- Dec 5, 2017
Reminds me of a post doc we had at our lab from the recently collapsed USSR. We invited her to a holiday supper where my wife had prepared some sushi rolls. When the Russian saw the Wasabi her eyes widened and got very excited, heaping a huge dollop on her roll. I said "Have you had this before? You know what it is?". " Oh yes, yes, I absolutely love it!" Was the reply. Well, Ive never seen such a reaction as she popped it in her mouth. Looked like her head was about to explode. She had mistaken it for guacamole.During my first visit to NZ, I was seated at my host's table for breakfast and was offered Marmite, which is apparently their version of vegemite. To my host's delight I spread it on a piece of toast and took a good sized bite!
Zoiks! I'd been set up! They knew that we Americans were a rather fond of quantity and that the minuscule amount typically used would seem useless to the uninitiated.