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Most frightening food you've seen lately?

My vote unequivocally goes to:

Which is described here:

Bear in mind, the above won even though I've been browsing around for recipes involving chicken feet.

And you thought Tribbles were cute, cuddly creatures. Only from a distance!

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  1. <<The Bakudan Yaki is loaded with seven ingredients … cabbage, mochi, quail eggs, shrimp, squid, octopus and sausage.>>

    It looks like the Badukan Yaki was THROWING UP those seven ingredients. I think the Badukan Yaki is ANGRY (or seriously PO'd).

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    1. re: kattyeyes

      I don't like the sound of Bakudan Yaki but it may be delicious! The most revolting food I've ever seen is definitely tripe!

    2. Goodness, it looks like a mutant marine "balut" egg.

      I saw an old episode of Alton Brown's "Feasting on Asphalt - Episode 4:California or Bust" and one of the stops in AZ had a bunch of Navajo grill foods being prepped where two foods seemed questionable: grilled intestines stuffed with something and plain beef stomach fat. Perhaps tasty to some - just don't go asking too many questions as to what's on your plate!

      1. I dunno, I kind of find this thing cute in a stuffed troll kind of way... Doesn't it look like one of those "Ugly Dolls?" And I have to say, it sounds and looks very tasty! I may be a bit biased, as I have a love of deep-fried round objects.

        1. I think you need to distinguish between food that looks frightening and food that tastes frightening. Because that Bukudan Yaki isn't the prettiest thing I've ever seen, but I'd definitely eat it.

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          1. re: small h

            My original thread title was something like scariest food photo you've seen online today, but thought I'd open it up a little.

            1. re: Cinnamon

              Ah, scariest-looking food. Eels are pretty scary-looking. Monkfish, too. Yikes!


              1. re: small h

                Yeah, I remember seeing a smoked eel staring out of the deli case in the basement of Bloomingdale's in Manhattan. Scary stuff.

          2. Balut - fertilized duck egg. Absolutely foul... even by Bourdain standards.


            Chicken feet aren't so repulsive to me.

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            1. re: lynnlato

              Any commercial for Pizza Hut...

              1. re: Sean

                and Chili's, and Applebee's, and TGIMcFunsters.... whenever those come on, with their dayglo-colored "sauces", the yellow gunk that poses as cheese in those establishments and covers all the randomly deep-fried items.... they do make me nauseous, and very afraid. Never actually been in any of those places, thanks to their commercials.

              2. re: lynnlato

                Must disagree on the balut. It has the deepest, richest duck (or chicken) broth I've ever tasted. With vinegar and hot sauce and salt I find it a treat. 17 day balut is just about right for me, not too crunchy but still with texture and character. Still, I agree that it's a matter of taste.

                    1. re: emerilcantcook

                      I *like* the Wild Thing cake, but agree with you the MerMan (?) is scary!!!

                      1. re: kattyeyes

                        The merman is very scary. I'm just grateful they stopped the hair where they did...

                        1. re: moh

                          Good point! Thank god for the tail!!! ;)

                          1. re: moh

                            It would be scarier with real hair, or bonito flakes or something.

                      2. Wow, that looks like some of the inverabrates I see when diving. Kind of like a big hairy sea slug. And I was going to say a KFC bowl meal as the most frightining thing I've seen

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                        1. re: scubadoo97

                          I know that KFC bowl has to be the foulest thing ever. Also those quiznos commercials with the gloopy sauces. Blach

                        2. In less than 3 weeks we will be eating sennakji, live octopus, in Seoul, Korea. We had it 3 years ago; unforgetable. Google it and check it out.

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                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                            Ah, the most intelligent invertebrate. I always feel bad when I think about eating them. Well, I alternate that with freaking out about tentacles.

                              1. re: Passadumkeg

                                I can see it now ..... McOctopus....

                                1. re: Passadumkeg

                                  "Many would call it ugly AND disgusting. The one thing they wouldn't call it is dinner."

                                  Call me many! This is more frightening than anything previously mentioned. If I have less strength and stamina as a result, so be it.

                                  1. re: kattyeyes

                                    Yes and my oldest 2 son's take me (my wife won't go) to "test" my chowhoundishness. The male ego is warped.

                                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                                      I know it's the "Y" chromosome, but just can't help thinking of it as the "why" chromosome. I don't blame your wife for passing on this one. I'm pretty sure seeing it live would give me nightmares if I didn't make a run for the door at the first squirm.

                                2. re: Cinnamon

                                  Sad image, but I guess it's the food chain at work. As a diver, octopi are my little buddies. Friendly, curious, obviously tactile, and very neat. They love conch (everything in the sea loves conch) and they leave the discarded conch shells in a neat pile.

