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tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 133.9 - Posts: 3777)
Sat, 2nd May '09 5:41 PM

WHAT IS THE ODDEST THING YOU HAVE EVER EATEN

We are talking food!!! Not a worm in the yard. Half of a worm in an apple. Cat food you thought was tuna.

I am talking about something put on the table as a legitimate culinary offering.

I am no Andrew Zimmern, but I will normally try something offered before passing judgment. I will start off with some of the odder one I have tried.

Snake & Chicken soup
Rattlesnake one several occasions
Chicken heads and feet (deep fried) Obviously, you only eat parts of the wholes
Duck heads -- same as the above
Chinese pickled tripe
Candy made with bugs
Alligator and crocodile
I am still willing to catch, clean and prepare turtles, frogs and crawdads from clean water sources
Sitr-fried duck stomachs. It is chew, and all about the sauce, which is delicious.
A huge list of wild game, some exotic.

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 279.5 - Posts: 6639)
Sat, 2nd May '09 5:46 PM

Fugu fish (the possibly poisonous Japanese delicacy) but only once. No point n spinning the chambers o the gun more than once when playing Russian Roulette.
It was very insipid.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.6 - Posts: 2144)
Sat, 2nd May '09 5:51 PM

Alligator, I guess.

1mks
1mks  (Level: 210.8 - Posts: 5883)
Sat, 2nd May '09 5:51 PM

Blood sausage.

Maybe this post won't be deleted. Who knows?????????

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sat, 2nd May '09 6:21 PM

Witchetty Grubs......cooked in ashes.

I did not think it odd at the time, as my Dad and I were sharing some with some Aborigines.
From an adult perspective, I guess they would be considered "Odd".
They have a custardy texture, and a sweet, nutty taste.

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

~Bev

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.4 - Posts: 3300)
Sat, 2nd May '09 6:47 PM

Durian.

How disgusting can you get?

I was leading a professional development session which dealt with a environmental computer program that was all about durians. So - I brought one in so the teachers in the session could experience one. Made everyone taste it. Ugh. The smell was so awful that the security squad of the college came running - they thought it was some sort of stink bomb.

How this is considered a treat in countries like Thailand beats me.

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sat, 2nd May '09 7:12 PM

My first wife (R.I.P.) may she forgive me for mentioning that everything she cooked was strange.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sat, 2nd May '09 8:17 PM

Editor - please delete Marsha's post. Blood and sausage should never be said together - sausage is bad enough!!!

At least Durian is the product of a tree instead of a dead bug or something. I had never heard of that either, but I looked it up. Apparently the "fragrance" is in the eye of the olfactory? Maybe it takes a special gene to stand the smell?

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.7 - Posts: 2100)
Sat, 2nd May '09 8:27 PM

I'm wracking my brain to think of the strangest thing I've ever eaten.

It was probably some sort of mollusk.

ladyvol
Ladyvol  (Level: 205.2 - Posts: 5486)
Sat, 2nd May '09 9:44 PM

The only thing I can think of is shark...had it in Hawaii and it was pretty good.
Vickie

mrbojangles
Mrbojangles  (Level: 16.6 - Posts: 231)
Sat, 2nd May '09 9:59 PM

When I was young lad I kissed a Vietnamese girl who had just eaten a "thousand year old egg".
Does that count?

titansgal
Titansgal  (Level: 17.6 - Posts: 35)
Sat, 2nd May '09 10:11 PM

A brain sandwich at Octoberfest in Evansville, Indiana......or headcheese from my uncles's refridge...or chilled Gefilte fish packed in a jelled fish broth accompanied by horseradish vinegar (on a dare)

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 133.9 - Posts: 3777)
Sat, 2nd May '09 10:17 PM

Odd that no one has yet mentioned Haggis, Spotted Dick or one of those Christmas fruitcakes. Perhaps their weren't any survivors.

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.4 - Posts: 3300)
Sat, 2nd May '09 10:21 PM

Gefilte fish is delicious. My family handed down a tradition of baked gefilte fish. Seems to be unusual - of course the great aunts made it from scratch, but I bake the ones from the can or jar. Come on over, and I'll make you some.

