Year of the Takeout Day 111: Lucky Plaza Restaurant (JELLYFISH HEAD!)


Chilled Jellyfish Head from Lucky Plaza Restaurant (81 Chrystie Street, 212-219-8868)

First question: Do jellyfish have heads? Answer: kind of. They technically have “bells” which are those top, cap-like parts of their gelatinous, tentacled bodies. Who knew?

Anyway, what’s important here is that something called “jellyfish head” is available on Lucky Plaza’s menu for $11.95. Of course Year of the Takeout had to try it.

As it turns out, jellyfish head does not taste all that different from the rest of a jellyfish.

The texture feels like fatty, dense shreds of cartilage, and the strands can be a bit tricky to chew through. The plate, however, is quite pleasant.

The mild shards come tossed in a light, thin, soy-based sauce–more of a dressing than a gravy–with sesame seed and hints of ginger and chile pepper.

Also present are slices of sweet, pickled daikon and carrot–similar to what you would see in banh mi.

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