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04/17/2009 05:36:02 AM · #1
Following on from a "flogging the dead horse" thread which led to the preparation and consumption of said knackered-horse, what is the strangest thing you've ever eaten? How was it prepared? Where did you come across it?

In this multicultural society that is the internet, can there BE something that is truly a weird meal?

Discuss.
04/17/2009 05:42:42 AM · #2
How about raw horse meat, steamed whale meat and bee soup. These small bee were boiled without the sting. Had this when I visited Japan.
04/17/2009 05:50:18 AM · #3
Well Iím a big fan of unorthodox food and eat almost anything especially when I travel.

Probably the weirdest thing I have eaten by Western standards is fresh wasp larva straight from the hive. I brought it from a villager selling it at a local market in Northern Vietnam and had it cooked at a nearby Hotel, they simply fried them out of the hive and added little herbs and served with sticky rice and some salad garnish.

It tasted a little bland for my liking a little nutty I suppose but nothing I would rave about. To the locals it is highly sort after and is expensive by Vietnamese standards.
04/17/2009 05:52:45 AM · #4
Originally posted by andrewt:

How about raw horse meat, steamed whale meat and bee soup. These small bee were boiled without the sting. Had this when I visited Japan.


Bee soup is one I've never heard before! Legend.

Just realised I never actually did my weirdest. I had stir-fried horse in Switzerland, and then at a restaurant called "Carnivore" in Nairobi (anyone else been here?) I had alligator, ostrich, gazelle and a few others I can't really remember. All barbecued!
04/17/2009 05:53:15 AM · #5
I think I've eaten quite a few live flies whilst cycling :P
04/17/2009 06:02:40 AM · #6
Originally posted by keegbow:

Well Iím a big fan of unorthodox food and eat almost anything especially when I travel.

Probably the weirdest thing I have eaten by Western standards is fresh wasp larva straight from the hive. I brought it from a villager selling it at a local market in Northern Vietnam and had it cooked at a nearby Hotel, they simply fried them out of the hive and added little herbs and served with sticky rice and some salad garnish.

It tasted a little bland for my liking a little nutty I suppose but nothing I would rave about. To the locals it is highly sort after and is expensive by Vietnamese standards.


Sweet, that story kicks a$$.
04/17/2009 06:04:51 AM · #7
Originally posted by JimiRose:

Originally posted by andrewt:

How about raw horse meat, steamed whale meat and bee soup. These small bee were boiled without the sting. Had this when I visited Japan.


Bee soup is one I've never heard before! Legend.

Just realised I never actually did my weirdest. I had stir-fried horse in Switzerland, and then at a restaurant called "Carnivore" in Nairobi (anyone else been here?) I had alligator, ostrich, gazelle and a few others I can't really remember. All barbecued!


BBQ'ing makes everything good. Mmmmmm.....BBQ
04/17/2009 06:10:40 AM · #8
I've eaten grasshoppers before. Raw and cooked. Pretty bland raw, better cooked.
Whenever I see a fruit I haven't tried, I need to try it. Monstera and dragonfruit are probably the most uncommon that I've found here.
The holy grail for me would be a durian, but I don't anticipate finding one of those unless I travel to a country where they're grown.
04/17/2009 06:19:38 AM · #9
Originally posted by spiritualspatula:

I've eaten grasshoppers before. Raw and cooked. Pretty bland raw, better cooked.
Whenever I see a fruit I haven't tried, I need to try it. Monstera and dragonfruit are probably the most uncommon that I've found here.
The holy grail for me would be a durian, but I don't anticipate finding one of those unless I travel to a country where they're grown.


Whenever you are in singapore let me know, we can have durian's all year round now.
04/17/2009 06:19:41 AM · #10
Originally posted by spiritualspatula:

I've eaten grasshoppers before. Raw and cooked. Pretty bland raw, better cooked.
Whenever I see a fruit I haven't tried, I need to try it. Monstera and dragonfruit are probably the most uncommon that I've found here.
The holy grail for me would be a durian, but I don't anticipate finding one of those unless I travel to a country where they're grown.


Durian is something everyone should try :) just to say you have done it. Really you just need to get past the smell and your right but frankly I didn't like it at all.
04/17/2009 06:28:34 AM · #11
Not so uncommon but I think the weirdest thing I ate was snails, not the little ones but the big ones you have to bite into and chew. Only tried one, they were kinda weird.
04/17/2009 06:34:46 AM · #12
Originally posted by spiritualspatula:

I've eaten grasshoppers before. Raw and cooked. Pretty bland raw, better cooked.
Whenever I see a fruit I haven't tried, I need to try it. Monstera and dragonfruit are probably the most uncommon that I've found here.
The holy grail for me would be a durian, but I don't anticipate finding one of those unless I travel to a country where they're grown.


