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(The Kitchn)   Fark Food Thread: What's the strangest thing you've ever eaten or made? Any durian fans in here? Balut? Lutefisk? Chilled monkey brains? Share a rarity and open our eyes   (thekitchn.com) divider line 533
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DGS [TotalFark]
2014-03-06 03:26:36 PM  
Yum!

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2014-03-06 03:27:25 PM  
The only really weird thing I've ever eaten/drank is cow's blood fresh from the source by seconds.
 
2014-03-06 03:27:57 PM  
I have had balut and I liked it.

I have never tried Lutefisk and it's like, the state dish or something. The smell alone was bad enough.

Gahhh
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2014-03-06 03:27:59 PM  

Timanous: The only really weird thing I've ever eaten/drank is cow's blood fresh from the source by seconds.


I heard of hunters doing that with deer and such, but cow blood? What prompted that?
 
2014-03-06 03:28:02 PM  
Nothing particularly weird. A peanut butter and American cheese sandwich on white bread is the only thing that comes to mind. It's good. Like those crackers you can get from vending machines.
 
2014-03-06 03:29:23 PM  
Whenever I go to a restaurant and they serve a weird animal, I usually get it.  The weirdest thing I've eaten is probably zebra.
 
2014-03-06 03:29:34 PM  
I had an internship at a tech company in San Jose once.
My department consisted of me, my manager, and two other interns.

I was the only one who wasn't a tiny asian woman.
When we finished a product cycle, we'd celebrate by going out to lunch on the company's dime.

They'd always take me to Dim Sum. The kind of place where I'm the only white devil and everyone speaks a language I don't know.  The ladies had great fun in getting me to try everything.  Which was awesome because dim sum is rad.

But I've tried some weird food thanks to those girls. The worst part is I have no idea what some of it was or what it's called.
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2014-03-06 03:29:39 PM  

Eutamias21: Nothing particularly weird. A peanut butter and American cheese sandwich on white bread is the only thing that comes to mind. It's good. Like those crackers you can get from vending machines.


My father used to eat those. And he'd put butter on the bread before applying peanut butter.
 
2014-03-06 03:30:06 PM  

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2014-03-06 03:31:01 PM  

DGS: Eutamias21: Nothing particularly weird. A peanut butter and American cheese sandwich on white bread is the only thing that comes to mind. It's good. Like those crackers you can get from vending machines.

My father used to eat those. And he'd put butter on the bread before applying peanut butter.


Good lord.
 
2014-03-06 03:31:12 PM  

DGS: Timanous: The only really weird thing I've ever eaten/drank is cow's blood fresh from the source by seconds.

I heard of hunters doing that with deer and such, but cow blood? What prompted that?


he hunts cows
 
2014-03-06 03:32:26 PM  

CapeFearCadaver: [blogs.houstonpress.com image 349x386]


I don't know what it says about me that it was the "milk gravy" part that made me grimace.
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2014-03-06 03:32:45 PM  

unremarkable asterisk: DGS: Timanous: The only really weird thing I've ever eaten/drank is cow's blood fresh from the source by seconds.

I heard of hunters doing that with deer and such, but cow blood? What prompted that?

he hunts cows


Wily creatures, those. Sneaky. Like ninja.
 
2014-03-06 03:32:52 PM  
I've had durian.  The taste is much nicer than the smell.
 
2014-03-06 03:32:54 PM  
I was an usher in a Filipino wedding and the father of the groom got us all balut as an appetizer.  I graciously accepted the gesture and finished it.  That was going on 17 years ago and I can still taste the damned thing at times.  Ugh.
 
2014-03-06 03:33:00 PM  
I've eaten squirrel and I love monkfish liver. Lots of raw fish at sushi places. Mmm.
 
2014-03-06 03:33:02 PM  
Probably ketchup and cheese sandwiches. I was little.
 
2014-03-06 03:33:02 PM  
Beef brain. Wasn't horrible.
 
2014-03-06 03:33:07 PM  

DGS: Timanous: The only really weird thing I've ever eaten/drank is cow's blood fresh from the source by seconds.

I heard of hunters doing that with deer and such, but cow blood? What prompted that?


Didn't feel like offending the Maasai Warrior with the giant spear standing in front of me.
 
2014-03-06 03:33:29 PM  

DGS: unremarkable asterisk: DGS: Timanous: The only really weird thing I've ever eaten/drank is cow's blood fresh from the source by seconds.

I heard of hunters doing that with deer and such, but cow blood? What prompted that?

he hunts cows

Wily creatures, those. Sneaky. Like ninja.


the world's most dangerous game
if you are a tinymouse
 
2014-03-06 03:33:30 PM  
I've had steamed chicken feet multiple times at a local Dim-Sum place, they're delicious and actually one of my favorite items.

I've had pan-fried grasshoppers from a high-end Mexican restaurant, they didn't taste horrible, but they were still kind of mushy and I found the texture pretty off-putting.

Every type of organ meat imaginable: heart, lung, kidneys, liver, gizzards, intestines, stomach, brain, and tongue. Obviously they're going to vary from situation to situation, but most are pretty delicious when prepared correctly. Tripas tacos, made with fried small intestine, are a personal favorite.
 
2014-03-06 03:33:35 PM  
Didn't care for durian.

I've always loved lutefisk.  You don't eat it by itself, that would be foul.

Never tried balut, there was a Filipino woman that I used to work with that was going to bring it in for me to try but I didn't really push it too much.  I mean I was mildly curious but not groveling for fetal beak curious.

I have not had nor would I eat monkey brains.  I had a pork brain burrito in Chicago that about made me heave. It was way too rich, tasted like eggs with lard injected into them on the molecular level.  Not good at all.
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2014-03-06 03:33:58 PM  

Timanous: DGS: Timanous: The only really weird thing I've ever eaten/drank is cow's blood fresh from the source by seconds.

I heard of hunters doing that with deer and such, but cow blood? What prompted that?

Didn't feel like offending the Maasai Warrior with the giant spear standing in front of me.


We've all been there.
 
2014-03-06 03:34:03 PM  

Huck Chaser: Whenever I go to a restaurant and they serve a weird animal, I usually get it.  The weirdest thing I've eaten is probably zebra.


Zebra was pretty tasty.  I had a chance to eat lion and wildebeast.  Those were weird.
 
2014-03-06 03:34:56 PM  

Huck Chaser: CapeFearCadaver: [blogs.houstonpress.com image 349x386]

I don't know what it says about me that it was the "milk gravy" part that made me grimace.


My dad eats that sh*t and thought it would be funny to put it in our eggs when we were kids then tell us after we ate it up. Three little girls puking everywhere.
 
2014-03-06 03:35:10 PM  

brap: I've always loved lutefisk. You don't eat it by itself, that would be foul.


I can send ya some if ya want.
 
2014-03-06 03:35:19 PM  
I *smelled* lutefisk once. That was enough.

I guess the weirdest thing I ate was when my sister-in-law served a pig's head for Christmas dinner. Just... the roasted head of a pig. It was still tasty but... yeah.
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2014-03-06 03:36:23 PM  

Needlessly Complicated: I *smelled* lutefisk once. That was enough.

I guess the weirdest thing I ate was when my sister-in-law served a pig's head for Christmas dinner. Just... the roasted head of a pig. It was still tasty but... yeah.


Some tasty cheek on that, I bet.
 
2014-03-06 03:36:29 PM  
I've eaten shards of glass, but I don't suppose that's technically food.
 
2014-03-06 03:37:13 PM  
I am part Norwegian and have a Norwegian surname, but the only way I'd ever eat lutefisk was if my beloved Norwegian grandfather begged me on his deathbed. And he wouldn't do that to me.
 
2014-03-06 03:37:52 PM  
Chicken feet are tasty!
 
2014-03-06 03:37:54 PM  

LlamaGirl: brap: I've always loved lutefisk. You don't eat it by itself, that would be foul.

I can send ya some if ya want.


I actually found a place in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn that carries it.  It used to be the largest collection of Norwegians outside of Oslo.  Their are still a lot of Lutheran churches and parks named after Leif Ericson and stuff but all the actual Norwegians moved on.

Also, I think shipping it would constitute some sort of act of biological warfare.
 
2014-03-06 03:37:55 PM  
Oh, and I had some haggis recently. It was actually really good. Fennelly.
 
2014-03-06 03:38:06 PM  
I did eat duck testicles once. Tasted fine. Looked like large cannelini beans.
 
2014-03-06 03:38:25 PM  

valanienna: I am part Norwegian and have a Norwegian surname, but the only way I'd ever eat lutefisk was if my beloved Norwegian grandfather begged me on his deathbed. And he wouldn't do that to me.


That's the great thing about deathbed requests- you don't have to honor them.
 
2014-03-06 03:38:34 PM  

DGS: Timanous: The only really weird thing I've ever eaten/drank is cow's blood fresh from the source by seconds.

I heard of hunters doing that with deer and such, but cow blood? What prompted that?


The Masai in Tanzania do that. They rarely kill their cattle, but they sustain themselves on cow blood and milk. Those motherfarkers are cut, too.

Human mosquitos.
 
2014-03-06 03:38:43 PM  
I had lutefisk once and actually liked it.

I think I've had every organ meat you can eat. The only one that was really inedible to me was chitterlings. The smell alone is enough to turn your stomach and they taste worse.
 
2014-03-06 03:38:44 PM  
Huitlacoche, also known as "Corn Smut, is pretty much just corn infected with a particular kind of fungus. It's actually really delicious when prepared properly, kind of like mushrooms.

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2014-03-06 03:39:19 PM  
Fried pork brains are pretty good, but a little bit goes a long way.  SUPER rich tasting.

I've eaten black bear, venison, bison, turtle, possum, raccoon, snake, groundhog, squirrel, rabbit, alligator, ummmm prolly some other stuff I dont remember.
 
2014-03-06 03:39:45 PM  

DGS: Timanous: DGS: Timanous: The only really weird thing I've ever eaten/drank is cow's blood fresh from the source by seconds.

I heard of hunters doing that with deer and such, but cow blood? What prompted that?

Didn't feel like offending the Maasai Warrior with the giant spear standing in front of me.

We've all been there.


Oh, I should read the thread, it's already been covered. Damn you people.
 
2014-03-06 03:39:59 PM  

Eutamias21: I did eat duck testicles once. Tasted fine. Looked like large cannelini beans.


Oh, sure,  those testicles you'll put in your mouth.

/Low hanging fruit, I know, I apologize.
 
2014-03-06 03:40:47 PM  

Timanous: Huck Chaser: Whenever I go to a restaurant and they serve a weird animal, I usually get it.  The weirdest thing I've eaten is probably zebra.

Zebra was pretty tasty.  I had a chance to eat lion and wildebeast.  Those were weird.


To be honest, it was a curry dish, so I have no idea what the meat itself tastes like.
 
2014-03-06 03:40:53 PM  

PolloDiablo: Huitlacoche, also known as "Corn Smut, is pretty much just corn infected with a particular kind of fungus. It's actually really delicious when prepared properly, kind of like mushrooms.

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It is just a mushroom. I think we view it as gross because we called it "smut", and it offends our Protestant sensibilities to view it as food.
 
2014-03-06 03:40:55 PM  

casey.lurvs.bacon: Fried pork brains are pretty good, but a little bit goes a long way.  SUPER rich tasting.

I've eaten black bear, venison, bison, turtle, possum, raccoon, snake, groundhog, squirrel, rabbit, alligator, ummmm prolly some other stuff I dont remember.


No beaver?
 
2014-03-06 03:41:31 PM  
Nothing too unusual... I've had reindeer, whale, and puffin, and they were all great. I was really surprised by how good sea urchin is. Durian was okay, I guess. I have a tough time stomaching sweetbreads or calf's liver - they simply taste offal.
 
2014-03-06 03:41:50 PM  
Various insects & a possible humming bird during my motorcycle-riding years.

/it was hard to smoke in a full-face helmet
//it was harder trying to smoke while going 60 mph in an open-face helmet
///have since quit riding & smoking
////kinda miss both
 
2014-03-06 03:42:16 PM  

SandmanEsq: Eutamias21: I did eat duck testicles once. Tasted fine. Looked like large cannelini beans.

Oh, sure,  those  testicles you'll put in your mouth.

/Low hanging fruit, I know, I apologize.


Speaking of...
 
2014-03-06 03:42:29 PM  

Theaetetus: I was really surprised by how good sea urchin is.


I've heard so many people talk about how good sea urchin is, but I was largely underwhelmed by the taste of it.
 
2014-03-06 03:42:45 PM  

PolloDiablo: Huitlacoche, also known as "Corn Smut, is pretty much just corn infected with a particular kind of fungus. It's actually really delicious when prepared properly, kind of like mushrooms.

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 600x398]


oh nasty
 
2014-03-06 03:43:02 PM  

SandmanEsq: Eutamias21: I did eat duck testicles once. Tasted fine. Looked like large cannelini beans.

Oh, sure,  those testicles you'll put in your mouth.

/Low hanging fruit


Stand out in the cold for a few minutes then.
 
2014-03-06 03:43:05 PM  
OH, pigs feet and dayum, what was that stuff, you basically boil a hogs head for days until it's mush, then strain the mush from the liquid.  Head cheese maybe?
 
2014-03-06 03:43:17 PM  
I haven't cooked anything very unusual.  I think oxtail is about the oddest and it's not odd at all.

Strange things I've eaten?  Depends on what you consider strange, but durian, huitlacoche, rattlesnake, sweetbreads, alligator, escargot, foie gras, sesos, ostrich, bear, squid ink, abalone, lutefisk, frog legs, fiddleheads, Belgian frites cooked in horse fat, reindeer, head cheese, haggis, blood sausage.
 
2014-03-06 03:44:00 PM  

PolloDiablo: Huitlacoche, also known as "Corn Smut, is pretty much just corn infected with a particular kind of fungus. It's actually really delicious when prepared properly, kind of like mushrooms.

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 600x398]


That stuff is fantastic.  Apparently the problem is that you can't really import it fresh because it is a fungus that technically damages corn crops so it hasn't taken off in the states.  You can get it frozen or canned but like most fungi, it's better fresh (it holds up pretty well frozen though.)  I have no idea why foodie culture hasn't gone apeshiate over the stuff its like cheap truffles.
 
2014-03-06 03:44:01 PM  
www.thedigitaltrekker.com
Only slightly less fresh.
 
2014-03-06 03:44:03 PM  

RexTalionis: I've heard so many people talk about how good sea urchin is, but I was largely underwhelmed by the taste of it.


Oh my god, me too! I was like "that's... it?" Waste of money to order it for me.
 
2014-03-06 03:44:21 PM  
Lengua
Alligator
 
2014-03-06 03:44:48 PM  
I love durian fruit.  It makes an amazing curry. I'd try to make it, but I don't want the house smelling like curry.
 
2014-03-06 03:44:53 PM  

Solid State Vittles: fiddleheads


Since when do those get a mention in a strange food list? They're in a big bin at Whole Foods, for fark's sake.
 
2014-03-06 03:45:38 PM  

Theaetetus: SandmanEsq: Eutamias21: I did eat duck testicles once. Tasted fine. Looked like large cannelini beans.

Oh, sure,  those testicles you'll put in your mouth.

/Low hanging fruit

Stand out in the cold for a few minutes then.


I am likely the last male on the face of the planet that she'd consider, and rightfully so.  The wording was just too convenient for me not to make the joke.
 
2014-03-06 03:46:09 PM  
Shark fin soup was a strange one. Very, very tasty, just left me feeling very conflicted. Didn't want to upset my host, though.
 
2014-03-06 03:46:10 PM  
I freaking LOVE sea urchin.
 
2014-03-06 03:46:54 PM  
oh, also escargot, foie gras, ostrich, eel, sea urchin (NOM) and conch (NOM NOM NOM)
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2014-03-06 03:46:58 PM  

casey.lurvs.bacon: OH, pigs feet and dayum, what was that stuff, you basically boil a hogs head for days until it's mush, then strain the mush from the liquid.  Head cheese maybe?


Ayup. Head cheese. Basically the head meat in its own chilled broth/aspic.
 
2014-03-06 03:47:21 PM  
Alligator is delicious.

casey.lurvs.bacon: oh, also escargot, foie gras, ostrich, eel, sea urchin (NOM) and conch (NOM NOM NOM)


Love love love all of those but the urchin.
 
2014-03-06 03:47:24 PM  
Goddamn Kelly! I mean, I was born, raised and still live in NC and am not a particularly picky eater but holy f*ck.
 
2014-03-06 03:47:42 PM  

casey.lurvs.bacon: OH, pigs feet and dayum, what was that stuff, you basically boil a hogs head for days until it's mush, then strain the mush from the liquid.  Head cheese maybe?


Pig's feet are amazing for making a soup base. I use them in my Pozole, and they make the stock unbelievably rich and flavorful.
 
2014-03-06 03:47:47 PM  

Theaetetus: Solid State Vittles: fiddleheads

Since when do those get a mention in a strange food list? They're in a big bin at Whole Foods, for fark's sake.


Perhaps you missed the "Depends on what you consider strange" part of my post.  I don't consider a lot of those strange, but people here don't get out much.
 
2014-03-06 03:49:03 PM  
Is anyone else more bothered by bad texture than bad taste?
 
2014-03-06 03:49:19 PM  

Theaetetus: Solid State Vittles: fiddleheads

Since when do those get a mention in a strange food list? They're in a big bin at Whole Foods, for fark's sake.


I mean you mentioned sea urchin.  Every sushi place I've ever been to has sea urchin. It's no different!
 
2014-03-06 03:49:30 PM  

LlamaGirl: RexTalionis: I've heard so many people talk about how good sea urchin is, but I was largely underwhelmed by the taste of it.

Oh my god, me too! I was like "that's... it?" Waste of money to order it for me.


The thing about sea urchin is it can vary pretty wildly depending on the quality and freshness of the product. I've had some that was just totally underwhelming, while other tasted amazing.
 
2014-03-06 03:49:55 PM  

valanienna: Is anyone else more bothered by bad texture than bad taste?


Almost never.
 
2014-03-06 03:50:57 PM  
I had dog a few times in Micronesia. It's a bit tough. Overnight marinade of chili, local citrus and papaya helped a lot.
 
2014-03-06 03:51:17 PM  

LlamaGirl: Alligator is delicious.


I find most lizard meat to taste more or less like tough chicken.
It's not bad, I'm just not impressed.
 
2014-03-06 03:51:21 PM  

SandmanEsq: Theaetetus: SandmanEsq: Eutamias21: I did eat duck testicles once. Tasted fine. Looked like large cannelini beans.

Oh, sure,  those testicles you'll put in your mouth.

/Low hanging fruit

Stand out in the cold for a few minutes then.

I am likely the last male on the face of the planet that she'd consider, and rightfully so.  The wording was just too convenient for me not to make the joke.


I meant that the cold would stop your fruit from hanging low.
 
2014-03-06 03:51:21 PM  

CapeFearCadaver: Goddamn Kelly! I mean, I was born, raised and still live in NC and am not a particularly picky eater but holy f*ck.


heheheh, but you are in the civilized easternish part.  I was raised deeep in Appalachia.  For a few years I didn't have indoor plumbing.  A lot of my neighbors were full Cherokee and them and some others were totally off the grid.
 
2014-03-06 03:51:26 PM  

valanienna: Is anyone else more bothered by bad texture than bad taste?


Very much so
 
2014-03-06 03:52:16 PM  

valanienna: Is anyone else more bothered by bad texture than bad taste?


I can't think of a single food that I find disgusting due to flavor alone, but weird textures really really skeez me out. I have trouble with anything that's seems unnaturally smooth and creamy.
 
2014-03-06 03:53:25 PM  

Theaetetus: SandmanEsq: Theaetetus: SandmanEsq: Eutamias21: I did eat duck testicles once. Tasted fine. Looked like large cannelini beans.

Oh, sure,  those testicles you'll put in your mouth.

/Low hanging fruit

Stand out in the cold for a few minutes then.

I am likely the last male on the face of the planet that she'd consider, and rightfully so.  The wording was just too convenient for me not to make the joke.

I meant that the cold would stop your fruit from hanging low.


Oh, well then.  I am even more foolish than previously thought.  And, yep, that would fix that in a jiffy ... particularly today in NYC.
 
2014-03-06 03:54:00 PM  
rattlesnake & rocky mountain oysters come to mind .. both of em were pretty good, but i was hammered when i ate em .... octopus sushi counts too i guess; very chewy ...
 
2014-03-06 03:54:14 PM  

valanienna: Is anyone else more bothered by bad texture than bad taste?


I don't like sea urchin for the texture. Tastes fine.
 
2014-03-06 03:54:15 PM  
OH and that boiled hog head, the old timers that taught my mom how to make it called it "souse meat".

Also, they taught mom how to make chitterlings, but they called them 'chitlins'.
 
2014-03-06 03:54:42 PM  
Octopus is fantastic.
 
2014-03-06 03:54:50 PM  

casey.lurvs.bacon: OH and that boiled hog head, the old timers that taught my mom how to make it called it "souse meat".

Also, they taught mom how to make chitterlings, but they called them 'chitlins'.


I call em "chitlins". I've never had chitlins though.
 
2014-03-06 03:54:55 PM  
DAMN I WANT SUSHI NOW
 
2014-03-06 03:55:02 PM  
pickled pigs feet are ok
tripe one time only after that I snuck to the dog under the table so Mom wouldn't find out.
 
2014-03-06 03:55:53 PM  

vincent_blackshadow: rattlesnake & rocky mountain oysters come to mind .. both of em were pretty good, but i was hammered when i ate em .... octopus sushi counts too i guess; very chewy ...


High five to my fellow tako lover.  Let the texture nazis biatch about the chewiness, more for us.
 
2014-03-06 03:56:49 PM  
I worked in a deli in high school and damn how many people ordered HEAD CHEESE.

I have eaten squirrel.
 
2014-03-06 03:57:16 PM  
I like my pho with tendon and tripe sometimes.  Flavor country.
 
2014-03-06 03:57:54 PM  

Solid State Vittles: I like my pho with tendon and tripe sometimes.  Flavor country.


Tendon, yes as long as it's left in one piece. It's like a beef-flavored gummy bear. Tripe? NOPE
 
2014-03-06 03:58:21 PM  

make me some tea: casey.lurvs.bacon: OH and that boiled hog head, the old timers that taught my mom how to make it called it "souse meat".