There was a great PBS show about a year ago centering on the making of gefilte fish. It's one of the few programs I never erased from my Tivo-type device.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.6 - Posts: 2144)
Sat, 2nd May '09 10:35 PM

I didn't think haggis was that strange or I would have said it. I've never knowingly had spotted dick. What is it?

headylamar
Headylamar  (Level: 150.7 - Posts: 740)
Sat, 2nd May '09 10:47 PM

My ex was Polish and he absolutely adored czernina. Czernina is also called Duck Blood soup. It looked very dark, had RAISINS in it and smelled like you think it might.

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 279.5 - Posts: 6639)
Sat, 2nd May '09 10:54 PM

And by the way dried durian in Durian Chips are delicious. No funny smell at all.

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.4 - Posts: 3300)
Sat, 2nd May '09 11:03 PM

Spotted dick is just a steamed raisin pudding. I guess if you pour some brandied sauce over it, it would be OK, but it tends to be really dry. It's mostly the name that's strange.

spacecat
Spacecat  (Level: 158.6 - Posts: 667)
Sun, 3rd May '09 12:12 AM

I once ate dog in Korea in a back street market. They had rows of dog carcasses hanging there and cooking them up like BBQ ribs.

titansgal
Titansgal  (Level: 17.6 - Posts: 35)
Sun, 3rd May '09 12:15 AM

Yuk, Spacecat - that's the worst yet. What did it taste like and how did you manage it?

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sun, 3rd May '09 12:20 AM

Raw chicken.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.6 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 3rd May '09 12:21 AM

I've eaten mountain lion before.

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.1 - Posts: 1302)
Sun, 3rd May '09 12:23 AM

Fried alligator. It was chewy. Didn't taste bad, I just didn't like the texture.

madamec8
Madamec8  (Level: 82.5 - Posts: 893)
Sun, 3rd May '09 12:57 AM

The day after Christmas one year I visited my friend, who had some of her gifts sitting around. There was a box of small green flower shape candies, and I popped one in my mouth and started munching. She just stared at me, I went arrrrggggghhhh and spit it out. She went hysterical. I went for a paper towel. They were little designer soaps for the bathroom. +o) That was nearly 30 years ago. We still get hysterical over it.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.6 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 3rd May '09 1:03 AM

What is wrong with you??? Those are for company!

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Sun, 3rd May '09 1:12 AM

Myrtle.

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.1 - Posts: 1302)
Sun, 3rd May '09 1:24 AM

the turtle? Oh, no. I think that was Yertle.

nanpaulhus
Nanpaulhus  (Level: 139.0 - Posts: 340)
Sun, 3rd May '09 2:17 AM

Oh, yes, I thought it was tuna salad and I made a sandwich. It was awful, but I didn't know how to tell my mom that.

Turns out she was mixing up the makings for salmon patties (read raw egg, flour, etc.) when the phone rang to say someone from our church was being rushed to the hospital, and like all good little Pastor's wives, she put the fixings in the fridge and rode to the hospital with the Pastor.

Yuck... raw egg? Uncooked salmon? (Well, I had never heard of that then!!) It was nasty.


barnierubble
Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Sun, 3rd May '09 2:51 AM

I have tried many things in many places, as a global traveller, but the thing I will never eat again was "BLACK BUTTERED BRAINS" They tasted dreadful, yet were supposed to be a delicacy.

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 260.5 - Posts: 2770)
Sun, 3rd May '09 3:56 AM

Giant African snail in Nigeria - about 6 inches diameter!
Rubbery & tasteless.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.7 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 3rd May '09 4:55 AM

Eels, grilled and presented on 18" plates to be picked up with two hands and eaten end to end.

Ile de Fedrun, in the Grand Brière swamp, Brittany, 1989, last trip to France with Leslee..


achad
Achad  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 661)
Sun, 3rd May '09 5:07 AM

In Madagascar I had honey made by Sweat Bees (that covered us while we worked and sweated: self recycling?)

Andy.

felix
Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Sun, 3rd May '09 5:50 AM

Goat.

