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cethklein
05-28-2008, 04:26 PM
What is the least-appealing food you've seen, and did you have the guts to try eating it?

For me, it was this horrifying little roadside treat:

Balut, a fully-developed duck embryo still in the egg boiled and eaten whole, feathers and all.

http://www.thewilyfilipino.com/blog/archives/000076.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balut

And no, I did not try any although I think one day i may give it a go just ot say I did it. If you ever watch Bizarre Foods, you'll see him eat it but trust me, until you've seen them in person, you have no idea.

soleary
05-28-2008, 04:32 PM
Liver. Not a lover of liver. Wrong texture. Wrong color. Wrong smell. Even with the poor, innocent onions that tend to be thrown on top of it.

Nakhlasmoke
05-28-2008, 04:48 PM
Mopani worms.
(http://www.edible.com/shop/browse.php?cmd=showproduct&productId=4)
Sorry, I just can't bring myself to eat grubs.

Bubastes
05-28-2008, 04:55 PM
It's a tie between sea cucumber (a.k.a. sea slug) and chicken feet.

pconsidine
05-28-2008, 05:25 PM
I'm going to have to go with sea urchin sushi. It had little tentacles (or whatever they were) sticking out on either side and everything.

And yes, I ate it.

And quickly regretted it.

MsK
05-28-2008, 06:46 PM
Foie Gras. Not the looks as much as the process of how it came to be. And no, I would never eat it.

Shadow_Ferret
05-28-2008, 09:02 PM
Mopani worms.
(http://www.edible.com/shop/browse.php?cmd=showproduct&productId=4)
Sorry, I just can't bring myself to eat grubs.Bugs of ANY kind. No way, no how. I don't care if the world goes to hell in a handbasket and all the farmland dries up leaving us nothing but insects to eat. I will starve first.

I've heard of balut, but never had it and while in Iceland they had shark that had been buried in the sand for months, but never tried it either.

And I live next door to Minnesota where they eat lutefisk. Lye is a poison, no?

But I have had frog legs, ostrich, alligator, elk, squid, octopii, all sorts of shell fish, and yes, I do understand the lobsters/shrimp/crayfish are sort of related to bugs, just don't tell me that while I'm dipping the flesh in clarified butter.

stormie
05-28-2008, 09:04 PM
I started to read this thread...http://bestsmileys.com/sick/7.gif

slcboston
05-28-2008, 09:06 PM
It didn't *look* disgusting, but the live... and very much active... shrimp in the "drunken shrimp" dish in China was something I passed on.

Also chicken's feet - because I've seen where chicken put their feet, and there's no way that goes in my mouth. :)

Angela_785
05-28-2008, 09:06 PM
a tie between freeze-dried mealworms (BBQ flavor) and headcheese. I tried both, and meh. They were OK, nothing I'd run out and buy again. Escargot, frog legs...now those were pretty good.

slcboston
05-28-2008, 09:07 PM
Something that looked odd was jellyfish - think clear gelatin - but it was actually somewhat crispy and very tasty in it's soy and sesame sauce...

Shadow_Ferret
05-28-2008, 09:10 PM
Oh, yeah, snails, forgot about them. Yum.

And brains. I like to eat brains.

But I don't get the whole chicken feet thing. Is there even any meat on that? Reminds me of people who suck out fish heads. Ew. Stop. There's nothing worth eating in there!

slcboston
05-28-2008, 09:12 PM
Mmm... brains...

(where's that zombie smiley when I need it?) :D

Seriously, they were good. Though I could never figure out why something that came from a cow reminded me so much of pork. :Wha:

slcboston
05-28-2008, 09:13 PM
speaking of foods... how can goats smell so bad on the outside, yet taste so good on the inside?

Sarita
05-28-2008, 09:17 PM
Cuy (http://www.restlessadventurer.net/travel/trips/ecuador2004-2005/cuy_roasting.jpg). I tried it. There's a reason I dont eat meat, eh?

Shadow_Ferret
05-28-2008, 09:19 PM
Cuy (http://www.restlessadventurer.net/travel/trips/ecuador2004-2005/cuy_roasting.jpg). I tried it. There's a reason I dont eat meat, eh?
Oh, guinea pig.

Those look good.

slcboston
05-28-2008, 09:22 PM
Hmm, well now I know what to do with my rat problem... :D

RLB
05-28-2008, 09:25 PM
Guinea pig in Peru:

http://img5.travelblog.org/Photos/47755/208928/t/1572871-Cuy-roast-guinea-pig-0.jpg

Yeah, I ate it. Stringy.

ETA: I see Sara beat me to it!

MsK
05-28-2008, 10:21 PM
It didn't *look* disgusting, but the live... and very much active... shrimp in the "drunken shrimp" dish in China was something I passed on.

:)

That's just awful. I'm gagging now...
Good thing you didn't eat it.