Also, they taught mom how to make chitterlings, but they called them 'chitlins'.

I call em "chitlins". I've never had chitlins though.


They sell 'em in grocery stores around here.  I haven't had them since I was little, but I remember them being good.  I couldn't have been more than 9 or 10 when I had them though.

I remember being about 7 years old and gathering little sea snails in the ocean off of Long Pine Key and steaming them and putting the meat into spaghetti sauce.  I remember that being really good too.
 
2014-03-06 03:59:05 PM  
My Mexican in-laws smoked a whole cow's head - including the brain, eyes and tongue - for about 24 hours. When it was finished they carried it inside to the kitchen where the women of the family descended on it with knives, removed all of the aforementioned organs and cut them up for eating, and then picked every single bit of meat there was from the skull and chopped and seasoned it. The meat is just absolutely unbelievable, by far the best (and most authentic) barbacoa you'll ever get your hands on.
 
2014-03-06 03:59:18 PM  
I've eaten duck tongue (had that in China). Tasted fine, it was just confusing why I'd want to eat it over the rest of the duck. Also, it made me very conscious of the amount of ducks that had been killed for my meal, considering that there were around 20 tongues in the dish.

I've also eaten jellyfish (also in China), and it tasted exactly like seaweed salad. In fact, much of the commercially available seaweed salad in America has jellyfish in it (take a look at the ingredient list next time you see it in a store), so many of you have also eaten jellyfish, you may just have been unaware of it.

Durian I found perfectly fine-tasting. I never got the bad smell, possibly because our durian wasn't ripe enough? Anyway, durian ice cream is  delicious, if you can get it. Tastes a lot like vanilla but subtly different.

Other than that, it's the standards; tripe, chicken feet, blood pudding, etc....
 
2014-03-06 03:59:47 PM  

casey.lurvs.bacon: DAMN I WANT SUSHI NOW


Sashimi! don't waste calories on rice, fill the space with more tasty tasty fish.
 
2014-03-06 04:00:04 PM  

Solid State Vittles: vincent_blackshadow: rattlesnake & rocky mountain oysters come to mind .. both of em were pretty good, but i was hammered when i ate em .... octopus sushi counts too i guess; very chewy ...

High five to my fellow tako lover.  Let the texture nazis biatch about the chewiness, more for us.


Octopus in general is delicious.
 
2014-03-06 04:00:12 PM  
I've never eaten tripe that I know of.  I just had to look it up, I didnt even know what it was.  URP
 
2014-03-06 04:00:28 PM  

PolloDiablo: My Mexican in-laws smoked a whole cow's head - including the brain, eyes and tongue - for about 24 hours. When it was finished they carried it inside to the kitchen where the women of the family descended on it with knives, removed all of the aforementioned organs and cut them up for eating, and then picked every single bit of meat there was from the skull and chopped and seasoned it. The meat is just absolutely unbelievable, by far the best (and most authentic) barbacoa you'll ever get your hands on.


I think that's what is in Head Cheese too, but it's in a jelly-like substance
 
2014-03-06 04:00:41 PM  

Solid State Vittles: vincent_blackshadow: rattlesnake & rocky mountain oysters come to mind .. both of em were pretty good, but i was hammered when i ate em .... octopus sushi counts too i guess; very chewy ...

High five to my fellow tako lover.  Let the texture nazis biatch about the chewiness, more for us.



i love it .. i get it all the time at our favorite sushi place - the FishWife (in spite of her handle) just looks away ...

casey.lurvs.bacon: DAMN I WANT SUSHI NOW


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... you knew that one was coming i bet; seriously, if yopu guys ever get to our neck we're going to ra on me
 
2014-03-06 04:00:47 PM  

SandmanEsq: casey.lurvs.bacon: DAMN I WANT SUSHI NOW

Sashimi! don't waste calories on rice, fill the space with more tasty tasty fish.


Yeah, but the delightful sushi vinegar flavor is missing with sashimi. It's good, but that extra acid kick is what makes a good piece of sushi so awesome.
 
2014-03-06 04:01:50 PM  

Rincewind53: SandmanEsq: casey.lurvs.bacon: DAMN I WANT SUSHI NOW

Sashimi! don't waste calories on rice, fill the space with more tasty tasty fish.

Yeah, but the delightful sushi vinegar flavor is missing with sashimi. It's good, but that extra acid kick is what makes a good piece of sushi so awesome.


Agree to disagree.  Cost/benefit for me leans away from the rice.
 
2014-03-06 04:02:25 PM  

SandmanEsq: casey.lurvs.bacon: DAMN I WANT SUSHI NOW

Sashimi! don't waste calories on rice, fill the space with more tasty tasty fish.


oooooh, so true.
 
2014-03-06 04:03:12 PM  

PolloDiablo: My Mexican in-laws smoked a whole cow's head - including the brain, eyes and tongue - for about 24 hours. When it was finished they carried it inside to the kitchen where the women of the family descended on it with knives, removed all of the aforementioned organs and cut them up for eating, and then picked every single bit of meat there was from the skull and chopped and seasoned it. The meat is just absolutely unbelievable, by far the best (and most authentic) barbacoa you'll ever get your hands on.


Good barbacoa is hard to find, but when you do, oh man.
 
2014-03-06 04:04:05 PM  

PolloDiablo: My Mexican in-laws smoked a whole cow's head - including the brain, eyes and tongue - for about 24 hours. When it was finished they carried it inside to the kitchen where the women of the family descended on it with knives, removed all of the aforementioned organs and cut them up for eating, and then picked every single bit of meat there was from the skull and chopped and seasoned it. The meat is just absolutely unbelievable, by far the best (and most authentic) barbacoa you'll ever get your hands on.


I would try this.  I bet it was good.
 
2014-03-06 04:04:41 PM  
Dammit I just had sushi and now I want more.

I am going to die of mercury poisoning.
 
2014-03-06 04:05:54 PM  
I like the seaweed wrap with my sushi/sashimi.  Christing hell, I'mma have to grab the current man toy and force him to take me for sushi next week for lunch.
 
2014-03-06 04:06:06 PM  

SandmanEsq: Rincewind53: SandmanEsq: casey.lurvs.bacon: DAMN I WANT SUSHI NOW

Sashimi! don't waste calories on rice, fill the space with more tasty tasty fish.

Yeah, but the delightful sushi vinegar flavor is missing with sashimi. It's good, but that extra acid kick is what makes a good piece of sushi so awesome.

Agree to disagree.  Cost/benefit for me leans away from the rice.


I think it depends on the restaurant. Some places it's a 60/40 rice/fish ratio, and in those places sashimi would probably be the better choice.

Of course, in those kinds of places the fish quality is probably not that great, so....
 
2014-03-06 04:07:32 PM  

casey.lurvs.bacon: I remember being about 7 years old and gathering little sea snails in the ocean off of Long Pine Key and steaming them and putting the meat into spaghetti sauce.  I remember that being really good too.


Oooh I do loves me some gastropods and pasta. Hell yeah.
 
2014-03-06 04:08:29 PM  

make me some tea: casey.lurvs.bacon: I remember being about 7 years old and gathering little sea snails in the ocean off of Long Pine Key and steaming them and putting the meat into spaghetti sauce.  I remember that being really good too.

Oooh I do loves me some gastropods and pasta. Hell yeah.


I had snails for the first time on a beach in China, and they were  delicious. Haven't had the opportunity to have any since then, which is sad.
 
2014-03-06 04:09:38 PM  
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I've been working on a barknaise sauce...
 
2014-03-06 04:10:39 PM  

PolloDiablo: Huitlacoche, also known as "Corn Smut, is pretty much just corn infected with a particular kind of fungus. It's actually really delicious when prepared properly, kind of like mushrooms.

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I had no idea anyone would eat that.  We always threw it away...
 
2014-03-06 04:10:45 PM  

make me some tea: casey.lurvs.bacon: I remember being about 7 years old and gathering little sea snails in the ocean off of Long Pine Key and steaming them and putting the meat into spaghetti sauce.  I remember that being really good too.

Oooh I do loves me some gastropods and pasta. Hell yeah.


First time I had escargot as an adult it was escargot stuffed mushroom caps in a garlic butter sauce.
 
2014-03-06 04:10:51 PM  
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Tripas (tripe) tacos. Delicious.
 
2014-03-06 04:11:33 PM  

hillbillypharmacist: [i291.photobucket.com image 512x512]
I've been working on a barknaise sauce...


I am going to send that pic to my wife.  She will hate me for it...
 
2014-03-06 04:11:56 PM  

maddman: PolloDiablo: Huitlacoche, also known as "Corn Smut, is pretty much just corn infected with a particular kind of fungus. It's actually really delicious when prepared properly, kind of like mushrooms.

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I had no idea anyone would eat that.  We always threw it away...


Same here, we threw it away when we gardened growing up, but I heard of it being eaten and it being a delicacy a few years ago.
 
2014-03-06 04:13:22 PM  
I've eaten lutefisk before, but I freakin' hate the stuff. On the otherhand my grandpa (Norwegian descent) loved the stuff.

I've eaten rattlesnake too, as well as burgers made from ground gator tail. Rattlesnake is kind of bland tasting, whereas gator tastes like a blend between chicken & fish.
 
2014-03-06 04:13:52 PM  

Rincewind53: I had snails for the first time on a beach in China, and they were  delicious. Haven't had the opportunity to have any since then, which is sad.


casey.lurvs.bacon: First time I had escargot as an adult it was escargot stuffed mushroom caps in a garlic butter sauce.


Chopped, salteed with garlic, leeks and white wine, butter or duck fat, pour over pasta with fresh grated parm.
 
2014-03-06 04:13:52 PM  

casey.lurvs.bacon: maddman: PolloDiablo: Huitlacoche, also known as "Corn Smut, is pretty much just corn infected with a particular kind of fungus. It's actually really delicious when prepared properly, kind of like mushrooms.

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 600x398]

I had no idea anyone would eat that.  We always threw it away...

Same here, we threw it away when we gardened growing up, but I heard of it being eaten and it being a delicacy a few years ago.


Great restaurant around here used to serve a dish of 24-hour short rib over mashed potatoes with a huitlacoche sauce. It was  really delicious.
 
2014-03-06 04:16:57 PM  

make me some tea: duck fat


Unrelated to escargot, last week I made duck for the first time ever. It was shockingly easy to do, and the results were amazing. The recipe I used also involved making a delicious savory blackberry/bourbon pan sauce. I had some homemade blackberry jam still leftover from the summer, and the resulting sauce was so good I used it in two other meals until it finally ran out. The day after, we made chicken thighs and got them nice and crispy using the leftover duck fat from the night before.

I need to make duck more often!
 
2014-03-06 04:18:08 PM  
I ate dog at two different staff dinners when I was in Korea. It was served in a type of stew, both times. I didn't really enjoy it.
 
2014-03-06 04:19:12 PM  
I had lion about 20 years ago.  The gourmet place I worked at lost power and the cooler went down.  We had to either cook it or toss it.  Texture was similar to beef.  Flavor was gamey but good.  I'm just glad I didn't have to pay for it.
 
2014-03-06 04:20:10 PM  
Share a rarity and open our eyes

Okay....

th09.deviantart.net


Raw horse sushi is pretty good. But the downright weirdest thing I ever had was this:

www.kyotodreamtrips.com

Viper wine. Crazy stuff.
 
2014-03-06 04:21:00 PM  

The Goddamn Batman: I ate dog at two different staff dinners when I was in Korea. It was served in a type of stew, both times. I didn't really enjoy it.


I feel about dog somewhat like I feel about veal and foie gras; I understand that some people would want to eat it, but the issues surrounding it as a food just outweigh my interest in eating it.
 
2014-03-06 04:21:02 PM  

Rincewind53: make me some tea: duck fat

Unrelated to escargot, last week I made duck for the first time ever. It was shockingly easy to do, and the results were amazing. The recipe I used also involved making a delicious savory blackberry/bourbon pan sauce. I had some homemade blackberry jam still leftover from the summer, and the resulting sauce was so good I used it in two other meals until it finally ran out. The day after, we made chicken thighs and got them nice and crispy using the leftover duck fat from the night before.

I need to make duck more often!


*moan*
 
2014-03-06 04:21:06 PM  
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A Chinese coworker of mine insisted that I had to eat these, because he had to eat disgusting things like cheese and American Chinese food.

They were disgusting, and slightly crunchy.
 
2014-03-06 04:22:32 PM  

casey.lurvs.bacon: *moan*


Seriously the recipe is  so easy. You should make it! Blackberry and bourbon works  surprisingly well together, but the real secret ingredient in the sauce is a shiatload of thyme. You'd think it would overpower the other flavors, but it doesn't at all. They all meld together great.

Total prep  and cook time for the recipe was like 40 minutes.
 
2014-03-06 04:22:47 PM  

Fubini: [img.fark.net image 400x266]

A Chinese coworker of mine insisted that I had to eat these, because he had to eat disgusting things like cheese and American Chinese food.

They were disgusting, and slightly crunchy.


mmm so good.
 
2014-03-06 04:23:00 PM  

Rincewind53: last week I made duck for the first time ever. It was shockingly easy to do, and the results were amazing


I have cooked duck maybe three or four times.  My first time was not good.  It's not easy to cook well actually, at least the first time, so good for you.
 
2014-03-06 04:23:09 PM  

Fubini: [img.fark.net image 400x266]

A Chinese coworker of mine insisted that I had to eat these, because he had to eat disgusting things like cheese and American Chinese food.

They were disgusting, and slightly crunchy.


Dude, when those things are battered and fried, they're so damn delicious. Like calamari on steroids.
 
2014-03-06 04:25:17 PM  

Rincewind53: The Goddamn Batman: I ate dog at two different staff dinners when I was in Korea. It was served in a type of stew, both times. I didn't really enjoy it.

I feel about dog somewhat like I feel about veal and foie gras; I understand that some people would want to eat it, but the issues surrounding it as a food just outweigh my interest in eating it.


As long as it's not my dog....
 
2014-03-06 04:25:25 PM  

Solid State Vittles: Rincewind53: last week I made duck for the first time ever. It was shockingly easy to do, and the results were amazing

I have cooked duck maybe three or four times.  My first time was not good.  It's not easy to cook well actually, at least the first time, so good for you.


Really? The recipe just involved scoring the fat on the back, placing it fat-side down in a hot pan on medium-low for 10 minutes, then flipping it over and cooking for another 6-7 minutes. I could tell when it was ready to flip because the underside was a nice golden-brown and crispy.
 
2014-03-06 04:27:22 PM  
At various places here in Vegas, and at some of the better Asian places where the roundeye don't go to. I just tell them to bring me whatever they recommend. And at a wedding in Lithuania where me and my brother didn't want to be the "stereotypical Americans" we ate anything that was presented to us with a hearty "Aciu." At the wedding dinner where it was drink everflowing vodka, eat, toast, dance, wash, rinse, repeat. There was some stuff in there I have no freakin clue what it was.
 
2014-03-06 04:28:20 PM  

Rincewind53: Solid State Vittles: Rincewind53: last week I made duck for the first time ever. It was shockingly easy to do, and the results were amazing

I have cooked duck maybe three or four times.  My first time was not good.  It's not easy to cook well actually, at least the first time, so good for you.


Really? The recipe just involved scoring the fat on the back, placing it fat-side down in a hot pan on medium-low for 10 minutes, then flipping it over and cooking for another 6-7 minutes. I could tell when it was ready to flip because the underside was a nice golden-brown and crispy.


Alton Brown's duck recipe was easily followed and turned out very well.  Of course I found the duck at Aldi for like $7 so i wasn't worried about wasting a ton of money.  And popcorn cooked in duck fat is my new sacrament.
 
2014-03-06 04:28:34 PM  

Rincewind53: Fubini: [img.fark.net image 400x266]

A Chinese coworker of mine insisted that I had to eat these, because he had to eat disgusting things like cheese and American Chinese food.

They were disgusting, and slightly crunchy.

Dude, when those things are battered and fried, they're so damn delicious. Like calamari on steroids.


Very very much this.  sooo good.
 
2014-03-06 04:29:17 PM  

Rincewind53: casey.lurvs.bacon: *moan*

Seriously the recipe is  so easy. You should make it! Blackberry and bourbon works  surprisingly well together, but the real secret ingredient in the sauce is a shiatload of thyme. You'd think it would overpower the other flavors, but it doesn't at all. They all meld together great.

Total prep  and cook time for the recipe was like 40 minutes.


How bout you just do it and then invite me over?

*lazy*
 
2014-03-06 04:29:31 PM  

Rincewind53: Solid State Vittles: Rincewind53: last week I made duck for the first time ever. It was shockingly easy to do, and the results were amazing

I have cooked duck maybe three or four times.  My first time was not good.  It's not easy to cook well actually, at least the first time, so good for you.

Really? The recipe just involved scoring the fat on the back, placing it fat-side down in a hot pan on medium-low for 10 minutes, then flipping it over and cooking for another 6-7 minutes. I could tell when it was ready to flip because the underside was a nice golden-brown and crispy.


The difficulty that I've encountered is that the actual duck can come out very greasy.  I've only cooked with wild duck (friend's husband is a hunter), so maybe it's different with commercially raised duck.  Who knows, maybe it's me... it's probably me.
 
2014-03-06 04:30:14 PM  

casey.lurvs.bacon: mmm so good.


I know. I love me some cheese.

Rincewind53: Dude, when those things are battered and fried, they're so damn delicious. Like calamari on steroids.


Fried cheese is amazing. I'm not sure why you'd compare it to calamari- that stuff is disgusting.
 
2014-03-06 04:31:21 PM  

Solid State Vittles: PolloDiablo: My Mexican in-laws smoked a whole cow's head - including the brain, eyes and tongue - for about 24 hours. When it was finished they carried it inside to the kitchen where the women of the family descended on it with knives, removed all of the aforementioned organs and cut them up for eating, and then picked every single bit of meat there was from the skull and chopped and seasoned it. The meat is just absolutely unbelievable, by far the best (and most authentic) barbacoa you'll ever get your hands on.

I would try this.  I bet it was good.



i would as well ...


 

doglover: Viper wine. Crazy stuff


jeebus i'd forgotten until you posted that pic, but yeah when i lived in sandy eggo we had some mescal w/a snake's head in it ...
 
2014-03-06 04:33:49 PM  
I think I remember one of the weird food guys having trouble even getting near hákarl, an Icelandic food consisting of shark which has been allowed to rot for five months.

He was having trouble not throwing up before he even got near the thing. I've never eaten it, and god willing, I hope to god I'm never that hungry.
 
2014-03-06 04:34:53 PM  

vincent_blackshadow: we had some mescal w/a snake's head in it ...



Ah, mezcal. The best/worst drink I liked but honestly can't remember.
 
2014-03-06 04:35:23 PM  
Weird foods from Dad's side:

Canned seal meat
Flipper pie  (it's a thing in Newfoundland, and only Newfies love it)
Cod cheeks


Slightly less, but still weird food from Mom's side:

Rabbit pie (yum!)
Venison burger (yum!)
Quahogs (wiki will say it's an edible bivalve - it's as edible as a hockey puck)

/hate seal and moose meat
 
2014-03-06 04:35:36 PM  

Solid State Vittles: The difficulty that I've encountered is that the actual duck can come out very greasy.  I've only cooked with wild duck (friend's husband is a hunter), so maybe it's different with commercially raised duck.  Who knows, maybe it's me... it's probably me.


No, I'll totally admit that I could easily have gotten lucky. I was using a fairly decent duck breast (I think? D'artagnan brand), so that might have contributed to it. My sample size is one, so I agree that it's probably too early to say it's always easy to do.

casey.lurvs.bacon: How bout you just do it and then invite me over?

*lazy*


I actually love throwing dinner parties and cooking for people \o/

Fubini: Fried cheese is amazing. I'm not sure why you'd compare it to calamari- that stuff is disgusting.


If you had fried calamari at a good restaurant you'd probably change your mind. Badly-cooked calamari is rubbery and nasty. Properly-cooked calamari isn't the slightest bit rubbery; it has a bit of a give, like al-dente pasta, and is delicious.
 
2014-03-06 04:37:07 PM  

SmackLT: I think I remember one of the weird food guys having trouble even getting near hákarl, an Icelandic food consisting of shark which has been allowed to rot for five months.

He was having trouble not throwing up before he even got near the thing. I've never eaten it, and god willing, I hope to god I'm never that hungry.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXla7Z4gSD4

I think that's the clip you're talking about. I remember that too, it looked  disgusting.
 
2014-03-06 04:39:21 PM  

Rincewind53: make me some tea: duck fat

Unrelated to escargot, last week I made duck for the first time ever. It was shockingly easy to do, and the results were amazing. The recipe I used also involved making a delicious savory blackberry/bourbon pan sauce. I had some homemade blackberry jam still leftover from the summer, and the resulting sauce was so good I used it in two other meals until it finally ran out. The day after, we made chicken thighs and got them nice and crispy using the leftover duck fat from the night before.

I need to make duck more often!


That sounds interesting. Blackberry, huh?

I've not made duck as yet, but I bought a tub of duck fat the other day and have been trying it with all sorts of stuff. Everything is good. EVERYTHING
 
2014-03-06 04:41:40 PM  
make me some tea:That sounds interesting. Blackberry, huh?

I've not made duck as yet, but I bought a tub of duck fat the other day and have been trying it with all sorts of stuff. Everything is good. EVERYTHING


Now I'm thinking of smearing big dollops of cold duck fat onto a Ritz cracker.
 
2014-03-06 04:42:11 PM  

make me some tea: That sounds interesting. Blackberry, huh?

I've not made duck as yet, but I bought a tub of duck fat the other day and have been trying it with all sorts of stuff. Everything is good. EVERYTHING


Right? There's a place a few blocks from me that sells pints of duck fat for like, six dollars per. I need to buy some of it.

And the blackberry worked very well. It's like combining cherry and bourbon but it actually works a  lot better as a combination.
 
2014-03-06 04:43:28 PM  

Rincewind53: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXla7Z4gSD4

I think that's the clip you're talking about. I remember that too, it looked  disgusting.


That's the one! Thank you.

/still looks disgusting
 
2014-03-06 04:48:53 PM  
probably a kiten right of a rock in the Bahamas
 
2014-03-06 04:52:05 PM  

make me some tea: I've not made duck as yet, but I bought a tub of duck fat the other day and have been trying it with all sorts of stuff. Everything is good. EVERYTHING


Where did you get that?!?!  Get some real popcorn, possibly from your local farmer's market if you've got one this time of year.  Unbelievable.
 
