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Oct 7, 2007 06:57 AM

Craziest, but good thing you've ever eaten.

I'm sure we have a pretty sophisticated and daring palette in chowhound. What have you eaten that would people go either "what?!" or "ew~" or some other strong reaction...but actually tasted pretty good? I grew up eating bird's nest soup, sea cucumber sashimi (slimy), octopus sashimi (the tentacles stick to your mouth), etc.

I think the craziest thing I tried was fried grasshopper---without batter, of course---in a rural town in Korea that was actually pretty good (if you ignored the fact that it still looked like insect).

Pretend that you're Anthony Bourdain in the show No Reservation if that helps you. :)

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  1. The craziest thing I've probably ever eaten is sea urchin roe. It was an interesting experience. It went from being the most disgusting thing, to being incredible....and the taste didn't leave my mouth for a long time. My brother is a fisherman in Alaska and I spent six months up there one time, I also ate the roe out of a salmon just a few minutes after it came out of the water.

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    1. re: afoodieslife

      I love love love sea urchin roe (although it's not really roe but the sea urchin's organs...did you know that?) If they weren't so expensive I'd eat it all the time. Salmon roe is too fishy for me though. It has interesting texture but the inside the roe is a little too oily perhaps (or maybe it wasn't fresh enough).

      1. re: baekster

        I didn't know that about sea urchin roe. Very interesting. It was probably over ten years ago since I had that experience with the salmon roe so I don't remember exactly.

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      1. Probably not crazy in the extreme, but crazy for me. I ate jelly fish last night in a Chinese restaurant. It had the texture of bean sprouts. Can't think of a way to descrbe the taste. It was good. Doubt I would order it as an entree though.

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        1. re: Spencer

          Yeah, jellyfish is a texture thing -- it usually gets most of its flavor from whatever they've marinated it in or dressed it in (usually some sesame oil). No one orders it as an "entree" -- it's a side dish.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            I had jellyfish too at a wedding banqet for Chinese friends. Good! (I agree, it had a faint sesame oil flavor -- but subtle).

        2. Probably raw artichoke heart salad. It doesn't sound that weird, but if you have ever experienced the horrible bitter flavor of raw artichoke sap, you really can't imagine it being palatable. But it was, shaved very very fine.

          1. Durian - the fruit infamous for its stink - but it's really good

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            1. re: peanuttree

              Ha! There's something wrong with the wiring in my brain. I actually enjoy the smell of durian, but I find the taste to be disgusting.