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muhlyssa Oct 25, 2001 04:22 PM

Someone's recent post on another thread that mentioned eating tongue started my mind going about foods that aren't so universally appealing like sweetbreads, tongue, tripe etc.

So my question for the day is, what's the wildest thing you've eaten in Los Angeles, where did you have it and how was it prepared.

Can you beat what the Survivors have had to eat? Give it a try!

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    misterb RE: muhlyssa Oct 25, 2001 05:19 PM

    Alligator twice, once at the late Orleans (popcorn alligator), and once in DC at the late (is there a trend here?) Dominique's (filet, breaded and sauteed).

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      jerome RE: misterb Oct 25, 2001 05:31 PM

      Crickets at Gueleguetza on 8th st. near Irolo. They sell them seasoned with chili and lime. to go only. Taste Like the Chinese dried shrimp.

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      Carolyn Tillie RE: muhlyssa Oct 25, 2001 06:02 PM

      Duck tongues at Tung Lai Shun's Islamic Cuisine Restaurant in San Gabriel.

      Unfortunately for me (trying to be ever-so adventurous), they were too spicy for me to eat more than just a few. I have been meaning to go back and try their Goose Entrails....

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        Auntie Ms Gag 2001 RE: muhlyssa Oct 25, 2001 06:41 PM

        I once had Aligator ribs at Royce's Cafe Orleans on Pico, the way the chef's prepared it was awesome and tasted like chicken. Too bad it's no longer is business but I understand Mr. Royce still does catering :-)

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          kevin RE: muhlyssa Oct 25, 2001 07:07 PM

          a couple months ago had a few bites of a cow's brains sandwich at the canary house in westwood. actually works quite well as a sandwich.

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            Dave L RE: muhlyssa Oct 26, 2001 01:18 AM

            Pig uterus in hoisin sauce at NBC Seafood's dim sum in Monterey Park. Absolutely delicious.

            You can also buy bull dongs (yes, I mean penises) at 99 Ranch stores, though I can't begin to imagine...

            And, of course, any decent Vietnamese restaurant's winter dessert will include durian, the Southeast Asian fruit which smells like a petrol station's commode (its odour can be scented at several hundred metres and its possession is not allowed on public transport in most SE Asian countries) and tastes absolutely divine.

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              LazyL RE: Dave L Oct 26, 2001 01:42 PM

              Dave, can you recommend a specific restaurant in the L.A. area that serves durian? You've got me curious.

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                Robin RE: LazyL Oct 26, 2001 02:13 PM

                You can purchase the fruit at
                Hawaii Supermarket
                120 E. Valley Boulevard
                San Gabriel

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                  LazyL RE: Robin Oct 26, 2001 06:34 PM

                  Is the durian your basic peel-n-eat fruit, or is there more involved?

                  Thanks.

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                    Robin RE: LazyL Oct 26, 2001 08:47 PM

                    I'm afraid I can't help you with that one.

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                      Dave L RE: LazyL Oct 28, 2001 02:56 PM

                      It's not exactly peel-n-eat but it's not far off. You have to do this outside or your house will reek for a week, you have NO idea.

                      Thaw the frozen durian (it is EXTREMELY rare to get fresh) outside but don't let it rot!!

                      It has a kind of thick shell, so you take a bread knife and just cut through the shell but NOT the pulp inside. Remove the shell (like you're making durian on the half shell) and scoop out the innards with a spoon.

                      You can get it at any of the Taiwanese- or Vietnamese-run markets (99 Ranch, Shun Fat, Phu Ky, San Gabriel Superstore, Hawaii, &c.) in season.

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                        Awesomer RE: LazyL Oct 29, 2001 11:52 AM

                        You can't miss this fruit when it's sold in one of the Asian markets...it's the spiky one the size of a bloated pineapple. The look of this fruit is pretty intimidating. It was used as a fatal weapon in the Jackie Chan/Michelle Yeoh flick, Supercop 2.

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                      Can RE: LazyL Oct 26, 2001 03:06 PM

                      I believe 99 Ranch carries both the fresh and frozen ones. I don't know when they are in season, but I saw some a few months ago. Don't know how the frozen one tastes since I hate that fruit anyway, but you could probably get that year-round.

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                    Mike Kilgore RE: muhlyssa Oct 26, 2001 09:21 AM

                    When I was in the Boy Scouts we killed, skinned, flame roasted and ate the obligatory rattle snake. Tasted just like...well you can probably guess. While that wasn't in LA proper, it wasn't that far out of town. For those who had not seen the recent thread on the General Topics board about this subject I have included a link below. I think the inadvertant winner of this question is David L, who posted in reply to a write up that I did on Bombay Cafe on Pico in WLA, telling of his experience of finding a "throughly stewed small cockroach" in his leftover palek paneer at home the following day after eating there. I guess I am just not in to eating things for the thrill of it. And I really doubt, being long out of my college daze, that I would eat any sort of insects. I should add, "eat knowingly" for David L's sake ;-)

                    Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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                      LBO RE: Mike Kilgore Dec 26, 2001 06:20 PM

                      Fried crickets at Monsoon in the Santa Monica airport - there is a whole insect section on the menu. The texture was tough but the taste was good thanks to the garlicky sauce...

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