2014-03-06 04:52:30 PM  
Iguana.  More than anything else I've ever tried, it really did taste like chicken.  Also, you could starve to death eating it because I'm fairly sure you spend more calories trying to remove all the tiny bones than you get from the meat.
 
2014-03-06 04:56:20 PM  
Sea urchin tastes similar to beef liver.

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2014-03-06 04:59:39 PM  

Anderson's Pooper: make me some tea: I've not made duck as yet, but I bought a tub of duck fat the other day and have been trying it with all sorts of stuff. Everything is good. EVERYTHING

Where did you get that?!?!  Get some real popcorn, possibly from your local farmer's market if you've got one this time of year.  Unbelievable.


Some stores sell them. You can also buy it on Amazon.
 
2014-03-06 05:00:05 PM  
Dog in Busan, Worst Korea: like eating old boot leather.
whale sushi in Tokyo: Sublime, great stuff
uni (sea urchin): Love it
foie gras: Meh
escargot: meh
 
2014-03-06 05:04:11 PM  
Not really that wierd

i.walmartimages.com
 
2014-03-06 05:04:20 PM  
lutefisk: bad
surstromming: edible
kimchi: yummy
salty licorice: inexcusable
horse sausage: tasted like sausage
 
2014-03-06 05:04:37 PM  
Had a century egg. It was....interesting....
 
2014-03-06 05:08:11 PM  
images2.wikia.nocookie.net

It's going to cost you 300% of base price;  and you aren't getting more than 10% for your grandmother's heirloom soup.
 
2014-03-06 05:08:21 PM  
Just the "normal" weird stuff for me. Escargot, pates, soft shelled crabs, raw oysters, steak tartar, spam, gator/emu etc.

Pretty much everything I have not tried is for a reason. I don't need to try balut for example to know that I hate it.
 
2014-03-06 05:09:11 PM  

RexTalionis: Theaetetus: I was really surprised by how good sea urchin is.

I've heard so many people talk about how good sea urchin is, but I was largely underwhelmed by the taste of it.


I love it.  Was at this sushi joint that had sea urchin served in a shot glass with some kind of fish sauce, salmon roe and topped with a raw quail egg yolk.  Ordered a few more of those over the course of the night.
 
2014-03-06 05:10:28 PM  
Durian tastes just like it smells; delicious!
 
2014-03-06 05:10:28 PM  
Mollejas

Why?
 
2014-03-06 05:10:32 PM  
I've had Durian, it was horrific. For a few hours, I was NOT OKAY. Even Jager wouldn't get the taste out of my mouth. Had tar black diarrhea later and the next day.
 
2014-03-06 05:11:15 PM  
I mean, "Why woukd anyone choose to eat that mess?"
 
2014-03-06 05:12:03 PM  
Haggis sushi.  A coworker brought it in.  Lord, that was nasty.
 
2014-03-06 05:14:17 PM  
Horse sashimi.
 
2014-03-06 05:14:20 PM  

sleeps in trees: I make homemade lutefisk.


stickerish.com
 
2014-03-06 05:14:37 PM  
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Indonesian bus station buffet. Thought is was squid, turned out to be goat intestines. Filthy goat intestines. Only time I got sick in 5 months traipsing around SE Asia.  The deep fried songbird and crickets (both in Thailand) were surprisingly tasty once you got past the texture.
 
2014-03-06 05:15:45 PM  

PolloDiablo: Huitlacoche, also known as "Corn Smut, is pretty much just corn infected with a particular kind of fungus. It's actually really delicious when prepared properly, kind of like mushrooms.

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 600x398]


Dammit.  You beat me to it.  Absolutely wonderful.

Canned haggis.  Hot dog sushi.
 
2014-03-06 05:16:10 PM  
blue crab I dug for myself, leatherback jack and manini (convict tang) which I speared. I've also had moose heart and bear jerky.


/Yes, I speared a three inch fish.
//Manly man.
///Got a picture to prove it.
 
2014-03-06 05:17:09 PM  
Does Subby's mom count?

Seriously though, the only strange stuff I've gotten to eat would be escargot, fresh sage hen heart, and menudo made with tripe and all.

All of them were really good. The tripe just had a bit of a texture to get used to, kinda like eating calamari, chewier than normal.

Although, if you look at it, hot dogs are actually a petty strange thing to eat, too.
 
2014-03-06 05:17:51 PM  
Goat eyeball while visiting China. Not much flavor and a bit like biting into a mushroom.
 
2014-03-06 05:17:59 PM  
Let's see, caviar, escargot, rattle snake and weirdest of all: Tuna and ketchup sandwiches!

Also when very drunk and high; a can of sardines over ramen.
 
2014-03-06 05:18:44 PM  
Alligator, but I was not impressed.  I am not a big fan of weird food.
 
2014-03-06 05:18:48 PM  
It's not strange over there, but I was a bit put off by congealed duck blood in China. It has surprisingly little flavor and a weird texture. I also ate natto and umeboshi in Japan and hated them both. Although in the latter case I hated it because it was a surprise. I didn't know it was an umeboshi when I popped it in my mouth and was expecting something sweet. I think I could acquire that taste if I were prepared for it.
 
2014-03-06 05:19:14 PM  
gaegogi
 
2014-03-06 05:19:36 PM  
My food intake includes the usual organ meat that you'd expect in Europe...including...

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brawn

nrn.com
pigs face

Hock pie
 (with pig trotters).

A wonderful seafood platter from a place on a Yugoslav beach that had..
media.npr.org
The spawn of Cthulhu.

Actually mine...in retrospect is pretty boring.
 
2014-03-06 05:20:25 PM  
Leftover spaghetti and peanut butter sandwich. Peanut butter and sardine sandwich. Cold KFC chicken dipped in a can of condensed Campbell's Bean & Bacon soup. Why yes, I was stoned all three times.
 
2014-03-06 05:20:33 PM  
A triple fried egg sandwich with chili sauce and chutney.

Watch starting at 5:30  http://vimeo.com/60250256
 
2014-03-06 05:20:37 PM  
Sea urchin roe at a local sushi joint.

Taste was nice, but texture was...a slight bit blergh.

Yeah, I'd still go back for moar.
 
2014-03-06 05:20:39 PM  
Raw smallmouth freshly caught in the detroit river.
It was quite tasty.
 
2014-03-06 05:20:57 PM  
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So a nice bulgy can spells certain death, right? Not to the Swedes. It's fish fermented in the can or surstromming. They seal it in the can and then don't autoclave it so all the bacteria have free range. It sprays on opening so they open it under water or outside to avoid months of coming home to a stinky house.  Truly awful but not as bad as Tahitian fafaru which is fillets of some white fish put in a bottle of seawater with crushed live shrimp. The thing is then buried in sunny sand and left for weeks.  It smells like a gas attack on a diarrhea ward for skunks.  The Tahitians swear they can tell if any one has opened a bottle for up to a mile up wind and I believe them.  After the fish are extracted and eaten the brine is sold in Tahitian stores as a health drink so if you want to know how bad it is you can buy a bottle, take a wiff, seal it back up and pitch it overboard  preferably outside the barrier reef.
 
2014-03-06 05:21:27 PM  
My ex wife.
 
2014-03-06 05:21:36 PM  

casey.lurvs.bacon: Fried pork brains are pretty good, but a little bit goes a long way.  SUPER rich tasting.

I've eaten black bear, venison, bison, turtle, possum, raccoon, snake, groundhog, squirrel, rabbit, alligator, ummmm prolly some other stuff I dont remember.


Taz, is that you?

BEWARE of the Tasmanian Devil - a vicious, ravenous brute with powerful jaws like a steel trap. Eats aardvarks, ants, bears, boars, cats, bats, dogs, hogs, elephants, antelopes, pheasants, ferrets, giraffes, gazelles, stoats, goats, shoats, ostriches, lions, jackals, muskrats, minks, dingoes, zebras, foxes, boxes, octopus, penguins, people, warthogs, yaks, gnus, newts, walrus, wildebeests....and especially RABBITS!
 
2014-03-06 05:22:32 PM  
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2014-03-06 05:22:36 PM  
weirdest stuff not really that bad:

Rocky Mountain Oysters
Duck Feet
 
2014-03-06 05:23:25 PM  
I was trying to describe durian to someone, and the best I could come up with was "fried-chicken-flavored custard." But that still misses it by a ways.

The weirdest thing I've eaten that my mind hasn't blotted out was congealed blood, which was cut into little 1/2"-square cubes and served in noodle soup in Pakse, Laos. I was being treated to lunch by a local, and didn't want to be rude by removing it from my bowl and throwing it as far as possible from the table.
 
2014-03-06 05:23:28 PM  
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i cant really compete with this.  but i have had all kinds of small game in Kentucky, fruits not particularly indigenous to the US like Dragon fruit (kiwis bastard cousin), shark (not the fin soup kind), and haggis.  my brother warned me about Vegemite and i havent tried it yet.  its more of a curiosity now than it a fear i had 20 years ago.
 
2014-03-06 05:23:39 PM  
I'll have to go with the retarded cambodian girl who kept coming to our bands after parties in the 90s.

*bows head in shame*
 
2014-03-06 05:23:57 PM  
Escargot is nice too.

Basque restaurant here in town, meaning I didn't need to chase the wee bastards around.
 
2014-03-06 05:24:32 PM  
 -Got some Hot Pot soup thinking, "Perfect, I'm all about the spicy".  Didn't know it was actually tripe. Didn't care for it.
 -Ostrich burgers. Again didn't care for it.
 -Buried some homemade kimchi in the ground for 3 months. Liked it.
 -Bought some Spam a couple years ago to remind myself what I didn't like about it as a kid.  One nibble and into the garbage it went.  I remembered.
/I know none of that is particularly exotic or anything but there it is.
 
2014-03-06 05:26:02 PM  
I ate a guinea pig that was roasted on a stick in Ecuador. It was still smiling at me with those huge front teeth. Somewhat tasty.
 
2014-03-06 05:26:13 PM  
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Haring


So damned good. Gotta get me some every time I visit family in the Netherlands.

If you don't know, that's a raw (usually salt-brine treated) herring. It's prepared as essentially two fillets that are held together by the tail.

Not really anywhere near the weirdest on here, but it's definitely different?
 
2014-03-06 05:26:37 PM  
When we were kids, we ate different colored Kleenexes to see if we could tell the difference between pink, blue, or white.

As an adult, the weirdest thing I've eaten is horse meat, which really isn't that weird, considering.
 
2014-03-06 05:27:12 PM  

miss jinxed: I love durian fruit.  It makes an amazing curry. I'd try to make it, but I don't want the house smelling like curry.


I didn't like durian, but durian curry actually sounds interesting.  Does the turmeric or cumin or whatever mask the smell?

The worst thing about durian: they're just so damn big. I was at a Korean supermarket once where they were selling durians, and some of them were the size of basketballs, maybe bigger.  I can't imagine eating that much of that stuff


Other fun stuff I've eaten:
-chicken feet: not unusual, since it's a popular dim sum dish, but even some of my Chinese-American friends are squeamish about it.
-moth pupa: supposedly a "delicacy" in some rural parts of China, but they were probably pulling one over on the city slickers.  Gave me nightmares about bugs hatching out of my stomach (I was eight).
-sea cucumber: kinda blah, decent enough soup ingredient, but not something I'd go out of my way for.
-shark fin / swallow's nest soup: more Chinese "delicacies" where if you didn't tell me what I was eating, I wouldn't have known it was anything special.
-various beef / pork / lamb innards (liver, intestines, stomach / gizzard).  Not sure what would count as "strange" anymore, now that people are all becoming "foodies".
 
2014-03-06 05:27:16 PM  

PolloDiablo: Huitlacoche, also known as "Corn Smut, is pretty much just corn infected with a particular kind of fungus. It's actually really delicious when prepared properly, kind of like mushrooms.


I think the flour is used for blue waffle
 
2014-03-06 05:27:29 PM  

EdNortonsTwin: I'll have to go with the retarded cambodian girl who kept coming to our bands after parties in the 90s.

*bows head in shame*


You might get farkied over that one, and it will come back to bite you in the arse.
 
2014-03-06 05:27:30 PM  
I've had sannakji when in LA and in Korea.  Name means live octopus.  It's not really alive, it's just been killed and is still wiggling around on the plate. You dip it in some sesame oil and salt and then eat it.    And the suckers will still stick to your mouth if you don't chew quickly.  I like it, but it's definitely not for the squeamish.
 
2014-03-06 05:27:48 PM  

RexTalionis: I've eaten shards of glass, but I don't suppose that's technically food.


Are you one of my old college roommates? I had one that would eat pint glasses on occasion. How he isn't dead mystifies me.
 
2014-03-06 05:27:49 PM  

Solid State Vittles: Rincewind53: Solid State Vittles: Rincewind53: last week I made duck for the first time ever. It was shockingly easy to do, and the results were amazing

I have cooked duck maybe three or four times.  My first time was not good.  It's not easy to cook well actually, at least the first time, so good for you.

Really? The recipe just involved scoring the fat on the back, placing it fat-side down in a hot pan on medium-low for 10 minutes, then flipping it over and cooking for another 6-7 minutes. I could tell when it was ready to flip because the underside was a nice golden-brown and crispy.

The difficulty that I've encountered is that the actual duck can come out very greasy.  I've only cooked with wild duck (friend's husband is a hunter), so maybe it's different with commercially raised duck.  Who knows, maybe it's me... it's probably me.


Try basting it occasionally with ice water. That not only helps to remove the excess fat, but it seems to make the skin crisper.
 
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2014-03-06 05:27:51 PM  
I had Koala, Kangaroo, and Shark on a trip to Australia.  Kangaroo was ok, but it was tough, irony, and didn't have a lot of natural flavor.  Kind of like a middle ground between beef, lamb, and an old shoe.  Koala tasted like Chicken, and the shark was unmemorable seafood.
 
2014-03-06 05:28:03 PM  
At a Co-worker's wedding I tried Abalone, which was served in a subtly flavored sauce and was tender and delicious. I also had shark fin soup, which was just kind of meh, like a semi-textured bowl of salt broth. I didn't know what either thing was until after I tried it and I felt bad, especially about the shark fin soup. I also felt that, for how much that likely cost, it really wasn't all that good.

Also had pigeon at the same wedding, which I loved. Like eating a tiny chicken with the ultra-lean beef on its bones. My wife was having none of it because a) she likes pigeons and b) because they left the heads on.
 
2014-03-06 05:28:07 PM  
An elephant's heart (it's supposed to give you his "muti"). And ear. Also crocodile, zebra, warthog. Ate raccoon, armadillo and rattlesnake and drank tadpoles in military survival school. Ate all kinds of raw stuff while stationed in Japan. A trapper gave me a beaver carcass once and it tasted like pot roast.
 
2014-03-06 05:29:57 PM  
Various sushi bits like raw octopus, sea urchin and assorted fish eggs. Like the taste of the octopus but I won't eat it anymore since I learned how intelligent they are.

The grocery store near me back in California had ostrich steaks. I loved those once I realized you had to tenderize the hell out of them.
 
2014-03-06 05:30:38 PM  

casey.lurvs.bacon: OH, pigs feet and dayum, what was that stuff, you basically boil a hogs head for days until it's mush, then strain the mush from the liquid.  Head cheese maybe?


Or souse if you pickle it in vinegar.
 
2014-03-06 05:31:36 PM  
I've eaten Durian, dried cuttlefish and coagulated pork blood.

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2014-03-06 05:31:47 PM  
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2014-03-06 05:32:07 PM  
A hooker, that been out in the sun for way too long.
 
2014-03-06 05:32:13 PM  
Nothing too exotic. I've had snails (escargot). I've had sashimi and sushi (in the west, not in Asia, so the bucket list entries have a * next to them). Liked 'em all. I had some sort of Asian pasta that looked like angel hair pasta, but had the consistency and give of fiber optic line that I couldn't deal with. I've had moose a few times, but never bear nor venison.

Best slightly strange thing I've had involved a really yummy salsa (a pale, leaning pinkish, red color) made from some cactus flower at a restaurant in Tucson, AZ. I'm sure some farker will be along shortly to fill in the name.
 
2014-03-06 05:32:22 PM  
There's a Thai place by me that serves fried grubs. They weren't that interesting. I really could just taste the batter they fried them in. It seems like insect protein is pretty flavorless in general.

Lutefisk tastes bad. People only eat it because it gets mixed with mashed potatoes and a cream sauce that would be good anyway. Make gravlax instead.
 
2014-03-06 05:32:23 PM  
The fried fetus of a Baji dolphin.

Tasted like liberalism and conservatism all wrapped up in bacon.
 
2014-03-06 05:32:39 PM  

PolloDiablo: casey.lurvs.bacon: OH, pigs feet and dayum, what was that stuff, you basically boil a hogs head for days until it's mush, then strain the mush from the liquid.  Head cheese maybe?

Pig's feet are amazing for making a soup base. I use them in my Pozole, and they make the stock unbelievably rich and flavorful.


There's a Puerto Rican restaurant in DC that makes a stew of trotters and chickpeas.  So good, it's unbelievable.
 
2014-03-06 05:33:08 PM  
Probably several other people have tried durian, but I have one hell of a story to go with it.

I live in a city with sizable southeast-asian immigration, so durians are available in several Asian food super markets. I even saw one in a "normal" super market once, but it was covered in freezer-burnand the outside had a spongy texture, so I stayed away from it.

One time, while still in college, my roommates and I thought it would be amusing to try a durian. We took the durian home to our apartment and cut into it almost immediately. It had a strange subtle taste, a strong pungent smell. The best way to describe the taste was as a cross between apple, onion, and whatever else you were thinking about at the time. Seriously, you could imagine it tasting like anything if you put your mind to it. Probably because it tasted like nothing of us had ever tried. The most unpleasant part of the fruit was the texture, it was extremely ripe and custard like, probably because it had been frozen for quite a long time in transit to the US.

The hilarity did not occur until a while later. While we were in the same room as the durian, we could not perceive the smell, we had become acclimated to it. After we finished eating what we could and we threw the rest in the public dumpster we went downtown to get some breakfast at our favorite late night diner. We had a pleasant meal giving our noses plenty of time to realize what it's like to NOT breath durian flavored air again. Once we returned to our neighborhood, about a block away from our apartment building, we started to smell durian. It was at that point we realized we'd made a mistake.

Our entire block smelled like durian immediately afterwards, inside the apartment building even more so. The smell around the block dissapated after the dumpster got emptied, but the unholy smell lingered in the apartment building for almost a month. Apparently enough people complained about the sudden strange smell that the building installed air fresheners all over the place within the week. I can only take solace in knowing that nobody else that lived there knew the reason it smelled for a month. If they had, I assume there would have been a mob outside our door.

Lesson being: There is a reason they are banned in airports in their native locales. They don't smell bad per se, but they smell STRONG!
 
2014-03-06 05:33:19 PM  
a banana leaf for a plate with a big heaping pile of ant larvae in Thailand

It looked like rice from a short distance away.   It was highly spiced and very filling
 
2014-03-06 05:33:40 PM  
Bat tastes like greasy beef.  The wings aren't edible, and there's not a lot of meat, but they roast beautifully over a campfire if you have something to catch the grease in.  I didn't know they had so much fat, but there you go, it makes for excellent melt-in-your-mouth meat.

Besides bat, I once made the mistake of trying sea urchin.  either i got a bad batch, or it isn't for me, but if you've ever tasted a rubber-band, or like licked your hands after handling one, you would recognize the same taste.  Urgh.

Balut is better than i thought it would be.

Those are the three that come to mind, but I'm something of an adventurous eater.  If you challenge me with a food that is not going to kill me, especially if prepared by a chef who regularly prepares it, there is almost nothing I won't at least try.

I'm surprised nobody else here has mentioned bat.  We had it in San Diego, so I can't be the only one to ever try it.
 
2014-03-06 05:33:55 PM  
I've had fugu and anglerfish. Both were tasty. I'm not dead.
 
2014-03-06 05:34:13 PM  

MooseUpNorth: Nothing too exotic. I've had snails (escargot). I've had sashimi and sushi (in the west, not in Asia, so the bucket list entries have a * next to them). Liked 'em all. I had some sort of Asian pasta that looked like angel hair pasta, but had the consistency and give of fiber optic line that I couldn't deal with. I've had moose a few times, but never bear nor venison.

Best slightly strange thing I've had involved a really yummy salsa (a pale, leaning pinkish, red color) made from some cactus flower at a restaurant in Tucson, AZ. I'm sure some farker will be along shortly to fill in the name.


Oh, I knew I was forgetting something. Probably the weirdest thing I make is spicy breaded chicken hearts. I use a kitchen syringe to squirt wing sauce into the chambers.
 
2014-03-06 05:35:55 PM  
Kangaroo, goat, raw octopus, eel, bay bugs... and a couple of things on Lantau Island that, well, I'm just not sure what they were.
 
2014-03-06 05:36:19 PM  
Authentic Chinese barbecue. The sauce was a white super-sweet cold goo. The meat was almost all gristle. (nauseating) I apologize to any Asians for not liking it.

Tongue. (excellent)

Something at a restaurant in Louisville, KY. (Now closed). I recognized no name. And getting it to the table didn't help identify it. It was very good. My daughter recommended it, so I ate it. I would say it was some kind of vegetable matter.

A wild mushroom that was about as big as a dinner plate. (rezgusting)

Nothing is worse than pork liver. Unless it's okra.

The weirdest thing people regularly eat is shrimp. Which are big, fleshy bugs.
 
2014-03-06 05:36:32 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: Various sushi bits like raw octopus, sea urchin and assorted fish eggs. Like the taste of the octopus but I won't eat it anymore since I learned how intelligent they are.

The grocery store near me back in California had ostrich steaks. I loved those once I realized you had to tenderize the hell out of them.


You might want to stay away from the Ameglian Major Cow then.

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"I'll be very humane."
 
2014-03-06 05:37:12 PM  
I ate a deep-fried tarantula in Cambodia. It was nasty. Like a deep-fried crab with hair on it that had been left in the sun for a week. The crickets, however were great bar snacks. Didn't try the little snails which were sold by the bag from handcarts. Even the Bizarre Foods guy said they were good for a trip to the hospital.
 
