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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 11:55:38 AM  
Minke Whale Sashimi
 
2014-03-07 11:55:49 AM  
My wife is from the Philippines, so I've had durian, and made a stew that contained pork blood (you buy it frozen at the Asian market).  Both were extremely good, but many of my friends would not agree.  I also tried chicken feet, nicknamed "Adidas."  Looked terrible, not much there to eat.
 
2014-03-07 11:56:35 AM  

Fubini: 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.


My ex-wife's boss was Greek and he did an amazing octopus salad. Not exactly weird, since calamari is so dang prevelant nowadays, but a Greek seafood was always a treat.
 
2014-03-07 11:57:20 AM  

vudukungfu: 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?


yep.  Dont remember what it tasted like, but I ate it.
 
2014-03-07 11:57:50 AM  
www.mightysweet.com

Frequently eaten during my youth. I've also had seal flippers and rotten shark.
 
2014-03-07 11:57:58 AM  
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2014-03-07 12:00:02 PM  

Halli: [www.mightysweet.com image 640x426]

Frequently eaten during my youth. I've also had seal flippers and rotten shark.


Oh yes. Smalahove or svid? If you have eaten rotten shark, I'm betting on the Icelandic variant.
 
2014-03-07 12:00:10 PM  
When I was in Peace Corps, I ate fruit bat. Very sweet and moist. Grilled monkey, OTOH...kind of tough:

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But the baby monkey fist in my breakfast soup...sigh. At least Peace Corps gives you good stories and pictures?

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2014-03-07 12:01:57 PM  
Weirdest thing I've eaten is whatever gave me dysentery in India.  Yay street food!


brap: fetal beak curious


My new cover band name.
 
2014-03-07 12:02:57 PM  

whistleridge: But the baby monkey fist in my breakfast soup...sigh. At least Peace Corps gives you good stories and pictures?


Did you at least make a wish?
 
2014-03-07 12:03:03 PM  
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2014-03-07 12:03:39 PM  

Odin's Other Eye: Halli: [www.mightysweet.com image 640x426]

Frequently eaten during my youth. I've also had seal flippers and rotten shark.

Oh yes. Smalahove or svid? If you have eaten rotten shark, I'm betting on the Icelandic variant.


Svið is correct. Yes it was the Icelandic kind. The worst Icelandic food I haven't actually tried. Rotten stingray which is usually only eaten on the 23rd of December. The smell is so bad that most apartment buildings ban residents from cooking it.
 
2014-03-07 12:03:50 PM  
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2014-03-07 12:05:45 PM  
My family is Scandinavian, so, as a child I was subjected to things like Lutefisk, fiskebolle and goetost, which are, respectively, lutefisk, (there is no other word for this. Having to eat it three squares a day is what caused the Vikings to venture out of Norway. "Hey guys, in Italy they got pizza!"), fiskebolle, or fish balls, and goetost, or yoetost, (never could get teh spelling down right) which is goat cheese.

For the record, lutefisk is best described as fish flavored Jello. And it evokes the kind of culinary experience that half naked, hairy helmeted men need to inspire them to invade more foodie friendly countries.

Fiskebolle looks like those little new potatoes. All the ones I ever had came out of a can, shipped, I'm sure, fresh from the larders full of the leftover stuff, which may have been all they could get to eat during the Nazi Occupation during WWII. Disappointingly they taste NOTHING like potatoes.

And the goetost came in little bars the size, texture and taste of soap. Unlike feta type goat cheese, the Norwegian kind is darker, doesn't crumble, and is slightly sweet. What it is actually used for is anybody's guess. I personally wouldn't try to eat it.

All that being said, I personally know many people who eat and love the stuff, and they are all family. Since my mother swears that I'm not adopted, I can only surmise that I lack the actual Viking gene that allows you to eat the comestibles described above.
 
2014-03-07 12:06:54 PM  
Milkbones with liverwurst paste
 
2014-03-07 12:07:09 PM  

foo monkey: whistleridge: But the baby monkey fist in my breakfast soup...sigh. At least Peace Corps gives you good stories and pictures?

Did you at least make a wish?


