It seems to me that most people are repulsed by the thought of eating fresh raw oysters.
A taste for oysters ‘a la natural’ is an acquired taste, best developed at a young age but certainly obtainable later in life.
I personally hadn’t seen a fresh oyster until I became an apprentice chef. I’d eaten the tinned cooked variety plenty of times, but there is simply no substitute for fresh.
Ok, I admit the texture of a fresh raw oyster is slimy, gooey and challenging to say the least (there’s comparisons I won’t mention).
However, in my opinion the flavour of a freshly shucked live oyster is the most exquisite gastronomic experience a person can have.
Just a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of flaked sea salt evokes memories of the spray of Queensland’s tropical surf on your lips (what a dreamer!).
There are two main varieties available in Australia, mostly the farmed Sydney Rock Oysters, a delicate but full-bodied flavour, or the larger Pacific Oyster.
The Pacific Oysters are quite popular because of their generous size and price, but they are often purchased frozen and are a little fishy in flavour, and not my favorite.
When buying fresh (in the half shell) look for a plump, shiny oysters with a fresh sea water smell.
Shallot Dipping Sauce
Combine 2 tablespoons of finely chopped shallots, half a teaspoon of chopped red chili (seeds removed), 1 tablespoon of finely chopped wild rocket leaf, 50mls of red wine vinegar, 50mls of extra virgin olive oil and 1 teaspoon of flaked sea salt.
Spoon over a freshly shucked oyster and live an adventure.