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Jul 21, 2010 08:52 AM

which l.a. restaurants serve really odd foods?

weird, scary, deliciously daring things? of any ethnic persuasion?

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  1. Insects at Typhoon at Santa Monica Airport
    taiwanese stir-fried, raw garlic, chile pepper, asian basil
    sweet & spicy sauce
    deep-fried thai style, baby lettuce leaves, ginger, chile pepper, peanuts, lime, tamarind dipping sauce

    Typhoon Restaurant
    3221 Donald Douglas Loop S, Santa Monica, CA 90405

    7 Replies
    1. re: wienermobile

      And the chapulines (crickets) when available at Guelaguetza.

      3014 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

      1. re: wienermobile

        My Lovely Tasting Assistant™ (LTA) is Taiwanese and her family has roots dating back about 200 years there. Her grandparents were poor farmers before Taiwan's economic boom, but became wealthy after selling their rice fields to developers.

        Despite her family's longevity, history, and economic situation, neither she nor any of her friends and family eat crickets. Could it be that the restaurant is referring to Thai crickets? Or are they really seasoning the crickets with star anise, white pepper and a sweet sauce to make them distinctly "Taiwanese" in flavor?

        Mr Taster

          1. re: Mr Taster

            Fried crickets is a popular dish at Indian(the famous beer hall) in Taipei. I think it's on the menus of other beer halls there as well.

            1. re: huaqiao

              Some of the stalls at the night markets have them as well.

              God knows there's enough crickets in Taiwan to go around ...

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I've never seen any at the local night markets in the Taichung area... the most exotic animal-based foods I've seen are at the touristy "snake alley" in Taipei, but that's not representative of the typical Taiwanese diet. Or at least not my LTA family's diet in west-central Taiwan.

                Mr Taster

          2. re: wienermobile

            Here is blog with a really nice story, including all the photos of an insect eating night at Typhoon from last year. The funniest thing is, if you look at the linked web ad's that go along with this blog write up is the big ad for

          3. I've heard there are a couple places in Koreatown that serve sannakji.


            1. Define "odd" and "weird, scary, deliciously daring things".

              What's odd or weird to me, might be completely normal to you or someone else.

              I think of pig ears as a staple. You? Maybe not so much.

              My friend finds cow brain tacos the norm. Me? A novel delicacy.

              So, what say you?

              6 Replies
              1. re: ipsedixit

                Pig ears?? Really?? I didn't know it was for human consumption. I thought they were a treat for my dog.

                1. re: mucho gordo

                  pig tails, “buffalo style” at Animal.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Only the pig feels disgruntled about this food idea.... ;-D>

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Lazy Ox Canteen has some unusual types of meat (at least to me), like pig's trotters (again, not very fun for the pig!).

                    To Ipsedixit's point - I think sea cucumber is weird, scary, daring, and a lot of other things - but they're served in many Korean restaurants and Koreans seem to think they're perfectly normal.

                    There was a very enjoyable episode of Top Chef Masters in which they had to cook with weird things. Geoducks stood out to me as very weird.