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post #91 of 128

Surstromming

Seems to be my turn to add another delicacy...

I just happen to return from my annual bike meeting from a motorcycle list I´m on. We`re a bunch of old men on bikes all over Europe (and a couple of guys from the other side of the pond) who meet once a year somewhere in Europe (new place / country each year). Our tradition asks for everyone to bring something interesting to eat or drink from around his home aerea, mostly some spirits, wines, cheeses (lovely pecorino and homegrown olives from our Italian attendees this year...yum!), and we do have a strong Scandinavian fraction. This year they brought surstromming (sp?), which is nothing less than canned rotten fish!

I couldn´t specify the fish, but they were about the size of small sardines. For preparation, the heads of the fish are cut off, the rest of the fish remains intact however. The put the fish in cans and add salt and leave the cans open for about a week to 10 days, according to temperature and the amount of sunshine (yes, they are fermenting outside the house). Only after that, the cans are closed and the fish is allowed to ripen for at least another eight weeks.

The whole thing smells like somewhat inbetween old overdone Limburger Cheese and salted herring, and it tastes quite similar, but worse. The smell is so intense, that the can that was brought to our meeting was not opened inside the hotel, but somewehere outside on the parking lot. Still it was intense enough you didn´z have to ask for directions but simply follow your nose to find the place they had opened it.

I tried two pieces of surstromming (oh yes, they do filets from the fish after taking them out of the can, so luckily you don´t eat the rotten intestines) and managed to swallow them - imagine eating fermented smelly old socks...

For my part after this experience I was happy there was still enough Grappa and Genever left to wash down the taste, but obviously it´s a delicacy in parts of Sweden.

Armand
post #92 of 128
Chacun a son gout, I guess! :eek:

I hear they eat similarly rotted shark in Iceland.
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post #93 of 128

Exotic and strange foods

In my travel to 65 countries I have been served some interesting delicacies. Ones that come to mind are as follows:

Shark and shark Fin Soup
Whale
Kangaroo
Horse
Birds nest soup (dried bird saliva)
Fish head soup
escargot
Iranian Beluga caviar
Kobe Beef ($120 for one steak!)
Alligator
Frogs Legs

These are not to high on the weirdness scale but they all were excellent.

Bruce
post #94 of 128
Gator after my trip from New Orleans

Bird's nest, I forgot what bird its from but its quite expensive. Used in chinese soups, suppose to be very good for you. Grandmother was looking for some and found it to be at cheapest $100(can). Its apparently very hard to come by, climbers must scale steep mountains to find and it can't be cultivated or farmed, must be wild.

Sea cucumber, agian, used in chinese soups.

Those are the top 3 but I do have more to add like sea horses, snakes, turtle, I don't know if you'd consider wild boar to be exotic, snails (escargot), a few insects (unknown to me, was snuck into a few things I ate, the complete edible kind of course or else I'd sue).
post #95 of 128
What a fun thread! I just had to bring it back.

Oddest things I ate that seemed perfectly normal to everyone around me:

1. Casserole. I had never had one before, until I met my Mother-In-Law in Florence, Alabama (I'm Chinese brought up on Chinese/Vietnamese/Philipino/Chamorro/Japanese/Korean food). To me, it looked like browned puke (sorry) in a glass dish. When it was served, it kind of oozed onto my plate. But one taste and I was SOLD! Lesson learned: best not to judge Southern food by looks.

2. Green Jello Salad with nuts and cottage cheese. Someone else had mentioned its is called "Watergate Salad." Served by the same Mother-In-Law. Very ugly, slimy texture, no good! Lesson learned: Although I may like all the ingredients separately, they don't necessarily go well together. Also, Jello is not always wobbly.

3. A big rice ball. It was hand shaped by a Japanese friend, accompanied by an expansive Japanese dance and song that spanned the entire dining room with everyone clapping along. Each person in the room got their own ball (big enough that you have to hold it with two hands) with their own song and dance. There was a little spice tucked on the inside. Lesson learned: Rice is better with a song and dance.

All the other lists with Asian food are not odd to me at all. Jellyfish salad with julienned cucumbers and carrots are a personal favorite. I also love juk (congee) with thousand year old eggs - comfort food. Fried shrimp chips that get all puffy - YUM. My mother used to give my eldest sister chicken hearts to make her heart/spirit strong. I was content if given a gizzard or neck. Ox tail soup with the ox tails softened in a pressure cooker first... YUM YUM.

Sounds like surstromming is the Swedish answer to Asian fish sauce! Sounds like the same process but fish sauce is loaded with salt.

