The weirdest things I ever ate were...

Discussion in 'Food and Recipes' started by Mako Mark, Jun 20, 2004.

  1. Mako Mark

    Mako Mark Scuba Instructor

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    Since this is a VERY international board and a lot of people travel I thought this would be interesting.

    Here is my list

    Tarantula on a stick. Cambodia
    deep fried grasshoppers. Thailand
    buffalo gallbladder salad. Laos.
    Cucumber and Chili icecream. Mexico
     
  2. Bayou Platypus

    Bayou Platypus Barracuda

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    Hakarl (fermented shark) in Iceland

    Hakarl is raw shark meat buried in sand, left to ferment for six months, and then hung out to dry for a couple weeks...smells like ammonia (similiar to Kimchi) and tastes much worse than you could possibly imagine.

    Patatje Oorlog (french fries) in the Netherlands

    Literally means "French Fries War"...French fries with mayonnaise, ketchup, pindasaus (Dutch peanut sauce), and raw onions...tastes much, much better than it sounds.


    Can't wait to try that Cucumber and Chili ice cream in Mexico...yum.
     
  3. SueMermaid

    SueMermaid Loggerhead Turtle

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    I was in a restaurant in a really scary part of Belize city, (the taxi driver insisted on staying with us, lest we be killed), looking at the menu, when some guy walked in holding some enormous dead rodent up by the hind legs. He was bringing it in to sell to the proprietor of said restaurant. The guy perked up, bought the.....thing, told us we were "in luck", and cooked it up for us while we waited (two hours!) and drank beer and tequila.
    He brought out a stewed dish which was actually pretty darned good! I am not sure what it was. I am thinking it was an agouti, but this was so much larger than the ones we saw running wild. I dunno. It was good though.
     
  4. simbrooks

    simbrooks Snr LayZboy Meteorologist ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I wouldnt call it weird stuff to eat in the slightest, but the most amusing dinner was in Brussels, Belgium with a now ex-GF. We ordered off the menu something written in Flemish as it was the house special, i could see that the main course was Vennison, but the combination was very funny. When the starter arrived my GF of the time asked what it was, the waiter not knowing the English words for the food, put it as plainly as he could - Thumper (as in the rabbit from Bambi), she is a bit of a Disney fan and pushed the plate away thinking about Thumper now and Bambi later in the dinner. Needless to say i had plenty of rich game that night to eat and we got her something else afterwards to make up for it.

    Havent really eaten any truly weird stuff, however most people over here baulk at the idea of eating steak and kidney pie/pudding or anything with liver in it - even pate. I equally baulk at Marmite or Vegemite, or any of the weird concoctions they have over here involving peanut butter with such stuff as marshmallow or jelly - yuk. What one culture considers appealing, another dislikes, i am sure some people enjoy those "weird" things you all have eaten and vice-versa.
     
  5. Bayou Platypus

    Bayou Platypus Barracuda

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    Uck! Forgot about Marmite--have yet to meet anyone that actually likes Marmite.
     
  6. diverrick

    diverrick Manta Ray

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    I had Rocky Mountain oysters one time. The father of this girl was a shepard, and he got them by biting them off the sheep, and spitting them out into a coffee can, then he came home and fixed em up for dinner. He was pretty proud of that dish! I also had sweet breads, I didn't really like either of those dishes.
     
  7. wedivebc

    wedivebc CCR Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Actualy I like vegemite better but either are good on toast. Wash it down with a VB and you'll get the hang of it.

    cheers,
     
  8. scubagun

    scubagun Angel Fish

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    Try the "balut" in the Philippines!
     
  9. The Wanderer

    The Wanderer Single Diver

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    Yep.... Rocky Mountain Oysters at the historic Buckhorn Exchange in Denver. They actually were pretty tasty, although I was happy that the Buckhorn had a nice beer selection to wash them down!

    Also Scrapple and Shoe Fly Pie in Pennsylvania.
    Mutton BBQ with black dip in Kentucky
    Cabrito (?) Goat shoulder in a Mexican restaurant in Atlanta
    Poi in Hawaii
    Raw Octopus in a sushi bar in California
     
  10. Bayou Platypus

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    Yeah, I fell for that once at a fast-food restaurant in Sydney...was told "it tastes good on toast"....the result was not pretty--I looked like Tom Hanks from the movie Big after he ate a mouthful of caviar. Made for a good laugh though. ;)

    VB = Victoria Bitter?
     
  11. diverrick

    diverrick Manta Ray

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    I work with a bunch of guys from the PI and they are always talking about Balut, but so for I have yet to find anyone of them who have actually tried it.
     
  12. wedivebc

    wedivebc CCR Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Right you are! Aussies are smart they sell the Fosters to us and keep the good stuff to themselves.
    To quote Kevin Bloody Wilson "It feels like an angel has pi$$ed on me tonsils..."

    cheers mate...
     
  13. Bayou Platypus

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    Yep, found that out the first time we asked for a Fosters in Australia...the bartender actually said: "No mate, we export that <insert expletive here> to the Americans and keep the good stuff for ourselves."
     
  14. Dee

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    OK...what is Marmite or Vegemite?

    I spent my summers and weekends growing up on my grandparents cattle ranch. Every spring, we'd have mountain oysters scrambled with eggs and onions. I still like them.

    I guess the strangest thing I ever ate was possum and raccoon stew. Didn't know it until after the fact, it wasn't too bad. Aligator is good.
     
  15. jonnythan

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    Softshell crabs.

    It's not very unusual, but It's certainly weird. I mean, really. Take this weird disgusting sea bug that lives in garbage, then fry it and eat it whole. Um.. yum!

    As for unusual, alligator on a stick.
     
  16. MikeC

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  17. Albion

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    Soft shell crabs are quite nice, how about pickled (uncooked) crabs, a korean favorite.

    Another korean and japanese Fave is raw sea urchin, (UMI) i had once and only just managed to keep it down, now know to avoid the 'orange stuff' in sushi bars.

    But the class one was Raw lobster in China, my hosts sent the first one back because despite its tail being separate from the body and now cut into chunks on a bed of ice , the lobster was no longer moving. A second one then appreared prepared as before but with the feelers still twitching, yum yum.

    The hardest experience was in another korean restaurant where an assistant (read rather cute girl) shovels food into your mouth for you. I didnt get chance to see what was coming at me, but basically it had the consistency of phlegm, and in my mind someone elses.
     
  18. mania

    mania Cousin Itt ScubaBoard Supporter

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    The most weirdest thing I ever had were deep fried cockroaches - in China.
    honeslty - they are good!!!!
    Mania
     
  19. justleesa

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    eeeuuuuwwww!
     
  20. justleesa

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    I had pigeon stuffed with barly ( is that how it's spelt?) while on vaction in Egypt. It was fantastic!
     

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