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Strangest foods you've encountered...

Posted by think87 on 8/10/2009 at 06:43

I'll start this off with a bang.

How many ever been to india and tried Kutti pi?

Kutti pi is a dish from the Anglo-Indian cuisine, consisting of the flesh of an unborn fetus from an animal

a friend of mine actually tried it, but I must say I wasn't brave enough.

Not to mention it was like buying drugs. He had to pay a local butcher at a farmers type market twice the cost of the meat itself just as a 'finders fee' to get it lol

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Posted by neosho on 8/10/2009 at 10:33

YuuuuuuK!!!!

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Posted by MADMAC on 8/10/2009 at 15:08

My father in law once gave me a bag of frogs... live. Ostensibly for me to cook up latter. They were howling. When we drove out of the village I let them go.

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Posted by Lawoat on 8/10/2009 at 17:51

In the States: couliflower with warm chocolate sauce...strange combo if you ask me and absolutely disgusting. It doesn't always have to be weird things ;-))

In New-Zealand: roadkill burgers...niammie ;-)

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Posted by MADMAC on 9/10/2009 at 12:11

"In the States: couliflower with warm chocolate sauce...strange combo if you ask me and absolutely disgusting. It doesn't always have to be weird things ;-))"

Couliflower with anything is disgusting.

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Posted by think87 on 9/10/2009 at 12:14

" Couliflower with anything is disgusting. "

hmmmmm idk. Maybe a little couliflower with those frogs would have made a great dish. :-P j/k

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Posted by MADMAC on 9/10/2009 at 12:18

The thought is making me sick right now.

I'm going to get a pizza.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 9/10/2009 at 16:01 admin

Live octopus in Morocco was pretty special (you washed it down with water so the tentacles didn't stick to your throat).

I always found the fertilised duck eggs to be especially vile...

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Posted by MADMAC on 9/10/2009 at 16:50

Those almost hatched chicken eggs! Absolutely revolting.

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Posted by CunningMcFar on 12/10/2009 at 20:46

I quite dig duck fetus eggs, very tasty with lime and ground pepper

laap khom, with bitter cow bile

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Posted by MADMAC on 13/10/2009 at 23:05

Cunning
You must have the digestive track of a billy goat.

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Posted by CunningMcFar on 13/10/2009 at 23:31

ha! yup, will eat pretty much anything and usually enjoy it. Not too fond of my limited nattō experiences though, perhaps it would grow on me with more exposure.

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Posted by MADMAC on 14/10/2009 at 00:28

I won't even eat Somtam. Tastes gross.

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Posted by CunningMcFar on 14/10/2009 at 00:57

oh man, I can't go 2 weeks without a healthy dose of somtam, usually with 15-20 chilies, ao phet phet! There are a couple of Lao/Thai places close by that do somtam/tam mak hoong very well. Love it so much that I've started to make it at home as well.

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Posted by cheapzen on 14/10/2009 at 03:32

Roadkill burger!? you're kidding right? Thats just naaasty!

When I was in Indonesia my relatives and I were REALLY hungry and they were telling me about a local meatball soup joint that everyone raved on about (called bakso, some of you might be familiar). They usually open til really late, and it was about 1 in the AM. So we went and we got the normal meatball soup. Most meatball soups are noodles, vegetables and beef meatballs in broth. Yum. This was no different - only it was meatBALL (Singular). The ball was about the size of 3 fists. I laughed my a$$ off, I opened it up with my fork and spoon and insiiiiide I found.. ---> hearts (I don't know of what animal), other innards, and whole semi-fertilised chicken egg (like balut). And uh, call me an uptowner but I didn't eat it. Haha

Balut is pretty nasty, I'm not sure if theyre duck or chicken but theyre just about ready to hatch. Then you boil them and eat them. They got crunch to them and you can see their eyes and.. AGH. Needless to say I puked.

... but to top that, when I was in Indonesia a relative treated me to a local delicacy of a similar kind, only it was turtles (not duck or chicken). And again... needless to say. I hurled. I swear it's like a concoction of flesh, sand, and blended oysters.

Bitter cow bile is bizarre, I never knew bile was eaten as food.

But yeah I've tried rams penis (unknowingly), cow lung.

You'd think from all this i'd have an iron stomach. But I so don't haha.

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Posted by think87 on 14/10/2009 at 05:05

" Flesh, sand, and blended oysters " lol whats not to love?

