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03 November 2010 @ 11:59 am
qotd: weird food  
What is the weirdest thing you've ever eaten? Was it good?
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Chance: gator-deermiss_chance on November 3rd, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
Weirdest thing? Or Weirdest thing that could reasonably be called "food?"
ruthless compassion: laughteraroraborealis on November 3rd, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, good question. Let's go with food for now!
solopolistceelove on November 3rd, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
Psychedelic jello.

ruthless compassion: laughteraroraborealis on November 3rd, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
Heh. What did that entail?
solopolistceelove on November 3rd, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
Repressing my gag reflex a lot.
metagnatmetagnat on November 3rd, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
hakarl. And, no, it was not good. It tasted like cat-pee flavored sushi.
ruthless compassion: blech!aroraborealis on November 3rd, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
That's ... a very evocative description.
metagnatmetagnat on November 3rd, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah. It's dare/desperation food. I got four tiny pieces on a "traditional Icelandic foods" platter at a cafe in Reykjavik and I split them with Joev and it was still really enough to last me for, perhaps, ever.
That Chick with the Evil Laughsparkymonster on November 3rd, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
whynotkaywhynotkay on November 3rd, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
I don't think I can answer that question, given how many "strange" things I consume on a semi-regular basis. Insects? Body parts? Fermented thingies? Ungodly alcohol experiments? Snack food glory hole?

I did turn down the opportunity to try human placenta.
That Chick with the Evil Laughsparkymonster on November 3rd, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
reindeer meat. It's tasty.

Also in Iceland I ate something that was basically a lamb version of lox. It's cured, but still has a raw texture. Also tasty.
7j: cookingtrouble4hire on November 3rd, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
everything bagel ice cream, from WD-50. It was very tasty.
Jim Pjim_p on November 3rd, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
Natto. I first saw it on the original Japanese version of "Iron Chef", and apparently it's an acquired taste even among the Japanese. I had to try it to see what the fuss was about. Got a little frozen snack-pack at the Asian market. Long story short, the taste is not TOO bad, but the texture... the slime coats the inside of your mouth and takes a long time to go away.

Still, I gave it several chances. One time Tam and I were eating at a sushi bar for our anniversary. I ordered natto roll to see how it's like in that form. It wasn't TOO bad... the relatively small amount in the roll relative to the rice and seaweed was (barely) tolerable. Towards the end of the meal the sushi chef slipped us a few extra items on the house. I don't know if that was because it was our anniversary, or if it was my prize for finishing the natto roll :)
Boring Nerd: bad ideasignsoflife on November 3rd, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
I have been told that natto is the one food it is polite to refuse if your host offers it to you.
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on November 3rd, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
Ha. Yeah. That's good to know, but honestly, I would be willing to be impolite in order to not have natto on my plate.
harimad on November 4th, 2010 10:45 am (UTC)
I've tried this also, didn't like it. I was on a blind date set up by a mutual friend and the waiter misheard our order. We both decided to try it anyway. We didn't finish it.
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Meaghansatyrgrl on November 3rd, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
Cock's combs, one of the times we did the tasting menu at Craigie St. Bistro. Of course they were delicious, and not particularly disgusting.

Boring Nerd: beginningssignsoflife on November 3rd, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
Well, I grew up eating pasta with ketchup, though I don't know if that counts.

I tried Vegemite once. I couldn't tolerate it.

I think vegetarians just have fewer options in "weird", though I'd like to at least *try* to try natto at some point.
lazyz: genolazyz on November 3rd, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on November 3rd, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
Natto. I tried to like it, but... *shiver*
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bison need inbbbsg on November 3rd, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
japanese yam. it was vile. i assumed they'd accidentally given us natto because of the texture but no, they're just alike!
Yagayagagriswold on November 4th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
Oh hey! I think I had that once. I had been trying to figure out what is was, because at the time I was served it, my hostess described it as "mashed potatoes."

Was it a brilliant, glistening white?
The Hebrew Hammercockhammercock on November 3rd, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
Ice cream made from human breast milk. Yes, it was good.

Also huitlacoche (corn smut). Looks like corn gone horribly wrong, because it pretty much is. Tastes like a combination of corn and mushroom. Yum.
Boring Nerdsignsoflife on November 5th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
Oh! Yes, huitlacoche. It's one of my favorite foods, when I can get it.
Ellen: is it safe?keyne on November 3rd, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
Grasshopper tacos.

(Okay, one. My dinner partner had two, and we pawned the remaining three off on a neighbor.)
Ellen: Yoda doesn't eitherkeyne on November 3rd, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
Oh ... and no, it was not good. The legs. They stick in your teeth. (shiver)
born from jets!!!catness on November 3rd, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I think lobster is RIGHT UP THERE in the weird department, especially lobster sushi. Sorry, I prefer my food *not* *moving*. ALSO IT'S A REALLY BIG BUG!!! AUGH!!! (To be fair, I've only had lobster at all once, and that by accident. Now I know if I get stranded in the ocean, I won't die rather than eat lobster, but I will certainly never get it on purpose for any other reason.)

Also, uni. Yuck.

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harimad on November 4th, 2010 10:47 am (UTC)
"uni. Yuck."