                              2. Scrapple. What makes it disgustingly frightening, to me, is its appearance, smell, and description. The thought of it makes me shudder.

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                                1. re: woodandfine

                                  Has to be the crown roast of hot dogs I saw on another thread.

                                  1. re: nvcook

                                    I thought you said you were addicted to the crown roast?

                                    1. re: Cinnamon

                                      I posted on the wrong thread - see my comment right after. I wasn't able to edit.

                                      1. re: nvcook

                                        Just razzing you. ;) That was pretty spectacular - not only is it scary in its own right, it's evocative to me of the 60s/70s era - and THAT is really scary.

                                  2. re: woodandfine

                                    Woody, scrapple, the green food; waste not, want not. Try it siome time, you actually might like it. A hot dog in another form; meat scraps & filler.

                                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                                      "A hot dog in another form; meat scraps & filler"

                                      I just lost my breakfast reading this line.

                                      The scrapple I have seen, in Central and Eastern PA, looks like a hot mess pile of mystery meat. Gee, how could I resist trying this culinary delight?

                                      Disclosure: what makes its appearance truly disturbing is watching overweight diners shovel into their mouths, alongside their white bread toast and runny eggs.

                                    2. re: woodandfine

                                      What's wrong with the appearance of scrapple? Fried up with a bit of ketchup on the side, it looks like nothing so much as square breakfast sausage to me.

                                      1. re: JungMann

                                        Or scrapple w/ ugly delicious apple butter on top? UMMMm, love it. The original SOS.

                                      1. re: linguafood

                                        Love that site. We were both trying to remember the one we found the funniest last night over sushi. Here 'tis--and a scary snack in its own right, for sure:


                                        1. re: kattyeyes

                                          The caption are brilliant, even if a lot of those pics speak for themselves.

                                          1. re: linguafood

                                            OT, but I went to grad school with the author. She's as funny (and kind) in person as she seems.

                                            The whole story of how she found the cards is in a book she wrote called "I'm Not the New Me."

                                        2. re: linguafood

                                          I find the phrase "Convenience Fish" frightening in its own right.

                                        3. I have no problem with tacos made from cow or goat intestines (tacos de tripa; modango de chivo) in their finished form, but those piles of raw ingredients is a little rough on the eyes.

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                                          1. re: Veggo

                                            I knew it wasn't good when my man walked in on me recently while I was cleaning and de-membraning sweetbreads.... sigh. Quote: " we don't need to have this again."

                                            Otoh, it's such a pain to make, I think I can live with eating them at restos from now on.

                                            1. re: Passadumkeg

                                              Ok, I can handle a lot but can not even consider reading about DOG SOUP....not when I have two cuties at home...

                                              1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

                                                Hey, we have a choco lab! The philosophy is this kind is a pet and this kind is raised for meat. The words are even different. Kind of like have a pet lamb and going out for lam chops. My sons torment me for being a "hound".

                                                1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                  I understand that in some cultures it is normal and I respect that...it's just real hard to think about it.

                                                  I grew up with a pet chicken, goat and cow...I eat all three...am I a monster?? ;)

                                                  1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

                                                    Yes, but with a good address, better than most monsters.

                                                    1. re: Veggo

                                                      Gee Thanks - Didn't have to agree so quick ;)

                                            2. Chicago pizza and ketchup on hot dogs.

                                              1. Paula Deen's Krispy Kreme burger. Good God.

                                                1. That picture reminds me of the Simpsons episode where Homer eats something with all kinds of fuzzies and dirt particles attached to it.

                                                  1. Dear god that thing's got teeth!

                                                    Then I kept reading...and it's totally something I would eat. I guess it's served in the box so you can't see what you're eating- genius!

                                                    1. This is not scary, but I'm not sure it would 'play in Peoria.'

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                                                      1. re: Cinnamon

                                                        Gagging the trout with green onions was rather nasty, though.

                                                        1. re: kattyeyes

                                                          What's wrong with this one? I wouldn't grill fish with bacon but it's not some kind of abomination. And it's common to put aromatics inside a cooking fish; these just happen to be sticking out the mouth.

                                                          1. re: RealMenJulienne

                                                            For the folks who are used to a cod filet, or who consider fish sticks to be the epitome of fish, this might be offputting in its authenticity.

                                                            1. re: RealMenJulienne

                                                              There is actually a similar recipe in Suzanne Goin's cookbook, except you wrap pancetta around instead of bacon. It is quite tasty.

                                                              1. re: RealMenJulienne

                                                                I have never seen a cold water fish wearing a pigskin coat before. I half admire the effort, but I think the delicate sweetness of the trout would be lost.