Bahahahaha. 

Yes, actually. "Jesus, I wish I had some real food right now."

I was suffering from giardia and what I suspect was dengue at the time, and this was the locals' idea of 'comfort food'. They actually went out and hunted that monkey family especially for me. How...considerate.
 
2014-03-07 12:08:50 PM  

Odin's Other Eye: PolloDiablo: LlamaGirl: RexTalionis: ...

.... Sort of like mild salty creamy peanut butter + sex.


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2014-03-07 12:09:15 PM  
Sewer Rat

/Tasted like punkin'pie
 
2014-03-07 12:09:46 PM  

Honest Bender: Chicken feet are tasty!


I've had chicken feet.. there's not a lot of meat going on
 
2014-03-07 12:10:53 PM  
Never order a Frisco Latte.  They add salt or something - tastes weird anyway...

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2014-03-07 12:11:04 PM  
Pigeon, Fish Eyes, Pig Intestines, Chicken feet, Stinky Tofu(horrid stuff, tastes like old gym socks) Pickled Deer Heart. And I'm pretty sure that in some back alley joint in Kowloon, I may have eaten dog.
 
2014-03-07 12:11:34 PM  
Strangest thing I've ever eaten is donkey liver pate.
 
2014-03-07 12:12:05 PM  
Share a rarity?

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2014-03-07 12:12:30 PM  
Beef kidneys. Had to boil the piss out of them.
 
2014-03-07 12:13:21 PM  

whistleridge: At least Peace Corps gives you good stories and pictures?


I'd contribute a case of beer to hearing some of the stories you have to tell. I've always held Peace Corps volunteers in high regard. You must have some doosies.
 
2014-03-07 12:14:46 PM  
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2014-03-07 12:15:29 PM  
coolest thing I've ever eaten was scorpion, crunchy little guy

most entertaining was still-moving octopus tentacles

least favorite was probably durian fruit, smells like armpit

one of the most surprisingly good things was fried calf brain
 
2014-03-07 12:17:05 PM  
Hmm, good question.  I started eating pomegranates back in the late 70s, long before it was trendy.  I've eaten rabbit, wild duck, goat (middle-East restaurant), and on a recent trip to Germany, I had kangaroo in a Chinese restaurant in Essen.  When I visited Hawaii a few years ago, I had ramboutan (I think that's what they call the prickly fruit), star fruit, and some other weird fruits.  From eating in buffets, I've had lichee fruit, crawfish, squid, bison, and I vaguely remember having alligator meat somewhere.  Weirdest stuff, though, was some Dutch confection called boederei-drop or something like that--imagine really strong black licorice covered with some salt-like substance--yuck.

But, then again, as somebody who makes his living with a really weird art form, it's not surprising that I've eaten a lot of weird stuff.  Too bad this isn't a thread about interesting drugs:  alcohol, nicotine, pot, hash, codeine, caffeine, salvia divinorum, morphine, Vicodin, amphetamine, methamphetamine, ephedrine, Robitussin, shrooms (psilocybin and fly agaric), LSD, kava-kava, calamus, Hawaiian baby woodrose, nitrous oxide, nutmeg, lithium, trazadone, various tranquilizers and sleeping pills, and a few others that I can't recall at the moment...
 
2014-03-07 12:17:46 PM  

casey.lurvs.bacon: Dont remember what it tasted like, but I ate it.


fishy greasy chicken?
Cause that's what it always tasted like to me.
Every single time.
 
2014-03-07 12:18:22 PM  

johobe: My family is Scandinavian, so, as a child I was subjected to things like Lutefisk, fiskebolle and goetost, which are, respectively, lutefisk, (there is no other word for this. Having to eat it three squares a day is what caused the Vikings to venture out of Norway. "Hey guys, in Italy they got pizza!"), fiskebolle, or fish balls, and goetost, or yoetost, (never could get teh spelling down right) which is goat cheese.

For the record, lutefisk is best described as fish flavored Jello. And it evokes the kind of culinary experience that half naked, hairy helmeted men need to inspire them to invade more foodie friendly countries.