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 219.7 - Posts: 1935)
Sun, 3rd May '09 5:52 AM

I've eaten cougar, bear, venison heart & liver, homemade headcheese, beef tongue, shark, chocolate covered ants & bees & all types of seafood (mollusks to you, Katy) all of which were tasty. The worst food I've ever had came from fast food restaurants

Still waiting to try turtle, snake & alligator if it is from a non-threatened source

larefamiliaris
Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Sun, 3rd May '09 5:58 AM

Deep fried Mars bar. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep-fried_Mars_Bar
Served with salt n' sauce. (A mix of malt vinegar and brown sauce - http://www.brownsauce.org/faq/ )
And chips: that's French fries to most of you.

What do I win?

madamec8
Madamec8  (Level: 82.5 - Posts: 893)
Sun, 3rd May '09 5:58 AM

****** What is wrong with you??? Those are for company! ********

I know, Lodi, you can dress me up, but you can't take me out anywhere


bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.4 - Posts: 3300)
Sun, 3rd May '09 6:13 AM

Oh yeah - and then there was the rotted shark and Brenevin in Iceland. Thought I was going to die.

My mother used to make scrambled brains when I was little - but I would never go near them. And once I saw a whole cow tongue sitting on the kitchen counter, I'd never go near that either.

papajensai
Papajensai  (Level: 192.9 - Posts: 1025)
Sun, 3rd May '09 6:36 AM

Lutefisk. It's a Norwegian delicacy: whitefish soaked in lye and then dried. To prepare for eating, it is boiled back into a gelatinous strong-smelling strong-tasting fish-like substance. As a young man in Minnesota I once had a girlfriend whose mother prepared it as a side dish at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. The odor of cooking lutefisk completely changes the holiday ambience, and it's definitely an acquired taste. Lemon and drawn butter help somewhat.

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 260.5 - Posts: 2770)
Sun, 3rd May '09 8:01 AM

I eat those eels all the time in the Netherlands, Collioure!
Smoked, tear the head off, peel off the skin like a banana, then munch your way from end to end.
Absolutely delicious.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.7 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 3rd May '09 8:10 AM

I don't think I've seen such long eels au Pay Bas, Alan.

dizzy
Dizzy  (Level: 180.7 - Posts: 296)
Sun, 3rd May '09 8:41 AM

Sheeps eye at an arab reception. Swallowed fast and hoped it would stay down

monkeynips13
Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Sun, 3rd May '09 10:53 AM

My grandparents have a cabin in Canada, and as a kid I used to spend a couple of weeks there every summer. Whenever one of us caught a large enough walleye, my grandmother would cut the cheeks out and save them. By the end of the trip we usually had a decent bag full and my grandmother would deep fry the walleye cheeks and serve them as an appetizer. That and I think I had some raw octopus on a sashimi plater once.

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 154.7 - Posts: 2478)
Sun, 3rd May '09 12:32 PM

I took a cruise down the Amazon, in Peru. We would get off the boat and explore the forest or whatever was up for the day... we would come back to the boat STARVING -- I am not big on fish - but one day, the meal was a big vat of mystery fish stew... looked revolting but at that point I would happily eat almost anything -- I didnt' ask what was in it -- I DID NOT want to know! And yes it was an amazing trip -- swam with pink dolphins and pirhanas -- saw Machu Picu, got the windows of our hotel in Lima shot out, because the Pope was in town.... very interesting excursion!

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 5315)
Sun, 3rd May '09 2:57 PM

I ate the old-fashioned Lifebuoy soap (not the pleasant smelling kind today - this had a medicinal smell and taste).

Didn't eat it on purpose. I was about 8 years old and I let loose with a string of profanity in front of my mother. She washed my mouth out with the soap.

Never have sworn much since then.

madamec8
Madamec8  (Level: 82.5 - Posts: 893)
Sun, 3rd May '09 3:07 PM

Memories, Pat!

My grandma used black Lava soap for that purpose.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 3rd May '09 3:49 PM

Ok - back up!
Martina - you swam with pirhanas? And came back in one piece? Please tell more!

achad
Achad  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 661)
Sun, 3rd May '09 5:55 PM

Deep fried salmon tails as part of Midsummer eating and drinking in Sweden: the schnapps and vodka helped!

Andy.

papajensai
Papajensai  (Level: 192.9 - Posts: 1025)
Sun, 3rd May '09 6:43 PM

Monkeynips--Have you read the book or seen the film about Hannibal Lector, the early years....a bit of cheeky cuisine involved there, as well. I've caught many Walleyes and Northerns, never noticed their cheeks!

