I'm watching Iron Chef, my nightly ritual and man do they really hook up some weird ingredients. So it got me thinking, what is the weirdest thing you've eaten? For me, it's a toss up between beef tongue, chicken feet, or sharks fin. They don't sound too weird but the presentation is what sealed the deal. When I went to China on business, a few of the restaurants brought out whole chicken feet, claws and everything. The beef tongue was in a stew with mushrooms and it looked like, well a mushroom stew with tongues floating around in it. I could go my whole life without either of those dishes again, but the sharks fin soup... ymmm!
Dog. Yes, it was in Korea. Though to be honest, the name of the dish also refers to a goat dish, so I can never be sure what it was I ate...
Assuming it was goat, I guess chicken feet at a dim-sum is the weirdest thing. I've also had turtle soup and shark's fin, but I think the chicken feet looked the weirdest
Rattlesnake....proving that with enough garlic and butter you can eat darn near anything.
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In Japan, I ate sea urchin. It tasted as disgusting as it looked. But I did try it. They figured since we were Americans, we had never had sushi, so they took us to a sushi bar. This scenario repeated itself almost every night we were there.
In Huntsville, AL, I had the most delicious kangaroo stew at an Australian restaurant. It was, bar none, the best stew I've ever had. Tender and scrumptious -- sort of like beef, only better.
Well, I got near a plate of 'prarie oysters" but nearly passed out in fright. Does that count? Who eats those things?!
My "first-time sushi" story is that the chef gave me a fried shrimp head. Receiving one is apparently a sign the chef likes you, and custom requires one to eat it when offered.
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Kumbi Kumbi, which is Swahili for a kind of ant in their flying stage. They appeared one morning and the kids were popping them in their mouth, alive. They are considered a treat. Not too bad. And a whole lot better than some other delicacies mentioned in this thread.
Chicken feet at dim sum in SF.
Anywho, I've always said that I'll try just about anything once, and I suppose that includes the "special oysters". Though I would prefer it if they didn't tell me what I was eating so I could see if I enjoyed the flavor without the psychological impact of knowing which organ I was about to consume.
You asked what it was. You can't complain about them telling you if you ask.
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In other situations, I totally agree. If something tastes great, and I really enjoy it, and then find out what it is I'd probably keep eating it.
I had this one time in Alaska. I was in a small Ypik town about 6 hours (by plane) from Anchorage
2 Cups seal oil
1 pound reindeer fat
Boil the oil & reindeer fat together for 2 to 3 minutes. Cool until lukewarm. Take a bowlful of loose snow (not too powdery) and add oil; beat well to avoid lumps. Let freeze a bit. Then fold in wild berries
They added some sugar for me and my friends as they though we were too "American" to eat it in the traditional way.
You should remain close to a bathroom for a few hours after eating.