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henrychan888 Oct 11, 2006 06:33 AM

Hi everyone,

Anyone know where to eat rare and exotic foods?

thanks!

  1. mabziegurl Oct 11, 2006 06:42 AM

    what exactly are you looking for? an ingredient, or a type of food? what you consider exotic may not be exotic to others =)

    1. wilafur Oct 11, 2006 05:21 PM

      how about live baby octopus at prince in k-town?

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        henrychan888 Oct 11, 2006 06:14 PM

        that's a good one. i'll have to go try that. thanks wilafur.

        1. elmomonster Oct 11, 2006 08:32 PM

          You *MUST* read Eddie Lin's blog Deep End Dining. He'll set you straight (or scare you straight). Either way it's a fun read. He has video of those writhing live octopus tentacles too!

          http://deependdining.blogspot.com/

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            Spagheddios Oct 11, 2006 08:50 PM

            Thanks for the plug, Elmomonster!

            As far as the live baby octopus tentacles goes, the Prince in K-town has not offered this item on the "secret" menu for a while. Usually the live tentacles are found in the Korean language section of the English menu (the secret items are written on a small piece of paper and taped on to the front or back of the menu). If you know someone who can speak Korean, perhaps you can special order them since they do serve some kind of cooked or raw (not live) baby octopus on the regular menu.

            I would also suggest Seafood Village RH in Roland Heights. They serve live lobster sashimi and live drunken shrimp (these items NOT listed on menu). The ability to speak Chinese also helps greatly to ensure that above dishes are brought out alive and not simply raw and dead-ish.

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              frank828 Oct 11, 2006 09:20 PM

              ooh speaking of live seafood, i just had live sweet shrimp, live uni and live scallops at Maki Zushi in tustin.

              I was also able to get a sea snail from japan that night.

              Prices are extrememly reasonable also at this place.

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                elmomonster Oct 11, 2006 10:03 PM

                Eddie? Is that you?

                http://elmomonster.blogspot.com

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                  henrychan888 Oct 11, 2006 10:58 PM

                  nice Blog elmomonster! that bluefin place looks awesome, but i don't think i can afford it. just want that bite of duck!

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                  henrychan888 Oct 11, 2006 10:07 PM

                  oh man!! that video is awesome!! did ya feel the tentacles movin in your stomach? nice blog Eddie!

                  I just called this place in San Dimas called Little Tokyo and they serve grasshopper. Lady says, they "taste like chocolate!"

                3. DanaB Oct 11, 2006 09:28 PM

                  You can eat a variety of insects and creepy-crawlies at Typhoon, near the Santa Monica airport. Website, with menu and address, here: http://www.typhoon.biz/

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                    henrychan888 Oct 11, 2006 10:54 PM

                    wow! thanks DanaB!

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                    Spagheddios Oct 11, 2006 10:29 PM

                    elmo,

                    yes, it's me, eddie!

                    henry,

                    glad you enjoyed the video (not available on YouTube!). the live tentacles did not move in my stomach simply because i made certain to chew the living hell out of them before i swallowed. a good pointer to follow if you choose to dine on them.

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                      henrychan888 Oct 11, 2006 10:51 PM

                      haha.. you should put it on youtube. i think yours is better than this one.

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NhZfK...

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                        Chubbypanda Oct 12, 2006 02:55 AM

                        Word. Those things can be deadly if you don't chew them well. They can actually wiggle and lodge themselves in any number of inopportune places.

                        - Chubbypanda

                        http://epicurious-wanderer.blogspot.com/

                      2. Das Ubergeek Oct 12, 2006 03:17 PM

                        If you want chapulines (fried grasshoppers) you can go to either of the Guelaguetzas -- one's in K-Town and one is at Palms and Sepulveda.

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