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 133.9 - Posts: 3777)
Sun, 3rd May '09 7:40 PM

The cheeks of walleyes and large bluegills are the best parts...gourmet fodder. Not weird at all to me, coveted. Oh, and fish tails are quite popular to many. My brother loves them.

slicko
Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Sun, 3rd May '09 7:53 PM

Geez I need new glasses - I was ready to reply Yogurt that was three months past its expiration date.
But I guess my answer would have to be Tripe - I love it - it looks disgusting but when cooked right it is delicious.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 3rd May '09 7:58 PM

I used to think Monkey Nips was a food dish. I'm glad to know it's just a nice person!

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 260.5 - Posts: 2770)
Mon, 4th May '09 6:21 AM

Talking of monkeys I once saw a disgusting meal (and did not partake!) in Nigeria.
A live monkey's head was inserted upwards through a special hole in the table, so that just the crown was showing.
The crown was sliced off, admittedly killing the monkey instantly, and the still warm brains then spooned out.
A delicacy apparently ..................

clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Mon, 4th May '09 7:52 AM

I've eaten fox, hedgehog, snake, sheep's eyes and locusts..........among other things. I think first prize would have to go to my ex wife's stew and dumplings though......truly disgusting.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.7 - Posts: 9952)
Mon, 4th May '09 4:12 PM

Common in China, Surreyman.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 133.9 - Posts: 3777)
Mon, 4th May '09 9:45 PM

Matt: Hi Elwood. How ya doing? How was Joliet.
Jake: Oh it was bad. Thursday night they'd serve a wicked pepper steak.
Matt: Can't be as bad as the cabbage role at the Terra-Phelevo Penn.
Elwood: Or that oatmeal at the Cook County slammer.
Matt: Well they're all pretty bad.

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.7 - Posts: 2100)
Mon, 4th May '09 9:54 PM

Slicko ... dude ... I used to be your biggest fan.

Tripe???? Are you serious? I can't get past the smell.

Tresayre
Tresayre  (Level: 81.6 - Posts: 362)
Mon, 4th May '09 10:31 PM

The turtle we had in China was pretty revolting

dutchman
Dutchman  (Level: 234.1 - Posts: 36)
Tue, 5th May '09 7:09 AM

Rocky Mountain Oysters. They ain't oysters.

bubblegumbum
Bubblegumbum  (Level: 3.2 - Posts: 1)
Tue, 5th May '09 8:01 AM

Cow Hoofs... Yes!!!!!!!!!!!

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.6 - Posts: 2144)
Tue, 5th May '09 8:45 AM

You know, when I first read this thread, I thought it said oldest instead of oddest.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Tue, 5th May '09 12:13 PM

Me, too, and I was going to say a 5-year-old can of tuna.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.6 - Posts: 2144)
Tue, 5th May '09 12:21 PM

nasty

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.7 - Posts: 9952)
Tue, 5th May '09 1:43 PM

Tripe is good stuff in this country.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Tue, 5th May '09 2:27 PM

Ostrich, at a French restaurant called La Pavillon in St Augustine.

Thought it would taste like chicken, but more like veal I think.

achad
Achad  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 661)
Tue, 5th May '09 2:34 PM

Zebu steaks, also in Madagascar. They are used to pull carts and are encouraged to move by the drivers sticking a toe up the Zebu's ass. The green s**t that comes out in reply is awful, but they do move!

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.7 - Posts: 9952)
Tue, 5th May '09 3:37 PM

That's just African for beef.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.6 - Posts: 2144)
Tue, 5th May '09 4:18 PM

Gawd! A toe???? They can't come up with a good pokin' stick or something?

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Tue, 5th May '09 8:08 PM

It's official. This thread has put me in therapy.

achad
Achad  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 661)
Wed, 6th May '09 4:20 AM

Andy,
It's not just beef. Zebu meat is "notorious for its tough and poor eating quality". However, when the only alternative is boiled tapioca root it tastes wonderful! Also, the psychedelic mushrooms Psilocybe cubensis are produced by the (aformentioned) feces of zebu. Yummy!
Andy.


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