Generally yes. But the time I had it super-fresh at Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo - for breakfast, no less - it was very good.
Beah: berriesbeah on November 4th, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
I'm not sure my weird food meter is calibrated the same as other people's. I've eaten guinea pig, live ants, sea urchin roe, durian, grasshopper, and a bunch of other unusual/exotic foods, but really only the ants seem "weird" to me. They were good, like little dots of lemon pepper on the tongue.

The thing that's sticking out to me as weird right now is a dessert I've had a few times at a dim sum place in Wheaton, MD. It's a jello-y custardy milky coconut-y pineapple-y wobbly slimy cube of a thing, one of those foods you keep nibbling at trying to decide what the hell it IS and whether or not you like it enough to keep trying to figure it out.
born from jets!!!: 45silvercatness on November 4th, 2010 04:39 am (UTC)
Yeah, after having durian brought to my house, I pretty much figured I never ever need to eat something that smells like that. I also don't feel the need to eat bugs that swarmed our farmland, although I'm sure I did. ;)
Chipceo on November 4th, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
I grossed out the rest of my high school French club by ordering frog's legs at a restaurant, during a trip to Quebec City. They were tasty. Not all that weird, though, by some standards. Likewise on both counts the escargot I had in Paris years later.

I've had some pretty weird ice cream at Baitcon: grasshopper (by infinitehotel), liverwurst (sunspiral), and we can't forget that blueberry lobster concoction by halleyscomet.
Scottsunspiral on November 16th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
Actually the ice cream was Chicken Liver, and infinitehotel made Chitin Crunch using dried crickets. But he also added in rice crispies to increase the crunch factor.
whynotkaywhynotkay on November 16th, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
How did they turn out? Sounds like something I would have wanted to try.
Scottsunspiral on November 17th, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
I'm hardly objective but I thought the Chicken Liver was a great success and the fact that the Fat Duck restaurant in England has featured Foie Gras ice cream feels very vindicating. (Not sure who had the concept first, me or them or whoever.) As for the Chitin Crunch, it was based on a mint ice cream and I hate mint ice cream but had to try this. It was um, minty and crunchy. And sorta papery from the dried crickets. All in all, slightly less objectionable than infinitehotel's Fig Prosciutto Gorgonzola ice cream which tasted like a perfectly nice Fig Proscuitto flavor which had been stored in old gym socks, or the Durian ice cream made by yet another flavor explorer, and certainly less the stuff of nightmare than the Ceviche Sorbet that I assured whuffle would be a great thing to make. (Oops.)
whynotkaywhynotkay on November 17th, 2010 05:21 am (UTC)
Humphrey-Slocombe in San Francisco serves a foie gras ice cream sandwich (ginger snap cookies, foie gras ice cream interior). I haven't tried it, mostly because I just want a taste of the ice cream not an entire sandwich.

I'm not sure I approve of mixing crickets with mint. I (sometimes) like mint, and I sometimes like crickets, but, well, hmm. I think crickets should be served in savory dishes.

I've had decent durian smoothies; I believe that an ice cream could be made from it that would be perfectly lovely, but there'd have to be just a hint of the durian flavor. I don't believe fig/prosciutto/gorgonzola would be a good idea, but I would try a fig/prosciutto ice cream. Humphrey-Slocombe sells a prosciutto flavor as well, but I have not been there while they've had that flavor in stock.

Please tell me the ceviche didn't have actual seafood in it?
Scottsunspiral on November 17th, 2010 06:19 am (UTC)
Humphrey-Slocombe is high on my list of places to visit.

I've made a muskmelon-prosciutto sorbet which was really good - you can get fatty meats to work in sorbet if you're careful. Of course there was fish (and lots of it) in the ceviche sorbet; the taste wouldn't have been so very memorable otherwise. OTOH I've successfully done Calamari Marinara ice cream (and yes there are tentacle bits, lots of them) and have a friend who thinks it's the Best Thing Ever.
whynotkaywhynotkay on November 17th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
Calamari Marinara ice cream? I'm highly dubious (and I do love me the tentacles), but I'd be willing to give it a try if someone truly proclaimed "it was the Best Thing Ever".

Just make sure that you arrange to visit H-S multiple times over a multiple-day period, because they rotate their flavors. It's entirely possible for them to only have the more standard ones (er, where standard include plenty of things that would give pause to the general ice-cream eating public, but not actually make them blanch).
Scottsunspiral on November 17th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
roozle and I have a vague plan to do an ice cream tour of San Francisco sometime in the next couple of years. Multiple visits to H-S sound like a win.
harimad on November 4th, 2010 10:54 am (UTC)
I think poutine is pretty weird but it's not the weirdest thing I've had. Also snake, sweetbreads (thymus or pancreas), camel, natto, sea cucumber, uni, and likely a lot of other things that I can't think of. I've seen little old Chinese ladies picking through a basin of tiny translucent scorpions. With very long chopsticks. Notwithstanding all this, I think the weirdest thing I've tried is coffee.

Think about it. Someone picks a berry, ferments it, deseeds it, throws away the flesh and keeps the seeds, dries the seeds, roasts the seeds, boils the seeds, throws away the seed, and drinks the water.
pirate_kingtyedye_swing on November 5th, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
lets see durian and hakarl have all ready been covered, but at an ice cream fest once i had lobster ice cream, very much like dipping lobster in vanilla ice cream, not a good taste, the durian was ok, hakarl tasted fine like pickle hearing but the ammonia smell and taste lingered in my nose for a couple of hours.