Fiskebolle looks like those little new potatoes. All the ones I ever had came out of a can, shipped, I'm sure, fresh from the larders full of the leftover stuff, which may have been all they could get to eat during the Nazi Occupation during WWII. Disappointingly they taste NOTHING like potatoes.

And the goetost came in little bars the size, texture and taste of soap. Unlike feta type goat cheese, the Norwegian kind is darker, doesn't crumble, and is slightly sweet. What it is actually used for is anybody's guess. I personally wouldn't try to eat it.

All that being said, I personally know many people who eat and love the stuff, and they are all family. Since my mother swears that I'm not adopted, I can only surmise that I lack the actual Viking gene that allows you to eat the comestibles described above.


Geitost (the brown stuff) is usually just called brunost (brown cheese) here in Norway - and technically, it's not even really a cheese. It's carmelized milk. I'm not a huge fan, but there's a kind called "Huldreost" - roughly "Elf Cheese" - that has juniper in it and is sort of extra carmelized and tastes like a combination of gin, chocolate and goat milk. Delicious, but only in tiny amounts.

Lots of weird food here, for sure. Lutefisk is... well I've eaten it twice, once it was tolerable if slimy, the other time it was just vile. But rakfisk is weirder. Fermented (as in rotten) fish. Smells HORRIBLE, but actually tastes kind of ok.
 
2014-03-07 12:20:09 PM  

phenn: whistleridge: At least Peace Corps gives you good stories and pictures?

I'd contribute a case of beer to hearing some of the stories you have to tell. I've always held Peace Corps volunteers in high regard. You must have some doosies.


Um...my neighbors killed and ate my dog? And when I asked where she went, they said 'oh, we saved the best part for you' and then offered me her neck?

Hippo is disgusting and fatty? Crocodile is yummy? Camel, goat, sheep, horse, donkey, and antelope all taste about the same?

Oh! Sad story:

A friend of mine was at site when her family brought back a basket of what she thought was Durian. She asked if it was edible. They looked at her, shrugged, picked one up, and flung it super hard on the ground.

Then she realized it was a hedgehog. And she was expected to eat it. She said it was all connective and made her sick for days.
 
2014-03-07 12:22:30 PM  
When I was a kid I would eat ritz crackers layered with a dill pickle slice and an M&M on top of the pickle slice.  Interesting combination and for some reason tasted good to me.  As far as store bought goes I would have to say pickled mountain oysters.
 
2014-03-07 12:22:53 PM  
Cow Tongue -- my grandmother made it fairly regularly -- she was born in 1898 in the northern reaches of Maine.  Apparently it was something she grew up on.   Served with  horseradish sauce, and it was delicious.   Haven't had it since she died in the early 80s.

Had grilled whole baby octopus for an appetizer at an Italian place once.  Fantastic,  A whole platter of them -- they were about 2 inches high, and lightly grilled, served drizzled with olive oil and lemon.  I was with a few people from work.  Me and another guy dove in to them, while the rest looked on in horror.  (good. more for me.)


//Yes, the tongue tastes you back
 
2014-03-07 12:27:19 PM  
Before I forget, there's also mountain oysters (before I learned what they were), sailfish, octopus (not 100% sure), and on a trip to Moscow last Fall, I had some green-olive soup that was absolutely awesome...
 
2014-03-07 12:27:31 PM  

vudukungfu: casey.lurvs.bacon: Dont remember what it tasted like, but I ate it.

fishy greasy chicken?
Cause that's what it always tasted like to me.
Every single time.


oooooh, you are correct Sir!
 
2014-03-07 12:28:22 PM  

AeAe: Honest Bender: Chicken feet are tasty!

I've had chicken feet.. there's not a lot of meat going on


That's what I thought, along with "why would anyone want to eat these"

My list:
Baby egg (chicken embryo, I've never had the duck equivalent)
Duck head - (with little pea brain) cut down the middle and often served on a stick.
Chicken feet - not worth eating, there's just nothing there
Fried grasshopper/cicada
Duck blood - raw
All sorts of fried or grilled cow/deer/bird gizzards
Cow tongue - grilled and sliced or lengua tacos
Squid/Octpus
Rambutan - odd, but not gross at all.
Jack Fruit

Had Tofu a couple times too.....
 