2014-03-06 05:37:29 PM  

hillbillypharmacist: I've had durian.  The taste is much nicer than the smell.


What's the saying?  "The fruit that tastes like heaven and smells like hell" or some such.
 
2014-03-06 05:38:47 PM  
my ex wife's bung
 
2014-03-06 05:39:07 PM  
I put baloney in my 3 year old's grilled cheese.  She thinks that is soooooo weird.

/she loves it though
 
2014-03-06 05:40:05 PM  
Not exactly in the weird category, but offbeat enough:

Pickled herring in sour cream.

I absolutely love that stuff and would eat a quart jar of it every single day if I could afford it.
 
2014-03-06 05:40:31 PM  

PolloDiablo: Huitlacoche, also known as "Corn Smut, is pretty much just corn infected with a particular kind of fungus. It's actually really delicious when prepared properly, kind of like mushrooms.

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I've never seen that up north, but I've had it in the southwest a few times.  It looks gross, but it's tasty and has a pretty good texture.  It's been marketed in the States as "Mexican truffle" before, which is kind of hilarious.
 
2014-03-06 05:40:48 PM  
I ate beaver at the Y.
 
2014-03-06 05:40:55 PM  

Geoduck. Good stuff.



Looks kinda wienery, tho.

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2014-03-06 05:43:11 PM  
Very fresh, raw octopus tentacles. They were still squirming as the Korean waitstaff had brought out live octopus, chopped off the tentacles, threw them in a bowl, and put the rest on the charcoal grill in the center of the table.

I had three. The flavor was pretty mild. Also I'd consumed a large quantity of soju.
 
2014-03-06 05:45:27 PM  
I've also had durian, but didn't care for it.  Tasted like a combo of rotting onions and sweet peaches.  Jackfruit (The gateway durian as a friend called it) was nicer, vaguely fruity with some artichoke flavors.

I was on a bus from Penang to KL, and I started to smell durian.  I thought someone had sneaked a durian onboard.  Nope, it was a pickup truck in the lane next to the bus.  And the bus didn't have windows that open.  Now that is some strong fruit.
 
2014-03-06 05:46:19 PM  
I have also eaten cherimoya, it is delicious, and I DESPERATELY WANT MOAR.

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I think I can get it by mail order but I need to go hunting through ALL the grocery shops here in Bako again, as it WAS available here for a short time.

My gods I miss the unholy hell out of Young's Grocery.

Absolutely the BEST veggie and fruit section in the entire Kern County.
 
2014-03-06 05:47:15 PM  
Anyone ever have quenepas?

Had tons of them as a kid in PR but are virtually unheard of in the states. They are tasty. Haven't had any in forever :(
 
2014-03-06 05:47:52 PM  
Not sure if strange food or not. Had meat on a stick that I bought from a vendor in a park in Singapore. Tasted good, but to this day I have no idea what it actually was.
 
2014-03-06 05:48:21 PM  
Pickled Pigs feet (and tails were in the jar, but I didn't eat it).  After that, probably "the worm" in the bottom of the mezcal bottle.
 
2014-03-06 05:50:42 PM  
Iv had some vag that tasted a little past its sell by date
 
2014-03-06 05:51:32 PM  
Cuttlefish taste pretty damn good
 
2014-03-06 05:53:24 PM  
The worst part about eating monkey brains is cracking open their skull.
Those monkeys can put up a FIGHT.
 
2014-03-06 05:54:56 PM  
Your Mom! it was eye openning
 
2014-03-06 05:55:17 PM  

hillbillypharmacist: I've had durian.  The taste is much nicer than the smell.


Agreed, but the taste isn't worth putting up with that putrid odor.
 
2014-03-06 05:55:20 PM  
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2014-03-06 05:56:44 PM  
Datanerd:

I've also had durian, but didn't care for it. Tasted like a combo of rotting onions and sweet peaches. Jackfruit (The gateway durian as a friend called it) was nicer, vaguely fruity with some artichoke flavors.

I was on a bus from Penang to KL, and I started to smell durian. I thought someone had sneaked a durian onboard. Nope, it was a pickup truck in the lane next to the bus. And the bus didn't have windows that open. Now that is some strong fruit.


You know how in the US they have "no smoking" signs posted on the doors of buildings?

It cracked me up that they have "No Durian" signs literally etched into the glass doors of the better hotels in SE Asia. Evidently it's that much of a problem.

I've had both tarantula and waterbug fried in peanut oil with Knorr chicken seasoning. Once each was enough. I also had a bite of Sea Cucumber when a friend ordered it in Phnom Penh when a client ordered it just because. Nope! Not having any more of that, thank you!

That was one bite too many.
 
2014-03-06 05:56:57 PM  

mcsiegs: I worked in a deli in high school and damn how many people ordered HEAD CHEESE.

I have eaten squirrel.


That's not really odd depending on region and culture. I eat the spicy kind with saltines about twice a month. The "cheese" part is really just gelitin that acts like cheese when it gets warm. The head is the meat from a pigs head.
 
2014-03-06 05:56:59 PM  
In the Philippines at the moment so getting a kick... I've been rocking pig parts this past week. Ow, my cholesterol!

Yay sisig!!
Yay chicharron bulaklak!!!
Triple yay crispy pata!!
Having lechon baboy at my cousin's wedding.
 
2014-03-06 05:59:18 PM  
Was with a friend and got snowed in at his grandparent's house. Breakfast was scrambled eggs and fried pork brains. They were really quite good.
 
2014-03-06 05:59:20 PM  
I'd say the weirdest (though not the worst) thing I've eaten is uni.  I'm not particularly daring.

The weirdest thing I've prepared is a grilled mac and cheese sandwich, which a much younger (think grade school) Strix invented as a use for the dried-out leftover macaroni when she couldn't eat an entire box by herself.  (These days, I'm wiser and only prepare half of the box at a time.)
 
2014-03-06 06:00:07 PM  

CapeFearCadaver: [blogs.houstonpress.com image 349x386]


www.seriouseats.com

Cannot believe no one's posted this.
 
2014-03-06 06:01:51 PM  
In college we once ran out of bread.  So instead we used strawberry frosted pop-tarts to make olive loaf sandwiches.

Can't say it was the best flavor combo ever.
 
2014-03-06 06:01:58 PM  
Best obscure (in the US) thing I've found in my travels:

Mangosteens.

I'm not a fruity person in general despite what they say, but DAMN those things are good.
 
2014-03-06 06:02:50 PM  
Camel is very good. Had some in Morocco. It's like moose.
 
2014-03-06 06:03:00 PM  
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2014-03-06 06:03:12 PM  
Sharing a Rarity? If you insist

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2014-03-06 06:05:57 PM  
Nothing too weird about the food itself - sushi - except that we peeled it off a fish that was still a little bit alive.
 
2014-03-06 06:07:33 PM  

SuperNinjaToad: I've eaten Durian, dried cuttlefish and coagulated pork blood.

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Oh yeah, those are the blood cubes I was talking about. Ah...Memories.

Also, I just remembered the "Dancing Squid" I tried with my wife and mother-in-law in Saga, Japan.

They take a live squid, slice it up and put it on ice so that you can eat it while it's still alive. You can play with the tentacles and it will react. Its eyes will swivel around too. It's very, very upsetting. Add to that watching your mother-in-law devour it happily...Oh look...shiny thing!
 
2014-03-06 06:09:29 PM  
Chicken gizzards are pretty strange.
 
2014-03-06 06:09:47 PM  

maxheck: Best obscure (in the US) thing I've found in my travels:

Mangosteens.

I'm not a fruity person in general despite what they say, but DAMN those things are good.


Love mangosteens. I'll eat them by the pound when I'm in SE Asia.

I found a produce market near my house that actually carries them, but they are $7/lb and almost all too old to be enjoyed.

Extra bonus with mangosteens:  Nearly 1 in 10 is infested with ants! Fun times.
 
2014-03-06 06:11:46 PM  
Oh! Also - if This American Life is to believe - you, me, and everyone we know who has had fried calimari in a middling-quality restaurant has probably eaten pig sphincter.
 
2014-03-06 06:13:03 PM  

Kittypie070: I have also eaten cherimoya, it is delicious, and I DESPERATELY WANT MOAR.

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I think I can get it by mail order but I need to go hunting through ALL the grocery shops here in Bako again, as it WAS available here for a short time.

My gods I miss the unholy hell out of Young's Grocery.

Absolutely the BEST veggie and fruit section in the entire Kern County.


Oh wow, one of the local Whole Foods-like chains (this is Portland, thar be lots) has this in their weekly flier this week for $2.99/lb.  I will give them a shot!
 
2014-03-06 06:15:52 PM  

Kittypie070: I have also eaten cherimoya, it is delicious, and I DESPERATELY WANT MOAR.

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I think I can get it by mail order but I need to go hunting through ALL the grocery shops here in Bako again, as it WAS available here for a short time.

My gods I miss the unholy hell out of Young's Grocery.

Absolutely the BEST veggie and fruit section in the entire Kern County.


My wife's childhood home had a cherimoya tree. My only experience with them was stepping on the overripe ones that fell on the driveway. It takes forever to get them out of your shoe. I never did try eating one, I feel like I've missed out. You should check local farmer's markets. That's the only other place I've seen them.
 
2014-03-06 06:17:33 PM  

Anderson's Pooper: Where did you get that?!?!  Get some real popcorn, possibly from your local farmer's market if you've got one this time of year.  Unbelievable.


Local co-op grocery sells it. I put it in the freezer, figuring I'd use it a little here and there but I've already made a good dent in it.

casey.lurvs.bacon: Now I'm thinking of smearing big dollops of cold duck fat onto a Ritz cracker.


A little salt, maybe.
 
2014-03-06 06:18:08 PM  

Needlessly Complicated: Anyone ever have quenepas?

Had tons of them as a kid in PR but are virtually unheard of in the states. They are tasty. Haven't had any in forever :(


Dunno, but this might help:

Eating Puerto Rican, Stores and Food Markets
 
2014-03-06 06:19:16 PM  

Kittypie070: I have also eaten cherimoya, it is delicious, and I DESPERATELY WANT MOAR.

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I think I can get it by mail order but I need to go hunting through ALL the grocery shops here in Bako again, as it WAS available here for a short time.

My gods I miss the unholy hell out of Young's Grocery.

Absolutely the BEST veggie and fruit section in the entire Kern County.


They also call those Soursop, which is related to the Custard Apple fruit I had on my first visit to Vietnam. It was served as a drink, like a smoothie, but it was just custard apple and water with a little extra sugar (as they do all their fruit juices there). It was amazing!
 
2014-03-06 06:23:23 PM  
I think a lot of it has to do with where you eat it.

I've had wild boar 5 stories above Durbar Square in Kathmandu. Anywhere else that would have been notably rich pork chops, but otherwise meh.

I had Squab in Cairo. Everyone else I was traveling with had the chicken, next morning I was the only one not suffering intestinal distress.

What I'm building up to is the idea that sometimes even the most mundane meals can be enhanced by "holy farkbiscuits! I'm in an exotic place!"
 
2014-03-06 06:24:54 PM  
I love durian. I had it two nights ago, actually.  I have it pretty regularly.  There's also some places around where I live that serve it up as dim sum (Legendary Palace in Oakland and East Ocean in Berkeley serves durian wrapped in pastry).

Other stuff outside the "norms":

Duck tongues (I actually hate this dish, but my mom loves it)

Various insects (grasshoppers = least favorite, scorpions are ok, fried grubs taste like cashews and my preferred go to)

Various meats (ostrich, bison, venison, rabbit, goat, alligator, snake, turtle-- all tasty)

Various fish (anything you can get in a sushi restaurant, including uni, monkfish liver and the like)

Various fruit types (Longon, Aforementioned Durian, Lychee, Rambutan, Star Fruit (too citrus for my tastes), Dragon Fruit, Cherimoya (too many seeds/too difficult to peel, but otherwise okay), Yellow Kiwis, and many more I can't remember the names of).
 
2014-03-06 06:26:55 PM  

PolloDiablo: Huitlacoche, also known as "Corn Smut, is pretty much just corn infected with a particular kind of fungus. It's actually really delicious when prepared properly, kind of like mushrooms.


I had a dish of that at a small Mexican place outside Boston (along with grasshopper crepes). Really, really good, would have it again anytime.
 
2014-03-06 06:27:01 PM  

xalres: Kittypie070: I have also eaten cherimoya, it is delicious, and I DESPERATELY WANT MOAR.

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I think I can get it by mail order but I need to go hunting through ALL the grocery shops here in Bako again, as it WAS available here for a short time.

My gods I miss the unholy hell out of Young's Grocery.

Absolutely the BEST veggie and fruit section in the entire Kern County.

My wife's childhood home had a cherimoya tree. My only experience with them was stepping on the overripe ones that fell on the driveway. It takes forever to get them out of your shoe. I never did try eating one, I feel like I've missed out. You should check local farmer's markets. That's the only other place I've seen them.


Thanks. :)

We do have some higher-end shops [Trader Joe's, Whole Foods] here in Bako as well as plenty of ethnic food places, I'm about due for another visit to the local Chinese market.

Too bad about the shoes.

Solid State Vittles, I'm jealous of you but in a very nice way. Enjoy!
 
2014-03-06 06:28:54 PM  
I've had traditional ("strange" if you've never heard of them) Native Alaskan foods a few times, including:

Muktuk - Basically cubes of whale blubber.  This one's sort of an acquired taste.

Akutaq - Also known as Eskimo Ice cream.  Whipped seal fat mixed with a fresh assortment of wild berries, tastes a lot better than it might sound.

Walrus - The stew was pretty good, but when served like muktuk the effect is similar.

Igunak - Meat (usually from a marine mammal) that's been fermented underground for a few months.  I've been offered this but always politely declined since you occasionally get cases of botulism poisoning from people burying it in plastic bags and such instead of just burying it in the dirt.
 
2014-03-06 06:30:31 PM  

Hot Carl To Go: I ate a guinea pig that was roasted on a stick in Ecuador. It was still smiling at me with those huge front teeth. Somewhat tasty.


care for some gopher, everett?

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... this thread is reminding me of a LOT of stuff i ate either on a dare or while drunk .. or on a drunken dare - chocolate-covered grasshoppers, durian, escargot ... no balut, though - never ever
 
2014-03-06 06:31:35 PM  
Ostrich, emu, gator, several kinds of wild game, but nothing too weird here.

I wish I could find more of the weird stuff around, but there isn't a lot here in the pacific northwest.

/Some Farker needs to come prove me wrong.
//Please...
 
2014-03-06 06:32:41 PM  
When I was a kid, my Mom made pig's feet and pig's tail for my Italian-born grandmother who lived with us. Simmered them in spagetti sauce and ate it over pasta. Considered Italian soul food. Very tasty. Making me hungry.
 
2014-03-06 06:32:51 PM  

Hot Carl To Go: I ate a guinea pig that was roasted on a stick in Ecuador. It was still smiling at me with those huge front teeth. Somewhat tasty.


same only in Peru ( and they come with built in tooth picks :) )

various snakes, Monkey ( stewed ) , balut and many things that were not identified at various homes of friends native to the country I was in at the time ( sometimes you don't ask what is being served because they might tell you )

probably dog,  cat, horse, and other crawling/walking/flying/oozing/squirming things

I learned early if it's organic, someone somewhere thinks it is delicious and will proudly serve it for dinner. Don't believe me ?  lutefisk , rotten shark, Balut, Fugu, and the list goes on and on .....
 
2014-03-06 06:36:42 PM  
I'm of Polish descent, so:
Czernina - Duck blood soup   Good!
Kishka - Sausage made of pig's blood and buckwheat groats  Good!
Tripe soup - the tripe is like chewy noodles  Meh
Curried goat - OK

I would stop in Chicago's Chinatown for lunch whenever I was in the area and was in the habit of just winging it when ordering.  One day I ordered "Seafood Medley", which the menu, helpfully, described as "a medley of seafood".  The waitress brought the Seafood Medley and it arrived in a large bowl, she  placed in before me and said, "Enjoy" (I think).  I looked at the bowl and noticed a shrimp or two. There were some little tentacles sticking up that looked like little squid.  The rest of it, who knows what it was.  I started to eat my food, and the waitress came up to the table and asked, "How you like?".  I said it was fine, but, what was in it?  She said, "Shrimp, squid, sea cucumber,....", at that point the language barrier kicked in.  So, I know I've had sea cucumber, but, I may have had a bunch of other stuff that is weird, I just don't know it.

And if you're ever in a Chinese restaurant and you see something called "Twenty Clove Chicken", they're talking about garlic and all twenty cloves will be there.  It came in an earthen ware pot, with a tight lid.  I put rice on my plate and readied the serving spoon to scoop my "Twenty Clove Chicken" on to my plate.  I lifted the lid, and wham, got hit with a garlic blast. I instinctively looked around the room and all eyes were on me, with a sort of awed expression (maybe it wasn't awe). It was very good, but, I don't think I was fit for human company for three days.
 
2014-03-06 06:37:08 PM  

yakmans_dad: Authentic Chinese barbecue. The sauce was a white super-sweet cold goo. The meat was almost all gristle. (nauseating) I apologize to any Asians for not liking it.


Different Chinese (Cantonese, I assume) BBQ have different levels of quality, just like any other restaurant.  Some Cantonese goers prefer to have really fatty skin with theirs, others like meaty bits with much less fat.  I can only assume you went to one of the ones that specialized in the former.  No need to apologize; just give it another chance but go to a place with a good rep that specializes in the latter type of cuts.  If you're in the Bay Area, California, I can recommend a really good one in Oakland Chinatown, ducks you get there are usually really meaty with less fat on them.  Also try the soy sauce chicken if you go.
 
2014-03-06 06:37:54 PM  
Oh, and some of the "normal" weird stuff: yak, alligator, turtle, 'possum, raccoon, nutria, squirrel, snake
 
2014-03-06 06:40:00 PM  
I actually LOVE really, really strong salmiak.
So much so that I have 5 packs of dragster 3000 currently on order.

I'm a very strange man.
 
2014-03-06 06:41:09 PM  
When I was young, there was Haussner's Restaurant in Baltimore. Neat place, with a ginormous art collection and a menu as thick as a phone book with things that would cause PETA member's head explode such as whale steak and terrapin soup. My family used to go there for birthdays.

Sadly it's gone now, but yes, I did try the whale steak. Add that to my growing collection of "nope."
 
2014-03-06 06:44:30 PM  
Gah, forgot to mention sea cucumber and geoduck.  Sliced thin and stewed, those are some great dishes!  Squab is also delicious, with just a salt and pepper rub.  Eel is delicious too-- I buy slabs of it at the local market and heat it up with rice if I feel like a low stress cooking night.

I've eaten pork/cow blood as cubes before, but they're bad for gout so I don't eat them anymore.

/Being Chinese, this stuff is pretty regular.  It's easy in my mind to put this stuff in the "normal" category.
 
2014-03-06 06:46:29 PM  
Very late to the thread, but the weirdest best tasting thing I ever did was a peanut butter-calamari stew.

Tl;dr
When I had the misfortune of living in SC there was a Midwest enclave of older Lutherans that had a flea market in their neighborhood every Saturday morning. I took our newborn out every weekend so that my better two-thirds could get some rest. We hit it off, we cooked lots of stuff together for their Sunday Church. I never went, but the baby got lots of attention, I was a cut above them outside of "hot dish" which I refused to do. They once did lutefisk. For a parishioner who was dying and wanted some. I helped. NEVER AGAIN. I would rather eat a durian than be near that again.
 
2014-03-06 06:46:52 PM  
The worst thing I ever ate was smoked bear meat. It was stringy and smelled fishy, and I couldn't get the smell off of my hands all day.
 
2014-03-06 06:47:18 PM  
Ok, one more comes to mind:  Jello Turtle Shell.  It's actually really yummy.  My mom makes the stuff and serves it with a ginger sweet syrup.
 
2014-03-06 06:48:16 PM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: yaks


Had us several dishes of dried yak meat during a wickedly cold winter visit to NW Yunnan. Tasted kind of like a good NC country ham, except sweeter & beefier. Cooked with a lot of chilies, which was good because the dining room temp was below freezing.

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2014-03-06 06:50:00 PM  
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2014-03-06 06:56:36 PM  
Nothing too extreme here - the usual deer sausage, moose steak, duck, partridge, and roast beaver. The beaver was given to my sister by her trapper buddy. Was pretty good.

My wife has had a lot of "game" over the years - squirrels, raccoons, possum (she says YUCK), deer and the like.
 
2014-03-06 06:57:38 PM  
mexican goat entrail soup?

'little macaronis,' I told myself, savoring the cilantro and blood broth. 'those are just macaroni, not goat intestines.'
 
2014-03-06 06:59:57 PM  
Due to my father, as weird stuff, I ate lion, bear, whale (while it was legal), beaver, raccoon, elk, reindeer, etc, etc, etc. if it could be grilled it was there.
 
2014-03-06 07:06:10 PM  
The strangest thing I cooked was Moosebraten, sauerbraten made with Moose meat.  I am not sure what the strangest thing I ate was, but my guess was it was something I ate while wandering South America without speaking Spanish, I just ordered by the look and point method and got some interesting looking stuff.
 
2014-03-06 07:06:11 PM  

dstrick44: The worst part about eating monkey brains is cracking open their skull.
Those monkeys can put up a FIGHT.


Helps if you douse them lightly in hot oil first. Really takes the fight out of 'em.
 
2014-03-06 07:14:43 PM  
Chicken cartilage yakitori, fish head soup (quite literally), ordered crickets in the Philippines but they were not in season, abalone (parts are delicious)
 
2014-03-06 07:15:01 PM  
Yummers, this thread has given me lots of good ideas. I've had deep fried conch in Cayman Brac (with an excellent spicy sauce), and I would kill a man for more of them. Alligator was okay, and really did taste like fishy chicken. Kangaroo is almost as good as sex, but it's very low fat so it cooks stupid fast. Sooooooooo good on a shishkabob. Starfruit or Carambola is incredibly awesome, and you should put it on a bucket list, it's very refreshing and relatively easy to find.

On the "eat soon" list is wild boar and octopus.
 
2014-03-06 07:19:31 PM  
 What's the strangest thing you've ever eaten


That 300 lb South African lady on lower Sukhumvit Rd at 3 o'clock in the morning in Bangkok?

Coulda been that 80yo umbrella lady back on Itaewon Blvd?

