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Mar 26, 2007 10:40 AM

Mystery item at Madrid tapas place

I'm just wondering what this is. I tried to get an explanation at the bar I was at, but I still couldn't figure it out.

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  1. Wow - did you taste it? It looks almost mummified.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      No I didn't taste it. My accompanists were a little too afraid to try it, and I didn't want to do it alone.

    2. weird.. how did they try to explain it at the bar?

      1. Those are zarajos. A specialty of Cuenca (in La Mancha), but you can get them all over Madrid as bar food. They are suckling lamb intestines wrapped around sticks (from grapevines, I think). They cut them and fry them up...

        P.S. That's oreja (pig ears) on the other plate.

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        1. re: butterfly

          I'm pretty much up to try anything at least once and those things look pretty creepy. My favorite Taiwanese soup is pork intestine/blood soup in Taiwan, but the intestines in there don't look as scary as the one posted in the picture--all wrapped up in a weird slimy ball. Maybe I'll try it out though just to say I did when I go to Spain in September. :o

          1. re: mstinawu

            If it's any consolation, they aren't slimy...

          2. First we have ice cream cones
            then corn dogs

            Hmmm... lamb intestines on a stick..... could this be the next 'to go' food sensation?

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            1. re: Steve

              Europeans have been stretching lamb intestines out on a stick, and making music, for a long time :-)

            2. I've seen a lot working in food publishing lo these many years, and that has to be
              single oddest food photo I have ever laid my eyes on.

              But that is the wonder of travel. I understand why you didn't try one.
              But the teeniest little bite may have been interesting.