Sara
post #96 of 128
the absolute weirdest thing was fresh, raw crab eggs-wonderful,
sweet, buttery and bright orange. this as i was hauling
up crab pots with a buddy-crack one,<slurp> toss one, save one, etc.
-salmon eggs preserved in borax...i was a kid, we were fishing, they were
pretty...........but not tasty.
-walter kendall fives dog biscuits. the red ones were particularly good, as
i recall.
post #97 of 128
I am not very adventuous when it comes to food; however, a lot of things I do eat have been mentioed here. Funny thing is that all these foods are considered common place where I live in southeastern Louisiana.

1.) Raw Oysters (Serve them on the halfshell over ice, eat them with cocktail sauce/hot sauce/lemon juice, pretty good)
2.) Alligator (I have eaten this fried a few times, and to be honest it tasted similar to fried catfish.)
3.) Turtle Soup (I ate this as a kid, but I remember thinking it was pretty good.)
4.) Boiled Crawfish (One of the greatest foods on the planet, and I can't figure out how anyone thinks its wierd or disgusting)
5.) Frog Legs (I have eaten this fried many times, and it taste like chicken legs.)
6.) Pickled Pig Lips (My dad loves these things, I personally dislike all things pickled other than cucumbers and onions.)
7.) Red Boudin (My dad has eaten this a bunch of times, I tried it a couple of times when I was younger. It was alright, nowhere near as bad as it sounds. Oh and in case you don't know what it is, its Blood Sausage)
8.) Hog's Head Cheese (If made well this stuff is the BOMB. You usally eat with crackers or melt it over a bowl of hot grits.)
9.) Turducken (Nothing really weird, but most people are suprised by the idea for some reason. It is a Duck with stuffing stuffed inside of a chicken stuffed inside of a turkey.)
10.) Choupique patties (This one is probably wierd even for people were I live. It is kinda like crab cakes, but it uses the meat from a Choupique aka Bowfin fish. If made right it isn't bad, but it has the potential to be horrible, my aunt used to make it for us when we were kids. After she died I have never eaten it since, and I have never even heard of anyone else who eats this fish. So it is very possible this could be pretty far out there in the relm of wierd. Of course it is also possible everyone in the world eats this but people from Louisiana)
post #98 of 128
Great thread, guys! ;)

Pickled pigs feet - My mom's favorite snack. (the Irish don't waste anything)

Goat's pancreas - had it in a middle eastern place. (good stuff, lucky I only found out later what it was! :eek: )

Stuffed derma (a Jewish sausage thing, no idea what's in it)

Conch - big sea snail an African friend served. It smelled real bad. But I was polite.
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post #99 of 128

Yucky stuff

All of which were done off a bet.

I drank this one - the rubber mat under which they pour rail drinks, most bars will drain it into a glass and let you drink it for free - it is always different - Yorch.

Pig nuts - The hairs kept getting stick in my teeth.

Pizzles - Otherwise know as deer penises. They actually taste nothing like chicken, but more like hot dogs.
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post #100 of 128

Some of the strangest I've eaten include:

 

1. Escargot - This was actually delicious!

 

2. Goat Brains - Tasty as well.

 

That's about it for now! Nowhere close to you guys......YET!

post #101 of 128
Damn, you guys sure have me beat.
I mean I ate Rattle snake one time, out in the wild, and squirrel.
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post #102 of 128
It makes me laugh because I'm not quite sure what's weird.. Cajuns eat literally anything (though opossum is gross) and not only that but create festivals up and down the bayous cooking protein different ways. Snapping turtle, gator, snake, squirrel, coon, whatever's got muscle. Escargot and egg sacks from seemingly every creature with egg sacks was a regular meal.

Had a mess of little snake eggs once, my uncle hit the jackpot killing a mama that tried to bite us. Cut the head off and slit the belly to find it full.

I went to a Burgoo festival in Illinois and they were making it in big iron pots under the trees where the squirrels were playing. One man said that it was there instead of the field because squirrel droppings made the flavor just right. If he wasn't kidding, I guess that's the weirdest thing I ever ate. Squirrel droppings.
post #103 of 128

Freshwater clams cooked in the campfire... NASTY, muddy, chewy, super fishy taste

 

Eelpout, a fish caught in northern Minnesota lakes. Slime drips off them and when you clean them make sure you are standing upwind because they STINK. Steamed and served with butter they are called poor mans lobster!