Oh, and I ate Kimchee, dried squid, and Issan spicy rice soup with bamboo shoot seasoning


/the Issan stuff tasted like flamethrowers (MULTIPLE) on my tongue
 
2014-03-06 07:23:01 PM  

Fubini: [img.fark.net image 400x266]

A Chinese coworker of mine insisted that I had to eat these, because he had to eat disgusting things like cheese and American Chinese food.

They were disgusting, and slightly crunchy.


I had a plate full of boiled baby octopus (octopi?) a few years ago in Key West. Would totally do it again.
 
2014-03-06 07:29:17 PM  
surstromming.
 
2014-03-06 07:30:55 PM  
I've drank Malort, which is its own kind of awful.
 
2014-03-06 07:38:18 PM  
Not close to the most awful, but I bought a Gullah cookbook for a dollar today. My wife was less than happy when I showed it to her since at one time when we had the severe misfortune of living in SC she was a translator between a Gullah native speaker and a Brooklyn lawyer. She was born and retained the KY vernacular. i was amused that I was called to translate Gullah/Bronx/Long Island/cape cod/ky/real English etc. the company I worked for at the time in Charleston at the time was in hysterics trying to figure out my billings for the Feds. The judge at the trial was awesome, requiring translations between Gullah and English, southern English and NE English, etc.
never again
 
2014-03-06 07:40:35 PM  
A clown.  Tasted kinda funny.
 
2014-03-06 07:51:01 PM  

germ78: I've drank Malort, which is its own kind of awful.


Can't be worse than this shiat.

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2014-03-06 07:54:35 PM  
King Cobra, after cutting off it's head and drinking it's blood and eating it's liver.

Tastes like chicken.
 
2014-03-06 08:02:20 PM  
Soft crabs and raw oysters; love 'em both. I once ate a live roach from the trash chute in the dorm at college to win $100.00 from my smart-arsed roommate.I would guess about a 2 incher. He and his friends just about died. I just chugged a beer and went back to hitting the joint we were smoking.
 
2014-03-06 08:18:43 PM  
Peanut butter, butter and chocolate sauce, used as a dipping sauce for bread.  Don't judge me.

Peanut butter, american cheese and mayonnaise sandwich.  It tastes good, and the mayo lubricates the pb so it doesn't stick to the roof of your mouth.  About 15 minutes later your stomach tells you you have committed some sort of dark ritual and you will now die.

My friend, and fellow farker, Dieselfrost, swears by chocolate chip cookies topped with sharp cheddar and pepperoni.  I've also seen him put ice cream on a crab rangoon at a Chinese Buffet.
 
2014-03-06 08:19:59 PM  
Zulu_as_Kono:

Oh! Also - if This American Life is to believe - you, me, and everyone we know who has had fried calimari in a middling-quality restaurant has probably eaten pig sphincter.

I've had Scrapple. There you don't even know the genus of the animal anus you're consuming. You just sort of sigh and think, yeah, there's probably anus in there somewhere. Pass the hot sauce.
 
2014-03-06 08:20:18 PM  

rooftop235: Fubini: [img.fark.net image 400x266]

A Chinese coworker of mine insisted that I had to eat these, because he had to eat disgusting things like cheese and American Chinese food.

They were disgusting, and slightly crunchy.

I had a plate full of boiled baby octopus (octopi?) a few years ago in Key West. Would totally do it again.


Octopuses is fine, so it octopi as it comes via Latin, or octopodes if you want to get into the original Greek derivation.
 
2014-03-06 08:22:48 PM  
And lastly, I'm pretty darn sure I can get a lot of neat things from one of the big Mexican markets round here.

Maybe next month, gods willing, I'll have my normal budget operational again.
 
2014-03-06 08:26:36 PM  
Roast scorpion, roast silkworm, opihi (limpets), and Wonder bread.Opihi was the worst, but Wonderbread was pretty close.
 
2014-03-06 08:27:26 PM  
The worst thing I've ever eaten was my mother's cooking.
 
2014-03-06 08:40:47 PM  
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becomes

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which translates to $7 US per dozen when sold by the roadside. They're tasty in the way that anything fried with spices is... Although nibbling the legs leads to spitting out splinters of chitin, and then you hit the big gooshy abdomen...
 
2014-03-06 08:42:38 PM  
Hmm let's see. I've eaten sisig and dugo-dugo (Filipino dishes), the first made from the meat of a pig's head including the ears, chopped up and cooked in a tangy sauce with onions and garlic; the second made from pig's organs stewed in blood with hot peppers.

I had barbecued chicken intestines once. They were OK: would eat again.

I've made a Greek dish consisting of a whole chicken stewed in tomato sauce with cinnamon, served on a platter of spaghetti noodles, and Romanian dish of chicken stewed in white wine, sour cream, black olives and parsley. Kind of weird but not bad. Pinakbet, a Filipino veggie dish with yellow squash, okra, eggplant, green beans and bitter gourd cooked together with shrimp brine and eggs. Ampaliya, bitter gourd with fermented black beans and red bell peppers.

I've tried mangosteen. Pretty bland-tasting to me. I've never tried balut and don't intend to.

I got to taste some roasted black bear once. It tasted like pork only greasier. It was still good.

I've had several Vietnamese dishes, too many to remember, some kind of odd (like a stinky stew made from some kind of fermented shrimp preparation: not bad but not really great either.

Grilled whole squid: not very exotic to me but some might think so.

That's all I can think of right now.
 
2014-03-06 08:42:54 PM  
Ive eaten bear and rattlesnake. Both very tasty, but I would actually buy bear meat if it was available.

Only thing unusual I get on a regular basis is buffalo. Delicious.
 
2014-03-06 08:44:40 PM  
A girl on the rag.

What?
 
2014-03-06 08:54:15 PM  
The volunteer fire department here is having their annual wild game dinner this weekend.  Looking forward to black bear, wild boar, elk, probably a couple of other odd things.  Ostrich is nice, sort of a better turkey than turkey.  Caribou is fantastic.
 
2014-03-06 09:02:33 PM  
Cow tongue
 
2014-03-06 09:07:57 PM  
I ate Horse in Italy. It was at a very nice restaurant that's somewhat famous for it's list of visiting dignitary patrons. For the life of me I can't remember it's name. It's somewhat near Venice.

Anyway, we went out with a group of 8 people and two sets of couples were astonished that it was on the menu and that it was even legal to do so. They were even more disgusted when I ordered it. I tried to make the excuse of "I'm sure it's an old horse and it's not that different than eating a cow". Then I made the mistake of asking the waiter if it was an old horse. "No, iss Pony" was his reply. One of the women got all misty eyed.

I ate it. It was delicious. It was as tender as a medium rare tenderloin and whitish in appearance. You'd never know you were eating it and just assume it was an amazing steak. It was fantastic and I'd eat it again in a heartbeat if it was legal in America. Thanks Obama.
 
2014-03-06 09:10:54 PM  
 
2014-03-06 09:14:15 PM  
A chicken mcnugget.
 
2014-03-06 09:22:53 PM  
I guess I don't see the reason to go out of my way to find something disgusting to eat.  Heck, just go get a fast food meal if you want to be adventurous.
If I'm starving to death and Yak intestines marinated in lamb ball sweat is all I have to eat, I'll eat it.
 
2014-03-06 09:23:17 PM  
Stale toast and fish bullion soup.
 
2014-03-06 09:31:06 PM  
I'm kind of a lightweight; Ostrich is probably as weird as I've gotten.  Doesn't taste even remotely like any kind of bird whatsoever, and while it  looks like beef, it  ain't beef.  Bison is a heck of a lot closer than ostrich.  Some kinda alien meat.  Not  bad exactly, just...  strange.

Oh, and once the college roomies, their friends and SOs were all stuck in the house for a 4-day blizzard.  We ended up making "stone soup" with whatever we could find in the back of the cupboard when we ran out of proper food.  I'll be damned if it didn't come out shockingly tasty, cheap-ass decade-old canned chicken and all.  Very unexpected, and completely unreproduceable, more's the pity.
 
2014-03-06 09:39:17 PM  

TheShavingofOccam123: Chicken gizzards are pretty strange.


they are actually pretty good fried in a little butter, garlic, and hot sauce. mighty fine eating for 49 cents a pound.

chicken hearts are excellent as well - I keep a bag in the freezer. grill them up with some seasonings - great meal and watching my wife make faces at me while eating them is quite entertaining

fried scrapple and eggs for breakfast - one of my favorite meals

and speaking of hearts - deer heart is a delicacy in my family during hunting season. sliced and fried with a pan gravy over toast. mmmm....
 
2014-03-06 09:44:05 PM  
I recently ordered something called "bitter melon pork ribs" at a nice restaurant in a china town near you.  So, the bitter melon part was nice chunks of something vegetable or fruit shaped and it was all in a nice sauce with some other veg, and the bone in pork ribs.  I thought that the first bite of the bitter melon was, well, bitter.  But after that I thought the bitter flavor was really covered up by the sauce and the pork with rice or I just liked it as a mellow taste in the dish.  Everyone else was like, wtf is this? and didn't really eat it, but they ate the pork which was really tender, lick the bones good.

At another buffet, I tried to eat the "black pepper shrimp".  Pretty much everyone likes shrimp, right?  How about eating them with the shells, legs and tails on (they were fairly small, like 21-25 size)?  So, I got to the table and was trying to take the shells off.  I thought, why cook them with black pepper if it's all going to come off with the shell.  Amazingly, I couldn't get the shells, legs and tails off easily.  I didn't eat them, and asked when I was leaving about it.  The guy said you just eat the whole thing.  I walked out shaking my head.

I've had elk, venison and bison also.  Bison is getting pretty nationwide now, but Elk and venison maybe not so much.  Actually, I had Elk roadkill last summer.  Haven't seen any moose around, except in the forest or in the swamp by the highway.  I don't think I'd like to try bear, even though they are hunting it now.  Mountain Goat is probably leaner and tougher than the goats they eat in other places of the world, but I think goat is really good.

Otherwise, crawfish boil?  Been there, sucked the head.  I saw a huge Jackfruit in Hawaii for sale.  Bigger than a basketball!  About the shape of a Rugby ball, but bigger.  WTF is that???
 
2014-03-06 09:46:20 PM  

litespeed74: I guess I don't see the reason to go out of my way to find something disgusting to eat.  Heck, just go get a fast food meal if you want to be adventurous.
If I'm starving to death and Yak intestines marinated in lamb ball sweat is all I have to eat, I'll eat it.


There's a difference between "strange" and "disgusting".
 
2014-03-06 09:49:10 PM  

poconojoe: fried scrapple and eggs for breakfast - one of my favorite meals


My son, aged 5, will request that for breakfast every weekend.  Put some rye toast with grape jelly on the side and he's a happy camper.

My weirdest meal was probably rattlesnake pizza.  It was so long ago I can't even tell you what it tasted like, so the flavor must not have been too odd.
 
2014-03-06 09:56:31 PM  

germ78: I've drank Malort, which is its own kind of awful.


My uncle gave me a shot of Jeppson's, a long time ago, when it was still made in Chicago.  It was, how shall I say this, "different".  So "different" that I said once was enough.  And drinking Green Chartreuse straight, that was "different", too.  You end up knowing what rocket fuel might taste like.  Another one of my uncle's ideas.  It wasn't all bad, he introduced me to single malt scotch.  That I've had more than once.
 
2014-03-06 09:57:40 PM  
I'm so glad the only "strange" thing I've had to eat were odd fruits in Sri Lanka.  My favorites were jambu with salt water and wood apple.  I grew up in South Dakota, so venison, lutefisk, and buffalo were pretty common.
 
2014-03-06 09:57:42 PM  
Cuttlefish  in its own ink sauce with black ink pasta in Venice. Only food I've ever turned down at a restaurant in my life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9prI3jpF73s
 
2014-03-06 10:06:20 PM  
Barbecued donkey rump is good (on a pastry sandwich in Beijing)
Fermented squid guts is disgusting (Tokyo)
 
2014-03-06 10:10:16 PM  
is there no love for souse?
 
2014-03-06 10:29:31 PM  
I like Kangaroo meat but it makes me jumpy.
 
2014-03-06 10:41:22 PM  
snake, bear, wild ramps, escargot, scrapple, and tuna about 20 min. after it came out of the ocean
 
2014-03-06 10:44:31 PM  
forgot Hog maw, and the pigs face muscles
 
2014-03-06 10:45:07 PM  
There's this asian market in Federal Way called "H Mart" that's one of my favorite places to go for random things (they've got scallions close to the size of your freaking forearm, seriously). Last time I was there my sister went with us since she hadn't ever been there. Discovered her looking at something in a refrigerated chest that I immediately recognized as durian and asked if she knew anything about it.

She answered 'no', and after a few facts about its taste and smell she steered clear of it by a good half mile. XD

/same thing with some balut that was there, you could see her brain kicking her in the skull when I told her about that little diddy...
 
2014-03-06 10:46:14 PM  

Needlessly Complicated: Anyone ever have quenepas?

Had tons of them as a kid in PR but are virtually unheard of in the states. They are tasty. Haven't had any in forever :(


Ackee! Yes, we have some trees down in extreme SoFla, but they are so sensitive to cold.
Grew up in south Dade county, so yes, we had them, also cherimoyas, which Kittypie mentioned.
There is Pine Island nursery down in Redlands, they might be able to help you find a tree or a distributor. www.tropicalfruitnursery.com
 
2014-03-06 10:57:47 PM  
ski9600:

Otherwise, crawfish boil?  Been there, sucked the head.  I saw a huge Jackfruit in Hawaii for sale.  Bigger than a basketball!  About the shape of a Rugby ball, but bigger.  WTF is that???

Remember Juicy Fruit gum? That is what a jackfruit tastes like.
 
2014-03-06 11:03:24 PM  
Weirdest thing I ever ate was ruffed grouse. We ran over it on the Parkway- well, just hit the head with the bumper of the truck and killed it. So I picked it up and my mom taught me how to gut it and clean the feathers off it.

After that, I learned how to hunt 'em. They are rather uncommon now in the Appalachians, but back in the day they were all over the place. And pheasant too. And wild turkey, although for the Fark hunters , that's not too weird.

/that right there is some good eatin'
 
2014-03-06 11:06:54 PM  
Durian Kimchi. Think about that one for a moment.

Yea, you thought Durian smelled bad BEFORE it was fermented?

Still tasted of heaven.
 
2014-03-06 11:08:39 PM  
Living in Japan I've had all kinds:

Teriyaki squid pounded flat as a piece of paper
Fugu/blowfish, and not just in sushi. This includes blowfish innards in steamed egg
Fish testicles (shirako)
Raw horse (basashi), which is actually really good
Dried jellyfish
Deep-fried chicken cartilage
Barbecue cow tongue
Cow heart
As an American, hotaruika sushi was really strange (a whole small squid on sushi rice)
 
2014-03-06 11:13:00 PM  

kitsuneymg: Sharing a Rarity? If you insist

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You gets it.
 
2014-03-06 11:25:57 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: Sea urchin tastes similar to beef liver.
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I saw three types in Hawaii this year.  They were all different colors.  Like, pink, orange and black IIRC.  Two of them were "stone drilling" that would make their home in the reef.  The other one, was a bit larger.  Not sure about the biology or the taste.  The ones I saw were about 1/3rd the size of the ones you see in pictures/restaurants.

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So damned good. Gotta get me some every time I visit family in the Netherlands.
If you don't know, that's a raw (usually salt-brine treated) herring. It's prepared as essentially two fillets that are held together by the tail.
Not really anywhere near the weirdest on here, but it's definitely different?

I like to get the jarred herring, this sounds better.

someonelse: When we were kids, we ate different colored Kleenexes to see if we could tell the difference between pink, blue, or white.

I think Edward Abbey wrote a book about that.
As an adult, the weirdest thing I've eaten is horse meat, which really isn't that weird, considering.
I made the mistake of ordering a burger in southern Belgium once.  ONCE!

Kittypie070: Not exactly in the weird category, but offbeat enough:

Pickled herring in sour cream.

I absolutely love that stuff and would eat a quart jar of it every single day if I could afford it.

I like to get the jarred herring with either wine sauce or the sour creme sauce and just eat it with Triscuits.

ko_kyi: PolloDiablo: Huitlacoche, also known as "Corn Smut, is pretty much just corn infected with a particular kind of fungus. It's actually really delicious when prepared properly, kind of like mushrooms.

I think the flour is used for blue waffle
LOL


What do you all think about Lefse?  Not too smelly, heh?
 
2014-03-06 11:29:08 PM  
Squid prepared in its own ink. I expected it be really fishy, but it was really pleasant tasting. Turns teeth and lips black though.

Also, tempuraed shrimp heads. Kind of tasted like shrimp flavored potato chips. One antenna got stuck in my teeth, which was disconcerting.
 
2014-03-06 11:35:02 PM  

whatshisname: Camel is very good. Had some in Morocco. It's like moose.


I've only ever had the toe. But I can't compare it to Moose knuckle, apparently unlike you.
 
2014-03-06 11:45:33 PM  
Cynar Artichoke Liqueur
Couldn't finish a shot.
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2014-03-06 11:49:07 PM  

Theaetetus: whatshisname: Camel is very good. Had some in Morocco. It's like moose.

I've only ever had the toe. But I can't compare it to Moose knuckle, apparently unlike you.


Ok, that's a disconcerting comment.  Like if you've "had the toe", then you must be either male or female.  And if you "can't compare it to the knuckle", then either you haven't had the knuckle, or you really enjoyed it.  Dilemma.
 
2014-03-06 11:58:12 PM  
Mouse.  Survival School
 
2014-03-07 12:24:49 AM  
Chocolate covered ants when I was a kid.
 
2014-03-07 12:57:50 AM  

OscarTamerz: [home.comcast.net image 280x299]

So a nice bulgy can spells certain death, right? Not to the Swedes. It's fish fermented in the can or surstromming. They seal it in the can and then don't autoclave it so all the bacteria have free range. It sprays on opening so they open it under water or outside to avoid months of coming home to a stinky house.  Truly awful but not as bad as Tahitian fafaru which is fillets of some white fish put in a bottle of seawater with crushed live shrimp. The thing is then buried in sunny sand and left for weeks.  It smells like a gas attack on a diarrhea ward for skunks.  The Tahitians swear they can tell if any one has opened a bottle for up to a mile up wind and I believe them.  After the fish are extracted and eaten the brine is sold in Tahitian stores as a health drink so if you want to know how bad it is you can buy a bottle, take a wiff, seal it back up and pitch it overboard  preferably outside the barrier reef.


How do they not end up with botulism?
 
2014-03-07 01:02:07 AM  
As a vegetarian, I will state:  venison is not weird.

I grew up eating venison.  All were killed by my father.

I'd probably eat venison today if I killed the deer.  I am a vegetarian because I don't believe in factory farming, rather than some deep seated aversion to eating anything dead, or animal flesh.

I'd eat anything wild caught, as long as I killed it.

Since I'm not inclined to sit in the woods with a gun, the only chance I have of eating anything dead, would be if I ran it over with my car.  And yeah, I'd totally eat that mess.
 
2014-03-07 01:12:38 AM  
I have a 'thing' for pickled onions, when I'm in the UK - (they're not the same here at all)

I hate lutfisk.
 
2014-03-07 01:16:23 AM  
Donax stew, turtle eggs, gator ham and anything you can hunt or hit with a car in Florida other than panther and skunk. Now off to stalk the wily PBR in the wilds of my fridge.
 
2014-03-07 01:27:31 AM  

LlamaGirl: RexTalionis: I've heard so many people talk about how good sea urchin is, but I was largely underwhelmed by the taste of it.

Oh my god, me too! I was like "that's... it?" Waste of money to order it for me.


I just saw an episode of No Reservations the other day where Anthony Bourdain said that sea urchin was one of his favorite foods, and I remember thinking, people eat sea urchins?
 
2014-03-07 01:31:31 AM  

Solid State Vittles: Theaetetus: Solid State Vittles: fiddleheads

Since when do those get a mention in a strange food list? They're in a big bin at Whole Foods, for fark's sake.

Perhaps you missed the "Depends on what you consider strange" part of my post.  I don't consider a lot of those strange, but people here don't get out much.


My doctor told me once that I'd get beriberi if I ate fiddleheads and I thought one of us was having a stroke
 
2014-03-07 01:34:45 AM  
Fresh sea urchin has a sweet, mildly salty taste.  When paired with short grain rice, it's rich without being heavy.  If it's even an hour old without refrigeration, the taste decays to putrescence fast

elpresidenteALO:How do turtle eggs taste?  I'm very curious!

Maaan.  Looking at this list, I really take it for granted that I'm Asian and live in a richly diverse neighborhood.  A lot of this stuff is every day fare for me.  Lengua tacos?  Broiled fish heads?  Sign me up!  That stuff's tasty!

/have also eaten girlfriend on the rag.  Lightened her mood immensely, but not likely to do it again.
 
2014-03-07 01:50:40 AM  
this is a minorly weird concoction but with totally normal ingredients.  and it's pretty damn tasty.  get a ritz cracker, smear some peanut butter on it, and top it off with a single dill pickle chip.  just take one leap of faith and give it a try.  i still love them.  and no, im not pregnant.
 
2014-03-07 02:13:45 AM  

NerdCoreRageQuit: Fresh sea urchin has a sweet, mildly salty taste.  When paired with short grain rice, it's rich without being heavy.  If it's even an hour old without refrigeration, the taste decays to putrescence fast. 

elpresidenteALO:How do turtle eggs taste?  I'm very curious!

Maaan.  Looking at this list, I really take it for granted that I'm Asian and live in a richly diverse neighborhood.  A lot of this stuff is every day fare for me.  Lengua tacos?  Broiled fish heads?  Sign me up!  That stuff's tasty!

/have also eaten girlfriend on the rag.  Lightened her mood immensely, but not likely to do it again.


Bearing in mind that the last time I had them was in the 70's they tasted like duck eggs with a mild but not unpleasent fish flavor. Also congrats on earning your red wings.
 
2014-03-07 02:37:20 AM  

Rincewind53: The Goddamn Batman: I ate dog at two different staff dinners when I was in Korea. It was served in a type of stew, both times. I didn't really enjoy it.

I feel about dog somewhat like I feel about veal and foie gras; I understand that some people would want to eat it, but the issues surrounding it as a food just outweigh my interest in eating it.


