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10/01/2005 07:16:42 AM · #1
Do you know any local delicacies which most of the people wouldn't eat?

Tampere where I live... most famous one is sausage made of blood and crushed rye.It is traditionally eaten with lingonberry jam and cold milk.

Nearby city there is a grill treat (kuuma koira), which basically is a hot sausage inside of some kinda sugared donut.
10/01/2005 07:53:33 AM · #2
Here in edinburgh a popular one with the tourists (but nobody who has any sense) is deep fried mars bars.
10/01/2005 08:01:50 AM · #3
Here in South Africa some people regard Mopani Worms as a delicacy. Can't say I've ever tried them though. I suppose it's not as bad as some of the live bugs eaten on programs like Survivor and Fear Factor, but still, it's not for me.
10/01/2005 08:25:50 AM · #4
The only thing I can think of around here that might fall into that category is chitlin's (aka Rocky Mountain Oysters, aka pig/lamb testicles), but a lot of people seem to like them, so I'm not sure if this falls into your category or not...
10/01/2005 08:32:42 AM · #5
Originally posted by mtpp:

Tampere where I live... most famous one is sausage made of blood and crushed rye.It is traditionally eaten with lingonberry jam and cold milk.


wtf? Ryynimaggara is made of blood and rye? anyhow.. I'm going to have to say salmiakki. Probably because it's made of Ammonium Chloride.

Nice to see some finns around here for a change..

Message edited by author 2005-10-01 08:33:03.
10/01/2005 08:36:54 AM · #6
Originally posted by Uusilehto:

wtf? Ryynimaggara is made of blood and rye? anyhow.. I'm going to have to say salmiakki. Probably because it's made of Ammonium Chloride.

Nice to see some finns around here for a change..


There is a big difference between ryynimakkara and MUSTAMAKKARA.. which I'm talking about.
10/01/2005 08:39:10 AM · #7
Here we have Surströmming. I don't go near it, so I've never tried it. It's some sort of fish that smells like rotten eggs and diapers. It's made mainly for psycopaths and tourists (usually the same people) :-)

10/01/2005 08:48:58 AM · #8
I grew up in delaware and for me the local thing to eat is Scrapple which can only be found on the eastern shore(DE, eastern MD & eastern VA) so since i moved to kentucky i can no longer find it. Its made with pig biproducts("everything but the squeal" as my dad says) and sage. My dad just sent me 16lbs down a few weeks ago :o) from what i hear its alot like souse meat made here in Kentucky but i dont know because Ive never tried that. Ive also have never tried the Mountain oysters that everyone talks about here either.
10/01/2005 09:20:07 AM · #9
Well, I live in Taiwan, so I can list a few notables.

Available on the streets include: Chickens Feet (a frequent favorite with Schoolgirls (?)), Blood mixed with Rice, Intestines in Soup, STINKY Tofu (fermented and either boiled or deep fried and served with hot peppers and pickled cabbage). Stinky tofu is the rough vegetarian version of Camembert which I connect because in certain circles, at certain times, people have felt that this product is at it's absolute finest when maggots are present.

I have enjoyed squid eyeballs deep fried with a little beer (they call them Dragon Balls).

Children usually enjoy fighting over who gets the eyeball in the fish which is generally cooked with head, tail and fins. Oddly enough, Salmon steaks are actually cheaper by the pound than the salmon head... Yeah, I've tried the fish eyeball too. Not much to my taste.

Those are just the common things available on the street. Things get a lot wilder when you head down to Snake Alley. Tucked away behind LongShan (Dragon Mountain) Temple you will come across what used to be a major brothel area. Now, the brothel areas are gone, but the connection still lingers with every other store selling *****'s and other eyebrow-raising items in their shop windows. Foods commonly and uncommonly associated with potency and sexual prowess are available here. Don't take your camera, the local shopkeepers have had some tangles with the WWF (not the wrestlers) and are more than happy to take a metal rod and prove that your 70-200 F2.8L is NOT indestructible.

You used to be able to watch your snake be slaughtered and cleaned. Now, you choose a snake from the cage (much like lobsters in a nice Western restaurant) and they take it out back.

