Ever wonder why some children can have such a strong tolerance for sour candy? Do they enjoy the sour or the instant sweet that comes after? Or is it the combination of both? Now, do you gradually build a tolerance for this taste the more you eat sour foods? It's such a funny thing because as a kid I've always loved snacking on sour patch kids and sour straws/tapes. These candies never fail in getting you to suck in your cheeks and tighten your lips, but we still find them to be so enjoyable to eat! Sweet & sour is undoubtedly a perfect combo!
Likewise, savory and sour pairs together well also! I picked up several packs of sour cabbage at the Chinese supermarket and have been using them to stir fry with flank steak. I normally find restaurant dishes with several strips of sour cabbage either in noodles or a meat dish, but to avoid having to store the remaining unused cabbage, I decided to OD on it and dump in the entire package. This left me wondering whether I have such a high tolerance for my uber sour dish because I've eaten sour as a child. On the other hand, my boyfriend found the sour overpowering and gave me the rest of his uneaten cabbage. Poor thing. I still loved my dish!