Teena and I had a great time in St John's Newfoundland!
It is a fabulous place full of fun, adventure and the friendliest people you could ever meet. People would just start talking to you at bars, restaurants, even street corners. If we went to cross any street when not at a corner, the cars always stopped and waved. What you thought of Newfoundlanders being friendly, take that and multiply by ten!
Being on an island known for fishing and the freshest cod in the world, I was determined to eat as locally as possible, and for the most part I achieved that goal.There was only one dish I hated during my stay, I'm saving that one for last, but many I loved. In fact, I had a dish that I would rate as one of my favorites ever!
Time to take a look.
The best side dish was served at the Ship Pub. It was something called Newfoundland Poutine, with fries covered in turkey dressing and gravy. I don't like poutine but this rocked. It was the side dish to the pan fried cod which was excellent!
Every menu had Fried Cod tongues on the menu. It is not a special slice of cod. Every cod has a tongue and that is what is cut out and fried. It is a little costly as where a fisherman might get many fillets from a cod, each cod has only one tongue. Here is what they look like freshly cut and raw.
As I was debating about trying them, Teena was goading me on. "You can't go home from Newfoundland without trying these," she said. Funny but that rule didn't seem to apply to her.
Damyele, our server, said she would ensure they are fried a little crispier than usual as that is the way she likes to serve it to first timers. That really didn't make me feel any better. She did say it came with scunchions (deep fried pork bits) and mustard pickels.
And here they are in all their glory!
I bit in. They have a very nasty texture. The taste is not much better. No wonder Damyele said she would serve them crispy. Does Damyele like them ... hell no!
As it was eleven bucks, I was determined to do my own personal Fear Factor and finish them all. I found if I I cut them in half, added a scrunchion, and dipped them in the mustard pickle sauce it was somewhat palatable.
So that was my dining experience in St John's. Everyone knows that fresh is best and that certainly applies to cod. Will I have some now that I'm back in Toronto? Well, there's no way it can be as fresh but I bought some cod from the market today and plan to have it pan fried tomorrow.
I'll let you know how it goes!