 

 

And a tie between mud duck stew (tastes like everything that floats in a swamp...) and muskrat stew that was nasty, oily, fishy, swampy tasting...

post #104 of 128
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It makes me laugh because I'm not quite sure what's weird.. Cajuns eat literally anything (though opossum is gross) and not only that but create festivals up and down the bayous cooking protein different ways. Snapping turtle, gator, snake, squirrel, coon, whatever's got muscle. Escargot and egg sacks from seemingly every creature with egg sacks was a regular meal.

Had a mess of little snake eggs once, my uncle hit the jackpot killing a mama that tried to bite us. Cut the head off and slit the belly to find it full.

I went to a Burgoo festival in Illinois and they were making it in big iron pots under the trees where the squirrels were playing. One man said that it was there instead of the field because squirrel droppings made the flavor just right. If he wasn't kidding, I guess that's the weirdest thing I ever ate. Squirrel droppings.


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post #105 of 128
HA! Meezy you crack me up! You know the saying, cockroaches and Cajuns will survive the apocalypse. Where are you from, btw? In my head you have an English accent 😁
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HA! Meezy you crack me up! You know the saying, cockroaches and Cajuns will survive the apocalypse. Where are you from, btw? In my head you have an English accent 😁

Cockroaches?

Cockroaches?

 

Did someone say cockroaches?

 

Tasty tasty little buggers....yum!

post #107 of 128

My owner is Mexican so cow tounge tacos on the regular

 

when I was in Iraq in the kitchen the third country nationals in my kitchen served me every part of the goat

 

and in korea I ate the puppy

post #108 of 128

Every part of the goat huh? Ever try goat brains? If you did, then what do you think?

post #109 of 128
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Freshwater clams cooked in the campfire... NASTY, muddy, chewy, super fishy taste

 

Eelpout, a fish caught in northern Minnesota lakes. Slime drips off them and when you clean them make sure you are standing upwind because they STINK. Steamed and served with butter they are called poor mans lobster!

 

 

And a tie between mud duck stew (tastes like everything that floats in a swamp...) and muskrat stew that was nasty, oily, fishy, swampy tasting...

 

There are some things I wouldn't dare eat, and that's one of them!

post #110 of 128

#1 has to be sea urchin roe spooned out of the live sea urchin I was holding.   #2 would be pan fried tuna eye.  1 and 2 were when living in Hawaii, the locals do not waste any part of the fish.   I learned a valuable lesson there, when offered food, take a small portion and eat it.  If you like it, have more, if you don't, then don't.   Making a face and asking "what's is this", is an insult to the cook and home owner.   #3 would be a horse burger eaten in southern France.  

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post #111 of 128
Fried grubs at an Indian Days celebration.
post #112 of 128

You have not lived until you've eaten chitlins - or chitterlins to be proper.  But it's not just the food - it's preparing the hog intestines and boiling them that is really bad.  The smell is among the worst foods you've even experienced.

 

Rattlesnake, squirrel, possum, hog jowls and raccoon are normal southern foods.  Either fry them like chicken or slow roast them like pot roast.  For some, they join okra and collards on the bad food list, but prepared properly all these items are good.

 

Duck tongue, duck feet, chicken feet, and tripe are each different, but pretty good properly prepared. I can even live with blood sausage and haggis.

 

A not quite ripe persimmon may be the worst food.  Not ripe persimmons may be the most bitter food I've ever tasted - completely a turn your mouth inside out bitterness.

 

A number of years ago in Lucca I was being adventuresome and ordered an item that was translated as "boiled beef".  The owner of the restaurant said something like "Are you sure you want to order this?  It's normally for locals only."  I insisted it was what I wanted.  A short while later a plate of some sort of round cartilaginous food came out in a tomato sauce. I had a few bites - and then gladly accepted the offer of another entree.  I still don't know what it was.

post #113 of 128
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You have not lived until you've eaten chitlins - or chitterlins to be proper.  But it's not just the food - it's preparing the hog intestines and boiling them that is really bad.  The smell is among the worst foods you've even experienced.

 

Rattlesnake, squirrel, possum, hog jowls and raccoon are normal southern foods.  Either fry them like chicken or slow roast them like pot roast.  For some, they join okra and collards on the bad food list, but prepared properly all these items are good.

 

Duck tongue, duck feet, chicken feet, and tripe are each different, but pretty good properly prepared. I can even live with blood sausage and haggis.

 

A not quite ripe persimmon may be the worst food.  Not ripe persimmons may be the most bitter food I've ever tasted - completely a turn your mouth inside out bitterness.

