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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.

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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
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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)
 
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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.
 
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