... alright, I cheated, cuz we don't have any dashi. That will be put to rights soon.
But another matter sprung up this evening. After watching Gordon Ramsay's bitchslap another eatery into shape on the telly, my inbox pinged for an incoming comment to an earlier LJ entry: Cooking Kangaroo.
I was surprised no one commented on this one, given most food posts here get 'mmmm yummy' or 'I'm hungry'. Must be the thought of eating one of these furry cute creatures (personally I think cows and ducks are cute too). But I digress.
The comment was signed off from the Australian Society for Kangaroos and apologised for attempting to start a debate on the matter, even though I had clearly stated I didn't want to get into it. So much for putting up a clear signal... don't people read anymore?
Anyway, since the person took the time to type out that response to educate me, I shouldn't be rude and not reciprocate.
First of all, yes. The kangaroo is Australia's icon and how dare anyone treat a treasured emblem this way by eating them! Spain's national animal is the bull and they don't eat beef, right? And France! Well, they have their Gallic rooster and they don't roast chickens, do they?
Actually, they call'em 'poulet roti', but that's just for your info.
Look, knowing Singaporeans, if the Merlion was real and not endangered in any way, we'd find a way to eat it. We'd invent some amazing dish featuring Merlion, teach hawkers across the island to cook it and slap it on every tourist brochure. It's not an insult. It's a compliment.
I didn't say I believe kangaroos are overpopulating the nation. There aren't any grazing in our backyard and I haven't seen any roo roadkills since I got here. In fact, I'm pretty sure I've only seen live kangaroos in Gold Coast's Dreamworld... oh, and a very small number grazing in a paddock in Perth. So I doubt we're up to our ears in macropods (yes, they're called that too).
That the perception Australians are drowning in roos is perpetuated by industry-driven propoganda, isn't surprising to me either. I'm from the motherland of campaigns! Propoganda was mother's milk and is saturated in my blood. No other nation ran nor runs a courtesy campaign for 22 years (now known as the Singapore Kindness Movement).
I did say that kangaroo meat is 'advertised as being more environmentally friendly' - god, you know you've gone down the mental gutter when you start quoting yourself - and I did use the word 'culling', rather than the mass diabolical inhumane slaughter of innocent furry creatures. It's because that's what the government calls it and you never know whether Big Brother is watching.
Oh, and culling was simpler to type.
However, I can see the merits of tapping into this food source. Nutritionally, they are a leaner meat than beef (less than 2% fat). They are not an endangered species and native, making them better suited to the environment than bovines (up to 10% of cows die in Alice Springs area - Anon, "Cow deaths underestimated in Central Australia", Beef Improvement News , July 1993 (21)) and do not require supplementary feeding nor native land to be cleared for their benefit (quite the opposite, exactly).
By the way, weren't they originally being slaughtered to be canned into dog food?
Footnote: This could potentially degenerate into a debate into meat-eating vs vegetarianism vs veganism. I really don't want to get into it, cuz I do know I have a choice and I choose this. I understand this means some will judge me for it, in the same way some will judge for any other decision I make. But kindly respect that I have made my decision, as I would undoubtedly will for when you make yours.