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What's The Most Exotic Food You've Ever Eaten????

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FAB Oct 30, 2006 02:05 PM

It could be anything from anywhere on earth. What was it???where were you??would you recommend it to others????stuff like that. I've had Caju(cashew fruit)- which is unexplainable in terms of taste but it wasn't bad, Jackfruit- is really good almost a custard-like texture,very sweet,Canepas-Puerto Rican fruit which somewhat resembles a Leechi nut,these are amazing. Sri Lankan cuisine which I had in NYC, very good all around and I would tell anyone who hasn't tried it yet to give it a shot.I could go on for hours but I want to hear from everyone else.

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    ob_chris RE: FAB Oct 30, 2006 02:18 PM

    I would second Sri Lankan. Over a decade ago I lived in Minneapolis, MN and one night had an incredible dinner at a restaurant called (aptly) the Sri Lanka Curry House. Hottest, wildest food I had ever had (I was 22). Too much for my co-workers but I loved it. Looked it up online a few years later, where I learned that though it was only one of 5 Sri Lankan restaurants in the US at the time, it had just closed. I was in San Diego by then, but was still totally bummed.

    I tried to get a taste of the cuisine in Tarzana recently, but it just didn't compare to the time and labor-intensive meal I had way back then.

    1. Sam Fujisaka RE: FAB Oct 30, 2006 02:38 PM

      I've posted my favorites before, but: rice field rats and crunchy whole fried sparrows in Burma (people wouild never eat rats found near humans), fried bugs (white grubs become adults at the same time every two years and swarm in specific trees) in the Philippines, 18-day duck embryos in the Philippines and Vietnam, BBQ chicken feet (also Philippines) and smoked capybara in the Peruvian Amazon--are all good. Strangely, the beer food in the Philippines listed above is as good as the rest of the food is bad.

      My least favorites include Ethiopian injira (bread made from teff flour that tastes like used swamp-cooler foam sheets)and yak butter tea in Bhutan (rancid-ish).

      1. BobB RE: FAB Oct 30, 2006 04:03 PM

        Szechuan pig's lungs in Shenzhen, China. Not bad flavor but very unpleasant texture.

        That's something I've experienced more than once - while I generally enjoy the flavors, the Chinese are every fond of certain textures, especially gelatinous and cartilaginous ones, that I find hard to swallow (literally!)

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          Sam Fujisaka RE: BobB Oct 30, 2006 07:29 PM

          I fix smoked cow's lung (bofe) here in Colombia. One good way is as Thai-Lao laab.

        2. Xericx RE: FAB Oct 30, 2006 09:47 PM

          Balut, which is a partially developed chicken embryo inside the egg. I was really drunk in Manila and decided to buy one off a street vendor @ 2am. I didn't really enjoy it. Not so much the taste, but the texture of the embryo was a bit weird.

          1. kiwichef RE: FAB Oct 30, 2006 11:41 PM

            Barbequed chicken hearts are nice...and cheap!

            1. kiwichef RE: FAB Oct 30, 2006 11:41 PM

              \Sorry cheep!!

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                jamsy RE: FAB Oct 30, 2006 11:52 PM

                what is exotic for someone is regular food for another! me... strangest would be fish eyeballs and pigeon brains, but that's normal...

                most exotic, nem chua, a vietnamese raw pork dish with a lot of whole black peppercorns and garlic, or a little african fruit that looks like a key lime, but is orange on the inside and has the texture of a longan.

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                  Xericx RE: jamsy Oct 31, 2006 05:42 AM

                  So true....i change my answer to the OKI DOG.

                  Its two hot dogs, pastrami, chili, cheese...all wrapped in a tortilla........then grilled.

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                  FarFar RE: FAB Oct 31, 2006 02:55 PM

                  A small glass of pureed sea urchin as an appetizer at a seafood restaurant in Lima, Peru. Light purple in color and VERY salty. I liked it well enough to to ask the person next to me if I could have hers after she declined to try it.

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                    S U RE: FAB Nov 17, 2006 11:14 PM

                    I just stumbled across an interesting site... recipies for "weird" foods like cow udder eclairs, spider salad, and a spam shake to name a few. Dunno if this is a joke or for real... does anyone want to try?

                    http://bertc.com/recipes.htm

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                      Sean Dell RE: FAB Nov 17, 2006 11:26 PM

                      I was served a carp's eyeball in Kyoto once, as an honor! It was disgusting, all gelatinous in texture. I couldn't tell about the taste since it didn't touch my taste buds on its way down my gullet. I almost couldn't continue what was otherwise an amazing meal.

                      - Sean

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