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Jul 3, 2006 03:35 PM

Strangest chow you've eaten?

Okay, so I'm just trying to get a sense of the wackiest, most off beat chow anyone has eaten. I don't want to use the word "weird" because "weird" is subjective.

Mine actually was eel intestine, by accident when I was in Tokyo. Was not pleasant.

What about you guys?

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  1. Horse sashimi, in Kyushu, Japan.

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      1. re: missykins

        Yeah - I had lamb sashimi outside of Tokyo at a Okinawan restaurant. Meat tasted great, but the cartilege was weird. They have horser taretare at several places in Montreal.

        1. re: lambretta76

          didn't have it as a tartare, but as a steak, oh yeah.

          it's not written on the menus or widely advertised, but there are many places in toronto where you can get a good ol' horse steak. sometimes you can get the quack & track (feather & leather) meal... duck and horse together at last.

          i recall enjoying it and being similar to beef but don't remember any distinct differences.

          i wouldn't consider this my strangest food, but it hasn't been mentioned so i'll toss it out there: jellyfish. love the stuff.

          1. re: pinstripeprincess

            I've had jellyfish salad; consistency was of a lively noodle with a very slight crunch.

            I guess strange is relative, since I too think the "weirdest chow has been in Asia" like gourmaniac said below.

            1. re: pinstripeprincess

              Where in Toronto would I be able to get a horse steak??

              1. re: pinstripeprincess

                la palette is most widely known for serving horse. however there are a number of restaurants who do so but don't have it written down for fear of the equestrians who might be offended.

                many french restaurants would do it up.

            2. re: missykins

              20 years ago, as a teenager, we took a family holiday to Kyushu, Japan where basashi (raw horse meat) is considered a specialty/delicacy. Kindly refusing another country's delicacy wasn't acceptable behaviour, so I ate it...tasted a lot like beef sashimi.

              Having National Velvet/Black Beauty as a teen wasn't a mental block as much as eating Donald Duck as an 8 year old was for me.

              1. re: OCAnn

                The horses are especially raised for sashimi (like Kobe beef) and the one time I had horse sashimi (in Osaka) it was pretty good. Seems most of my weirdest chow has been in Asia. Fugu bones steeped in tea had a slight tetrodotoxin-laced buzz (Tokyo) and snake soup was pretty nondescript (Guangzhou). The latter reminds me of a funny incident when my host took me touring in the old Shanghai markets. He would stop occasionally and asked "You like snake?" to which i replied that I'm not partial to snake. After several similar requests and rebuffs, we finally stopped in a dumpling house for a snack, which he pronounced "snake". the dumplings were excellent and had not a whit of snake in them.

                1. re: OCAnn

                  Basashi is good, in Kumamoto its practically compulsory

            3. Lamb brains as part of the Moroccan experience in Marrakesh. It was intentional and voluntary, but still not something I would do again. The sauce was surprisingly tasty but the texture was revolting. Agh, I just gagged a little thinking about it :)

              1. Chicken testicles which we were told were "chicken beans" by my parents. We loved these and fought over them - we were three kids and couldn't understand why there were only two beans.

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                1. re: cheryl_h

                  HAHA thanks for the laugh. I'm going to chime in, the strangest food I've had that can recall at the moment were turkey testicles at an izakaya near my apt. Didn't really like them. They also serve bull penis.

                  1. re: cheryl_h

                    At a cooking class that was all about duck, we were served duck testicles - we were all surprised at their size - like Vienna sausages! I really don't remember much about what they actually tasted like or the texture, rather just the novelty is the only memory...

                  2. I'd have to say balut. Definately the richest, most intensely flavored broth I've tasted. Perhaps a day or two younger would have been better as the crunchy beak and feet, while not offensive, is an aquired frame of mind.

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                    1. re: TomSwift

                      In my exposure to balut in the Philipines, I never saw anyone even try it who was sober. PS I was always sober.

                      1. re: feelinpeckish

                        After YEARS of eating everything but the chick, I gave it a try about 3 years ago (sober). It was actually pretty good! But I probably will not eat it again unless I was trying to impress somebody!

                        As for my strange chow, it would have to be stir fried silk worms in China. Delish, but can only eat a few spoonfuls not the whole plate... with rice rice, of course.