I like dogs too, but if it's already dead and cooked.. might as well eat it.
 
2014-03-07 03:04:22 AM  
When I was a kid, I was a Parmesan cheese junky that used to make ketchup and parm sandwiches. Hadn't thought of it in years until someone mentioned ketchup sandwiches.
 
2014-03-07 03:46:47 AM  

ricewater_stool: I had lutefisk once and actually liked it.

I think I've had every organ meat you can eat. The only one that was really inedible to me was chitterlings. The smell alone is enough to turn your stomach and they taste worse.


Chitterlings are pretty weird, and I think they are the strangest thing I've ever eaten. We went over to a friend's house and I watched them being washed, then they were boiled for hours as we kids played together, making the house smell like boiled shiat. Later they were part of a huge soul food feast. I tried to eat one piece because in my family it was a rule that you had to try everything once. You didn't have to like it, but you had to taste it. All I remember was that it was simultaneously gelatinous and chewy and the fact that shiat had passed through it was still evident despite the cleaning, cooking, and the sauce.

I was once made to eat pork brains and scrambled reconstituted eggs that was the foulest thing I have ever eaten in my life.

I avoid all organ meats, but I do like tongue.
 
2014-03-07 03:57:31 AM  
I like Basque style pickled tongue.
 
2014-03-07 09:05:16 AM  

beakerxf: Squid prepared in its own ink. I expected it be really fishy, but it was really pleasant tasting. Turns teeth and lips black though.

Also, tempuraed shrimp heads. Kind of tasted like shrimp flavored potato chips. One antenna got stuck in my teeth, which was disconcerting.

Squid ink risotto is tasty.  If you see that, give it a try.
 
2014-03-07 09:07:08 AM  

Bluestone: Cynar Artichoke Liqueur
Couldn't finish a shot.
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It's rather good as a substitute for Campari (another bitter liqueur) in a negroni cocktail.
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2014-03-07 09:46:53 AM  

Datanerd: beakerxf: Squid prepared in its own ink. I expected it be really fishy, but it was really pleasant tasting. Turns teeth and lips black though.

Also, tempuraed shrimp heads. Kind of tasted like shrimp flavored potato chips. One antenna got stuck in my teeth, which was disconcerting.
Squid ink risotto is tasty.  If you see that, give it a try.


One of my favorite italian joints in Chicago has a black ink ravioli that's pretty damn tasty.
 
2014-03-07 10:16:15 AM  
I'm still the only bat man in here.   that or it's so common that nobody else mentioned it.
 
2014-03-07 11:28:51 AM  
Bump for the Friday folks that missed this thread yesterday
 
2014-03-07 11:30:43 AM  

Dazrin: I wish I could find more of the weird stuff around, but there isn't a lot here in the pacific northwest.


It's been a while since I lived in that part of town, but on Aurora Ave N, somewhere between 150th and 175th, there used to be a meat market that specialized in exotic meats.  It's where I had my first taste of gator, ostrich and yak.
 
2014-03-07 11:31:32 AM  
I love the horse meat. Mmmmm.
 
2014-03-07 11:33:22 AM  
My "most unusual" would be fugu. And no, I didn't die.
 
2014-03-07 11:33:23 AM  
Dried squid. I love it to snack on.
 
2014-03-07 11:33:40 AM  

Needlessly Complicated: I *smelled* lutefisk once. That was enough.

I guess the weirdest thing I ate was when my sister-in-law served a pig's head for Christmas dinner. Just... the roasted head of a pig. It was still tasty but... yeah.


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2014-03-07 11:33:43 AM  
You don't want to ask that of a former LRP
 
2014-03-07 11:34:35 AM  

IronJelly: I'm still the only bat man in here.   that or it's so common that nobody else mentioned it.


You ARE the BATMAN!
 
2014-03-07 11:34:40 AM  
Cheez wiz on toasted eggo waffles. I eat sugar in my Kraft dinner. Most exotic i've gotten for trying foreign cuisine is sushi.
 
2014-03-07 11:35:09 AM  
When I was in grade school, I had a few pork tongue sandwiches.  Mom couldn't resist a bargain in the Safeway "Bents 'n' Dents".  She made it into something like a tuna fish sandwich.  Not bad, really, just unusual-tasting.
 
2014-03-07 11:35:27 AM  
When I moved to Minnesota, I was fed Lutefisk as a hazing stunt by my new employer.

I got them back by feeding them Rattlesnake, with a zesty prickly pear cactus jelly.
 
2014-03-07 11:36:11 AM  
I've had horse, ostrich and kangaroo. All in Europe of course. Ostrich and horse are very much like super lean grass fed beef. The kangaroo was very gamey and lean, but tasty overall.
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2014-03-07 11:36:49 AM  

Infobahn: I got them back by feeding them Rattlesnake, with a zesty prickly pear cactus jelly.


I'd try that.
 
2014-03-07 11:36:51 AM  
Horse fat sashimi
 
2014-03-07 11:37:01 AM  
I am fond of peanut butter, banana's, and mayonaise!! Good stuff.
 
2014-03-07 11:37:32 AM  
Sea urchin sushi, which I did not like, and fried cicadas, which were surprisingly tasty.
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2014-03-07 11:39:40 AM  

Odin's Other Eye: Horse fat sashimi


O_o
 
2014-03-07 11:39:43 AM  
For the pig's feet fans, crubeens are good. Lutefisk is ok, balut is nasty but survivable, but oddest food I've ever eaten is hard to pick. Lamb's brains aren't unusual in the ME, jellyfish is common in China, but I found jellyfish....well, horrible. Also, Chou-Dofu. Gnasty.
 
2014-03-07 11:40:02 AM  
Cow brain empanada.  Was really good.
 
2014-03-07 11:40:30 AM  
Larks' tongues. Wrens' livers. Chaffinch brains. Jaguars' earlobes. Wolf nipple chips. Get 'em while they're hot. They're lovely. Dromedary pretzels, only half a denar. Tuscany fried bats.
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/insects, urine, street food in SE asia, mountain oysters, chitterlings, squid and corn pizza
 
2014-03-07 11:41:23 AM  
I love durian!

I've eaten stingray curry, jellyfish, horse, shark, and some relatively normal stuff.
 
2014-03-07 11:41:38 AM  
Tried broiled lion meat at a Serbian restaurant in northern Virginia.  One of the in-laws who lived in New Orleans sent me some gator jerky once.  Deep fried tako at a dim sum place.  There's a burger joint in northern Utah that has a different exotic meat every month (this month is yak.  Last month ostrich, before that elk).  I live in the PNW so you can walk into any hole-in-the-wall Asian place and find something outside your comfort zone.

Preparing exotic food?  Not so much, mostly because I'm twitchy about spending the premium cost for an ingredient I may not do right by.
 
2014-03-07 11:41:41 AM  

vincent_blackshadow: Hot Carl To Go: I ate a guinea pig that was roasted on a stick in Ecuador. It was still smiling at me with those huge front teeth. Somewhat tasty.

care for some gopher, everett?

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... this thread is reminding me of a LOT of stuff i ate either on a dare or while drunk .. or on a drunken dare - chocolate-covered grasshoppers, durian, escargot ... no balut, though - never ever


A third of a gopher would only rouse my appetite without beddin' it back down.

Two years ago, I went to Taiwan to visit my wife's parents (posted there at the time).  FIL knew the member of parliament for the island of Jinmen/Kinmen, so he hosted a lunch for us at a local restaurant.  It can only be described as an epic feast.  Best thing was some kind of fish broth, or maybe the dumplings.  Worst was the jellied intestine.  But the liberal shots of Kaoliang washed everything down OK.

There's a local singer-songwriter guy in my hometown that has a song called 'Barbecue Dog' - he wrote it after one of his dogs was dognapped when he was volunteering in Laos.  He even went so far as to canvas the local restaurants and offer above-market-value for the return of his pet, but he never did see that dog again.
 
2014-03-07 11:42:50 AM  
I are plenty of unusual stuff when I lived in New Guinea. Nothing gross though. Not too many people have eaten Cassowary, but it just tastes like beef.
 
2014-03-07 11:43:02 AM  
I've also had geoduck. I saw it in the tank as we were leaving the restaurant. Damn tasty critter, but it would have been the LAST thing I would have chosen to eat.
 
2014-03-07 11:43:13 AM  
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/always go with the dark meat. It's got more flavor, fat and doesn't dry out.
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2014-03-07 11:43:29 AM  

praxcelis: Preparing exotic food? Not so much, mostly because I'm twitchy about spending the premium cost for an ingredient I may not do right by.


That's something that holds me back a lot. Well, and still feeling like a novice so I worry that I won't react quick enough to 'fix' a mistake and keep it edible.
 
2014-03-07 11:44:02 AM  

doglover: Share a rarity and open our eyes

Okay....

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Raw horse sushi is pretty good. But the downright weirdest thing I ever had was this:

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Viper wine. Crazy stuff.


Came into this thread expecting a My Little Post. Surprised it took that long.
 
2014-03-07 11:44:28 AM  

casey.lurvs.bacon: Fried pork brains are pretty good, but a little bit goes a long way.  SUPER rich tasting.

I've eaten black bear, venison, bison, turtle, possum, raccoon, snake, groundhog, squirrel, rabbit, alligator, ummmm prolly some other stuff I dont remember.


Ellie Mae diet.
How about Rattler?
 
2014-03-07 11:47:20 AM  
Probably the worst thing I've ever eaten was when I was a wee lad and just learned that I could make ramen slightly better by adding some soy sauce and five spice to the water and holding off on the full spice packet. So I decided to make Asian French Toast which was literally a slice of bread in a frying pan with some soy sauce on it.

Horrific.

jmayson: I've also had geoduck.


Isn't that a pokemon?
 
2014-03-07 11:47:22 AM  
As a Mexican american kid raised in the southwest by Latino farmers calf brains and eggs where a weekend treat, in the navy I earned a lot of extra cash on the will you eat that bet in Asia, the South Pacific and Africa. I could not get the balut past my nose and durian taste like dirty feet smell . eating the fried bugs didn't bother me so much dog is greasy and cat is stringy and dry
 
2014-03-07 11:48:12 AM  
Tripe, guinea pig, and huitlacoche.
 
2014-03-07 11:50:14 AM  
Growing up in the South, and moving up to Yankeeland, discovered that Yankees don't BBQ squirrels or use porcupine fat for roux. Chit'lins just are unheard of up here, unless you can find a soul food joint. And those you get funny looks for. The "oddest" thing I suppose was fried grasshoppers or honeypot ants. Had a few kinds of fried grubs, and with some garlic, onion, and a bit of salt and pepper they can be tasty and a good source of protein. Not exactly sexy, but being open to other cultures is important in cooking, and that means trying new stuff. I do draw the line at some cheeses, but then again cheese isn't exactly one of my favorite of foodstuffs.

When I was a kid, my Dad would go on maneuvers, and he'd bring home C-rats, and I sort of liked the self containedness of the packs. Of course, he taught me some things about survival, and in a pinch, you catch a rabbit, you use everything on the wee suckers, and yeah, that means even the eyeballs, which actually come out a lot easier than you might think. My advice is swallow fast as opposed to chewing. And yeah, you can make a fast stew out of said rabbit with some foraged grasses and greens. If you have time, you can make a relatively fast dried jerky too if you're not sure when the next one you'll have time to catch. Dad was more of a secure food source type, but I generally focused on making it worth the effort. Amazing what you can come up with from some cat tails and pecans if you can get a little meat and wild onions...
 
2014-03-07 11:50:28 AM  

Kittypie070: cherimoya


Grows like weeds here and some believe it to be a good cancer preventative.

You might want to try asking for soup sop. I think it's similar and you may have better luck finding it.
 
2014-03-07 11:50:33 AM  
I tried mite cheese (Milbenkäse) when i once visited Altenburg/Thuringia/.de ... not bad, that stuff.

Additionally i love stinky cheeses (esp. Limburger, Romadour, Handkäse, Harzer) and all kinds of sea food, yum!
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2014-03-07 11:50:51 AM  

sprawl15: jmayson: I've also had geoduck.


Isn't that a pokemon?


Heh. But it looks so very strange to me. I've no idea what I'd do with it.
 
2014-03-07 11:51:35 AM  
If I could rip out the belly of a yak.

And that will bring him back?

NO Mon, I'm hungry
 
2014-03-07 11:52:15 AM  

DGS: Odin's Other Eye: Horse fat sashimi

O_o


It was in an izikaya in Tokyo, on tour with a band I was in. Japanese guys were playing "let's make the gaijins eat weird things". There was a horse sashimi platter - 5 slices of horse meat, 5 slices of horse fat. The meat was pretty good. The fat, not so much. So I gave it to my friend Steve to eat, without telling him what it was.

Ate some awesome stuff on that trip.
 
2014-03-07 11:52:21 AM  

sprawl15: Probably the worst thing I've ever eaten was when I was a wee lad and just learned that I could make ramen slightly better by adding some soy sauce and five spice to the water and holding off on the full spice packet. So I decided to make Asian French Toast which was literally a slice of bread in a frying pan with some soy sauce on it.

Horrific.

jmayson: I've also had geoduck.

Isn't that a pokemon?


That's what I thought too.  ;-)  It's pronounced "Gooey duck" and it's not a waterfowl.  Strange.
 
2014-03-07 11:52:51 AM  

Theaetetus: Solid State Vittles: fiddleheads

Since when do those get a mention in a strange food list? They're in a big bin at Whole Foods, for fark's sake.


Because there are perhaps non-Yankees out there. Every region has their local specialties. Prickly pears aren't exactly exotic, but not real common in a lot of places...
 
2014-03-07 11:53:17 AM  
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2014-03-07 11:53:22 AM  
Dai's House of Stinky Tofu

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fermented in a tub at room temps for about 2 weeks so it looks like black drainage shiat ditch waste....
 
2014-03-07 11:53:27 AM  
...oh, and then there is the yummy pizza with bacon and snails in my neighboring place...
 
2014-03-07 11:54:13 AM  

PolloDiablo: LlamaGirl: RexTalionis: I've heard so many people talk about how good sea urchin is, but I was largely underwhelmed by the taste of it.

Oh my god, me too! I was like "that's... it?" Waste of money to order it for me.

The thing about sea urchin is it can vary pretty wildly depending on the quality and freshness of the product. I've had some that was just totally underwhelming, while other tasted amazing.


This. Fresh from the sea in Maine it is AWESOME. Sort of like mild salty creamy peanut butter + sex.
 
2014-03-07 11:54:54 AM  
Rakfisk
 
2014-03-07 11:55:38 AM  
Minke Whale Sashimi
 
2014-03-07 11:55:49 AM  
My wife is from the Philippines, so I've had durian, and made a stew that contained pork blood (you buy it frozen at the Asian market).  Both were extremely good, but many of my friends would not agree.  I also tried chicken feet, nicknamed "Adidas."  Looked terrible, not much there to eat.
 
2014-03-07 11:56:35 AM  

Fubini: A Chinese coworker of mine insisted that I had to eat these, because he had to eat disgusting things like cheese and American Chinese food.

They were disgusting, and slightly crunchy.


My ex-wife's boss was Greek and he did an amazing octopus salad. Not exactly weird, since calamari is so dang prevelant nowadays, but a Greek seafood was always a treat.
 
2014-03-07 11:57:20 AM  

vudukungfu: casey.lurvs.bacon: Fried pork brains are pretty good, but a little bit goes a long way.  SUPER rich tasting.

I've eaten black bear, venison, bison, turtle, possum, raccoon, snake, groundhog, squirrel, rabbit, alligator, ummmm prolly some other stuff I dont remember.

Ellie Mae diet.
How about Rattler?


yep.  Dont remember what it tasted like, but I ate it.
 
2014-03-07 11:57:50 AM  
www.mightysweet.com

Frequently eaten during my youth. I've also had seal flippers and rotten shark.
 
2014-03-07 11:57:58 AM  
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2014-03-07 12:00:02 PM  

Halli: [www.mightysweet.com image 640x426]

Frequently eaten during my youth. I've also had seal flippers and rotten shark.


Oh yes. Smalahove or svid? If you have eaten rotten shark, I'm betting on the Icelandic variant.
 
2014-03-07 12:00:10 PM  
When I was in Peace Corps, I ate fruit bat. Very sweet and moist. Grilled monkey, OTOH...kind of tough:

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But the baby monkey fist in my breakfast soup...sigh. At least Peace Corps gives you good stories and pictures?

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2014-03-07 12:01:57 PM  
Weirdest thing I've eaten is whatever gave me dysentery in India.  Yay street food!


brap: fetal beak curious


My new cover band name.
 
2014-03-07 12:02:57 PM  

whistleridge: But the baby monkey fist in my breakfast soup...sigh. At least Peace Corps gives you good stories and pictures?


Did you at least make a wish?
 
2014-03-07 12:03:03 PM  
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2014-03-07 12:03:39 PM  

Odin's Other Eye: Halli: [www.mightysweet.com image 640x426]

Frequently eaten during my youth. I've also had seal flippers and rotten shark.

Oh yes. Smalahove or svid? If you have eaten rotten shark, I'm betting on the Icelandic variant.


Svið is correct. Yes it was the Icelandic kind. The worst Icelandic food I haven't actually tried. Rotten stingray which is usually only eaten on the 23rd of December. The smell is so bad that most apartment buildings ban residents from cooking it.
 
2014-03-07 12:03:50 PM  
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2014-03-07 12:05:45 PM  
My family is Scandinavian, so, as a child I was subjected to things like Lutefisk, fiskebolle and goetost, which are, respectively, lutefisk, (there is no other word for this. Having to eat it three squares a day is what caused the Vikings to venture out of Norway. "Hey guys, in Italy they got pizza!"), fiskebolle, or fish balls, and goetost, or yoetost, (never could get teh spelling down right) which is goat cheese.

For the record, lutefisk is best described as fish flavored Jello. And it evokes the kind of culinary experience that half naked, hairy helmeted men need to inspire them to invade more foodie friendly countries.

Fiskebolle looks like those little new potatoes. All the ones I ever had came out of a can, shipped, I'm sure, fresh from the larders full of the leftover stuff, which may have been all they could get to eat during the Nazi Occupation during WWII. Disappointingly they taste NOTHING like potatoes.

And the goetost came in little bars the size, texture and taste of soap. Unlike feta type goat cheese, the Norwegian kind is darker, doesn't crumble, and is slightly sweet. What it is actually used for is anybody's guess. I personally wouldn't try to eat it.

All that being said, I personally know many people who eat and love the stuff, and they are all family. Since my mother swears that I'm not adopted, I can only surmise that I lack the actual Viking gene that allows you to eat the comestibles described above.
 
2014-03-07 12:06:54 PM  
Milkbones with liverwurst paste
 
2014-03-07 12:07:09 PM  

foo monkey: whistleridge: But the baby monkey fist in my breakfast soup...sigh. At least Peace Corps gives you good stories and pictures?

Did you at least make a wish?


Bahahahaha. 

Yes, actually. "Jesus, I wish I had some real food right now."

I was suffering from giardia and what I suspect was dengue at the time, and this was the locals' idea of 'comfort food'. They actually went out and hunted that monkey family especially for me. How...considerate.
 
2014-03-07 12:08:50 PM  

Odin's Other Eye: PolloDiablo: LlamaGirl: RexTalionis: ...

.... Sort of like mild salty creamy peanut butter + sex.


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2014-03-07 12:09:15 PM  
Sewer Rat

/Tasted like punkin'pie
 
2014-03-07 12:09:46 PM  

Honest Bender: Chicken feet are tasty!


I've had chicken feet.. there's not a lot of meat going on
 
2014-03-07 12:10:53 PM  
Never order a Frisco Latte.  They add salt or something - tastes weird anyway...

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2014-03-07 12:11:04 PM  
Pigeon, Fish Eyes, Pig Intestines, Chicken feet, Stinky Tofu(horrid stuff, tastes like old gym socks) Pickled Deer Heart. And I'm pretty sure that in some back alley joint in Kowloon, I may have eaten dog.
 
2014-03-07 12:11:34 PM  
Strangest thing I've ever eaten is donkey liver pate.
 
2014-03-07 12:12:05 PM  
Share a rarity?

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2014-03-07 12:12:30 PM  
Beef kidneys. Had to boil the piss out of them.
 
2014-03-07 12:13:21 PM  

whistleridge: At least Peace Corps gives you good stories and pictures?


I'd contribute a case of beer to hearing some of the stories you have to tell. I've always held Peace Corps volunteers in high regard. You must have some doosies.
 
2014-03-07 12:14:46 PM  
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2014-03-07 12:15:29 PM  
coolest thing I've ever eaten was scorpion, crunchy little guy

most entertaining was still-moving octopus tentacles

least favorite was probably durian fruit, smells like armpit

one of the most surprisingly good things was fried calf brain
 
2014-03-07 12:17:05 PM  
Hmm, good question.  I started eating pomegranates back in the late 70s, long before it was trendy.  I've eaten rabbit, wild duck, goat (middle-East restaurant), and on a recent trip to Germany, I had kangaroo in a Chinese restaurant in Essen.  When I visited Hawaii a few years ago, I had ramboutan (I think that's what they call the prickly fruit), star fruit, and some other weird fruits.  From eating in buffets, I've had lichee fruit, crawfish, squid, bison, and I vaguely remember having alligator meat somewhere.  Weirdest stuff, though, was some Dutch confection called boederei-drop or something like that--imagine really strong black licorice covered with some salt-like substance--yuck.

But, then again, as somebody who makes his living with a really weird art form, it's not surprising that I've eaten a lot of weird stuff.  Too bad this isn't a thread about interesting drugs:  alcohol, nicotine, pot, hash, codeine, caffeine, salvia divinorum, morphine, Vicodin, amphetamine, methamphetamine, ephedrine, Robitussin, shrooms (psilocybin and fly agaric), LSD, kava-kava, calamus, Hawaiian baby woodrose, nitrous oxide, nutmeg, lithium, trazadone, various tranquilizers and sleeping pills, and a few others that I can't recall at the moment...
 
2014-03-07 12:17:46 PM  

casey.lurvs.bacon: Dont remember what it tasted like, but I ate it.


fishy greasy chicken?
Cause that's what it always tasted like to me.
Every single time.
 