                                                                1. re: Veggo

                                                                  Veggo, I can see what you mean about the bacon overpowering the flavour of the fish. I don't think I would do this recipe with freshly caught, super fresh trout. I'd eat those as simply as I could, and enjoy that delicate sweetness. But for us regular folk, who catch their fish at a supermarket, well, that is less of an issue. I personally enjoyed the trout wrapped in pancetta from Goin's book. It was a nice combination of flavours.

                                                                2. re: RealMenJulienne

                                                                  I'm the wrong person to ask as I don't eat cooked fish (only sushi)--just the way the green onions are jammed down the fish's throat and coming out of its mouth looked bizarre to me. I don't consider fish sticks to be the epitome of fish personally...the rest of the world can have ALL my portions of fish sticks and freshly grilled fish. RAW RAW RAW! Let's hear it for sushi.

                                                                  1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                    I think that sashimi (accompanied by plain steamed gohan) is even better for capturing the real gift of fish flavor.

                                                                    1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                                                      Understood--I love and appreciate both (sushi and sashimi).

                                                            2. >>>"""It is a symphony of flavours with each of the ingredients complementing each other on taste and texture.""""<<<<

                                                              that made me laugh. cinnamon, before i saw your reference, i thought, "goodness alive, they caught and killed a tribble!"

                                                              the "eating live octopus" video made me disgusted, and then very sad. http://www.alohavalley.com/food-dinin...

                                                              i hope the octopi choke every one of those bastards.

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                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                Octopi are amazingly intelligent creatures with eyes very much like our own - I share your disgust and sadness!

                                                                1. That looks like a supersized takoyaki! I must have it!!

                                                                  As for frightening food, a variety can be seen here:

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                                                                  1. re: mogo

                                                                    Mogo, that is one frightening array of foodstuffs. I have some friends who would be well served to use that site as a self-assessment tool.

                                                                  2. Yeah, that's gross. But I equally found it gross when I ate at a White Castle for the first time the other day.

                                                                    1. I've been eating oysters for decades, and never had I encountered an oyster liver until the other day. It was a disturbing sight to say the least—this brown spooge oozing from my Hama Hama.


                                                                      1. "Those who love the Law and sausages should never watch either being made."

                                                                          1. re: cimui


                                                                            I love jello, I love jello salads. But this one is a bit frightening, looks sort of wormy....

                                                                            Well heck! Who am I kidding? I'd still try it!

                                                                            1. re: cimui

                                                                              the ramen jello mold will be a halloween party hit!

                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                Alongside the lime and cottage cheese mold, of course. ;)

                                                                                Moh, if there were a Chowhound Badge of Courage, I think you'd have one, between the natto maki and the ramen Jello!

                                                                                1. re: cimui

                                                                                  Cimui, I wear the CH Badge of Courage as a muffin top overlying my trousers...

                                                                                  1. re: moh

                                                                                    oh moh! that's hilarious.

                                                                                    somehow, i'm thinking of that song the munchkins sang in "wizard of oz" -- but modified: "weeeeeeee represent the muffin-top guild.....and welcome you to chowhound land."

                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                      LOL! Yes, i think I would stand a good chance of being cast as a CH munchkin! I'm practicing the lines as I type.

                                                                                      1. re: moh

                                                                                        actually, come to think of it, a lot of those munchkins *did* have muffin-tops! ;-).

                                                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                                                          "Weeeeeee represent...."

                                                                                          "Woooeeeaaa represent...."



                                                                                          Ok, I clearly need to get to bed!

                                                                                          1. re: moh

                                                                                            rotflmao. i know EXACTLY what you mean!!! (and look, i'm on the EAST coast, too!).

                                                                                            maybe we can make this the chowhound anthem! we need to coordinate on the "weeeee" part, though. {;^D).

                                                                                    2. re: moh

                                                                                      Is that what the initials stand for, Muffin Of Honor?

                                                                                      1. re: Cinnamon


                                                                                        My muffin top is jiggling like a bowl of ramen jello! Now that's frightening.

                                                                              2. this should scare just about anyone. imagine showing it to kids before bedtime!

                                                                                <<<<"MOMEEEEEEE!!!!! there's some scary heads floating above my bed! and one talks funny.">>>

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                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                  I always found Carvel commercials a little frightening as a kid. Even Fudgie the Whale freaked me the heck out for some reason. Fudge and flippers - never the twain shall meet.

                                                                                2. this surprise birthday cake for food network judge/ice queen, kerry vincent, is pretty terrifying!

                                                                                  (and i'm not so sure about the baker, either, poor thing!).

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