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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

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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
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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.
 
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