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Unlikely Pairing: BLACK ON RED

Is there an unorthodox food pairing you really enjoy? Share with us the weirdest combo you’re willing to admit that you like – and how you discovered it. 

I am quite flexible with food. Even if it’s not so tasty, or the taste might be foreign to me, as long as they’re edible and look presentable, I’ll go for it.

Case in point: watermelon dipped in soy sauce.

Not many people I know eat fresh, red and juicy watermelon with soy sauce. In fact, when I happened to bring it up in a conversation about food with friends, their reaction is almost always the same: a twisted face and a snappy “eew!”.

I’m trying to recall if I had reacted in the same way when one of my dorm-mates in college first introduced me to this strange concoction at the cafeteria one afternoon many years ago. She was quite the hearty eater, the way she tackled her food makes you think that she’s eating her last meal on earth. I might have probably given a martyred look and indulged her somehow.

Watermelons were always on the menu at our cafeteria, probably because the fruit is relatively cheap and available all year round. Whereas the soy sauce — both the light and thick ones — was the crowd favorite at every meal-time. A bottle of kicap (pronounced as key-chap) was the must-have item on the table in the dining hall back then. So, it was just a matter of time before someone paired the two together — whether out of boredom or a prank, by some wannabe connoisseur of kicap, no one knows!

And what was my Verdict on this weird combo? It’s not bad, really. I quite liked the sweet and salty blend, it kind of adds depth to the flavor of the melon — just try not to overdo it with the soy sauce.

Try it sometime, won’t you, and let me know what you think! 🙂

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6 comments on “Unlikely Pairing: BLACK ON RED

  1. Jan De La Force
    August 6, 2014

    I love soy sauce! I also use it to dip my pineapple or sour (green) mangoes 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    • raroto
      August 6, 2014

      Ah yes, pineapples and mangoes go real well with soy sauce! Add some chilli and a bit of sugar and you’ll get a ‘fiery’ hot dip!
      Thanks for dropping in Jan De La Force 🙂

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      • Jan De La Force
        August 11, 2014

        You’re welcome 😉


  2. ChristineR
    August 7, 2014

    Wow, who would have thought. I’m sure soy sauce does the trick with boring watermelon. My recent ‘eww’ moment was when I was told of eating coriander in a vegemite sandwich. It’s turned out quite okay and today I even added a bit of onion. Yummy. I love sweet and sour, so I’ll try this watermelon lark one day.


    • raroto
      August 7, 2014

      Ah vegemite! It goes well with plain rice porridge, too.
      Bon apetit with the spiked watermelons..Heh 😉


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