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Sep 11, 2007 11:06 AM

What's the most exotic thing you ate?

I've had Kangaroo meat, gator meat, shark's fin soup, Bird's nest soup, durian, ostrich, whale, pigeon, frogs, silk worms, live octopus,
and one of the most disgusting stuff was vegemite from Australia...actually durian is pretty bad too.

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  1. I guess these are exotic to some people, but to me they did not sound that exotic at all...

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    1. re: kobetobiko

      so tell us what's very exotic. =)

      1. re: Monica

        The reproductive organs of a conch (in addition to the conch), reproductive organs of a chicken, eyeballs of various animals, chicken eggs with a fetus in, various bugs (termites=yum), a turtle (all parts humanly edible).

        1. re: Monica

          the stomach of toads, stomach of snow toads, pig's lung, the tip of pig's esophagus, double-boiled pig's brain, grill tuna eyes, tuna bone marrow sashimi, the soft bone of tuna's mouth and "nose", the spines of eels, braised skin of jumbo grouper (about the size of whale), grouper cheeks, soup made with elephant teeth (not longer legal), chicken testicles, etc. A lot more and I will add as I remember

          I am not a big fan or worms and bugs though

          1. re: kobetobiko

            "soup made with elephant teeth (not longer legal),"

            When was it that you ate this while it was legal?

            Does this sound hokey to anyone else? how much flavor are you going to get from teeth? Mmm, yum.

            1. re: FrankJBN

              I actually got a kick of all the purported foods kobe's eaten. I mean stomach of toads AND snow toads -God knows there's a difference - as subtle taste nuance. A grouper the size of a whale..... wouldn't that then be a whale??? Don't think grouper come that big - but I could be mistaken, not a grouper scholar.

              1. re: maisonbistro

                Hi masisonbistro,

                Just want to clarify that I don't eat this kind of things everyday. I have had them before, but they are not my usual diet ;D

                The stomach of toad and snow toad are prepared very differently and for different purposes. The stomach of normal toads are usually stir-fried with garlic sauce or black bean sauce or spicy sauce. You are right that the stomach don't have much flavor, you more or less enjoy the texture.

                The stomach of snow toad, however, is very expensive and is usually double boil with rock sugar as dessert (like a sweet soup). It is very common in Asia (China, Thailand, Taiwan, etc.) and is purposed to be very good for your health, skin, and respiratory system.

                Lastly, the grouper is about 300 lbs, so it is indeed about the size of a small whale, but a grouper is a grouper, not whale (which I believe is a mammal).

                1. re: kobetobiko

                  Those were not snow toad's stomach, but dried fallopian tubes of the toads (雪蛤). Absolutely delicious, whether taken as a sweetened dessert or in a savory consomme. It has the same consistency as whale sperm.

              2. re: FrankJBN

                The taste and flavor are in the plaque and other residual coatings!
                The teeth might be tasteless!

                1. re: FrankJBN

                  Hi FrankJBN,

                  I was a kid (like 5, 6 years old) when I had that. This soup was a old remedy for people who suffered from frequent nose bleeding (which I had when I was small). The teeth were ground into powder form and mixed with broth for consumption. You don't really taste much of the teeth, really, it's like drinking very thin broth. It's for cure sake.

            2. re: kobetobiko

              So your point is?

              Must be nice to live somewhere were live octupus and durian are part of the daily fare.

              How about Joe Louis - ever had one of those? or a poutine?

            3. I second the assessment of vegemite - and to think they eat it for breakfast!!

              You're very lucky to have tried all those things. I have eaten a deep fried cricket. Once. Never again, Never ever again.

              Hey, Kobe..., bet you eat those at the movies, right?

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              1. re: maisonbistro

                as mentioned, not a big fan of bugs and worms.

                1. re: maisonbistro

                  Fried crickets are probably the most exotic I've gone. I gagged and spit them onto the table because the texture was so off-putting.

                  I've also had duck fetus eggs, chicken feet, fish eyes, lamb brains, but from a cultural standpoint, those aren't strange to me. When I was growing up we also ate plenty of tongue, tripe and bone marrow which was exotic to Americans in the 80s, but now seems to be served with some frequency in restaurants all over New York.

                  1. re: JungMann

                    Hey JungMann,

                    That's exactly my point when I said that the things mentioned by the OP were not exotic. It is just a relative term. You know, horchata (?) is actually very exotic to me, but to Latin American it is just a common thing.

                    1. re: kobetobiko

                      well, your point is well taken. geesh

                      1. re: Monica

                        Yikes, I thought your list was pretty risque, too. Jeez Louise. Just because we don't want to eat a balut...

                    2. re: JungMann

                      Gee, I thought I had never had anything exotic till I read tripe and bone marrow in your post. I ate that back in the 40's, sweetbreads too.. Guess I was ahead of my time (whatever that is).

                    3. re: maisonbistro

                      Remind me what is vegemite and what does it taste like? I had homemade blood pudding (black and white) at my father-in-law's farm in County Cavan, Ireland.

                      1. re: southernitalian

                        Vegemite is a paste like thing that Brits and Australians put on their toast. Brits also call is Marmite.

                        1. re: maisonbistro

                          Actually - vegemite and marmite are if vegetarian and the other is made of beef stock......I believe.

                          1. re: simplefood

                            Yeah - but they both taste god awful!!

                            1. re: maisonbistro

                              Quite right simplefood, marmite and vegemite are completely different! Marmite is famous (infamous?) for dividing opinion - you either hate it or love it...

                            2. re: simplefood

                              Bovril is of beef stock - Marmite is vegetarian
                              Vegemite is Kraft foods brand of Marmite

                      2. Tunisian lamb's placenta.

                        1. Piranha Soup in the Amazon Rainforest!!

                          I found a blogger with the preparation instructions here:

                          1. Gee, I thought this was exotic; that is, until I read the other posts! Witchety grubs in Australia. I like durian, but balut (duck fetus eggs mentioned by JungMann) - I could never try that.