Can you stomach it?

image“Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.”
—James Stephens

This is cow stomach soup. It is a traditional Bulgarian dish, often eaten by the youth after nights of heavy drinking. As my time in Sofia drew to a close, I ordered a bowl. Exotic or simply awful, it is a cultural marker and I didn’t want to miss out.

In Rome, do as the strangest of romans.

It’s not bad actually. The soup is fairly good. That is, until you get to the “meat”. The pieces of cow stomach. Chewy, spongy and slimy — quite disgusting.

Still, disregarding the remains of a cow’s stomach, the soup itself was surprisingly tasty.