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    What's the weirdest food you've ever eaten (and best and worst)?

    We've all spent time in Asia and some of the more far-flung corners of the world, so have no doubt been offered some of the more exotic cuts of meat at times (I'm sure many long-noses would also consider our very own black pudding and haggis as being a bit extreme too), so what are your best and worst?

    I've eaten the following:

    The rats that they grill and sell on the road between Pathum Thani and Ayutthaya
    Snake (cobra, python and a little one that they have in Cambodia and walk around selling it on the streets)
    Mouse deer
    Bat
    Monitor lizard
    Chicken sushi
    Loads of insects
    Sheep's balls in the Egyptian Sahara
    Tarantula
    The ear of the pig at a Chinese New Year's dinner (I was their guest, so I got the "prize" cut of meat. Having tasted it, I think they were having me at it ).


    The best:

    Monitor lizard, but loads of bones

    The worst:

    Bat. They had to boil it first for 30 minutes to get rid of the strong, almost chemical, taste. It was still awful when they eventually stir-fried it with Chinese 5 spice, so I dread to think what it could have tasted like.

    There are no doubt more, but that's all that I can remember at the mo. Apart from a dinner invite to Chitty's, I'm willing to give most things a go when it comes to food.

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    I worked in a remote area of China for about 1 month and had local food of which I had no idea about.

    in fact I didn't want to know but survived to tell the story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    I worked in a remote area of China for about 1 month and had local food of which I had no idea about.

    in fact I didn't want to know but survived to tell the story.
    I've never been to China, but I believe the food is terribly bland and the cuts of meat are almost inedible.

    Friends who have - Brits, British Chinese, Thais, Chinese Malaysians - have all told me that Chinese food is really good...as long as it's not in China.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Apart from a dinner invite to Chitty's, I'm willing to give most things a go when it comes to food.
    You'll be eating humble pie next week when we go top.


    I've eaten the still beating heart of a king Cobra in Phetchabun.I reckon it's the nearest a man can get to feeling pregnant having that beating heart in the belly.
    Ant eggs were a bit crunchy in Hau Hin.
    Had a deep fried Scorpion on the Kho San Road for the craic, bit chewy and covered in Soy sauce.

    Kangaroo was probably the nicest in Oz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe 90 View Post
    You'll be eating humble pie next week when we go top.


    I've eaten the still beating heart of a king Cobra in Phetchabun.I reckon it's the nearest a man can get to feeling pregnant having that beating heart in the belly.
    Ant eggs were a bit crunchy in Hau Hin.
    Had a deep fried Scorpion on the Kho San Road for the craic, bit chewy and covered in Soy sauce.

    Kangaroo was probably the nicest in Oz.
    Yeah, kangaroo. Had that at the Christmas markets in town.

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe 90 View Post
    You'll be eating humble pie next week when we go top.
    Do you get the trophy in January?

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    I was invited to a private party in Kuala Lumpur and was told later that I had consumed monkey stew.

    I thought it was beef but it was difficult to determine the taste due to all the spices.

    I've also eaten sushi that had been placed on the chest and stomach of 2 naked ladies in Singapore.

    I tried to eat one of the cherry tomatoes but it was glued to the lady's chest.

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    Up in the north the small frogs, catch them at night, the next day pour boiling water over them then gut them(feed the guts to the fish) chop off the tip of the mouth(lips) I don't know why, spread them out on the bamboo airing tray in the sun to dry for a day then sprinkle some seasoning and deep fry quickly, Very moreish if served with a cold beer.

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    The weirdest, among many, was probably the witchetty grub while we were bush walking in Australia in the 80s . . . and the most assorted in South Africa and Namibia - the variety of foods we are simply not confronted with are amazing.

    Snake in Taipei . . . cat gut in Korea . . . live octopus also in Korea . . .

    As an honourable mention some bizarre large beetles around the volcanic lakes near Villarica in Chile. (but also some of the best food anywhere)


    One of the joys of travelling and experiencing different cultures

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    Drunken prawns, or I call them jumping prawns in Pattaya near Mahprachan Lake where they were captured earlier.

    The only time I have consumed something that was still alive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    . live octopus also in Korea . . .

    The first time I saw it I was in Busan on the Korean coast after a few too many. I'm like, "what the fuck is that? Gimme some now!"

    The actual taste was really bland, but the sauce on the side was tasty, at least. All about the theatre, innit?

    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post


    One of the joys of travelling and experiencing different cultures
    Indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    I was invited to a private party in Kuala Lumpur and was told later that I had consumed monkey stew.