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Posted by mattocmd on 14/10/2009 at 07:40

A couple strange ones from here in Korea

-Fried chicken butt-hole
-BBQ Pig intestine
-Raw poultry organs (pheasant and chicken) such as the heart and liver.
-Octopus that they cut up while its alive so when you eat it, it moves around in your mouth.
-Dog soup
-Horse BBQ
-Silkworm larve

A few other I will add later. I've tried all of these except the dog and horse.

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Posted by Saphir on 8/11/2009 at 16:07

None of these can be as awful as the food of the big yellow M.

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Posted by greenman42 on 13/11/2009 at 00:29

I'm with Saphir, I hate Mac Crap. That said, I might enjoy a Big Mac alot more if the only other option is a fertilised egg!
In South Africa, the locals enjoy a meal called "walkie talkies", concisting mostly of chicken heads and feet, never been hungry enough to try it though.

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Posted by somsai on 13/11/2009 at 09:42

Nothing is weird anymore, it's all food.

While I type, in the background, vacume sealing and then labeling meat. Big operation in the kitchen. "heart 09" "spleen 09" etc. I was chastised for leaving lungs and first stomach (whith bile) and large intestine in the snow, thank goodness I brought the head with ears and all those goodies.

Think it's time for me to take up vegetarianism.

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Posted by travelsalone on 19/2/2010 at 23:11

Well, on the streets of Jakarta, the Bakso meatballs are sometimes made with rat meat rather than the beef...and that is street rat meat...

In the NW Arctic people bury raw fish in the permafrost and leave it for a long time until it ferments. Then it is dug up and eaten - I have eaten almost everything but brains (that I know of) but this fish was so disgusting I almost lost it - begged for the intestines instead...

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Posted by MADMAC on 20/2/2010 at 09:49

Saphir
I love that Scottish restaraunt! Since I only eat there about once a year, it definitely hits the spot when I do.

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Posted by 45baht on 2/3/2010 at 00:28

In Chiang Mai somewhere I tried a bowl of chilli fried pig instestines washed down with dried fish skin for desert. Wasn't too bad.
Cartalidge soup aswell. Not sure what animal its from.
Always wanted to try the 'no name' meats knocking around the place, but never got round to it.
Also, has anyone tried the snake head fire pots they do in Vietnam? sound interesting.

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Posted by jasonkim8486 on 2/3/2010 at 05:04

deep fried tarantulas in cambodia. they eat em like there potato chips

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Posted by mellimoon on 10/3/2010 at 08:24

yeah i had some Cambodian tarantula as well. The legs were ok, but the body was all powdery.

Weirdly spider wasn't the grossest thing i ate in Cambodia - that honor goes to a plate of sea-snails. I thought they might taste like land snails, however these looked like slugs, still had the pattern on their backs. They tasted how i imagine slugs to taste, ultra chewy and sticky and completely wrong. No aount of chili or lemon could disguise the grossness.

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Posted by francesstella on 10/3/2010 at 18:28

We were served some pretty tough meat abourd a junk ship in Halong Bay. On our return to dry land the tour guide asked us how we enjoyed our 'barking cow'... RIP Fido!

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Posted by Sampan on 18/3/2010 at 11:55

I've seen Frog porridge on a couple of menus. Didn't try it...

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Posted by Tribalfunk on 29/5/2010 at 16:46

I've eaten heaps of fried bugs in Thailand, with the exception of the cockroach. The whole "guts bursting out of the crunchy exterior" was enough to put me off. Couple of my mates did it though and they immediately consumed about a liter of water to wash down the "gooey goodness". Yuuuuk!

Don't think I could ever bring myself to eat a tarantula though, or that semi-fertilized duck egg. You guys are brave!

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Posted by chriswotton on 29/5/2010 at 18:48

Deep fried whole frog in Siem Reap was pretty nice, narrowly managing to avoid the brain. I've also had the dog soup mattocmd mentions, but in Vietnam, along with grilled dog, dog liver and dog sausage! The live Moroccan squid sounds interesting though.

I think cheapzen's description of balut takes the biscuit though - being able to see and crunch on their eyes might be just a step too far for me...!

PS: francesstella's barking cow made me laugh a lot!!

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Posted by SBE on 30/5/2010 at 03:45

I remember reading a snippet in the Bangkok Post a few years back about how a whole family died after mistakenly eating toad spawn for breakfast instead of frog spawn. There are reports of people dying after eating toads in Laos and Cambodia too.

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Posted by Tribalfunk on 30/5/2010 at 06:37

That is terrible!! On that note, I'll definitely be avoiding any amphibians that are being sold by street hawkers.

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Posted by Sophia_India on 2/6/2010 at 18:10

Ducks beaks in Thailand, Crickets, Cockroaches.....................

Lol, dont think i will be trying the frog spawn!

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