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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   ( divider line
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2014-03-06 05:33:08 PM  
5 votes:
Probably several other people have tried durian, but I have one hell of a story to go with it.

I live in a city with sizable southeast-asian immigration, so durians are available in several Asian food super markets. I even saw one in a "normal" super market once, but it was covered in freezer-burnand the outside had a spongy texture, so I stayed away from it.

One time, while still in college, my roommates and I thought it would be amusing to try a durian. We took the durian home to our apartment and cut into it almost immediately. It had a strange subtle taste, a strong pungent smell. The best way to describe the taste was as a cross between apple, onion, and whatever else you were thinking about at the time. Seriously, you could imagine it tasting like anything if you put your mind to it. Probably because it tasted like nothing of us had ever tried. The most unpleasant part of the fruit was the texture, it was extremely ripe and custard like, probably because it had been frozen for quite a long time in transit to the US.

The hilarity did not occur until a while later. While we were in the same room as the durian, we could not perceive the smell, we had become acclimated to it. After we finished eating what we could and we threw the rest in the public dumpster we went downtown to get some breakfast at our favorite late night diner. We had a pleasant meal giving our noses plenty of time to realize what it's like to NOT breath durian flavored air again. Once we returned to our neighborhood, about a block away from our apartment building, we started to smell durian. It was at that point we realized we'd made a mistake.

Our entire block smelled like durian immediately afterwards, inside the apartment building even more so. The smell around the block dissapated after the dumpster got emptied, but the unholy smell lingered in the apartment building for almost a month. Apparently enough people complained about the sudden strange smell that the building installed air fresheners all over the place within the week. I can only take solace in knowing that nobody else that lived there knew the reason it smelled for a month. If they had, I assume there would have been a mob outside our door.

Lesson being: There is a reason they are banned in airports in their native locales. They don't smell bad per se, but they smell STRONG!
2014-03-06 03:39:59 PM  
5 votes:

Eutamias21: I did eat duck testicles once. Tasted fine. Looked like large cannelini beans.

Oh, sure,  those testicles you'll put in your mouth.

/Low hanging fruit, I know, I apologize.
DGS [TotalFark]
2014-03-06 03:26:36 PM  
5 votes:
2014-03-07 12:03:03 PM  
3 votes:
2014-03-06 05:32:23 PM  
3 votes:
The fried fetus of a Baji dolphin.

Tasted like liberalism and conservatism all wrapped up in bacon.
2014-03-06 04:09:38 PM  
3 votes:
I've been working on a barknaise sauce...
DGS [TotalFark]
2014-03-06 03:33:58 PM  
3 votes:

Timanous: 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?

Didn't feel like offending the Maasai Warrior with the giant spear standing in front of me.

We've all been there.
DGS [TotalFark]
2014-03-06 03:32:45 PM  
3 votes:

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.
2014-03-07 12:10:53 PM  
2 votes:
Never order a Frisco Latte.  They add salt or something - tastes weird anyway...
2014-03-07 11:43:13 AM  
2 votes:

/always go with the dark meat. It's got more flavor, fat and doesn't dry out.
2014-03-06 10:29:31 PM  
2 votes:
I like Kangaroo meat but it makes me jumpy.
2014-03-06 05:56:44 PM  
2 votes:

I've also had durian, but didn't care for it. Tasted like a combo of rotting onions and sweet peaches. Jackfruit (The gateway durian as a friend called it) was nicer, vaguely fruity with some artichoke flavors.

I was on a bus from Penang to KL, and I started to smell durian. I thought someone had sneaked a durian onboard. Nope, it was a pickup truck in the lane next to the bus. And the bus didn't have windows that open. Now that is some strong fruit.

You know how in the US they have "no smoking" signs posted on the doors of buildings?

It cracked me up that they have "No Durian" signs literally etched into the glass doors of the better hotels in SE Asia. Evidently it's that much of a problem.

I've had both tarantula and waterbug fried in peanut oil with Knorr chicken seasoning. Once each was enough. I also had a bite of Sea Cucumber when a friend ordered it in Phnom Penh when a client ordered it just because. Nope! Not having any more of that, thank you!

That was one bite too many.
2014-03-06 05:50:42 PM  
2 votes:
Iv had some vag that tasted a little past its sell by date
2014-03-06 05:38:47 PM  
2 votes:
my ex wife's bung
2014-03-06 05:31:47 PM  
2 votes:
2014-03-06 05:21:27 PM  
2 votes:
My ex wife.
2014-03-06 05:20:57 PM  
2 votes:

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.
2014-03-06 05:20:25 PM  
2 votes:
Leftover spaghetti and peanut butter sandwich. Peanut butter and sardine sandwich. Cold KFC chicken dipped in a can of condensed Campbell's Bean & Bacon soup. Why yes, I was stoned all three times.
2014-03-06 05:04:11 PM  
2 votes:
Not really that wierd
2014-03-06 03:41:50 PM  
2 votes:
Various insects & a possible humming bird during my motorcycle-riding years.

/it was hard to smoke in a full-face helmet
//it was harder trying to smoke while going 60 mph in an open-face helmet
///have since quit riding & smoking
////kinda miss both
2014-03-06 03:41:31 PM  
2 votes:
Nothing too unusual... I've had reindeer, whale, and puffin, and they were all great. I was really surprised by how good sea urchin is. Durian was okay, I guess. I have a tough time stomaching sweetbreads or calf's liver - they simply taste offal.
2014-03-06 03:31:12 PM  
2 votes:

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
2014-03-08 03:16:37 AM  
1 vote:
My dad brought home chocolate-covered ants when I was a kid. We thought they were something like rice krispies. They weren't bad.

