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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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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
 
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