2014-03-07 12:18:22 PM  

johobe: My family is Scandinavian, so, as a child I was subjected to things like Lutefisk, fiskebolle and goetost, which are, respectively, lutefisk, (there is no other word for this. Having to eat it three squares a day is what caused the Vikings to venture out of Norway. "Hey guys, in Italy they got pizza!"), fiskebolle, or fish balls, and goetost, or yoetost, (never could get teh spelling down right) which is goat cheese.

For the record, lutefisk is best described as fish flavored Jello. And it evokes the kind of culinary experience that half naked, hairy helmeted men need to inspire them to invade more foodie friendly countries.

Fiskebolle looks like those little new potatoes. All the ones I ever had came out of a can, shipped, I'm sure, fresh from the larders full of the leftover stuff, which may have been all they could get to eat during the Nazi Occupation during WWII. Disappointingly they taste NOTHING like potatoes.

And the goetost came in little bars the size, texture and taste of soap. Unlike feta type goat cheese, the Norwegian kind is darker, doesn't crumble, and is slightly sweet. What it is actually used for is anybody's guess. I personally wouldn't try to eat it.

All that being said, I personally know many people who eat and love the stuff, and they are all family. Since my mother swears that I'm not adopted, I can only surmise that I lack the actual Viking gene that allows you to eat the comestibles described above.


Geitost (the brown stuff) is usually just called brunost (brown cheese) here in Norway - and technically, it's not even really a cheese. It's carmelized milk. I'm not a huge fan, but there's a kind called "Huldreost" - roughly "Elf Cheese" - that has juniper in it and is sort of extra carmelized and tastes like a combination of gin, chocolate and goat milk. Delicious, but only in tiny amounts.

Lots of weird food here, for sure. Lutefisk is... well I've eaten it twice, once it was tolerable if slimy, the other time it was just vile. But rakfisk is weirder. Fermented (as in rotten) fish. Smells HORRIBLE, but actually tastes kind of ok.
 
2014-03-07 12:20:09 PM  

phenn: whistleridge: At least Peace Corps gives you good stories and pictures?

I'd contribute a case of beer to hearing some of the stories you have to tell. I've always held Peace Corps volunteers in high regard. You must have some doosies.


Um...my neighbors killed and ate my dog? And when I asked where she went, they said 'oh, we saved the best part for you' and then offered me her neck?

Hippo is disgusting and fatty? Crocodile is yummy? Camel, goat, sheep, horse, donkey, and antelope all taste about the same?

Oh! Sad story:

A friend of mine was at site when her family brought back a basket of what she thought was Durian. She asked if it was edible. They looked at her, shrugged, picked one up, and flung it super hard on the ground.

Then she realized it was a hedgehog. And she was expected to eat it. She said it was all connective and made her sick for days.
 
2014-03-07 12:22:30 PM  
When I was a kid I would eat ritz crackers layered with a dill pickle slice and an M&M on top of the pickle slice.  Interesting combination and for some reason tasted good to me.  As far as store bought goes I would have to say pickled mountain oysters.
 
2014-03-07 12:22:53 PM  
Cow Tongue -- my grandmother made it fairly regularly -- she was born in 1898 in the northern reaches of Maine.  Apparently it was something she grew up on.   Served with  horseradish sauce, and it was delicious.   Haven't had it since she died in the early 80s.

Had grilled whole baby octopus for an appetizer at an Italian place once.  Fantastic,  A whole platter of them -- they were about 2 inches high, and lightly grilled, served drizzled with olive oil and lemon.  I was with a few people from work.  Me and another guy dove in to them, while the rest looked on in horror.  (good. more for me.)


//Yes, the tongue tastes you back
 
2014-03-07 12:27:19 PM  
Before I forget, there's also mountain oysters (before I learned what they were), sailfish, octopus (not 100% sure), and on a trip to Moscow last Fall, I had some green-olive soup that was absolutely awesome...
 
2014-03-07 12:27:31 PM  

vudukungfu: casey.lurvs.bacon: Dont remember what it tasted like, but I ate it.

fishy greasy chicken?
Cause that's what it always tasted like to me.
Every single time.


oooooh, you are correct Sir!
 
2014-03-07 12:28:22 PM  

AeAe: Honest Bender: Chicken feet are tasty!

I've had chicken feet.. there's not a lot of meat going on


That's what I thought, along with "why would anyone want to eat these"

My list:
Baby egg (chicken embryo, I've never had the duck equivalent)
Duck head - (with little pea brain) cut down the middle and often served on a stick.
Chicken feet - not worth eating, there's just nothing there
Fried grasshopper/cicada
Duck blood - raw
All sorts of fried or grilled cow/deer/bird gizzards
Cow tongue - grilled and sliced or lengua tacos
Squid/Octpus
Rambutan - odd, but not gross at all.
Jack Fruit

Had Tofu a couple times too.....
 
2014-03-07 12:31:12 PM  
Most of you all have me beat. The worst I've had is tacos de lengue, scrapple and head cheese (which made me gag). I do like to make white rice and put Old Bay and Worchestershire sauce on it, which is kind of weird.
 
2014-03-07 12:32:30 PM  
Fried goat brain empenadas Mexico
 
2014-03-07 12:34:05 PM  
While in Peru...

Cuy... They keep them in cages with cute little houses and bridges. Not so good...

Anticuchos.... An Inti Raymi street vendor introduced us to this.. Not bad.
 
2014-03-07 12:34:28 PM  
Polar bear. Which tasted like seal.
 
2014-03-07 12:34:39 PM  
Balut is good.


Didn't eat Durian fruit, ate every other wierd thing i crossed paths with in Indonesia, but that just stank too much, and I had accidentaly had gum and ice cream flavored with it, and that was enough.


Weirdest thing I ever made was carne apache. It is like ceveiche (fish and pico de gallo type veggies cooked by soaking in lime juice), but with ground beef.
 
2014-03-07 12:34:49 PM  
Calves' brain and pickled lamb's tongue. Yum (not really).
 
2014-03-07 12:36:19 PM  
All the sushi talk reminds me of Jeju Island, South Korea, in 2003. Old mama-sans sitting by the seashore in little shacks, with plastic tubs of living octopi, sea cucumbers, and other unidentifiable creatures swimming around. You step up to the shack's bar, plunk down some money, and she fishes out a few squirming sea creatures, chops them up on a cutting board, and puts the wriggling pieces on a plate. They're dressed with a drizzling of pepper paste and sea salt, and down the hatch they go (chased with a stiff couple of shots of soju).

Mmm...salty and gritty.

/time for a vegetarian lunch, I'm thinking
 
2014-03-07 12:36:39 PM  
Certainly the strangest food I ate was around the edges of the Indian Ocean.  I had antelope cold-cuts in Mombasa.  But by far the most memorable item was a lobster curry in Colombo, Sri Lanka.  Stuff tasted absolutely superb, what little of it we could eat.  We had to have fire extinguishers handy.
 
2014-03-07 12:38:33 PM  

Rincewind53: SmackLT: I think I remember one of the weird food guys having trouble even getting near hákarl, an Icelandic food consisting of shark which has been allowed to rot for five months.

He was having trouble not throwing up before he even got near the thing. I've never eaten it, and god willing, I hope to god I'm never that hungry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXla7Z4gSD4

I think that's the clip you're talking about. I remember that too, it looked  disgusting.


I don't know if I can claim to have eaten  Hákarl, but I tried it. I chewed a couple times, spat it out, and just about vomited. So maybe it is just the "strangest thing I've ever had in my mouth" (yeah, that sounds bad). It was horrible. Maybe if there had been money on the line, or something else to convince me to swallow I could have...but curiosity alone was not enough motivation.
 
2014-03-07 12:43:05 PM  
Probably the rarest thing I have eaten is Pandanus Coinodeus (anyone else ever had it?). It is so rich it makes your throat itch.
 
2014-03-07 12:43:43 PM  
Like a few other farkers, my weirdest dish was jellyfish. I had in in Chinatown in Chicago, in one of the seventy restaurants in that strip right off Archer. I wouldn't recommend it, but different strokes for different folks. It had a little crunch, but was slimy. It's hard to explain.
 
2014-03-07 12:46:30 PM  

hillbillypharmacist: valanienna: I am part Norwegian and have a Norwegian surname, but the only way I'd ever eat lutefisk was if my beloved Norwegian grandfather begged me on his deathbed. And he wouldn't do that to me.

That's the great thing about deathbed requests- you don't have to honor them.

Somebody's

asking for a haunting.
 
2014-03-07 12:49:40 PM  
Jennifer Morris, the summer before college.
 
2014-03-07 12:50:51 PM  

KangTheMad: Probably ketchup and cheese sandwiches. I was little.


Not for long, if you kept that up.

/not a fan of ketchup
 
2014-03-07 12:51:45 PM  
Bowhead whale muktuk

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2014-03-07 12:52:42 PM  

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Oh yes. Even better, the MRE Omlet - "Lung in a Bag"...
 
2014-03-07 12:53:58 PM  

Halli: Odin's Other Eye: Halli: [www.mightysweet.com image 640x426]

Frequently eaten during my youth. I've also had seal flippers and rotten shark.

Oh yes. Smalahove or svid? If you have eaten rotten shark, I'm betting on the Icelandic variant.

Svið is correct. Yes it was the Icelandic kind. The worst Icelandic food I haven't actually tried. Rotten stingray which is usually only eaten on the 23rd of December. The smell is so bad that most apartment buildings ban residents from cooking it.


Rakfisk is a bit like that, but not so bad. Surströmming is supposed to rival it, but I haven't had the pleasure... :)
 
2014-03-07 12:54:01 PM  
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2014-03-07 12:55:12 PM  

MBooda: lobster curry in Colombo, Sri Lanka


Damnit, now I have to have curry for lunch.
 
2014-03-07 12:57:14 PM  

Odin's Other Eye: MRE Omlet


The Canadian one apparently. *HURK*
 
2014-03-07 12:57:16 PM  
I'd say the strangest thing for me by far was a century egg. It's a chicken, duck or quail egg that's buried in quicklime, rice hulls, salt, and buried for a few months. The white turns into a firm brown jelly and the yolk becomes greenish black and creamy in texture. The taste is really not that bad. It tastes a lot like the yolk mixture put into deviled eggs, just a bit more pungent. It's the colour and texture that are the turn offs. The white gets a texture like that nasty skin that jello gets.
 
2014-03-07 01:00:32 PM  

DGS: unremarkable asterisk: DGS: Timanous: The only really weird thing I've ever eaten/drank is cow's blood fresh from the source by seconds.

I heard of hunters doing that with deer and such, but cow blood? What prompted that?

he hunts cows

Wily creatures, those. Sneaky. Like ninja.


Yeah, even Les Stroud couldn't bag one.
 
2014-03-07 01:01:23 PM  

whistleridge: phenn: whistleridge: At least Peace Corps gives you good stories and pictures?

I'd contribute a case of beer to hearing some of the stories you have to tell. I've always held Peace Corps volunteers in high regard. You must have some doosies.

Um...my neighbors killed and ate my dog? And when I asked where she went, they said 'oh, we saved the best part for you' and then offered me her neck?

Hippo is disgusting and fatty? Crocodile is yummy? Camel, goat, sheep, horse, donkey, and antelope all taste about the same?

Oh! Sad story:

A friend of mine was at site when her family brought back a basket of what she thought was Durian. She asked if it was edible. They looked at her, shrugged, picked one up, and flung it super hard on the ground.

Then she realized it was a hedgehog. And she was expected to eat it. She said it was all connective and made her sick for days.


In Ecuador we heard a ruckus outside the trailer and came out to see the dog barking at and chasing a possum. He clearly had already gotten at it because it was slow and limping and not trying too hard to escape. The dog chased him into a tree, then onto the roof of the trailer then picked it up and shook it only mostly to death. So two of the Ecuadorean guys climbed on top of the trailer with a bat, beat the possum to death, and that's what we ate for dinner that night.

Good times, good times.
 
2014-03-07 01:04:26 PM  
OK, I'm gonna ramp this up a little.

Anyone had long pig?

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2014-03-07 01:05:44 PM  

PolloDiablo: Huitlacoche, also known as "Corn Smut, is pretty much just corn infected with a particular kind of fungus. It's actually really delicious when prepared properly, kind of like mushrooms.

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I think that involves Rule #34.
 
2014-03-07 01:06:19 PM  
Ants, crickets, cockroaches, various larvae, black mold, rat chunks and rat turds... People always say they don't like that stuff, but Hershey bars and Taco Bell food wouldn't taste the same without them.
 
2014-03-07 01:06:51 PM  
Two of my weirder meals:

1.  My ex and I were on our honeymoon in Mazatlan.  We ordered the "el supremo pizza".  It was a dry pizza--no sauce--covered with goat cheese, peas, and shrimp, with a soupcon of salsa for a topping.  We were drunk and hungry, so we ate it.

2.  Friend of mine found a yearling deer that had just been killed by a passing car.  He carved a big hunk of meat out of it and it ended up in my mom's freezer.  A year later, I thawed it out and cooked it.  Still had a gamey taste, but the meat itself was very tender.
 
2014-03-07 01:07:07 PM  
Favorite weird food most non-Southerners (U.S.) have probably never heard of is livermush, a.k.a. liver pudding. Vastly better than (s)crapple...you might say, less offal. Love it scrambled with eggs or on toast. Also enjoy Spam and cold Chef Boyardee ravioli straight from the can. Oh, and kudos to the farker who mentioned tuna fish & ketchup sandwiches...I thought I was alone in the world until now. Must be Heinz with a splash of Lee & Perrins.

Invertebrates: crawfish, snails (once and NEVER AGAIN), other assorted seafood/shellfish, also sushi/sashimi.Looooove  GOOD FRESH uni.

No really far-out vertebrata: shark, eel, other finfish, frog legs, alligator sausage, elk, moose, deer, kangaroo vindaloo, rabbit, squirrel gumbo, ostrich burgers, emu jerkey, wild duck (much much gamier than the domestic variety), quail, squab. Salmon roe is good, but trout roe is amazing. Never had balut but would totally try.

Organ meats: not so much. Love liver, esp. duck & turkey. Have eaten asst poultry gizzards & hearts. Kidneys, lungs (lights), tripe, intestines etc. are right out. My dad once tried to sneak pork brains into our scrambled eggs...ugh. Just recently tried beef tongue for the first time at a Peruvian restaurant...tasty.

No weird plantae or fungi...pretty pedestrian tastes.
 
2014-03-07 01:07:19 PM  

ChipNASA: Odin's Other Eye: MRE Omlet

The Canadian one apparently. *HURK*


Was sailing in Lake Huron and was given a case of MREs by a Canadian unit on a break from peacekeeping in Bosnia. Was warned strongly to stay away from the omelet. But did I listen?
 
2014-03-07 01:16:22 PM  
Former sister-in-law was from Norway, she made Lutefisk for us once.
While I found it fascinating, it was not good.
So I smooshed it together with my potatoes to get it down. Turns out, that's how a lot of people eat it.
I think I'll be just fine without ever having it again, thanks.
 
2014-03-07 01:17:41 PM  

PolloDiablo: Huitlacoche, also known as "Corn Smut, is pretty much just corn infected with a particular kind of fungus. It's actually really delicious when prepared properly, kind of like mushrooms.

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They look like engorged ticks. How disgusting.
 
2014-03-07 01:19:41 PM  
Ostrich jerky?

I've eaten some unusual things but I don't have much of a memory so let's see:

Ostrich jerky. Had some on a mountain in Switzerland. South Africans and diamond smugglers love jerky. That's why processed meats were and probably still are contraband at Amsterdam's airport, although most of the diamond cutting is done in sweatshops in Pakistan or India nowadays rather than by elderly Hassidim.

Khyber Tea. It's an infusion from a bush that grows in the Khyber Pass. Which is the only place you can get it. I had some in Kingston, Ontario.

Labrador Tea. An infusion of a plant that grows in Labrador, of course.

Maté. It's everywhere now but when I had it, few people outside of South America knew it existed. You are supposed to drink it through a copper straw. Great way to burn your lips.

Raw cariboo. Canada Day.

Screech Cake. Another Canada Day. Screech is a Newfoundland rum made by sloshing barrels of Caribbean rum. Sloshing is filling them with water and rolling the barrel slowly to extract the flavour from the oak wood.

Saskatoon berries. With the Screech cake. Named after Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Fish eggs. Lompfish, Salmon, Sturgeon. There are many kinds of fish eggs you can eat and the range from horrible to quite nice.

Snake berries. They grow wild in my native province. They are bland and harmless, not really a food item, just a woodsy snack.

Octopus and squid are quite common in Mediterranean and Chinese cuisine but I bet they'd be exotic for your Auntie in Iowa.

Quail's eggs are also not really exotic as they can be purchased in almost any luxury or specialty food store or deli, but they are yummy. This is one for the timid. If you like a boiled egg, you'd probably like many other kinds of boiled egg.

The local grocery sells kangaroo but I've never had that because it's so lean you have to cook it Korean fondu style.
 
2014-03-07 01:22:58 PM  

daemon1326: Pigeon, Fish Eyes, Pig Intestines, Chicken feet, Stinky Tofu(horrid stuff, tastes like old gym socks) Pickled Deer Heart. And I'm pretty sure that in some back alley joint in Kowloon, I may have eaten dog.


Out of all those...dog seems the most normal.
 
2014-03-07 01:25:00 PM  

Mystery Vortex: I'd say the strangest thing for me by far was a century egg. It's a chicken, duck or quail egg that's buried in quicklime, rice hulls, salt, and buried for a few months. The white turns into a firm brown jelly and the yolk becomes greenish black and creamy in texture. The taste is really not that bad. It tastes a lot like the yolk mixture put into deviled eggs, just a bit more pungent. It's the colour and texture that are the turn offs. The white gets a texture like that nasty skin that jello gets.


That stuff is best with rice porridge.  It's best served as a condiment to a bland flavored dish; the flavors balance out more effectively.

As for all the hate on the chicken feet, I have to say it's one of my favorite dishes.  I'll admit it's not for everyone, but if you're a fan of cartilage and skin, it's one of the best dishes out there. 

All the people who have had rocky mountain oysters, lutefisk and/or spiders have me beat.  I have yet to try either of them.  Props, by the way, to the Bat man (IronJelly).  I have yet to try that too, though I don't know the availability of it other than the remote parts of south east asia. 

I just remembered one other weird dish I had the opportunity to try:  In a specialty restaurant near the docks in Kowloon, they have these plastic tubs filled with various sea creatures they caught for eating.  In one of them, there was a centipede/sand worm that was crawling around.  When I asked how it tasted, they took one out and cooked it up for me.  Each segment was pretty hollow once it was cooked down, but the innards tasted like lobster.  It was a chore to get ANY meat out of it (Each cross sectional shell piece was a flat cylindrical ring, with a thin layer of meat shrunken down to the inside edge), but it wasn't bad.  I think the looks of it alone were the draw for eating it.  I wish I still had pictures of it.
 
2014-03-07 01:26:43 PM  

PolloDiablo: valanienna: Is anyone else more bothered by bad texture than bad taste?

I can't think of a single food that I find disgusting due to flavor alone, but weird textures really really skeez me out. I have trouble with anything that's seems unnaturally smooth and creamy.


Well there goes your social life.
 
2014-03-07 01:28:12 PM  
fed 4 last night with a box of Hamburger helper, and some stew meat.
 
2014-03-07 01:29:40 PM  
I have eaten lutefisk. It was vile. Now, this lutefisk was homemade by a Norwegian grad student so I don't know how accurately it duplicated actual lutefisk one would have in Norway.

Follow up story: Sometime after the lutefisk feast, I was at the same Norwegian grad student's house and he and his roomate had made a batch of chili. They offered me some, so I selected a small wooden salad bowl from the cupboard and dipped up a serving. The chili tasted off. Bitter even. I asked them why it was so bitter. They saw that I had used one of the wooden bowls and both go "Oh, you can't use those bowls. We put lutefisk in those".

WTF did you save them for if they were rendered useless for anything but lutefisk?
 
2014-03-07 01:30:20 PM  

ds615: Former sister-in-law was from Norway, she made Lutefisk for us once.
While I found it fascinating, it was not good.
So I smooshed it together with my potatoes to get it down. Turns out, that's how a lot of people eat it.
I think I'll be just fine without ever having it again, thanks.


Cream sauce, bacon fat, salt and pepper... whatever it takes to get it down.
 
2014-03-07 01:30:22 PM  
My parents are wild food fanatics, so growing up I've tried all sorts of stuff people might think are just weeds, plus a wide assortment of wild mushrooms.

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Anyone who lives in the Northeastern US (possibly elsewhere, not sure) has seen this. It's called garlic mustard and remains a favorite snack of mine.

I also love eating young cattail heads (delicious) and the little seeds that grow on jewelweed plants in the late summer.

Also, these are very tasty:

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(Chicken mushroom)
 
2014-03-07 01:31:14 PM  
I have been to many hell holes around the world and have had pickled pig ears, durian (god's food), bbq pig's intestine, insects, etc.

But the worst was Norwegian food... fiskeball, and on summer solstice night, raw lamb
 
2014-03-07 01:34:45 PM  
Had balut two days ago.  Good stuff.

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You haters that have never tried it need to stick to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
 
2014-03-07 01:36:09 PM  

RexTalionis: Theaetetus: I was really surprised by how good sea urchin is.

I've heard so many people talk about how good sea urchin is, but I was largely underwhelmed by the taste of it.


Depends where you get it. Here in the United States, it's usually frozen and the defrosted and put on sushi (I think.) In Chile, it's fresh and put into a soup. So effin good.
 
2014-03-07 01:37:39 PM  

skinbubble: Bowhead whale muktuk

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Brownhead male yubyub

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2014-03-07 01:41:47 PM  

Dangl1ng: RexTalionis: Theaetetus: I was really surprised by how good sea urchin is.

I've heard so many people talk about how good sea urchin is, but I was largely underwhelmed by the taste of it.

Depends where you get it. Here in the United States, it's usually frozen and the defrosted and put on sushi (I think.) In Chile, it's fresh and put into a soup. So effin good.


Portland Maine - Miyake - had uni and lobster soup there. So fresh, so good.
 
