Oh yes we did: Midsummer Natto Feast

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All 32 pounds courtesy of Aloha Tofu, all non-GMO

All 32 pounds courtesy of Aloha Tofu, all non-GMO

Full house for Sunday night’s Midsummer Natto Feast, now a four-year-old tradition in Honolulu. Thanks to the ravenous appetites of Hawaii’s Facebook natto lovers group, we’ve had izakaya-style natto, global natto, crazy nouveau Japanese natto, diner-style natto and now, Vietnamese-style natto feasts.

Pig and the Lady’s crew married the famously stinky fermented bean with different kinds of Vietnamese street food, and then some. Whipped together with bone marrow, ikura and black truffle, it was spooned atop crusty baguettes before sake was poured into the marrow bone and drunk, to unanimous approval. And then there was dessert … just scroll down and see.

Full house: 85 hungry natto fiends

Full house: 85 hungry natto fiends

She missed two years of slime fests, kept trying. Third time's the charm

She missed two years of slime fests, kept trying. Third time’s the charm

Photo op for the apps

Photo op for the apps

Natto beignet with parmesan and pickled date, and bo la lot of garlicky natto beef rolled in betel leaf and grilled

Natto beignet with parmesan and pickled date, and bo la lot of garlicky natto beef rolled in betel leaf and grilled

Bone marrow, black truffle, ikura and natto, spooned onto buttered baguettes

Bone marrow, black truffle, ikura and natto, spooned onto buttered baguettes

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Then the marrow bone comes ...

Then the marrow bone comes …

Filled with sake ...

Filled with sake …

Which you drink ...

Which you drink …

Like this ...

Like this …

... or like this

… or like this

KITV is very curious. KHON, in back, seems less pleased

KITV is very curious. KHON, in back, seems less pleased

Pho-sta tastes and smells like Vietnamese pasta, smeared with lots of natto

Pho-sta tastes and smells like Vietnamese pasta, smeared with lots of natto

Explainer: Cha ca is Hanoi-style grilled fish mixed with rice noodles, dill, peanuts and here, sweet natto chili fish sauce

Explainer: Cha ca is Hanoi-style grilled fish mixed with rice noodles, dill, peanuts and here, natto chili fish sauce

Mix and eat

Mix and eat

2015 Natto King and Natto Queen: They won a natto-themed word search game (she was MUCH faster)

2015 Natto King and Natto Queen: They won a natto-themed word search game (she was MUCH faster)

Dessert!

Dessert!

Natto gelato (yes, natto inside and out) with brown butter coconut crumble and bourbon maple sauce

Natto gelato (yes, natto inside and out) with brown butter coconut crumble and bourbon maple sauce

And this, sweet and natto-ey, topped with bacon and more natto

And this, sweet and natto-ey, topped with bacon and more natto

Here’s how we looked on TV!

Photos courtesy of Kiman Wong and Ed Sugimoto