What is your best, worst or strangest food encountered on your travels?
Deep fried trout is the worst so far, not exciting but not edible either. I'm sure others can do better than this!
In 1984 in Hong Kong eating at Jumbo floating restaurant I had carp..cardboard...then later in China found I had eaten white rat and broccoli...I thought it was duck or pork!
I did develop a love for bbq fruit bat in HK in 86 - lately though i have fallen in love with Poisson Cru.
Rat! That's one way of getting rid of them I guess. Does Fruit bat taste like chicken? had to look up poisson cru sounds really nice except for the coconut which I am allergic to, one problem of travelling for me as I have to check every ingredient and in some languages that isn't always easy.
Yes it does taste like Chicken actually, its a shame its not more readily available here although i think our bats are protected....not sure how the environmental protection agency would view a bat bbq :D
I hate rodents of all kinds for all reasons but when in Peru I tried the guinea pig. It was a small, nearly microscopic piece in a stew. Basically all I could taste was the sauce which was fine by me.
That is when I decided I don't need to try all foods.
We attended a Mullet festival a few years ago in Niceville, Florida ( no I'm not making that up) any way -- all the locals kept telling us how good the mullet was. We didn't want to have any pre-conceived notions that bottom feeding fish couldn't be tasty so we gave it a try. We sampled with gusto--
The particular piece we had was horrible. Fried in old grease and soggy. Not at all to our liking.
If you get to the United States you need to head to Ohio and try the Lake Erie Perch. It is very good when it is fresh. Lake Perch is nothing like salt water Perch.
Weirdest would definitely by deep-fried scorpions. Here is a photograph of that memorable moment.
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For the best meal - there are two that I remember that do have images. One was a banquet on a boat cruising the waters in Kerala, India. I cannot believe how much food they served for just one person.
The second was Nasi Kandar in Penang. Malaysia is famed for its food, but this meal excelled when judged against the country's usual high standards.
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Mullet reminds me so much of the 70's and 80's hairstyles! I tried it a few years ago but isn't on my list of favourite fish. Had perch in Spain earlier this year and found it a little strange but not back, think it was sea perch though.
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That's an awful lot of food, even Woolly would struggle to finish! I can imagine scorpion being a bit like crab but with a sting in the last bite!
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The first one was okay, the second was bigger and thus had more scorpion meat, it was far too bitter for my liking. I gave the third away.
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Good plan, I love buffet type restaurant's where you can try small amounts without fear of having to cope with a whole portion.
My strangest meal has to be fried alligator, also in Florida. It really did taste like gamey chicken. My best was Sunday Brunch at Galatore's in New Orleans. Its world famous among food enthusiasts, and was worth every penny (many MANY pennies) I paid for it. My worst was a diner that shall not be named in New Jersey, where I got food poisoning afterward 😞
Ate a lot of crocodile and ostrich in Vietnam. They are both good. Crocodile is like fishy pork.
Also were fed jellyfish (tastes, as you would imagine, like nothing).
Just ate wildebeast and kudu in South Africa. Did really both taste beefy.
Mopani worms in Zimbabwe! Even though they were roasted, I could only eat a small part of it and even that bit was so rich (apart from what was going on in my mind while chewing it!) Another one was bat in Seychelles - very bony and not too bad. It was in a stew so the sauce probably made it more acceptable.
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You ought to stay away from Slug salad. There is a good chance you will die!
Slugs carry a bacteria that causes encephalitis in humans. We had a young guy die last year in Australia who ate a slug on a bet while he was drunk.
My "worst" food was cockroach in Thailand. I put the inverted commas around worst
because they actually tasted quite nice. (I didn't know what I was eating at the time, though. I might have refused if I had!)
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Mullet is the main fish in the lake where I live.
It is a bit oily but, as long as it is fresh, it tastes quite nice if you grill it. A squeeze of lemon juice at the last minute helps cut through the oil.
Where is bvchef
when you need him? 😊
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We were unable to determine if the mullet we ate was fresh or not but the oil it was fried in certainly was not. (and mushy)
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😱 I'm here. Here are a couple shots of the 2 best meals I have had on the road.
As you can see from the pictures, both were relatively simple foods, but were as fresh as could be. The trout was absolutely amazing and the King Crab was the food of dreams.
I am with D MJ Binkley
the guinea pig was probably the most unusual food. I found it to be similar to rabbit, so rather enjoyed it. Have not had mullett, so can't comment on it.
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Here is an interesting blog with photos of mullet. How did we miss this guy? His blogs are fascinating. Too late for blogger of the week as he hasn't posted for a while but great text: surfbird
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