2014-03-07 01:45:05 PM  
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2014-03-07 01:51:21 PM  
reindeer, moose and whale, a coworker brought some back from Norway
 
2014-03-07 01:52:10 PM  
I've had Fugu (blowfish sushi).  It was over rated.  I've had Balut. It was disgusting. Drunken prawns in Singapore, it was delish.  Beef tongue makes a tasty sammich.  Calf fries, tripe, all good.
Calf brains and eggs is a nice breakfast. I took one sniff of lutefisk and puked.  Snails are just bits of garlic tasting rubber.  Family is cajun so I was raised with a 'if it flies swims or crawls, it's edible' attitude.   It's some of the more basic things I find horrible. re: lima beans.  Their texture makes me gag.  Same with beef liver.
 
2014-03-07 01:52:53 PM  
Strangest thing I've ever eaten is chilled duck tongue.
 
2014-03-07 01:54:58 PM  
I'm a bit of a fiend for the durian. Can't get enough. Balut is OK but I prefer century eggs. I've eaten frog, urchin, turtle, alligator, pheasant testicles, cranberries. I've made rabbit lungs among other types of organ meat. Tacos made with pork intestines are some of the tastiest you can get.
 
2014-03-07 02:03:19 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: Had balut two days ago. Good stuff.

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One of the few foods that tasted fine that I had a hard time swallowing without gagging.  Yours is a little more developed than what I had.  It's just weird, though easy to see why it might be popular in a poor country.  That's a lot of easy protein.

/and yes, I know that's what my mom said....
 
2014-03-07 02:12:52 PM  
HELP!  I've been puzzled by the following for years, and if anyone can figure this out, it's you crazy farkers...

Backpacking my way through the Marianas Islands, on the island of Kosrae, I stopped at a small, mom-and-pop restaurant and ordered what I thought was the only familiar item on the menu - curry curry.  I didn't think much of the double wording - a typo perhaps?

When it arrived, it was a loose, watery pile of purple mystery tissue that had the appearance of rodent brains.  Now, I don't see a lot of rodent brains, but it had all the folds and such that one would see in a mammal brain such as ours, only much smaller.

Being the only guest in the place, and not wanting to insult the proprietors, I felt obligated to at least give it a whirl.  Big mistake.  It was saltier than a handful of sea salt, had no resemblance whatsoever to curry, and it was all I could do to not spit out that initial mouthful.

I've never been able to ID what that mystery meal was, so if anyone here has any ideas...  Perhaps it really was rat brains, kept warm and ready to unleash upon unsuspecting haoles, but everyone on the island was nice as could be, so I doubt it.  Any ideas??

CSB: This is also the island where I took a bite of the still-beating heart of a skip jack (small tuna species) handed to me by a local that took me out on his skiff so I could dive (there were no dive shops on the island back then - diff now?) while he fished, with a spool and line that he pulled in by hand.  He'd pull them in by hand, beat the crap outta them with a mini bat, and once, reached down the gullet and retrieved said heart, handing it to me smiling.  Again, not wanting to insult my new friend...  That was a bit weird, but basically flavorless and a real treat compared to the mystery that was "curry curry".
 
2014-03-07 02:15:26 PM  
A pack of cigarettes. I was three. And Ipromptly barfed all over the place.
 
2014-03-07 02:15:38 PM  
I've eaten alligator and ostrich and buffalo and sea urchin (not all at the same time), which by the standards of this thread is still a fairly tame list. I liked everything but the sea urchin; it didn't have much taste, but had a really weird and unpleasant aftertaste. It was very odd.

My SO wants me to try escargot, but I'm resisting.
 
2014-03-07 02:21:16 PM  
Had a pickle once.  Never again.
 
2014-03-07 02:22:16 PM  
My

shanteyman: Soft crabs and raw oysters; love 'em both.


Soft Crabs and oysters (raw and fried) are pretty much on any menu along the north Florida panhandle.  Raw oyster bars are like churches in Tennessee, there is one on about every street corner here.

We have a local chicken joint that sells fried chicken gizzards... they are food of the gods.  Lived in Central Florida for years and could not find them anywhere.  They are not that weird, but they certainly don't show up on many menus in the north.

Had a greek dude down the hall in college, he was always frying goat testicles.  They were good.  On a trip to Brazil, I would just eat meat skewers from the street vendors that were cooking over old oil drums.  Never quite sure what the meat was, but it was always good.
 
2014-03-07 02:31:22 PM  
Growing up in NoDak eating lutefisk was a yearly right of passage.
 
2014-03-07 02:33:10 PM  
Fish lips casserole.

/China
 
2014-03-07 02:40:22 PM  
at some point you need to eat smoked buffalo tongue...its got a savory smokey flavor.
beaver smoked over apple wood
sprat pate....is incredible
 
2014-03-07 02:42:11 PM  
Chicago deep dish "pizza."

*runs*
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2014-03-07 02:43:09 PM  

Saborlas: Chicago deep dish "pizza."

*runs*


Dafuq? How do I block someone again?
 
2014-03-07 03:03:12 PM  

orezona: A girl on the rag.

What?


Definitely tasty. Would eat again... many times.
 
2014-03-07 03:09:45 PM  

Hollie Maea: Probably the rarest thing I have eaten is Pandanus Coinodeus (anyone else ever had it?). It is so rich it makes your throat itch.


My dad was in Papua NG during WW2. He liked the pandanus and when he moved to SoFla found that he could grow them. We had a huge back yard covered in all kinds of tropicals.
Monstera deliciosa was one of my favorites. Tastes like pineapple custard.
 
2014-03-07 03:18:41 PM  
Oh, almost forgot - next time you're in France, and see "andouillette" on the menu (and it's described as "sausage" by the waiter), don't be fooled into thinking it's going to be just like andouille. It isn't. It's absolutely vile. Move on to something else and thank me later.
 
2014-03-07 03:19:52 PM  
Isn't this from yesterday?
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2014-03-07 03:24:17 PM  

bratface: Isn't this from yesterday?


Unfreakable: Bump for the Friday folks that missed this thread yesterday

 
2014-03-07 03:31:21 PM  
I have actually had kopi luwak coffee.  The whole idea was pretty disgusting - coffee beans eaten and then shat out by a cat.... but it was FANTASTIC coffee.  A friend of mine who makes WAY too much money bought a couple pounds of the stuff ;)
 
2014-03-07 03:48:56 PM  
I ate a groundhog once. I also fed it to my mother without making it clear what it was. Boy was she pissed.
 
2014-03-07 03:49:20 PM  

DGS: bratface: Isn't this from yesterday?

Unfreakable: Bump for the Friday folks that missed this thread yesterday


OK
 
2014-03-07 04:08:11 PM  

Cybernetic: I've eaten alligator and ostrich and buffalo and sea urchin (not all at the same time), which by the standards of this thread is still a fairly tame list. I liked everything but the sea urchin; it didn't have much taste, but had a really weird and unpleasant aftertaste. It was very odd.

My SO wants me to try escargot, but I'm resisting.


If you can get past the texture, escargot is actually pretty good.  Then again, pretty much anything drowned in enough melted garlic butter so as to make your arteries clang shut, is going to be tasty.

Be sure you're getting the actual snooty French article.  I've heard of places that will use, um, "locally sourced" snails, and I can only imagine how wrong that can go.
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2014-03-07 04:11:48 PM  

praxcelis: Cybernetic: I've eaten alligator and ostrich and buffalo and sea urchin (not all at the same time), which by the standards of this thread is still a fairly tame list. I liked everything but the sea urchin; it didn't have much taste, but had a really weird and unpleasant aftertaste. It was very odd.

My SO wants me to try escargot, but I'm resisting.

If you can get past the texture, escargot is actually pretty good.  Then again, pretty much anything drowned in enough melted garlic butter so as to make your arteries clang shut, is going to be tasty.

Be sure you're getting the actual snooty French article.  I've heard of places that will use, um, "locally sourced" snails, and I can only imagine how wrong that can go.


If they're drowning that deep and for that long, how does one tell you're getting the real deal?
 
2014-03-07 04:27:32 PM  

DGS: praxcelis: Cybernetic: I've eaten alligator and ostrich and buffalo and sea urchin (not all at the same time), which by the standards of this thread is still a fairly tame list. I liked everything but the sea urchin; it didn't have much taste, but had a really weird and unpleasant aftertaste. It was very odd.

My SO wants me to try escargot, but I'm resisting.

If you can get past the texture, escargot is actually pretty good.  Then again, pretty much anything drowned in enough melted garlic butter so as to make your arteries clang shut, is going to be tasty.

Be sure you're getting the actual snooty French article.  I've heard of places that will use, um, "locally sourced" snails, and I can only imagine how wrong that can go.

If they're drowning that deep and for that long, how does one tell you're getting the real deal?


The ones I've had were served in the shell and looked like this:

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As far as my experience has run, the shells will just about always be about the circumference of a half dollar and be a variegated brown color, with very dark shaded meat.  I'm sure hubie could be more specific as to what to look for.
 
2014-03-07 04:39:30 PM  
I once made a sardine pot pie.  And ate it ala mode.

/boozy night in the 80s.
 
2014-03-07 04:56:27 PM  

Polartank13: At various places here in Vegas, and at some of the better Asian places where the roundeye don't go to. I just tell them to bring me whatever they recommend. And at a wedding in Lithuania where me and my brother didn't want to be the "stereotypical Americans" we ate anything that was presented to us with a hearty "Aciu." At the wedding dinner where it was drink everflowing vodka, eat, toast, dance, wash, rinse, repeat. There was some stuff in there I have no freakin clue what it was.


As the daughter of a Lithuanian, I can tell you that it's probably best that you don't know.
*shudder*
 
2014-03-07 04:56:58 PM  

praxcelis: As far as my experience has run, the shells will just about always be about the circumference of a half dollar and be a variegated brown color, with very dark shaded meat. I'm sure hubie could be more specific as to what to look for.


It's been a while, but I seem to remember the ones I tried being quite a bit smaller than a half dollar, the shells being around the circumference of a US nickel. I'm guessing they were hubie's 'locally sourced' and/or doesn't-know-better knockoff types, but they were pretty good all the same.
 
2014-03-07 05:06:20 PM  

praxcelis: Dazrin: I wish I could find more of the weird stuff around, but there isn't a lot here in the pacific northwest.

It's been a while since I lived in that part of town, but on Aurora Ave N, somewhere between 150th and 175th, there used to be a meat market that specialized in exotic meats.  It's where I had my first taste of gator, ostrich and yak.


Thank you, I will see if it is still around.
 
2014-03-07 05:06:45 PM  
Before this thread, I never thought chicken gizzards were weird (they come in tandem with the livers down here), nor tripe, nor tongue.  I guess in comparison they aren't.  I've also had goat, rattlesnake, sweetbreads, pig's head barbacoa, javelina (wild pig), fish skin, venison, bison, frog's legs, pigs feet (for some reason a friend of my mother's put it in her menudo).  Oh, and rabbit, which probably isn't weird either.  I'd happily eat it all again save for the rattlesnake and frog's legs.  I could probably eat cabrito al pastor daily.  No really weird fruit, save loquats, which are more unusual than weird, but they grow abundantly down here, as do mulberries.
 
2014-03-07 05:09:53 PM  
I once made some chocolate milk with buttermilk, but I was sleepy and it wasn't on purpose.
 
2014-03-07 05:12:48 PM  

MooseUpNorth: praxcelis: As far as my experience has run, the shells will just about always be about the circumference of a half dollar and be a variegated brown color, with very dark shaded meat. I'm sure hubie could be more specific as to what to look for.

It's been a while, but I seem to remember the ones I tried being quite a bit smaller than a half dollar, the shells being around the circumference of a US nickel. I'm guessing they were hubie's 'locally sourced' and/or doesn't-know-better knockoff types, but they were pretty good all the same.


I should have been less confusing.  I'm not accusing hubiestubert of pushing knockoff snails. :)  I mentioned him because he's one of three or four pros who hang around the Food Threads and I respect the techniques and anecdotes he usually brings.
 
2014-03-07 05:15:49 PM  

praxcelis: I'm not accusing hubiestubert of pushing knockoff snails. :)


Sorry, no, neither was I. I meant that if there's a difference that matters, what I tried isn't what you've identified as the one true snail, just that the ones I tried were smaller, that I enjoyed the experience, and survived quite unscathed. :)

/  I'd be interested in what actual expert foodies have to say about it.
 
2014-03-07 05:20:23 PM  
Haggis and muktuk. Not at the same time.
 
2014-03-07 05:32:28 PM  
Elk osso bucco. They wrecked it. Hate the texture of alligator. Enjoy crayfish. Ostrich was good. Bison is sexy, though the animal itself smells terrible. Horse tastes like horses smell. Venison is good. Wanna try snake and crane.

But my friends gag when I eat smoked fish. *shrugs*

Still have No Idea what my Vietnamese neighbors fed me when I was a kid.
 
2014-03-07 05:54:39 PM  
I got to try the Fark featured Everglades pizza a couple of weeks ago. It was lovely. The gator/wild pig chunks were really pretty tasty, and the python pieces were inoffensive, albeit chewy; even the frog legs tasted alright but seeing the little toes still attached was kind of disconcerting. I'd recommend trying it if you (god help you) find yourself in Ft Myers.
 
2014-03-07 06:18:42 PM  
Pickled pigs ears (really chewy), blackened rattlesnake meat, and baked salted grasshoppers (tasted like sunflower seeds).

None of them were bad, just unusual.
 
2014-03-07 06:23:39 PM  
NerdCoreRageQuit:
All the people who have had rocky mountain oysters, lutefisk and/or spiders have me beat.  I have yet to try either of them.  Props, by the way, to the Bat man (IronJelly).  I have yet to try that too, though I don't know the availability of it other than the remote parts of south east asia.


Since my last post, whistleridge posted that he too has had it.
I don't know where she got them, but my Romanian Grandmother obtained bat in San Diego.
 
2014-03-07 06:57:44 PM  

praxcelis: MooseUpNorth: praxcelis: As far as my experience has run, the shells will just about always be about the circumference of a half dollar and be a variegated brown color, with very dark shaded meat. I'm sure hubie could be more specific as to what to look for.

It's been a while, but I seem to remember the ones I tried being quite a bit smaller than a half dollar, the shells being around the circumference of a US nickel. I'm guessing they were hubie's 'locally sourced' and/or doesn't-know-better knockoff types, but they were pretty good all the same.

I should have been less confusing.  I'm not accusing hubiestubert of pushing knockoff snails. :)  I mentioned him because he's one of three or four pros who hang around the Food Threads and I respect the techniques and anecdotes he usually brings.


Got that, personally. He's managed to earn a huge amount of my respect.
 
2014-03-07 08:04:32 PM  

PolloDiablo: Huitlacoche, also known as "Corn Smut, is pretty much just corn infected with a particular kind of fungus. It's actually really delicious when prepared properly, kind of like mushrooms.

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One year the corn I was growing in my garden developed smut (har har). I had NO clue that was edible in any way. Weird, but I do love those black, incredibly strong flavored mushrooms they use in some Chinese dishes, so I might actually give that a try if the opportunity ever presents itself.
 
2014-03-07 08:09:04 PM  

LlamaGirl: RexTalionis: I've heard so many people talk about how good sea urchin is, but I was largely underwhelmed by the taste of it.

Oh my god, me too! I was like "that's... it?" Waste of money to order it for me.


Same here. Tried it and just thought it tasted like briny goop.
 
2014-03-07 08:14:04 PM  
Lutefisk is pretty tame compared to  Surstromming. My niece lives in Sweden and has had both, or at least tried to eat the latter. It's not ready until the fermentation gas makes the can bulge.
 
2014-03-07 08:39:53 PM  

catchow: Favorite weird food most non-Southerners (U.S.) have probably never heard of is livermush, a.k.a. liver pudding. Vastly better than (s)crapple...you might say, less offal. Love it scrambled with eggs or on toast. Also enjoy Spam and cold Chef Boyardee ravioli straight from the can. Oh, and kudos to the farker who mentioned tuna fish & ketchup sandwiches...I thought I was alone in the world until now. Must be Heinz with a splash of Lee & Perrins.

Invertebrates: crawfish, snails (once and NEVER AGAIN), other assorted seafood/shellfish, also sushi/sashimi.Looooove  GOOD FRESH uni.

No really far-out vertebrata: shark, eel, other finfish, frog legs, alligator sausage, elk, moose, deer, kangaroo vindaloo, rabbit, squirrel gumbo, ostrich burgers, emu jerkey, wild duck (much much gamier than the domestic variety), quail, squab. Salmon roe is good, but trout roe is amazing. Never had balut but would totally try.

Organ meats: not so much. Love liver, esp. duck & turkey. Have eaten asst poultry gizzards & hearts. Kidneys, lungs (lights), tripe, intestines etc. are right out. My dad once tried to sneak pork brains into our scrambled eggs...ugh. Just recently tried beef tongue for the first time at a Peruvian restaurant...tasty.

No weird plantae or fungi...pretty pedestrian tastes.


I'm going to name something the rest of you have probably never heard of, and then not bother to explain what it is.

I'm not saying I really want to know what livermush is, but you clearly understand that the rest of us haven't heard of it, and you don't bother saying what it is.
 
2014-03-07 08:40:38 PM  

Soulcatcher: Weird, but I do love those black, incredibly strong flavored mushrooms they use in some Chinese dishes, so I might actually give that a try if the opportunity ever presents itself.


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Dried shiatake Mushrooms? (rehydrate for a couple of hours/overnight, then cook whole or slice thin)

Or

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Chinese Black Fungus (Rehydrate in similar fashion, stir fry or throw in a soup).

Both are yummy!  Props if you give them a try!
 
2014-03-07 10:35:54 PM  

MooseUpNorth: praxcelis: I'm not accusing hubiestubert of pushing knockoff snails. :)

Sorry, no, neither was I. I meant that if there's a difference that matters, what I tried isn't what you've identified as the one true snail, just that the ones I tried were smaller, that I enjoyed the experience, and survived quite unscathed. :)

/  I'd be interested in what actual expert foodies have to say about it.


Escargot doesn't refer to one particular species--and in fairness, not all land snails are edible. Some are larger and some are smaller. The important part of escargot is that the snails have been purged--that is, their digestive systems have been emptied, often by fasting, and then feeding them grains that then pack their wee systems with something less like forest litter--and they are removed from their shells, and then packed back in. Species varies with region, and availability. The best thing to do, is talk to your seafood purveyor, and run down their prices, and compare a bit. The bigger varieties are satisfying, but a lot of the smaller ones, are darned tasty as well, and while they may be a bit more work for food, you can certainly do MOAR, and be happy.

You can use similar methods for escargot--butter, garlic, wine, parsley traditionally--with periwinkles, aka 'wrinkles if you're up in Maine--and 'wrinkles, for consumption, need the same sort of purging, given their diet. Which, oddly enough, when you buy them from most domestic sales, will have been done already, so you can just wash the shells a bit, and then plop them into your pan, be that an acidic vinegar based mess, or to go with a more savory, butter and garlic approach. Or you can just do them in pan with seawater, and go to town. Collecting them yourself, keep them in seawater, and starve the wee bastiches, for a day or two, then sprinkle some cornmeal into the water, and let them do their thing for a few hours, and THEN you can rinse them off, clean them up, and then use your favorite method. Periwinkles are fair common, and easy to get all over the world. Cheaper than the French snails--and in fairness, Periwinkles, while gastropods, AREN'T true snails. But they is good eatin' albeit with a fair amount of work.
 
2014-03-07 11:44:56 PM  

arkansized: Hollie Maea: Probably the rarest thing I have eaten is Pandanus Coinodeus (anyone else ever had it?). It is so rich it makes your throat itch.

My dad was in Papua NG during WW2. He liked the pandanus and when he moved to SoFla found that he could grow them. We had a huge back yard covered in all kinds of tropicals.
Monstera deliciosa was one of my favorites. Tastes like pineapple custard.


That's really badass. I'll be having less luck here in Portland...
 
2014-03-08 03:16:37 AM  
My dad brought home chocolate-covered ants when I was a kid. We thought they were something like rice krispies. They weren't bad.

I also had weird hippie neighbors in the '70s who made some kind of high-protein flour out of earthworms. At Halloween one year, they gave out chocolate chip cookies made with worms. We thought it was cool (because kids are disgusting), but a bunch of parents complained.
 
2014-03-08 05:52:42 AM  

Psycat: Hmm, good question.  I started eating pomegranates back in the late 70s, long before it was trendy.  I've eaten rabbit, wild duck, goat (middle-East restaurant), and on a recent trip to Germany, I had kangaroo in a Chinese restaurant in Essen.  When I visited Hawaii a few years ago, I had ramboutan (I think that's what they call the prickly fruit), star fruit, and some other weird fruits.  From eating in buffets, I've had lichee fruit, crawfish, squid, bison, and I vaguely remember having alligator meat somewhere.  Weirdest stuff, though, was some Dutch confection called boederei-drop or something like that--imagine really strong black licorice covered with some salt-like substance--yuck.

But, then again, as somebody who makes his living with a really weird art form, it's not surprising that I've eaten a lot of weird stuff.  Too bad this isn't a thread about interesting drugs:  alcohol, nicotine, pot, hash, codeine, caffeine, salvia divinorum, morphine, Vicodin, amphetamine, methamphetamine, ephedrine, Robitussin, shrooms (psilocybin and fly agaric), LSD, kava-kava, calamus, Hawaiian baby woodrose, nitrous oxide, nutmeg, lithium, trazadone, various tranquilizers and sleeping pills, and a few others that I can't recall at the moment...


YAY SALMIAKKI
 
2014-03-08 10:05:18 AM  

Hollie Maea: arkansized: Hollie Maea: Probably the rarest thing I have eaten is Pandanus Coinodeus (anyone else ever had it?). It is so rich it makes your throat itch.

My dad was in Papua NG during WW2. He liked the pandanus and when he moved to SoFla found that he could grow them. We had a huge back yard covered in all kinds of tropicals.
Monstera deliciosa was one of my favorites. Tastes like pineapple custard.

That's really badass. I'll be having less luck here in Portland...


You could try growing the Monstera indoors. My understanding is that it does OK and is possibly self pollinating. Looks like a big philodendron.
/YMMV
/Portland, sweet!
 
2014-03-08 08:14:58 PM  
Yeah, salmiakki is definitely an acquired taste :D

But now I can't eat American-made licorice. It has too much anise in it.

I get the import Panda licorice in the funky box.
 
2014-03-08 08:38:13 PM  
Sea urchin is considered weird now?  Hmmm...yeah, it's farking DELICIOUS.  Seriously.  I live pretty close to one of the major suppliers here in San Diego, and can get it on the cheap when they run specials.
 
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