||[Feb. 15th, 2009|10:17 pm]
Kelly J. Cooper
What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?
I'm going to go with the jellyfish tentacles I had at a Chinese restaurant once. They were sautéd with crushed garlic.
Hard to get anything too weird that's kosher, but I did have sweetbreads at a cousin's wedding once. The texture was... just WRONG.
done right I love sweetbreads
I'm really fond of well-prepared sweetbreads. I'm less fond of kidneys, but they're okay.
I have a hard time with this one, since I'm very alive to the weirdness of many foods I regularly eat. I mean, raw oysters are pretty strange and so is yogurt, and I know people who find each both weird and gross. And my mom had some ideas about food that many people I know consider strange: hot dog & bologna pizza, bananas and mayo, tunafish burritos, etc. (all good, mind you). And there are pretty normal things I find gross--mole poblano, ugh!--that other people I know love. But in the category I think you're suggesting, I'd probably nominate either sheep's brain soup (blech!) or crickets in chili & lemon.
Hmm. Ice cream made from human breast milk. Huitlacoche. Scrambled eggs with grape jelly.
I'm not really into weird food, honestly. I don't do mystery ingredients. I never liked the skin, bones, fat, gristle, or organs (save for a short time when I ate sauteed chicken livers as a kid) from meat. I definitely have never viewed insects as food. Mucilaginous textures gross me out. It's okay, though; less weird stuff for me means more weird stuff for those who love it. :-}
Weirdest: horse sashimi. Mind you, I've eaten just about everything you're likely to see on a sushi restaurant menu, but I don't consider most of that weird.
Weirdest drink: well, you already know that
I love unusual foods from other cultures, so my vision of "weird food" is skewed i guess.
Personally the weirdest thing I think i've eaten (defined as "not really food for humans") is Kraft aerosol spray cheez. And maybe Twinkies, ho-ho's and those pink snowball cakes.
Things other folk around here would consider weird: Ice cream made from human breast milk, fried termites, ant larvae, cold jellyfish salad (Yummy! get it at Wang's!), and haggis. I also thought it was weird in Japan to get hot corn chowder in a soda can from a vending machine.
Did not try: Roasted baby birds on a stick (northern Thailand), deep-fried battered haggis, deep-fried Snickers (Scotland).
this is the first thing mentioned I myself would probably not eat
The shark's a moot issue for me because I can't eat it, but "fermented" is one of those words I've learned to approach with caution, particularly when the thing in question isn't something you'd think you'd want to ferment. Fermented tofu for example is room-clearingly smelly (and this from a guy who likes durian, stinky cheeses, and natto.) It doesn't taste so bad, but it smells like the waiter rummaged around a summer dumpster for your dinner.
love stinky cheeses, never had durian(figured better to wait for fresh) and can't stand natto. I just assume that fermented fish will smell like fish that's rotted and that's a bad thing in my book
fermented=rotten is the equivalent that makes me approach those items cautiously. Like the durian, I find it best to bring them to the office and open them there. :)
(We discovered three guys standing in a bathrooom with the floor covered in spread-out newspaper, one of them holding a 10" chef's knife and what looks like a baby stegosaurus egg is an effective way to make people look for other places to pee. :)