in Chinatown and Seven Seas in Rockville. (I don’t eat faux Chinese food like P. F. Chang’s.) Seven Seas has a extensive menu, one “for Chinese people,” one “for Americans.” Live a little and go with the Chinese one.

Full Kee
509 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001

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Seven Seas
1776 E Jefferson St
Rockville, MD 20852

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Mary Kong-DeVito

Mary grew up in New York where the food-centric city and her family's restaurants were literally her playground. Instead of eating dirt, she ate duck blood and rotten eggs. You never know what you'll find on the sidewalks.Mary is a veteran of the hospitality industry who's worked with numerous celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, Patrick Ewing, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe and Jane Krakowski. Her writing has appeared in DC Modern Luxury, Washington Post Express, Eater, Scoutmob, Washington Flyer and Washington City Paper.She eats "normal" stuff too, like cheeseburgers. Kangaroo cheeseburgers.

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