Barbecued snake - 4 peices = $15-20 US
Snake soup - $3US (this is not for sexual potency - they say it's good for skin).

While eating your meal, you will be offered some extra goodies that have been harvested from your selection. 4 shotglasses contain: Snake blood, Snake venom, Snake Semen and (the last one I forget, I think it was snake Bile). They also recommend a little alcohol to go with it if that's your fancy.

Further down the lane, you will find what I felt was too heartbreaking to watch. Softshell turtles (little ones, not the endangered kind) are butchered and quartered on display for all. Similar extra products are available for consumption with the addition of raw turtle egg in place of venom.

Snake Alley has calmed down a lot in the past few years since the government has cracked down on most public brothel-oriented activities. My friend told me that when he was a kid, it was common to see snakes wandering free on the sidewalks near your feet (but never leaving the area due to the watchful eye of the owner). Currently, most restaurant fronts feature little cobra-teasing acts. More money gets you a more exciting variety of snake. Taiwan does have some EXTREMELY deadly native varieties to give the cobra a run for it's money.

I've had everything except the blood and the nastier offerings in snake alley. No turtle for me - that was a sight that almost brought me to tears.

I almost got to try termites while visiting Chung King towers with a Nigerian friend I met in Hong Kong, but they were out of season (?) or out of stock that day.

My friend was having a chicken soup one day in a rural part of Taiwan and discovered a "chicken" cat's paw. Eating cat and dog is illegal here.

The WORST thing I have EVER heard of is considered a delicacy in certain rural parts of China.

**** WARNING VERY GROSS ****
A monkey is brought in to the table and it's skull is inserted through a hole in the table and bolted to it. It is live. The skull is cut and dinner is served. This is a very expensive dish. Brains are considered by many asian cultures to be foods that will increase your intelligence just by eating them.

It is notable that only the cultures that have brain consumption in their food chain have experienced outbreaks of Spongiform Encephalitis, aka mad cow disease.

I have not seen it, but my chinese teacher told me of this. He gets around a lot and is the sort that would know. Some have told me that this is not true, but they were foreigners who do not speak Chinese and have never been to China. I would not consider that reliable information.
10/01/2005 09:25:48 AM · #10
In convenience stores in the south you will find large jars on the counter which contained pickled pigs feet or pickled eggs. Some grocery stores sell chicken's feet (for what, I have no idea).

The creepiest thing I eat is fried pork rhinds; which are pieces of pig skin with a chunk of meat deep fried until the skin is fluffy and crunchy and the meat is a hard little chunk. MMMMmmmm!
10/01/2005 09:33:34 AM · #11
Originally posted by greatandsmall:


The creepiest thing I eat is fried pork rhinds; which are pieces of pig skin with a chunk of meat deep fried until the skin is fluffy and crunchy and the meat is a hard little chunk. MMMMmmmm!


hey those are great..espicaly if you can find a vendor that makes them fresh while you wait right there. I only like the fresh rhinds like this.
10/01/2005 09:41:50 AM · #12
Korea is a world in it's own.

I once had sasimi(sushi?) where, on reaching for a thin slice of the great looking raw fish, the fish snapped at my chopstick. Quite an experience eating a fish that follows your every move with those big eyes...

Though never tried, I also know the Korean people love to chop life baby octopus in pieces and eat it alive... apparently the feelers sucking on the inside of your mouth wherever it lands is quite a sensation. They also, as does the Chinese, put live shrimps in rice wine and when the shrimps are totally intoxicated, they eat it.

As I always, tong in cheek, say the Koreans will eat anything that does not eat them first;-)
10/01/2005 10:40:46 AM · #13
Our local delicacy is crab cakes. They are terrible. I don't think anyone should ever eat them. Especially the ones made with Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs. Please don't eat any crab cakes, and we Baltimore people will see to it that there are none left to foul your pallette.
10/01/2005 10:45:13 AM · #14
Originally posted by coolhar:

Our local delicacy is crab cakes. They are terrible. I don't think anyone should ever eat them. Especially the ones made with Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs. Please don't eat any crab cakes, and we Baltimore people will see to it that there are none left to foul your pallette.


Oh no, next time I visit Baltimore I'll help you; you shouldn't have to take that onus on by your self.
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