I had durian in Malaysia, tastes a bit like strawberries, they really do stink though!
04/17/2009 06:38:54 AM · #13
stir fried grasshopper
stir fried scorpion
stir fried silk worm larvae

all i can say is YUM - NOT!
04/17/2009 06:40:50 AM · #14
Originally posted by Covert_Oddity:

Not so uncommon but I think the weirdest thing I ate was snails, not the little ones but the big ones you have to bite into and chew. Only tried one, they were kinda weird.


I had a really bad experience with snails - on a trip to France me and a mate of mine decided to try cooking them ourselves. Unfortunately the only ones we could find were frozen, and we only had a microwave to cook them in! Needless to say the worst thing about my first taste of a snail was not the fact I was chewing a snail, more the fact that I was chewing on a raw, frozen-slug-sicle lightly garnished with garlic in an extremely hot shell! Not recommended.
04/17/2009 06:41:10 AM · #15
Originally posted by andrewt:

How about raw horse meat, steamed whale meat and bee soup. These small bee were boiled without the sting. Had this when I visited Japan.


In all my 10 years in Japan I never even heard of 'Bee soup', maybe they wound you up or you was in a Chinese restaurant.. Please tell me were one can enjoy such a thing in Japan...
04/17/2009 06:59:15 AM · #16
Chocolate covered ants, raw eel, & scrapple.....8>)

ETA: NOT all at the same time!

Message edited by author 2009-04-17 06:59:38.
04/17/2009 07:12:45 AM · #17
Originally posted by MAK:

Originally posted by andrewt:

How about raw horse meat, steamed whale meat and bee soup. These small bee were boiled without the sting. Had this when I visited Japan.


In all my 10 years in Japan I never even heard of 'Bee soup', maybe they wound you up or you was in a Chinese restaurant.. Please tell me were one can enjoy such a thing in Japan...


If I recall correctly, I think I was at Matsumoto in winter I think (that was more than 15 years ago.) Haven't been to Japan since.
04/17/2009 08:35:01 AM · #18
Originally posted by joshua:

stir fried grasshopper
stir fried scorpion
stir fried silk worm larvae

all i can say is YUM - NOT!

Ant muffins
Cricket pancakes
Plain crickets

I prefer a cheeseburger.
04/17/2009 08:56:41 AM · #19
Dried smoked mopane worms (actually a type of caterpillar) while living in northern South Africa. Tasted okay once you got past the thought of eating a crunchy caterpillar.
04/17/2009 09:03:25 AM · #20
Originally posted by JimiRose:

...I was chewing on a raw, frozen-slug-sicle lightly garnished with garlic in an extremely hot shell!

OK, now my co-workers want to know what I'm laughing at.

I've tried many of the "delicacies" mentioned- ostrich, snails, periwinkles, alligator, dragonfruit, scrapple. Mexican mamey fruit is excellent if you can find it. I was munching on dried jujube fruit yesterday. I once bought a bag of Japanese dried crabs (supposedly a snack, and NOT recommended! I was the only one in my family who could even choke one down without gagging, and the cat wouldn't touch it). I had several weird things all at once at a Chinese wedding in Chinatown NYC- sea cucumber, jellyfish... we quickly learned not to ask what each dish was. Abalone is awesome.

If you ever see Arkansas Black Apples, try them. I'm not a huge apple fan, but those were incredible. They aren't weird, but they're very rare.
04/17/2009 09:13:37 AM · #21
Originally posted by pncowley:

Dried smoked mopane worms (actually a type of caterpillar) while living in northern South Africa. Tasted okay once you got past the thought of eating a crunchy caterpillar.


Ick...
04/17/2009 09:22:52 AM · #22
I think some of that stuff is served up to tourists just to see if they will try to eat it. "D

As for me, the wierdest thing I've ever eaten is still tofu. Any way you look at it, tofu is just WIERD!
04/17/2009 09:29:15 AM · #23
In a Japanese restaurant I had an avocado half with a raw quail egg (without the shell, of course) in the groove left by the avocado pit. It was tasty, and pre-dated the "don't eat raw eggs" phenomenon.
04/17/2009 09:34:50 AM · #24
Cajun alligator tail. It was quite tasty. But I'm not an adventurous eater. I stick to what I know. I was brought up in a house where the unusual was eaten quite often. I was never forced to try anything, and I didn't, but I've seen my family eat squid, octopus, cow's tongue, blood pudding, chitterlings, pickled pigs feet, chicken claw soup, souse, scrapple (not so weird in our area, but gross), and I've seen a snapper turtle butchered and cooked.
04/17/2009 09:48:54 AM · #25

One time I was hiking with a buddy in the French countryside. I got a touch of heatstroke and was miserable by late afternoon when we arrived at the farmhouse where we had arranged to have dinner and spend the night, but I was cheered by the cute little lamb frolicking around the side yard. After a refreshing nap, I came downstairs and the first thing I saw was the lamb's head stuck on a post while the rest of it slowly roasted on a spit.
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