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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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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
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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.
 
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