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fenris
06-12-2012, 04:23 PM
We are in the Pankot Palace... So, what's the weirdest, most unusual or grossest thing you've ever eaten?

Mine are:
1. Locusts (spicy and deep fried) - the legs to tend to get stuck in your teeth, though.
2. Frog's legs (tastes like chicken) - this required more effort on my part as I'm really grossed out by frogs.
3. Balut (basically a duck fetus still in the egg) - this would gross out most cultures, but it's a common delicacy in the Philippines.

We do have a lot of delicacies most will find weird or disgusting, like Barbecued chicken (or pork) intestines on a stick.

Indiana Bugs
06-12-2012, 06:23 PM
The first time I ate anything 'weird' was on my 1st honey moon in 1984. Frog legs. They do indeed taste like chicken. That was also the last time I ate them.

Since then I have eaten 'Brazilian' barbecue that featured an interesting sampling of meats including alligator, ostrich, and I was told kangaroo although I don't believe the kangaroo.

When I was in England I was offered Black Pudding. I didn't liek the sound of it and asked what it was. I was told I'd be told after I tried it. I figured if you're not gonna tell me what it is before I try it I am definitely not gonna try it. And I'm glad I didn't. I found out later it's pigs' blood. Ugh.

I won't eat bugs. I'm Bugs as in bunny, not insects.

Kt Templar
06-12-2012, 07:59 PM
I'm actually trying to think what I might consider weird! ie the Black Pudding, that just breakfast! Lots of cultures have something that, the French call it boudin noir the Koreans call it Soondae. Good use for a goodness rich material. The Chinese have a blood.... er curd made sometimes with pigs blood sometimes with chicken, fabulous with a chive gravy, it's texture is like soft tofu, or some kinds set puddings like jelly/o.

http://s3-media3.ak.yelpcdn.com/bphoto/MuJMwScOipKKGhInTd_aQg/l.jpg

Back to the pigs, I have eaten trotters, scratchings (deep fried pigskin) ie portable crackling, soya braised pigs uterus (kinda like squid), deep fried pigs intestines (yummmm), pork tongue, braised pigs ear, brawn (pig head meat set in jelly, I think it's called something else in the US)... yup piggy is just walking food!

http://blogs.houstonpress.com/eating/fried%20intestines.jpg

Chicken hearts, feet, oh yakitori chicken skin.... wow just don't tell your cardiologist.

Seafood, geoduck clams, sea cucumbers, jellyfish, sea urchin all great if prepared well.

Crocodile, ostrich, kangaroo, frog, moose. Meh can take or leave, the ostritch wasn't bad.

Haggis... the pluck (Heart, lungs, liver) cooked with oats onion suet and pepper in the a sheep's stomach. Sounds nasty, but can be nice and savoury if a little heavy.

Love escargot and whelks and conch.

Haven't eaten many insects I must admit, thought shrimp, crab and lobster are just sea insects really.

djd
06-12-2012, 08:19 PM
We have a great thread over on my Facebook group 'gentleman adventurers' on this very subject. As there are some very well traveled chaps on there they had some revolting answers (although some claimed it was McDonalds). The egg foetus thing was actually the most revolting one to my mind though...

Black pudding? I love the stuff. Tripe? That's vile if you want vile

kiltie
06-12-2012, 08:25 PM
As Kt said, weird is relative.

In South Texas, Sunday mornings ( especially after a solid bender ) is when you pick up barbacoa from the taco stand. While it has a few different regional meanings, when you ask for it here, everyone knows you mean cabeza. Colder days, and holidays: menudo ( cow stomach and/or tripas ). I'm not the world's biggest fan of menudo ( neither the food, nor the Mexican boy band ), but it's usually on a few of my friends' tables or at work, on New Years in particular. And there's lengua...a cow goes a pretty long ways.

Out east and into Louisiana ( where I have and have had a fair number of relatives ), you get into the Cajun and Creole food: frogs, alligator, turtle gumbo. I've had all that stuff. It's funny the things eaten out of necessity for some folks are something to be had at a premium by others ( I'm looking at you, twenty dollar "Louisiana kitchen" entree ).
Oh yeah - and escargot...? How is that a good idea? Maybe I just wasn't in the right frame of mind, but how is that supposed to be fine dining?

Kt Templar
06-12-2012, 08:27 PM
Tripe can be very, very tasty. Chinese street food:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pFNMIYthFnk/TWYur2oU1QI/AAAAAAAAGnE/KIZkGUqOO3c/s1600/tripe+by+acme.jpg

Escargot are really just an excuse for garlic and butter sauce. :) very tasty!

kiltie
06-12-2012, 08:29 PM
Heh -
I missed that you love escargot, Kt. I'll have to take it for another spin. There's only one place that I've been to more than once that regularly serves it, and I suppose their preparation just isn't to my liking.

