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2014-03-07 12:51:45 PM  
Bowhead whale muktuk

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2014-03-07 12:52:42 PM  

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Oh yes. Even better, the MRE Omlet - "Lung in a Bag"...
 
2014-03-07 12:53:58 PM  

Halli: 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.


Rakfisk is a bit like that, but not so bad. Surströmming is supposed to rival it, but I haven't had the pleasure... :)
 
2014-03-07 12:54:01 PM  
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2014-03-07 12:55:12 PM  

MBooda: lobster curry in Colombo, Sri Lanka


Damnit, now I have to have curry for lunch.
 
2014-03-07 12:57:14 PM  

Odin's Other Eye: MRE Omlet


The Canadian one apparently. *HURK*
 
2014-03-07 12:57:16 PM  
I'd say the strangest thing for me by far was a century egg. It's a chicken, duck or quail egg that's buried in quicklime, rice hulls, salt, and buried for a few months. The white turns into a firm brown jelly and the yolk becomes greenish black and creamy in texture. The taste is really not that bad. It tastes a lot like the yolk mixture put into deviled eggs, just a bit more pungent. It's the colour and texture that are the turn offs. The white gets a texture like that nasty skin that jello gets.
 
2014-03-07 01:00:32 PM  

DGS: unremarkable asterisk: DGS: Timanous: The only really weird thing I've ever eaten/drank is cow's blood fresh from the source by seconds.

I heard of hunters doing that with deer and such, but cow blood? What prompted that?

he hunts cows

Wily creatures, those. Sneaky. Like ninja.


Yeah, even Les Stroud couldn't bag one.
 
2014-03-07 01:01:23 PM  

whistleridge: 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.


In Ecuador we heard a ruckus outside the trailer and came out to see the dog barking at and chasing a possum. He clearly had already gotten at it because it was slow and limping and not trying too hard to escape. The dog chased him into a tree, then onto the roof of the trailer then picked it up and shook it only mostly to death. So two of the Ecuadorean guys climbed on top of the trailer with a bat, beat the possum to death, and that's what we ate for dinner that night.

Good times, good times.
 
2014-03-07 01:04:26 PM  
OK, I'm gonna ramp this up a little.

Anyone had long pig?

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2014-03-07 01:05:44 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 think that involves Rule #34.
 
2014-03-07 01:06:19 PM  
Ants, crickets, cockroaches, various larvae, black mold, rat chunks and rat turds... People always say they don't like that stuff, but Hershey bars and Taco Bell food wouldn't taste the same without them.
 
2014-03-07 01:06:51 PM  
Two of my weirder meals:

1.  My ex and I were on our honeymoon in Mazatlan.  We ordered the "el supremo pizza".  It was a dry pizza--no sauce--covered with goat cheese, peas, and shrimp, with a soupcon of salsa for a topping.  We were drunk and hungry, so we ate it.

2.  Friend of mine found a yearling deer that had just been killed by a passing car.  He carved a big hunk of meat out of it and it ended up in my mom's freezer.  A year later, I thawed it out and cooked it.  Still had a gamey taste, but the meat itself was very tender.
 
2014-03-07 01:07:07 PM  
Favorite weird food most non-Southerners (U.S.) have probably never heard of is livermush, a.k.a. liver pudding. Vastly better than (s)crapple...you might say, less offal. Love it scrambled with eggs or on toast. Also enjoy Spam and cold Chef Boyardee ravioli straight from the can. Oh, and kudos to the farker who mentioned tuna fish & ketchup sandwiches...I thought I was alone in the world until now. Must be Heinz with a splash of Lee & Perrins.

Invertebrates: crawfish, snails (once and NEVER AGAIN), other assorted seafood/shellfish, also sushi/sashimi.Looooove  GOOD FRESH uni.

No really far-out vertebrata: shark, eel, other finfish, frog legs, alligator sausage, elk, moose, deer, kangaroo vindaloo, rabbit, squirrel gumbo, ostrich burgers, emu jerkey, wild duck (much much gamier than the domestic variety), quail, squab. Salmon roe is good, but trout roe is amazing. Never had balut but would totally try.

Organ meats: not so much. Love liver, esp. duck & turkey. Have eaten asst poultry gizzards & hearts. Kidneys, lungs (lights), tripe, intestines etc. are right out. My dad once tried to sneak pork brains into our scrambled eggs...ugh. Just recently tried beef tongue for the first time at a Peruvian restaurant...tasty.

No weird plantae or fungi...pretty pedestrian tastes.
 
