salt lick, anyone?…

Those who know me well, know that I don’t have much of a “sweet tooth.” I’m more of a salt lick. If I ever get the muchies, I’ll always pick salty over sweet.

At ballparks, dad used to get mad at me for sucking all the salt out of the shells and not eating the peanuts inside. I’d also lick all the salt off the gigantic pretzels and leave the doughy knot behind.

When my mom was pregnant with me, she had uncontrollable craving for salty things.  One night, my craving for Chinese salted fish (it’s used sparingly as a seasoning – it’s very pungent and powerful) was so strong that I woke her up.  Knowing that Chinese salted fish couldn’t be found in Kansas City, she woke my father up  and insisted that he take her to the airport so she could fly to Chicago to get salted fish in Chinatown.*

Dad knew that he couldn’t fight mom, or tame my craving, so, off they went, plowing through banks of snow to reach the airport in time for mom to catch a 5 a.m. flight to Chicago. My aunt, who lives in Chicago, picked up her up and drove directly to Chinatown, where they bought bags of salted fish for my mom to take home. To satisfy my craving, they stopped for lunch at a Cantonese restaurant on the way back to the airport, where my mom polished off three plates of salty fish cooked with various other items: fried rice, eggplant, and sauteed with Chinese broccoli. She grabbed a salted duck egg on the way out.

And so it went. From my earliest days, I was a feeder… a salt-lover.  I still love salted fish.  A lot.

* Mom worked at the management level for a large commmercial airline and enjoyed (as my siblings and I all did growing up) incredible flying benefits. Her trip to Chicago, therefore, cost nothing besides the gas for the trip to and from the airport (and of course for the salty fish) – which at that time was probably a dime a gallon.

~ by ulterior epicure on April 27, 2005.

17 Responses to “salt lick, anyone?…”

  1. I think I’d call myself a salt tongue rather than a salt tooth.

  2. jo.

    good call.

    u.e.

  3. I’m with you on that one. I’ve never been much into sweets. For example, cake frosting. 9 times out of 10 it’s way too sweet for me. I only like it when it’s whipped cream, slightly less sugary.

  4. Salt togues unite! Just the thought of Cotton Candy makes me shudder. But salt – bring it on!

    Not to sure about the “salt fish” though!

  5. I’m on the fence when it comes to salty or sweet. I don’t really ever get hungry as much as I get cravings. They’re always specific, either salty or sweet, but I get equal amounts of both, I think.

  6. You say you have “exceedingly low blood pressure.” Perhaps you have a greater need for salt than most of us. maybe your love of salt is your body’s way of telling you something. I soemtimes crave pretzels after a long run on a hot day. (should probably drink Gatorade under those circumstances.)
    Usually, an American diet provides way too much salt.

  7. Maybe I’m both… I love both sweet and salty, and even better when they’re together. Something can be too sweet, especially at certain times of day, but there are times when I want all the sugar I can get. Hmmm… must need sweetening up.

  8. Yay! That is the best story ever, UE.

  9. That’s a great story! I’m definitely more into savoury stuff than sweet stuff – at home, I often ate dinner, then had something sweet for dessert, then went back to grab something salty to round it all off. Plus I used to eat stock cubes as a child…

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