Kt Templar
06-12-2012, 08:34 PM
No worries, the meat itself is slightly chewy and can be kinda floral tasting, but yeah there is not a lot there.

Another one I forgot stirfried ducks tongues....

http://forums.egullet.org/uploads/1228018228/gallery_23992_3606_11466.jpg

Are ok i suppose but not really worth the hassle. They export them from the UK to China... wherever the market is I suppose... and Monty Python thought they were having a laugh with the larks tongues.

Fenris, Balut sounds really scary, especially as it sometimes looks REALLY 'juicy.' LOL Does it just taste like really tender chicken with egg?

Gunslinger
06-12-2012, 11:26 PM
Andouillette.

Had this in a French village a few years ago. Foolishly I asked them to hit me with something as French and interesting as they could. And so I ended up eating something that smelled like an arse. And that's because that's what it's made of! Ugh.

I found jellyfish tastes like rubber bands. Didn't do much for me.

neutronbomb
06-13-2012, 12:24 AM
I think you're on the pipe with the tripe is tasty KT. Although your culinary experiences far out weigh mine, I'd enthusiastically throw down any and all of the tasty treats you mentioned before getting near tripe again.

Whoever said "vile", didn't even come close. It's far, far worse than that. I went to a real deal French restaurant like 3 or 4 years back in NYC and I still wake up gagging and sweating. Silly me didn't know what it was. I'd heard the word and that's about it. So I saw the menu and saw tripe listed and I'm in this totally French cuisine restaurant with this 100% straight from France waiter and figured I'd order this tripe dish and experience some real French goodies. So it came and I plowed right into it.

It tasted like burnt shit. Chewy and rancid burnt shit. I did a full on gag from the toes up. I actually felt my stomach do a big heave. Looked over at the waiter and asked him if he ate this stuff. He turned white and vigorously shook his head. Said something like only for stupid tourists and hustled off to the back.

fenris
06-13-2012, 03:00 AM
So that's what tripe is... I've eaten that. It's actually yummy if I remember correctly. I was a kid when I last ate that and I used to imagine them as gums without teeth for some reason.

Over here in the Philippines we also have those pig's (or chicken's) blood food. Only they're barbecued again. This one I don't like. It's like eating liver - the texture and taste is disgusting!
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_oPr0CrwHt1U/SmVYfZteUfI/AAAAAAAAAAs/b8QF_DW1_q4/s320/12.+Betamax+ang+tawag+sa+BBQ+dugo+ng+baboy.jpg

The deep fried pig's fat or skin and intestines we call 'em "Chicharon". They're for snacking just like chips are to most people. You usually dip it in vinegar and it's actually yummy... Though it may not be good for your cholesterol levels. Me and my wife dub 'em "high-blood food". Hehehe.
http://www.pinoyrecipe.net/wp-content/gallery/pinoy-favorite-foods/chicharon.jpg

Now, Balut is really disgusting... even for me. But I do eat it. The one thing most shows like Fear Factor forgot to mention is you should eat it with salt. The first time I ate it my eyes were closed and my girlfriend shoved it down my mouth. Surprisingly, it tasted pretty okay... but for some reason, I cannot really describe how it tastes.

Are you guys ready to see a balut?
http://naijapinoy.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/balut2.jpg

Kiltie,
You should try Filipino Menudo. I hear it's different from Mexican Menudo (I think). Although, even here, they sometimes have different ways of making Menudo.
http://www.filamnation.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/12.jpg

Tyderium
06-13-2012, 09:41 AM
Balut......I seriously couldn't do that. http://www.sherv.net/cm/emoticons/sick/vomit-into-the-toilet.gif (http://www.sherv.net/vomit.toilet-emoticon-686.html)

fenris
06-13-2012, 01:01 PM
Hahaha! It was even on Fear Factor!

Indiana Bugs
06-13-2012, 03:52 PM
I have to remember not to open this thread during lunch (or dinner). Bleah.

Raider7
06-13-2012, 04:06 PM
Stumbled into this thread... I really wish I hadn't.

whipcracker
06-13-2012, 06:47 PM
For me it was tacos de cesos. I walked into a family that we were teaching while I was a missionary and she had whole calf brains in the frying pan, then she diced them and gave us tacos.
They were alright with the right salsa but I didn't really like the texture.

Menudo is good id my wife makes it. It's all in how you clean it; it must be cleaned with salt, then lime (as in for cement not the fruit), then salt again.

Something that no one on this forum will ever eat I am sure is Mole de pescado con ciruelas silvestres (a special mole not the brown mole poblano). That's mole with dried and salted fish dipped in stiffly whipped eggs and then fried and added to the moled with boiled wild mexican plums (not a type found nor sold here in the states). It's good.