2014-03-07 01:07:19 PM  

ChipNASA: Odin's Other Eye: MRE Omlet

The Canadian one apparently. *HURK*


Was sailing in Lake Huron and was given a case of MREs by a Canadian unit on a break from peacekeeping in Bosnia. Was warned strongly to stay away from the omelet. But did I listen?
 
2014-03-07 01:16:22 PM  
Former sister-in-law was from Norway, she made Lutefisk for us once.
While I found it fascinating, it was not good.
So I smooshed it together with my potatoes to get it down. Turns out, that's how a lot of people eat it.
I think I'll be just fine without ever having it again, thanks.
 
2014-03-07 01:17:41 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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They look like engorged ticks. How disgusting.
 
2014-03-07 01:19:41 PM  
Ostrich jerky?

I've eaten some unusual things but I don't have much of a memory so let's see:

Ostrich jerky. Had some on a mountain in Switzerland. South Africans and diamond smugglers love jerky. That's why processed meats were and probably still are contraband at Amsterdam's airport, although most of the diamond cutting is done in sweatshops in Pakistan or India nowadays rather than by elderly Hassidim.

Khyber Tea. It's an infusion from a bush that grows in the Khyber Pass. Which is the only place you can get it. I had some in Kingston, Ontario.

Labrador Tea. An infusion of a plant that grows in Labrador, of course.

Maté. It's everywhere now but when I had it, few people outside of South America knew it existed. You are supposed to drink it through a copper straw. Great way to burn your lips.

Raw cariboo. Canada Day.

Screech Cake. Another Canada Day. Screech is a Newfoundland rum made by sloshing barrels of Caribbean rum. Sloshing is filling them with water and rolling the barrel slowly to extract the flavour from the oak wood.

Saskatoon berries. With the Screech cake. Named after Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Fish eggs. Lompfish, Salmon, Sturgeon. There are many kinds of fish eggs you can eat and the range from horrible to quite nice.

Snake berries. They grow wild in my native province. They are bland and harmless, not really a food item, just a woodsy snack.

Octopus and squid are quite common in Mediterranean and Chinese cuisine but I bet they'd be exotic for your Auntie in Iowa.

Quail's eggs are also not really exotic as they can be purchased in almost any luxury or specialty food store or deli, but they are yummy. This is one for the timid. If you like a boiled egg, you'd probably like many other kinds of boiled egg.

The local grocery sells kangaroo but I've never had that because it's so lean you have to cook it Korean fondu style.
 
2014-03-07 01:22:58 PM  

daemon1326: 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.


Out of all those...dog seems the most normal.
 
2014-03-07 01:25:00 PM  

Mystery Vortex: I'd say the strangest thing for me by far was a century egg. It's a chicken, duck or quail egg that's buried in quicklime, rice hulls, salt, and buried for a few months. The white turns into a firm brown jelly and the yolk becomes greenish black and creamy in texture. The taste is really not that bad. It tastes a lot like the yolk mixture put into deviled eggs, just a bit more pungent. It's the colour and texture that are the turn offs. The white gets a texture like that nasty skin that jello gets.


That stuff is best with rice porridge.  It's best served as a condiment to a bland flavored dish; the flavors balance out more effectively.

As for all the hate on the chicken feet, I have to say it's one of my favorite dishes.  I'll admit it's not for everyone, but if you're a fan of cartilage and skin, it's one of the best dishes out there. 

All the people who have had rocky mountain oysters, lutefisk and/or spiders have me beat.  I have yet to try either of them.  Props, by the way, to the Bat man (IronJelly).  I have yet to try that too, though I don't know the availability of it other than the remote parts of south east asia. 

I just remembered one other weird dish I had the opportunity to try:  In a specialty restaurant near the docks in Kowloon, they have these plastic tubs filled with various sea creatures they caught for eating.  In one of them, there was a centipede/sand worm that was crawling around.  When I asked how it tasted, they took one out and cooked it up for me.  Each segment was pretty hollow once it was cooked down, but the innards tasted like lobster.  It was a chore to get ANY meat out of it (Each cross sectional shell piece was a flat cylindrical ring, with a thin layer of meat shrunken down to the inside edge), but it wasn't bad.  I think the looks of it alone were the draw for eating it.  I wish I still had pictures of it.
 
2014-03-07 01:26:43 PM  

PolloDiablo: valanienna: Is anyone else more bothered by bad texture than bad taste?

I can't think of a single food that I find disgusting due to flavor alone, but weird textures really really skeez me out. I have trouble with anything that's seems unnaturally smooth and creamy.


