My favorite dish at Sripraphai is Sauteed Sator Beans w/ Spicey Sauce and Shrimp (that's pretty close to its official name). And yet every single time I've ordered it, I've been heavily discouraged by the waitress. Last night, she even told me that she hates it because it's "too stinky."
The thing is, this dish doesn't seem stinky, or even strange to me. (And I don't think I'm someone with an overly high tolerance for stink). It's just outstandlingly delicious. Sator beans look kind of like limabeans, but they have a bit of a crunch to them. The sauce, of which there is plenty in this dish, is a thick, tangy affair - it's impossible to get enough of it. And then the shrimp are shrimp.
My wife likes the stuff too (and she also has a lowish stink threshhold), but every friend I've ever ordered it with hasn't, and on this list it's been ignored or disliked. Those who dislike it seem to acknowledge the greatness of the sauce, but can't get past the taste of the beans. Which to me is bizarre, because the beans seem to be far more about texture than taste (and the texture is: crunchy). They're certainly not overly pungent on my taste buds.
So I'm wondering, is there some kind of enzyme that a certain percent of the population secretes that renders this dish inedible, or strange, (or, conversely, delicious)? I've heard the same thing about cilantro - that for about 10% of the pop. it tastes like soap (I'm not in that 10%).
Someone fill me in? It's driving me nuts.