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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.
 
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