ChaosTitan
05-28-2008, 10:23 PM
Guinea pig?!?!?! I'm going to have nightmares of my childhood pets ending up on someone's grill..... :(

Shadow_Ferret
05-28-2008, 10:43 PM
Guinea pig?!?!?! I'm going to have nightmares of my childhood pets ending up on someone's grill..... :(
That's ok. My kids just had some guinea pigs and they were so noisy and annoying there were times I thought about grilling them.

RLB
05-28-2008, 10:46 PM
It's huge there. In one of the cathedrals in Lima, they have a fresco recreation of the Last Supper, and Jesus is sitting down to a big old steaming plate of guinea pig. It's traumatizing.

slcboston
05-28-2008, 10:48 PM
So... can you use hamsters as appetizers? :D

TerzaRima
05-28-2008, 10:52 PM
Tripe. For my sins. Pale, rubbery chunks served without any sauce or seasoning whatsoever--this was in Dublin, in a family friend's home.

Sarita
05-28-2008, 10:58 PM
My mom seems to think Jab Chae looks disgusting. I don't. It's delicious! I'm hungry!

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1325/539786629_e2bf5cda4d.jpg?v=0

slcboston
05-28-2008, 11:01 PM
My mom seems to think Jab Chae looks disgusting. I don't. It's delicious! I'm hungry!

Tell your mom it IS delicious... and it's just noodles, essentially. :D

Sarita
05-28-2008, 11:07 PM
Noodles and that delicious medley of sesame marrinated veggies. Yum. I think I'm having Korean tonight. :)

She thinks the noodles look like worms. LOL.

slcboston
05-28-2008, 11:08 PM
see... now you've got ME hungry for Korean... especially some Kimchi. :D

Sarita
05-28-2008, 11:19 PM
OMG! I could eat pan-chan till the cows came home... (I've been dying for some gosadi, but I can't find them in the shops around here.)

Haggis
05-28-2008, 11:23 PM
Cuy (http://www.restlessadventurer.net/travel/trips/ecuador2004-2005/cuy_roasting.jpg). I tried it. There's a reason I dont eat meat, eh?

My Gawd! What have you done with Shadow_Ferret?

Sarita
05-28-2008, 11:25 PM
My Gawd! What have you done with Shadow_Ferret?
Mrs. Ferret was so distraught (http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r273/anthony901_photos/Ecuador/cuy2-1.jpg).

Shadow_Ferret
05-28-2008, 11:37 PM
My mom seems to think Jab Chae looks disgusting. I don't. It's delicious! I'm hungry!

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1325/539786629_e2bf5cda4d.jpg?v=0
Looks like a bowl of gummy worms.

slcboston
05-28-2008, 11:40 PM
Looks like a bowl of gummy worms.

speaking of disgusting food...

Freshman year in HS my homeroom was the German classroom. Every year the German club sold gummi bears as a fund-raiser. For no good reason, one morning a classmate took out a gummi bear, licked the back of it like a stamp, and affixed it to a poster on the wall.

It stayed there.

For months.

I vowed never to eat them after that. :)

slcboston
05-28-2008, 11:41 PM
OMG! I could eat pan-chan till the cows came home... (I've been dying for some gosadi, but I can't find them in the shops around here.)

QUIT!!! (I'm salivating all over my keyboard here.)

One of the things I miss about where I used to live in Shanghai: there were TWO great Korean places, one sort of fast-foodish, the other more fancy, both within waking distance of my apartment.

AndreaGS
05-29-2008, 01:33 AM
Dried grasshoppers. I ate them with a little bit of lemon juice. They tasted pretty similar to dried shrimp.

I make it a policy to try everything at least once.

Except durion. I haven't been able to get close enough to try it yet.

JoNightshade
05-29-2008, 01:40 AM
I've SEEN unhatched chicks boiled, skewered like shish-ke-bob. No, I could not eat it. I did eat this:

http://img255.imageshack.us/img255/6835/dscf17815tq.jpg

Not good, but not disgusting, either. I'd rather have them cooked, though.

I've also knawed on a number of heads. Chicken, pig, fish, you name it. ;)

blacbird
05-29-2008, 02:15 AM
Lutefisk. National dish of my heritage, regrettably. My parents, from Scandinavia, belonged to a church (Lutheran, yah, you betcha) where every summer there was some form of festivity involving food, and a competition to see who made the best lutefisk.

Think on that a moment. There's an oxymoron, if ever there was one: the best lutefisk.

I'm sure I was forced or coerced into tasting it at some point in my childhood, but the therapy hasn't yet got in that deep, so I don't remember.

Maybe we need to start an Andrew Zimmern thread.

caw

CatSlave
05-29-2008, 05:28 AM
Lamb testicles, or 'lamb fries' for the squeamish and/or children.
You can find them at Halal butchers where they are sometimes called 'white kidneys.'
They are quite tasty sliced up and grilled or sauteed with Middle Eastern spices: olive oil, garlic, lemon, a touch of allspice or cinnamon, S&P.
Mild flavor, tender consistency, not at all yucky like brains.

Sarita
05-29-2008, 05:30 AM
QUIT!!! (I'm salivating all over my keyboard here.)

