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wierd foods in-Mexico city, dubai, seattle, mumbai, london, buenos aires, Sydney

cityradar Sep 22, 2006 12:04 PM

i am on the hunt for wierd food, or wierd food or restaurant concepts all over the world, during the following months i am focussing on Mexico city, Dubai, Seattle, Mumbai, London, Buenos Aires and Sydney. Can anyone suggest where to go or have seen/heard about anything odd/fun? could be recipe, presentation, way you eat it.

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    Guzgo Sep 29, 2006 06:54 PM

    Mercado San Juan is the foodiest market in Mexico City. It is also a center of traditional herbal medicines.

    The normal (but weird to us) foods there include ant eggs (escamole), in season, and of course the fried grasshoppers.

    Even the corn smut-aka-mushroom (huitlacoche)is pretty weird, but at least it's in the vegetable not the animal kingdom, so I think people approach it more easily.

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      js288uk Sep 27, 2006 11:18 PM

      Go to Colaba in Mumbai, and have a brain dish (cooked a number of ways) at Olympia Cafe...Slurp...

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        rubym Sep 22, 2006 05:31 PM

        I also saw soup or stew served in a bowl made of bread, it was in Rio i think, it even had a lid!

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          cityradar Sep 22, 2006 03:50 PM

          i forgot about that one!! which markets did you got to in mexico? which on's are the more food ones? any particular areas where the eateries are?

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            Sam Fujisaka Sep 22, 2006 09:18 PM

            We were in various places in the states of Chiapas and Vera Cruz last month. Largely ate street/plaza and market food. There are a few traditional markets scattered about Mexico City.

          2. Sam Fujisaka Sep 22, 2006 03:35 PM

            Just remember, right hand only. Food in the traditional markets anywhere in Mexico is great.

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              rubym Sep 22, 2006 03:34 PM

              sort of like those dumpling things they have in shanghai which is served in the bamboo steamer, the "bread" covers it completly and you drink out the soup with a straw before breaking it open to eat the filling?

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                cityradar Sep 22, 2006 03:30 PM

                i am trying to find not so much unusual ingredients, but how something is served, or combinations of foods, or how you eat it, something like that.
                I am really lloking forward to going to Mumbai, should be really good eating!

                1. Sam Fujisaka Sep 22, 2006 03:08 PM

                  Of the places you mention, Mumbai has great, varied street food. I wouldn't call hte food weird, however. Stuff like vegimite and marmite are weider than rice-field rats in Burma, deep fried adult beetles in the Philippines, duck embryos in Vietnam, or the smoked beef lung and cabbage I'm fixing for lunch today.

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                    kare_raisu Sep 23, 2006 02:51 PM

                    Do you have leftovers? The dish sound very intriguing, where is it from?

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                      Sam Fujisaka Sep 27, 2006 02:09 PM

                      Mom used to make corned beef and cabbage in sort of a German-Japanese fusion. There is no corned beef here in Cali, but there is good smoked lung.

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                    cityradar Sep 22, 2006 02:56 PM

                    in russia they wrap an whole chicken in a sort of tortilla wrap. you rip pieces off the bread and chicken and eat it with your hands.

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                      rubym Sep 22, 2006 01:59 PM

                      I saw noddle + omlette sandwiches in japan, they were quite cool!

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