    I thought it was beef but it was difficult to determine the taste due to all the spices.

    I've also eaten sushi that had been placed on the chest and stomach of 2 naked ladies in Singapore.

    I tried to eat one of the cherry tomatoes but it was glued to the lady's chest.

    You reminded of that hairy clam.was a bit salty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deeks View Post
    Up in the north the small frogs, catch them at night, the next day pour boiling water over them then gut them(feed the guts to the fish) chop off the tip of the mouth(lips) I don't know why, spread them out on the bamboo airing tray in the sun to dry for a day then sprinkle some seasoning and deep fry quickly, Very moreish if served with a cold beer.
    Like anything fried. It's always good.

    I've had frog noodle soup in Vietnam too. It was fucking hanging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Like anything fried. It's always good.

    I've had frog noodle soup in Vietnam too. It was fucking hanging.
    The big frogs are cooked in a soup up here too, same as snake and the monitor lizards, skinned, gutted then chopped up into pieces bones n all, just too bony for me, tastes good but toying with a mouth full of bones is a bit annoying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deeks View Post
    The big frogs are cooked in a soup up here too, same as snake and the monitor lizards, skinned, gutted then chopped up into pieces bones n all, just too bony for me, tastes good but toying with a mouth full of bones is a bit annoying.
    Come to think of it, I've had frog noodle soup just outside Ayutthaya too. In Vietnam the meat was deep fried before being put in the soup, but it was boiled in Ayutthaya as part of the soup.

    Gooey and bony. Horrible.

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    One of the faves of the missus is Buffalo, After about 10 minutes chewing on what she gave me to taste, i decided that Buffalo should only be used to make shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deeks View Post
    One of the faves of the missus is Buffalo, After about 10 minutes chewing on what she gave me to taste, i decided that Buffalo should only be used to make shoes.
    Thai "beef."

    Although if you ever have yam nua, it's very tasty. As ever, the flavour is in the sauce and I think it helps to soften the meat.

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    Here is a good one, spinal cord from the daily slaughtered cow, You chop what you can of the spine to fit into the pot size you have, boil it up, let it cool (if you can wait) then you can suck the cord out of the spine, If bits are still stuck inside, a bamboo skewer can be used to poke the bits out. and then the remnants are thrown back into the pot for the soup. Tastes like nothing special,has the texture of a durian.
    Last edited by deeks; 18-01-2021 at 04:21 AM.

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    An Aussie Meat Pie ... there is a reason they call them also 'Mystery Boxes'.

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    Phad Thai

    I'm not the adventurous type

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    An Aussie Meat Pie ... there is a reason they call them also 'Mystery Boxes'.

    Mystery bag. And "It's a long way to the shop if ya wan't a chiko roll"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj_rvLVpqg8

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Phad Thai

    I'm not the adventurous type
    No shit. A Brummy kebab: two pies on a stick

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    I've eaten the following:

    The rats that they grill and sell on the road between Pathum Thani and Ayutthaya
    Snake (cobra, python and a little one that they have in Cambodia and walk around selling it on the streets)
    Mouse deer
    Bat
    Monitor lizard
    Chicken sushi
    Loads of insects
    Sheep's balls in the Egyptian Sahara
    Tarantula





    I had a friend like you who came to Thailand.

    One night he bought a few bags of those deep fried grasshoppers and dung beetles and other shit the Thais sell and eat.

    "What the fuck you eating that shit for?"

    "Its full of protein!" he said with insects wings, abdomens and legs hanging out of his teeth

    "Theres loads of protein in that KFC over there too, you daft Northern kunt"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post





    I had a friend like you who came to Thailand.

    One night he bought a few bags of those deep fried grasshoppers and dung beetles and other shit the Thais sell and eat.

    "What the fuck you eating that shit for?"

    "Its full of protein!" he said with insects wings, abdomens and legs hanging out of his teeth

    "Theres loads of protein in that KFC over there too, you daft Northern kunt"
    Sounds like me?

    The only time I've bought "a few bags" of anything in Thailand I was up for 4 nights spunking my way around Nana.


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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    An Aussie Meat Pie ... there is a reason they call them also 'Mystery Boxes'.
    Loved Aussie meat pies when i lived there, used to stop here every day on my way to work...




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    Harry's in Woolloomooloo . . . an icon. (i the pic already too 'fancy'). Weekend nights/early mornings after a night out

    Sadly he went corporate and now has franchises, the worst on being in Cockle Bay/Darling Harbour . . .

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