 

A number of years ago in Lucca I was being adventuresome and ordered an item that was translated as "boiled beef".  The owner of the restaurant said something like "Are you sure you want to order this?  It's normally for locals only."  I insisted it was what I wanted.  A short while later a plate of some sort of round cartilaginous food came out in a tomato sauce. I had a few bites - and then gladly accepted the offer of another entree.  I still don't know what it was.

 

Haha interesting story you got their mate! When you think of boiled beef it doesn't sound all that bad, so it's hard to imagine.

Probably tasted a lot worse than minced beef or anything of the sort I bet!

post #114 of 128

I'll start by saying I'm adventurous when it comes to food but haven't had the opportunity to try some stuff I would like to, such as the scorpion pizza that was served 3 yrs ago at the Stampede here in Calgary.

-Sea urchin (though I like it and so does my wife so I catch some from time to time to have right by the sea when we are back home in Cuba). Btw, this creeps most fellow Cubans. Raw (of course) and also with some key lime juice.

-Chapuline (grasshoppers), love it with some beers in the summer.

-Roasted Red Snapper eyeballs. Mixed feelings about this one, flavour is good but texture not so much)

-Black ants when I was a kid ~4-5 yrs old (just a sour little tinge). This was of my own accord and away from adult supervision hehehe. 

 

I've tried really disgusting stuff but it mostly had to do with preparation and handling. Except for Claria (a type of catfish) perhaps, that's just nasty in general.

post #115 of 128


Well, my wife and I tried Kimchi about two years ago and fell in love with it, so much that we now make our own and Kimchi Jjigae (Kimchi Stew) has become a fixture in our table since she demands it at least 3 times a month. The interesting part is all the ingredients that we now have rolling around the house or in the fridge, of which the king of weirdness is probably the fermented baby shrimp. Talk about stinky...

 

I also remembered a weird bad food I had and I tried to forget. My mom decided to pickle red radish in vinegar... at some point me and my brother braced ourselves and dumped the whole thing when she wasn't looking. The whole house stunk of rotten eggs every single time she opened the damn container and the worst is that she seemed to enjoy the wicked thing. And she dared to criticize mi love for fermented napa cabbage sigh.

post #116 of 128
Okay, for me this thread only makes sense as things I've eaten and would eat again. When I was 9, I ate worms on a dare. Doesn't count.

1. Nattō: takes some getting used to. I suggest adding a bit of gochujang instead of the standard mustard. Eat it for breakfast over white rice. Breakfast of Champions!

2. Fish heads: So what you do, you take the head of a big white fish and split it in half, then cut the halves so you get nice bite-sized pieces. Rinse well and remove any scales you can, but ultimately you will not get them all. Put a layer of shaved burdock (gobō) in the bottom of a pan, put the fish on top skin side up (it should be staring at you), and add dashi, soy sauce, sugar, mirin, and sake. Bring to a boil, then put on a drop lid and simmer fast until it's down to fat, greasy-looking bubbles (that's sugar, not fat, btw). Pull the lid and add a whole bunch of freshly grated ginger and above all the pressed ginger juice. Swirl the pan to mix, then put the results in a bowl. Burdock on bottom, fish on top, pour sauce over all. To eat, grab a piece and kind of gnaw the good stuff out. Incidentally if you're breaking down your own fish, cut the spine in chunks (shear off the sharp spines at top and bottom) and cook them in there too. Pros: this is the ultimate family meal for a place that breaks a lot of fish. Works ok with salmon, but it's better with any firm white fish.

3. Stinky Tofu: yes, it smells kind of like raw sewage, but it's weirdly delicious. I prefer it fried or grilled, not stewed ma-la, but whatever.

I have eaten Taiwanese fried crickets, didn't hate them, but it's not something I'd especially look to do again.
post #117 of 128

I have eaten all sorts of things over the course of my culinary career, not afraid to try anything and very open minded

The first strangest thing to me, at the time, I was 19.  It was beef wellington, I did not like the foie gras and truffle, I just ended up eating the filet mignon and the puff pastry, little did I know that this is a very classic French dish!!  Now I would devour delicacies such as this.

I open my mind up after going to culinary school, I have tried veal sweetbreads, which I absolutely love!  Also, veal kidneys, foie gras, intestines, cow tongue.

I have made calves brains ravioli   Truly out of this world!!!

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Sorry, I forgot to mention that the first exotic food was baby Octopus, I was 10 at the time, my family and I were out to eat dinner one night

Upon placing my order with the waiter, my father told me that I had better eat every last bite, Im not sure that I liked it at the time, but I believe I ate it out of fear

post #119 of 128


Really, squirrel brains?? Wow!

What was that like?

I had doves breast once too   weird eating dove

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What is Natto?

id love to know please

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