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which l.a. restaurants serve really odd foods?

Swankalicious Jul 21, 2010 08:52 AM

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

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  1. wienermobile RE: Swankalicious Jul 21, 2010 09:30 AM

    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

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    1. re: wienermobile
      Servorg RE: wienermobile Jul 21, 2010 09:36 AM

      And the chapulines (crickets) when available at Guelaguetza.

      3014 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

      1. re: wienermobile
        Mr Taster RE: wienermobile Jul 21, 2010 10:09 AM

        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
          Servorg RE: Mr Taster Jul 21, 2010 10:13 AM


          1. re: Mr Taster
            huaqiao RE: Mr Taster Jul 21, 2010 10:29 AM

            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
              ipsedixit RE: huaqiao Jul 21, 2010 10:35 AM

              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
                Mr Taster RE: ipsedixit Jul 21, 2010 10:46 AM

                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
            Servorg RE: wienermobile Jul 21, 2010 10:22 AM

            Here is blog http://eileent.com/eat/foodbuzz-24-24... 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 Terminix....lol

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            huaqiao RE: Swankalicious Jul 21, 2010 09:34 AM

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


            1. ipsedixit RE: Swankalicious Jul 21, 2010 09:42 AM

              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?

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              1. re: ipsedixit
                mucho gordo RE: ipsedixit Jul 21, 2010 09:46 AM

                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
                  wienermobile RE: mucho gordo Jul 21, 2010 09:48 AM

                  pig tails, “buffalo style” at Animal.

                  1. re: mucho gordo
                    ipsedixit RE: mucho gordo Jul 21, 2010 09:48 AM

                    Point made.


                    1. re: ipsedixit
                      Servorg RE: ipsedixit Jul 21, 2010 09:50 AM

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

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                        mucho gordo RE: Servorg Jul 21, 2010 09:56 AM


                  2. re: ipsedixit
                    aching RE: ipsedixit Jul 21, 2010 01:37 PM

                    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.

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