Since cilantro is a very common ingredient in a lot of recipies I have a question. Does anybody else find it totally in edible or is it just me? To me it taste like soap and I'm not talkin a little flowery I'm talkin take the bottle of dish liquid and squirt it in your mouth soapy. If food has so much as a tiny sprig of this vile weed in it that's all I can taste. Just wondering if anybody else gets this reaction.
I don't mind it in very small amounts but I don't like it when the flavor becomes really noticeable.
I can't remember where I read or saw it - maybe on a episode of "Simply Ming" - but I seem to recall that there might actually be some sort of genetic or other biological reason why some people love cilantro and others don't.
I like cilantro in some dishes but only in moderation, and I think it really depends on how it was grown too. My first experience with it was in a salsa that had way too much of the stuff and it turned me right off. I noticed that soapy taste, but also noticed what I will simply call a "burning plastic bag" taste and aroma as well.
Since then I've cooked with it and even grown it, and now I can say for certain that it's all in the way it's grown. I find that it tastes a bit better if I actually stress the plant a bit by underwatering it at times. But I overfed and overwatered a pot of the stuff once and it gave off that terrible taste, too.
So now I figure that the stuff I got in that first restaurant must have been force-grown with tons of nitrogen fertilizer. Either that, or maybe the chefs didn't know what they were doing - it's been known to happen, and it was one of those stupid trendy flash-in-the-pan joints that closed a year later anyway.