PLATON
06-14-2012, 11:10 AM
balut is disgusting

I have eaten snails, quite different than escargots. They are considered normal food here, they are also cooked differently.

We eat lamb's intestines (after they are washed of course) they are considered yummy!

Here's how it looks
http://www.howaboutsomegreektonight.com/_files/image/kokoretsi%20314x209.jpg

I have also eaten urchins, chicken hearts

Some people here eat the heads of the lambs
Here's how they look
http://www.athensguide.com/photos/patsa6.JPG

but the one that beats them all is called 'patsas' and is a soup made from the cartilage of the knees of cows.
Here's how it looks
http://www.howaboutsomegreektonight.com/_files/image/Patsas%20(&%20beer!)%20for%20breakfast!.jpg

they eat it when they are drunk, to become sober. And they do guaranteed.

fifthchamber
06-15-2012, 02:36 AM
We eat knuckles here in Japan too..Usually deep fried and served as a drinking snack...They're actually delicious...I have no problem eating them at all...

Perhaps not the strangest, but the nastiest thing I've had to eat here was squid guts...They call them "shiokara", and mix them with salt and spice to serve with drinks..Disgusting...Texture like wet rubber, with salt...Not especially nice to eat...

The strangest perhaps would be that, or the dried squid "saki-ika" which is also delicious actually..I'm just not a fan of the guts I guess....

Horse meat was another weird one...Not especially tasty, but not bad at all...(Eaten raw of course..)...And whale is served here, although I don't think it's worth eating...It's just fat...And boring apparently...Japanese don't eat it much either..I think the last poll was about 5% of Japanese having EVER eaten it...Which is a rather large amount of people choosing to stay well clear...Recent sales showed 75% of the years hunted whale unsold..Happily that means Japanese are agreeing with me that Whale is entirely stupid as a food source and not being eaten....

They'll keep hunting it though..It's less about sales and more about the "point" of it now...Stupidness..

Raw pig ear is another one that's liked here...Again, not sure why....

I'll eat anything high enough in protein....Which means the dried squid serves me lovely...

Kt Templar
07-26-2012, 06:00 PM
All you can eat crawfish boil.

Tasty... but I really don't need to eat crawfish for QUITE a while now... LOL

http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/192/screenshot20120725at501.png (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/268/screenshot20120725at501.png/)

PLATON
07-27-2012, 12:58 PM
crawfish are great but only an idiot chef would mix them with corn saucages and potatoes, an idiot or Jamie Oliver, he mixes anything with everything, nahhhh

Kazim
07-27-2012, 10:49 PM
Rattlesnake I guess, was ok but nothing to write home about. Have also eaten bear, dont know if thats considered weird tho.

neutronbomb
07-28-2012, 01:37 AM
Yeah. That qualifies. How was it.

Kazim
07-28-2012, 02:01 AM
It was a little grizzly. :) Kidding aside it was a very gamey dark meat, but gamey in a different way than venison or elk. Tough to describe but greasy and nothing like venison which is very lean. Probably would have been better in a stew.

neutronbomb
07-28-2012, 03:05 AM
Ah boy! I don't know man. Dark, greasy, gamey. I don't know if I could do it.

Kazim
07-28-2012, 03:07 AM
Probably sounds worse than it actually is. My favorite game is caribou, that is by far the best meat there is, that and frog legs. They say it tastes like chicken but its way better than chicken.

neutronbomb
07-28-2012, 04:38 AM
I had antelope once. Tasted like sagebrush.

crismans
07-28-2012, 12:31 PM
Nothing too adventurous (although I'm looking to change that) I've ate bear sausage and a bison burger along with "old country" fare like rabbit and squirrel. I'd say the bear was my least favorite--real greasy and just too "rich" for me.

Kazim
07-28-2012, 01:47 PM
I like squirrel, just gotta make sure you get all the shot out of the meat. Not sure if ever Ive eaten antelope.

fenris
07-31-2012, 11:15 PM
We actually got an Irish guy to eat balut a few years back... Hehehe. The secret to eating it is rock salt + closed eyes!

bigrex
09-05-2012, 11:03 PM
Horse meat, alligator, quail, escargo, fois gras, moose, octopus, buffalo, that's all that comes to mind right now.

fenris
09-07-2012, 11:40 AM
How did the alligator taste like? I was supposed to eat at a Crocodile farm here in the Philippines, but when we got to the restaurant, it was closed.

Kt Templar
09-07-2012, 12:27 PM
How did the alligator taste like? I was supposed to eat at a Crocodile farm here in the Philippines, but when we got to the restaurant, it was closed.

Like chicken... lol

No really!

bigrex
10-26-2012, 03:05 AM
Well, I've had fried alligator, moose, horse, escargo, octopus, quail. That's all that comes to mind right now.