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(News.com.au)   Travel writer reveals what it's like to eat some of the world's most extreme foods - from insects to rodents to rotted fish. And not all of it tastes like chicken   ( news.com.au) divider line
    More: Weird, fish sauce, stinky fruit Durian, Sichuan-style chicken feet, Photographer Dean Starnes, raw sea urchin, fish eye, so-called extreme food, particular polite culture  
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2017-04-17 05:36:00 PM  
While shopping today I discovered Sugar-free imitation honey. I don't want to know what's in that shiat. Also, anything with the phrase "cheese food product" scares the shiat out of me.
 
2017-04-17 06:46:09 PM  
REMEMBER that trip to Cambodia when you ate a crispy tarantula with lime and pepper sauce on the side? Exactly. No you don't.

Yes, I do. When I was in Cambodia, I ate grasshoppers and a tarantula. What's your point?

Even adventurous eaters like me - over the years I've tried delicacies like fried grasshoppers, Sichuan-style chicken feet, the stinky fruit Durian, raw sea urchin and sea slug - baulk at chomping up a venomous arachnid.

Oh, you're just trying to find an excuse for not eating a spider by claiming no one would. All good, not everyone's going to try everything.
 
2017-04-17 09:01:34 PM  
Some cooking show over the weekend did taste testing on fish sauce.  Fish sauce in shot glasses.  Good god, I can't imagine drinking that stuff straight.  It's damned tasty in dishes, adds a whole new dimension.   But you really don't want to take a shot of that nasty smelling stuff.
 
2017-04-17 09:03:02 PM  
Forgot to mention, the brand I buy in my local mega-mart turned out to be the winner.

/ too lazy to walk to the fridge
// Thai Kitchen if memory serves
/// Seriously, if you cook buy some fish sauce
 
2017-04-17 09:06:56 PM  
Bugs aren't that extreme. I just find them a bit bland. Except ants. They're kind of tart.
 
2017-04-17 09:08:42 PM  

Snotnose: Some cooking show over the weekend did taste testing on fish sauce.  Fish sauce in shot glasses.  Good god, I can't imagine drinking that stuff straight.  It's damned tasty in dishes, adds a whole new dimension.   But you really don't want to take a shot of that nasty smelling stuff.


What's no to like about fermented minnows strained through a pile of sea salt?

I recommend Red Boat brand.
 
2017-04-17 09:18:14 PM  
Reminds me of the one time I saw Andrew Zimmern gag on something. He was somewhere in Africa, and the local dish was something like a beef confit. Chunks of beef stored in a jar in their own fat. Apparently the trick is to allow the beef to rot while it's in the jar. Zimmern was retching and gagging. He eventually choked it down, but said it was the worst thing he'd ever eaten, and that's saying something.
 
2017-04-17 09:19:48 PM  

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2017-04-17 09:54:08 PM  
Fish sauce is delicious; in the West the Romans lived for their version of it, called garum, manufactured like the article says--whole fish, chopped up, miked with salt, left to ferment in the sun for 30 days, then strained and sold to the public.

I've had actual rotten fish. My last night in Seoul, my adult class took me to an expensive restaurant whose specialty was old traditional Korean dishes from the Chosun era. My housewives wanted to give me something special, so one of the dishes they ordered was fermented skate, very similar to the Icelandic hakarl. The smell of pungent, rotted fish was indescribably foul, resembling the reek of a broken urinal, but being a polite young man, I actually had a piece and kept it down with plenty of beer.  Just thinking about it made me want to urp. By comparison the dog stew and boiled silkworm pupae I had during my time in Seoul weren't that bad.

I've also had durian, truly stinky, and roasted snake in a fancy Guangzhou restaurant. It was cooked, put back in its skin, and arranged artistically on a wooden branch. I had to eat it to save face, but I really didn't care for it. I've been to Cambodia, did NOT eat tarantula, but whole boiled baby crabs with lime juice, OTOH, were awesome. Crabs and spiders are relatives, taxonomically speaking, but I'll eat one while the other is the stuff of nightmares.
 
2017-04-17 11:12:36 PM  

buckler: Reminds me of the one time I saw Andrew Zimmern gag on something. He was somewhere in Africa, and the local dish was something like a beef confit. Chunks of beef stored in a jar in their own fat. Apparently the trick is to allow the beef to rot while it's in the jar. Zimmern was retching and gagging. He eventually choked it down, but said it was the worst thing he'd ever eaten, and that's saying something.


he's skeechy about walnuts but eats testicles nearly every episode.  saw the rotting beef episode.  shiat looked nasty.
 
2017-04-17 11:35:03 PM  
Oh, look! A diet thread!

/ i lose at least 5 pounds every time I read one
 
2017-04-18 01:21:01 AM  
List fails without Surstromming and Lutefisk.
 
2017-04-18 02:45:29 AM  
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2017-04-18 04:22:00 AM  
Well, that was disappointing.

Was thinking he'd gone all over the world and tried dishes that would make every other culture gag.

Nope, he just picked a couple countries in Asia and ate snacks.

You shouldn't be allowed to say "the world's" anything unless you can sit in a room with someone from pretty much any country and tell them a food story that amazes. If he tried selling that story to anyone from Asia he'd get laughed at.

Fish sauce? Really? Fish sauce is a product you can buy on the shelf in almost any supermarket in the world. It's hardly an extreme food. Dem glutamates.
 
2017-04-18 12:14:30 PM  

dyhchong: Well, that was disappointing.

Was thinking he'd gone all over the world and tried dishes that would make every other culture gag.

Nope, he just picked a couple countries in Asia and ate snacks.

You shouldn't be allowed to say "the world's" anything unless you can sit in a room with someone from pretty much any country and tell them a food story that amazes. If he tried selling that story to anyone from Asia he'd get laughed at.

Fish sauce? Really? Fish sauce is a product you can buy on the shelf in almost any supermarket in the world. It's hardly an extreme food. Dem glutamates.


And it doesn't sound like he was trying the snacks because they might be delicious, it sounds like he was trying snacks just to brag about how gross they are. That's not adventurous, that's attentionwhoring.

\tries a bit of everything to find what's delicious
\\turns out offal is just delicious
\\\delicious, delicious intestines
 
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