I also had weird hippie neighbors in the '70s who made some kind of high-protein flour out of earthworms. At Halloween one year, they gave out chocolate chip cookies made with worms. We thought it was cool (because kids are disgusting), but a bunch of parents complained.
2014-03-07 12:46:30 PM  
1 vote:

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.


asking for a haunting.
2014-03-07 12:22:53 PM  
1 vote:
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 12:05:45 PM  
1 vote:
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 12:03:50 PM  
1 vote:
2014-03-07 11:47:20 AM  
1 vote:
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.


jmayson: I've also had geoduck.

Isn't that a pokemon?
2014-03-06 08:44:40 PM  
1 vote:
A girl on the rag.

2014-03-06 06:03:12 PM  
1 vote:
Sharing a Rarity? If you insist
2014-03-06 06:03:00 PM  
1 vote:

/very disappointed, Fark....
2014-03-06 05:55:20 PM  
1 vote:

\Sanibel Island, '88 or '89
2014-03-06 05:55:17 PM  
1 vote:

hillbillypharmacist: I've had durian.  The taste is much nicer than the smell.

Agreed, but the taste isn't worth putting up with that putrid odor.
2014-03-06 05:40:55 PM  
1 vote:

Geoduck. Good stuff.

Looks kinda wienery, tho.
2014-03-06 05:36:32 PM  
1 vote:

Glockenspiel Hero: Various sushi bits like raw octopus, sea urchin and assorted fish eggs. Like the taste of the octopus but I won't eat it anymore since I learned how intelligent they are.

The grocery store near me back in California had ostrich steaks. I loved those once I realized you had to tenderize the hell out of them.

You might want to stay away from the Ameglian Major Cow then.

"I'll be very humane."
2014-03-06 05:31:36 PM  
1 vote:
I've eaten Durian, dried cuttlefish and coagulated pork blood.
2014-03-06 05:21:36 PM  
1 vote:

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.

Taz, is that you?

BEWARE of the Tasmanian Devil - a vicious, ravenous brute with powerful jaws like a steel trap. Eats aardvarks, ants, bears, boars, cats, bats, dogs, hogs, elephants, antelopes, pheasants, ferrets, giraffes, gazelles, stoats, goats, shoats, ostriches, lions, jackals, muskrats, minks, dingoes, zebras, foxes, boxes, octopus, penguins, people, warthogs, yaks, gnus, newts, walrus, wildebeests....and especially RABBITS!
2014-03-06 05:14:20 PM  
1 vote:

sleeps in trees: I make homemade lutefisk.
2014-03-06 05:08:11 PM  
1 vote:

It's going to cost you 300% of base price;  and you aren't getting more than 10% for your grandmother's heirloom soup.
2014-03-06 04:56:20 PM  
1 vote:
Sea urchin tastes similar to beef liver.
2014-03-06 04:41:40 PM  
1 vote:
make me some tea:That sounds interesting. Blackberry, huh?

I've not made duck as yet, but I bought a tub of duck fat the other day and have been trying it with all sorts of stuff. Everything is good. EVERYTHING

Now I'm thinking of smearing big dollops of cold duck fat onto a Ritz cracker.
2014-03-06 04:21:06 PM  
1 vote:

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.
2014-03-06 03:54:55 PM  
1 vote:
2014-03-06 03:44:48 PM  
1 vote:
I love durian fruit.  It makes an amazing curry. I'd try to make it, but I don't want the house smelling like curry.
2014-03-06 03:44:01 PM  
1 vote:
Only slightly less fresh.
2014-03-06 03:40:55 PM  
1 vote:

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.

No beaver?
2014-03-06 03:40:47 PM  
1 vote:

Timanous: Huck Chaser: Whenever I go to a restaurant and they serve a weird animal, I usually get it.  The weirdest thing I've eaten is probably zebra.

Zebra was pretty tasty.  I had a chance to eat lion and wildebeast.  Those were weird.

To be honest, it was a curry dish, so I have no idea what the meat itself tastes like.
2014-03-06 03:39:45 PM  
1 vote:

DGS: Timanous: 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?

Didn't feel like offending the Maasai Warrior with the giant spear standing in front of me.

We've all been there.

Oh, I should read the thread, it's already been covered. Damn you people.
2014-03-06 03:37:54 PM  
1 vote:

LlamaGirl: brap: I've always loved lutefisk. You don't eat it by itself, that would be foul.

I can send ya some if ya want.

I actually found a place in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn that carries it.  It used to be the largest collection of Norwegians outside of Oslo.  Their are still a lot of Lutheran churches and parks named after Leif Ericson and stuff but all the actual Norwegians moved on.

Also, I think shipping it would constitute some sort of act of biological warfare.
2014-03-06 03:36:29 PM  
1 vote:
I've eaten shards of glass, but I don't suppose that's technically food.
2014-03-06 03:32:26 PM  
1 vote:

CapeFearCadaver: [ image 349x386]

I don't know what it says about me that it was the "milk gravy" part that made me grimace.
2014-03-06 03:30:06 PM  
1 vote:

2014-03-06 03:29:34 PM  
1 vote:
I had an internship at a tech company in San Jose once.
My department consisted of me, my manager, and two other interns.

I was the only one who wasn't a tiny asian woman.
When we finished a product cycle, we'd celebrate by going out to lunch on the company's dime.

They'd always take me to Dim Sum. The kind of place where I'm the only white devil and everyone speaks a language I don't know.  The ladies had great fun in getting me to try everything.  Which was awesome because dim sum is rad.

But I've tried some weird food thanks to those girls. The worst part is I have no idea what some of it was or what it's called.
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