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Why This Meal Still 'Haunts' Andrew Zimmern
By KAREN HART
Recently, celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern responded to a fan who asked him if there is one meal that haunts him. He revealed that he still thinks about a meal he took part in while on location with the tribal people of Samoa, who lived along a stretch of beach that was wiped out by a tsunami five or six years ago.
This tribe of people had a giant scallop field that was part of a tidal estuary protected by a reef, and their deal with the government allowed them to harvest a couple of these scallops weighing over 100 pounds. During his visit to this community, they happened to be harvesting one, so Zimmern got to experience "every part" of these scallops, which he will never get to do again.
Previously, during an interview, Zimmern noted, "Compared to scallops from, say, Hokkaido, this was 800 times better. It was so sugary sweet." He stated that these basketball-sized shellfish required two people to get them out of the water, and that "The tribal people were splashing calamansi and coconut juice onto raw sliced scallops.”