Well there goes your social life.
 
2014-03-07 01:28:12 PM  
fed 4 last night with a box of Hamburger helper, and some stew meat.
 
2014-03-07 01:29:40 PM  
I have eaten lutefisk. It was vile. Now, this lutefisk was homemade by a Norwegian grad student so I don't know how accurately it duplicated actual lutefisk one would have in Norway.

Follow up story: Sometime after the lutefisk feast, I was at the same Norwegian grad student's house and he and his roomate had made a batch of chili. They offered me some, so I selected a small wooden salad bowl from the cupboard and dipped up a serving. The chili tasted off. Bitter even. I asked them why it was so bitter. They saw that I had used one of the wooden bowls and both go "Oh, you can't use those bowls. We put lutefisk in those".

WTF did you save them for if they were rendered useless for anything but lutefisk?
 
2014-03-07 01:30:20 PM  

ds615: Former sister-in-law was from Norway, she made Lutefisk for us once.
While I found it fascinating, it was not good.
So I smooshed it together with my potatoes to get it down. Turns out, that's how a lot of people eat it.
I think I'll be just fine without ever having it again, thanks.


Cream sauce, bacon fat, salt and pepper... whatever it takes to get it down.
 
2014-03-07 01:30:22 PM  
My parents are wild food fanatics, so growing up I've tried all sorts of stuff people might think are just weeds, plus a wide assortment of wild mushrooms.

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Anyone who lives in the Northeastern US (possibly elsewhere, not sure) has seen this. It's called garlic mustard and remains a favorite snack of mine.

I also love eating young cattail heads (delicious) and the little seeds that grow on jewelweed plants in the late summer.

Also, these are very tasty:

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2014-03-07 01:31:14 PM  
I have been to many hell holes around the world and have had pickled pig ears, durian (god's food), bbq pig's intestine, insects, etc.

But the worst was Norwegian food... fiskeball, and on summer solstice night, raw lamb
 
2014-03-07 01:34:45 PM  
Had balut two days ago.  Good stuff.

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You haters that have never tried it need to stick to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
 
2014-03-07 01:36:09 PM  

RexTalionis: Theaetetus: I was really surprised by how good sea urchin is.

I've heard so many people talk about how good sea urchin is, but I was largely underwhelmed by the taste of it.


Depends where you get it. Here in the United States, it's usually frozen and the defrosted and put on sushi (I think.) In Chile, it's fresh and put into a soup. So effin good.
 
2014-03-07 01:37:39 PM  

skinbubble: Bowhead whale muktuk

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Brownhead male yubyub

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2014-03-07 01:41:47 PM  

Dangl1ng: RexTalionis: Theaetetus: I was really surprised by how good sea urchin is.

I've heard so many people talk about how good sea urchin is, but I was largely underwhelmed by the taste of it.

Depends where you get it. Here in the United States, it's usually frozen and the defrosted and put on sushi (I think.) In Chile, it's fresh and put into a soup. So effin good.


Portland Maine - Miyake - had uni and lobster soup there. So fresh, so good.
 
2014-03-07 01:45:05 PM  
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2014-03-07 01:51:21 PM  
reindeer, moose and whale, a coworker brought some back from Norway
 
2014-03-07 01:52:10 PM  
I've had Fugu (blowfish sushi).  It was over rated.  I've had Balut. It was disgusting. Drunken prawns in Singapore, it was delish.  Beef tongue makes a tasty sammich.  Calf fries, tripe, all good.
Calf brains and eggs is a nice breakfast. I took one sniff of lutefisk and puked.  Snails are just bits of garlic tasting rubber.  Family is cajun so I was raised with a 'if it flies swims or crawls, it's edible' attitude.   It's some of the more basic things I find horrible. re: lima beans.  Their texture makes me gag.  Same with beef liver.
 
2014-03-07 01:52:53 PM  
Strangest thing I've ever eaten is chilled duck tongue.
 
2014-03-07 01:54:58 PM  
I'm a bit of a fiend for the durian. Can't get enough. Balut is OK but I prefer century eggs. I've eaten frog, urchin, turtle, alligator, pheasant testicles, cranberries. I've made rabbit lungs among other types of organ meat. Tacos made with pork intestines are some of the tastiest you can get.
 
2014-03-07 02:03:19 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: Had balut two days ago. Good stuff.

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One of the few foods that tasted fine that I had a hard time swallowing without gagging.  Yours is a little more developed than what I had.  It's just weird, though easy to see why it might be popular in a poor country.  That's a lot of easy protein.

