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How is gumbo supposed to taste/be prepared?

iheartcooking | Apr 11, 201508:40 AM

I had to review a few dishes for a restaurant-makeover show I'm going to be on next week. I like this restaurant a lot but it has a lot of flaws, basically the type of restaurant worthy of that kind of show because there's something there worth fixing, ya know?
Anyhow I was instructed to order the gumbo which I did. I've only had gumbo once before and it wasn't anything special but really I don't have a point of reference. But the stuff I had was overcooked to the point of being disgusting. The shrimp was mushy and fell apart. The sausages were boiled spongy flavorless discs. The crab was also way overcooked, stringy and gross.

My husband said gumbo is supposed to cook all day. He's no expert but I don't know, is it?

A lot of the other dishes there were quite tasty, even the flavor of the gumbo was pretty good, I ate the rice on the bottom.

But man that falling-apart shrimp will haunt my dreams. Is that normal?

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