2014-03-07 12:31:12 PM  
Most of you all have me beat. The worst I've had is tacos de lengue, scrapple and head cheese (which made me gag). I do like to make white rice and put Old Bay and Worchestershire sauce on it, which is kind of weird.
 
2014-03-07 12:32:30 PM  
Fried goat brain empenadas Mexico
 
2014-03-07 12:34:05 PM  
While in Peru...

Cuy... They keep them in cages with cute little houses and bridges. Not so good...

Anticuchos.... An Inti Raymi street vendor introduced us to this.. Not bad.
 
2014-03-07 12:34:28 PM  
Polar bear. Which tasted like seal.
 
2014-03-07 12:34:39 PM  
Balut is good.


Didn't eat Durian fruit, ate every other wierd thing i crossed paths with in Indonesia, but that just stank too much, and I had accidentaly had gum and ice cream flavored with it, and that was enough.


Weirdest thing I ever made was carne apache. It is like ceveiche (fish and pico de gallo type veggies cooked by soaking in lime juice), but with ground beef.
 
2014-03-07 12:34:49 PM  
Calves' brain and pickled lamb's tongue. Yum (not really).
 
2014-03-07 12:36:19 PM  
All the sushi talk reminds me of Jeju Island, South Korea, in 2003. Old mama-sans sitting by the seashore in little shacks, with plastic tubs of living octopi, sea cucumbers, and other unidentifiable creatures swimming around. You step up to the shack's bar, plunk down some money, and she fishes out a few squirming sea creatures, chops them up on a cutting board, and puts the wriggling pieces on a plate. They're dressed with a drizzling of pepper paste and sea salt, and down the hatch they go (chased with a stiff couple of shots of soju).

Mmm...salty and gritty.

/time for a vegetarian lunch, I'm thinking
 
2014-03-07 12:36:39 PM  
Certainly the strangest food I ate was around the edges of the Indian Ocean.  I had antelope cold-cuts in Mombasa.  But by far the most memorable item was a lobster curry in Colombo, Sri Lanka.  Stuff tasted absolutely superb, what little of it we could eat.  We had to have fire extinguishers handy.
 
2014-03-07 12:38:33 PM  

Rincewind53: SmackLT: I think I remember one of the weird food guys having trouble even getting near hákarl, an Icelandic food consisting of shark which has been allowed to rot for five months.

He was having trouble not throwing up before he even got near the thing. I've never eaten it, and god willing, I hope to god I'm never that hungry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXla7Z4gSD4

I think that's the clip you're talking about. I remember that too, it looked  disgusting.


I don't know if I can claim to have eaten  Hákarl, but I tried it. I chewed a couple times, spat it out, and just about vomited. So maybe it is just the "strangest thing I've ever had in my mouth" (yeah, that sounds bad). It was horrible. Maybe if there had been money on the line, or something else to convince me to swallow I could have...but curiosity alone was not enough motivation.
 
2014-03-07 12:43:05 PM  
Probably the rarest thing I have eaten is Pandanus Coinodeus (anyone else ever had it?). It is so rich it makes your throat itch.
 
2014-03-07 12:43:43 PM  
Like a few other farkers, my weirdest dish was jellyfish. I had in in Chinatown in Chicago, in one of the seventy restaurants in that strip right off Archer. I wouldn't recommend it, but different strokes for different folks. It had a little crunch, but was slimy. It's hard to explain.
 
2014-03-07 12:46:30 PM  

hillbillypharmacist: valanienna: I am part Norwegian and have a Norwegian surname, but the only way I'd ever eat lutefisk was if my beloved Norwegian grandfather begged me on his deathbed. And he wouldn't do that to me.

That's the great thing about deathbed requests- you don't have to honor them.

Somebody's

asking for a haunting.
 
2014-03-07 12:49:40 PM  
Jennifer Morris, the summer before college.
 
2014-03-07 12:50:51 PM  

KangTheMad: Probably ketchup and cheese sandwiches. I was little.


Not for long, if you kept that up.

/not a fan of ketchup
 
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