One of the things I miss about where I used to live in Shanghai: there were TWO great Korean places, one sort of fast-foodish, the other more fancy, both within waking distance of my apartment.
Guess what I had for dinner :D I went to a little korean market and found gosadi!!! And I bought a big jar of kimchi. I made vegetarian bulgogi (with portos) and a pot of rice, lettuce, seaweed, the panchan... omg. It was so goooooood! :) Sorry.

TerzaRima
05-29-2008, 05:34 AM
They are quite tasty sliced up and grilled or sauteed with Middle Eastern spices: olive oil, garlic, lemon, a touch of allspice or cinnamon, S&P.


Is there anything that doesn't taste good prepared like this? I'd probably take a brick sauteed with olive oil, garlic, and lemon. Mmm, bricky.

CatSlave
05-29-2008, 05:43 AM
Guess what I had for dinner :D I went to a little korean market and found gosadi!!! And I bought a big jar of kimchi. I made vegetarian bulgogi (with portos) and a pot of rice, lettuce, seaweed, the panchan... omg. It was so goooooood! :) Sorry.
I'm hip to kimchi, but gosadi? Panchan?
Do tell...please.

Sarita
05-29-2008, 05:45 AM
Panchan is just the name for side dishes. Kimchi is included in that. Gosadi is marinated/cooked fiddle head ferns. OMG. They are divine! I made friends with the owner's wife today and she said that I could come back tomorrow after 4 to have Mook with the family :) (It's a type of mung bean starch jello and it is sooooo gooooood.)

Yes. My name is Sara and I'm a Korean food junkie.

CatSlave
05-29-2008, 06:00 AM
Panchan is just the name for side dishes. Kimchi is included in that. Gosadi is marinated/cooked fiddle head ferns. OMG. They are divine! I made friends with the owner's wife today and she said that I could come back tomorrow after 4 to have Mook with the family :) (It's a type of mung bean starch jello and it is sooooo gooooood.)

Yes. My name is Sara and I'm a Korean food junkie.
Thanks. Korean recipes welcome anytime. :D

Vincent
05-29-2008, 09:43 AM
What is the least-appealing food you've seen, and did you have the guts to try eating it?

For me, it was this horrifying little roadside treat:

Balut, a fully-developed duck embryo still in the egg boiled and eaten whole, feathers and all.

http://www.thewilyfilipino.com/blog/archives/000076.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balut

And no, I did not try any although I think one day i may give it a go just ot say I did it. If you ever watch Bizarre Foods, you'll see him eat it but trust me, until you've seen them in person, you have no idea.


When I saw the thread title the first thing I thought of was Balut.

And no, I didn't try it.

L M Ashton
05-29-2008, 03:26 PM
Did I post in here already about balut? Balut was featured in The Amazing Race Asia. I'm so glad I wasn't a contestant, cuz, I gotta tell you, I wouldn't'a made it. That looked so disgusting - the bird is completely recognizable, feathers and beak and feet and all. Ick!

Fish eggs - not caviar, but from whatever fish - is considered a delicacy here. Keep it in the ovaries (am I being a biological idiot here?), but cut into a couple of big-ish pieces, then curry it. I tried a very very very small amount and, yup, that was quite enough. I'm full now, thank you.

And cows intestines and kidneys and liver and brains are eaten in full force here. I can't eat 'em. I tried, but nope. *shakes head* I can't do heart, either. Just... standard meat.

There are some odd desserts here. Odd to me, anyway, although everyone else here seems to love them just fine. One is, well, I don't know what it is, but it's a sweet and it has onion in it. Noticeably. The smell was enough to turn me off. Fahim and his entire family just looked at me like I was nuts for not liking it, but nope. Not going there, either.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
05-29-2008, 03:52 PM
Lutefisk. National dish of my heritage, regrettably. My parents, from Scandinavia, belonged to a church (Lutheran, yah, you betcha) where every summer there was some form of festivity involving food, and a competition to see who made the best lutefisk.

Think on that a moment. There's an oxymoron, if ever there was one: the best lutefisk.

I'm sure I was forced or coerced into tasting it at some point in my childhood, but the therapy hasn't yet got in that deep, so I don't remember.

Maybe we need to start an Andrew Zimmern thread.

caw

My father-in-law, gods rest his soul, was born in Sweden. In the early years of our marriage, it was my turn to provide the Christmas feast, so I decided to honor Ol' Boy's heritage with a traditional Swedish meal.

It was almost all white... and yes, it included lutefisk.

I never did that again.

cethklein
05-29-2008, 05:14 PM
Yeah, balut is..ummmm.....yeah. It's the concept of what it is that I think bothers me the most. The fact it is eaten whole doesn't help. They literally sell it off of carts, so you can't really avoid it either. Seeing someone eat it with a side of pig intestine soup (the "soup" part being pig's blood) only adds to the horrible factor.

Funny factoid: Did you know that parents in that part of the world often refer to pig's blood soup as "chocolate soup" to convince children to eat it. There's lying to your kids and then there's that. I don't think I'd ever trust my parents again if they did that to me.