/and yes, I know that's what my mom said....
 
2014-03-07 02:12:52 PM  
HELP!  I've been puzzled by the following for years, and if anyone can figure this out, it's you crazy farkers...

Backpacking my way through the Marianas Islands, on the island of Kosrae, I stopped at a small, mom-and-pop restaurant and ordered what I thought was the only familiar item on the menu - curry curry.  I didn't think much of the double wording - a typo perhaps?

When it arrived, it was a loose, watery pile of purple mystery tissue that had the appearance of rodent brains.  Now, I don't see a lot of rodent brains, but it had all the folds and such that one would see in a mammal brain such as ours, only much smaller.

Being the only guest in the place, and not wanting to insult the proprietors, I felt obligated to at least give it a whirl.  Big mistake.  It was saltier than a handful of sea salt, had no resemblance whatsoever to curry, and it was all I could do to not spit out that initial mouthful.

I've never been able to ID what that mystery meal was, so if anyone here has any ideas...  Perhaps it really was rat brains, kept warm and ready to unleash upon unsuspecting haoles, but everyone on the island was nice as could be, so I doubt it.  Any ideas??

CSB: This is also the island where I took a bite of the still-beating heart of a skip jack (small tuna species) handed to me by a local that took me out on his skiff so I could dive (there were no dive shops on the island back then - diff now?) while he fished, with a spool and line that he pulled in by hand.  He'd pull them in by hand, beat the crap outta them with a mini bat, and once, reached down the gullet and retrieved said heart, handing it to me smiling.  Again, not wanting to insult my new friend...  That was a bit weird, but basically flavorless and a real treat compared to the mystery that was "curry curry".
 
2014-03-07 02:15:26 PM  
A pack of cigarettes. I was three. And Ipromptly barfed all over the place.
 
2014-03-07 02:15:38 PM  
I've eaten alligator and ostrich and buffalo and sea urchin (not all at the same time), which by the standards of this thread is still a fairly tame list. I liked everything but the sea urchin; it didn't have much taste, but had a really weird and unpleasant aftertaste. It was very odd.

My SO wants me to try escargot, but I'm resisting.
 
2014-03-07 02:21:16 PM  
Had a pickle once.  Never again.
 
2014-03-07 02:22:16 PM  
My

shanteyman: Soft crabs and raw oysters; love 'em both.


Soft Crabs and oysters (raw and fried) are pretty much on any menu along the north Florida panhandle.  Raw oyster bars are like churches in Tennessee, there is one on about every street corner here.

We have a local chicken joint that sells fried chicken gizzards... they are food of the gods.  Lived in Central Florida for years and could not find them anywhere.  They are not that weird, but they certainly don't show up on many menus in the north.

Had a greek dude down the hall in college, he was always frying goat testicles.  They were good.  On a trip to Brazil, I would just eat meat skewers from the street vendors that were cooking over old oil drums.  Never quite sure what the meat was, but it was always good.
 
2014-03-07 02:31:22 PM  
Growing up in NoDak eating lutefisk was a yearly right of passage.
 
2014-03-07 02:33:10 PM  
Fish lips casserole.

/China
 
2014-03-07 02:40:22 PM  
at some point you need to eat smoked buffalo tongue...its got a savory smokey flavor.
beaver smoked over apple wood
sprat pate....is incredible
 
2014-03-07 02:42:11 PM  
Chicago deep dish "pizza."

*runs*
 
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2014-03-07 02:43:09 PM  

Saborlas: Chicago deep dish "pizza."

*runs*


Dafuq? How do I block someone again?
 
2014-03-07 03:03:12 PM  

orezona: A girl on the rag.

What?


Definitely tasty. Would eat again... many times.
 
2014-03-07 03:09:45 PM  

Hollie Maea: Probably the rarest thing I have eaten is Pandanus Coinodeus (anyone else ever had it?). It is so rich it makes your throat itch.


My dad was in Papua NG during WW2. He liked the pandanus and when he moved to SoFla found that he could grow them. We had a huge back yard covered in all kinds of tropicals.
Monstera deliciosa was one of my favorites. Tastes like pineapple custard.
 
2014-03-07 03:18:41 PM  
Oh, almost forgot - next time you're in France, and see "andouillette" on the menu (and it's described as "sausage" by the waiter), don't be fooled into thinking it's going to be just like andouille. It isn't. It's absolutely vile. Move on to something else and thank me later.
 
2014-03-07 03:19:52 PM  
Isn't this from yesterday?
 
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