I addressed this briefly in my latest blog... "Weird food" around the world comes in many forms. Also, different people identify differently with food. What's weird to me may be common to another.
What do you consider to be "weird?" What's the weirdest thing you've actually given a try and where did you try it?
I'm looking forward to the really bizarre replies...
I wouldn't say tried, watch someone try, yes.
I'm afraid I'm too fussy when it comes to putting food in my gob.
In Vietnam, dog meat (cay to) is well known. I have tried it once, but it really isn't my cup of tea.
That said, the most disgusting food I have ever come across is baby duck embryos (hot vit lon). They are boiled and eaten out of the shell...it is enough to make you gag.....
Apologies, to the squeamish and the tree huggers 😉
When in Beijing, I visited the Donghuamen Night Market which is famous for exotic foods. There were so many choices, fried centipede, fried cicadas, fried silkworm, sheep's penis, or fried chicken heart. Eventually, I decided upon fried scorpion - crunchy on the outside but the inside was so bitter - not something I'd try again.
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I agree! I'm normally pretty adventurous with food and will try anything, but I just couldn't bring myself to have duck embryo...maybe if it was cooked? maybe. there would still be the issue of the beak and the feathers 😞
In thailand they will have stalls with heaps of bugs you can eat but there is no way i could stomach or even put it in my mouth. So the worst i've eaten is in beijing and it was sheep testicles.
My hubby and i had one each and the composition of it was exactly what you'd imagine a humans would be composition wise so there was a bit of gagging and we moved on to the next plate lol!
I guess the definition of weird does change depending where you live etc - I have tried haggis in scotland which one mouthful was enough and i can happyily eat chicken feet at yumcha but i cant bring myself to try the pigs blood soup. But a fairly standard meal in Australia is soft shell crab and i struggle to eat that as the shell bit just sort of freaks me out - reminds me of the duck egg above!
there would still be the issue of the beak and the feathers 😞
But they are the best bits...nice and crunchy 😉
No, we haven't tried duck or chicken embryo but it is what everyone who likes that delicacy says!
What's weird to me may be common to another
We learned this quite quickly! We used to be quite squeamish when it came to food but not much actually bothers us after living in SE Asia for quite a while. We would give most things a go once (drawing the line at duck embryo, we don't want to be plucking feathers from between our teeth for days after!). Chicken head and feet, not a problem, bugs are just crunchy and a bit too chewy. Present a full cooked fish to Donna's Dad and he doesn't like it - its because the eye is looking at him! So weird foods, different for everyone!
I have to admit I actually am quite a fan of crickets and scorpions etc cooked in woks at street markets. I also love the taste of fruit bat which I first came across in the 80s in hong kong.
I did find out I had eaten rat in china and that grossed me out.
Most disgusting eaten purely by mistake until I cut into it and realise as soon as it went into my mouth - turtle eggs at Jakarta Airport. I was so disgusted in the fact they were eating turtle eggs and the taste I was praying id vomit...no such luck.
Donkey dumpling were pretty wierd (China), and in Japan I had a dish where the put little live fish in a bowl of steaming hot broth with a large cube of tofu. The fish would swim into the tofu to escape the heat, and then you eat the tofu !
Those duck embryos are delicious - called balut in the Philippines, you can get them from 16 days of maturity to 21. On the low end they have a creamy texture but at around 19 days you can detect the beak and feet. I look at it like this - we eat chickens (ducks), we eat eggs, this is something in between. Don't forget the salt and spicy vinegar.
As far as insects go the only thing I went for seconds on was the grubs. Like a sweet dollop of deep fried mashed potato.
Dog is ok, kangaroo is quite good but the weirdest thing I have tried is the still beating heart of a cobra. In Hanoi, Vietnam they have snake restaurants where they clean and dissect the snake in front of you, drain the blood and bile into vials and then everyone takes a shot of snake blood and rice wine, with the guest of honor receiving the pulsing heart in his shot glass. The rest of the snake is then prepared into several different dishes, all very good.
Funny to think an Indian forum might have people talk about trying beef or a Muslim talking about trying a strip of bacon...these foods are all only strange to us because of where we come from. Except maybe the beating heart, even the Vietnamese guys we were hanging out with looked quite shocked when I downed it.
I read an article on what's considered to be the five most extreme foods in asia: japan - fugu (puffer fish); china - century egg; vietnam/phillipines - duck embryo; korea - chopped baby octopus served with seseme oil (still wriggling); and cambodia - fried tarantulas with lime and pepper sauce.
I'll give the tarantulas a go, and maybe the 100 yr old egg...but see no reason to try any of the others 😊