Feeling hungry?

Good morning everyone,

It's going to be another hot, humid day out there...make sure you drink lots of water. As for that typhoon that's on the way, well it depends on which website you check. According to the Japanese one, it's headed south of us and will probably hit Shikoku and according to the American one, it's headed pretty much right for us...and after it passes...will it be cooler? Nope. It's going to be just as hot next week too...

Would you rush out of the office to be first in line to eat Japan’s new girl’s sweat flavor fried chicken.

If you would, please make your way to the branch of karaage (Japanese-style fried chicken) chain Tenka Torimasu in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro neighborhood. Just walk towards the takeout window, and silently built up your nerve to place the unusual order.

You might be happy to see a poster advertising the new flavor, which also featured photos of creative partner idol singer group Kamen Joshi. “One order of girl’s sweat karaage, please,” is all you need to say to the clerk and hand over 400 yen (US$3.60), all the while feeling stares on your back from everyone who's in earshot.

So how does it taste? Really good, actually. Despite the gross name, Tenka Torimasu’s girl’s sweat karaage isn’t made with actual perspiration. Instead, the sauce is a mixture of salt, lemon juice, and cheese.

Salt is already an ever-present fried chicken seasoning, and in Japan adding a squirt of lemon juice is a popular way to spruce up the flavor of karaage. And as for the cheese, if you’re a fan of cheeseburgers you already know that hot melted dairy goes just fine with meat dishes. So really, Tenka Torimasu’s new flavor is pretty awesome in the flavor department…

…until you remember its name. The salt doesn’t cause much of a problem, but the idea of sour, oily sweat (because of the lemon juice and cheese) is pretty revolting.

Because of this, it’s impossible to answer the question “Does the girl sweat karaage taste good?” with a simple yes or no. Your taste buds will tell you it’s delicious at the exact same time your brain is screaming that the whole thing is wrong.

So to recap, there are two tests of mental fortitude involved in consuming this snack. First, you have to be able to overcome the near-paralyzing awkwardness of asking another human being for some girl sweat flavor food, and then you need to be capable of focusing your mind so completely on the flavor as to block out any thoughts of what it’s supposed to be replicating. Do both of those, and you’ve got yourself some tasty fried chicken.

What do you think? Want to give it a try? I don't know...if I try not to think about it, I might be able to eat it...

Have a great day!

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