Bizzare Foods San Diego
I was watching the show bizarre foods with Andrew Zimmer. Curious to hear any San Diego bizarre foods restaurants/experiences?
Well, you can get chapulines (grasshoppers) at a few places. Also a lot of people are squeamish over more than one filipino dish. I think Mr. Zimmern's had those all in other places before, though.
My wife and kids put ketchup on their hot dogs. I think that also qualifies.
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Well in the Japanese repertoire, we have:
Motsunabe - Beef Offal Hot Pot - Oton
Liver Sashimi - Beef Liver Sashimi - Tsuruhashi
Horamon Moriawase - Assorted Offal Plate - Tsuruhashi
Gyu Horamon - Beef Intestine - Yakitori Yakyudori + Yakyudori Ramen & Yakitori
Kawasu - Vinegared Chicken Skin - Yakitori Yakyudori + Yakyudori Ramen & Yakitori
Hatsu - Chicekn Heart - Yakitori Yakyudori + Yakyudori Ramen & Yakitori
Akahimo - Chicken Vein - Yakitori Yakyudori
Chicken Sashimi - Yakitori Yakyudori
Kawa - Broiled Chicken Skin - Yakitori Kobou
Shirako - Cod Milt - Kaito Sushi
Hoya - Sea Pineapple - Kaito Sushi - http://www.flickr.com/photos/akatayam...
Shiokara - Fermented Squid & Liver - Kaito Sushi
Maguro Suji - Broiled Bluefin Gristle - Kaito Sushi
Katsuo Shinzou - Bonito Heart - Kaito Sushi
Hire Zake - Warm Sake w/Kawahagi [or Fugu] Fin - Kaito Sushi
3739 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
130-A N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
1) Yes indeed! These are all items I enjoy and will not have any reservations ordering...
Actually I just had some Hoya (Sea Pineapple) tonight at Kaito.
And last week at Kaito I also had some Maguro Suji (Bluefin Gristle), Shirako (Cod Milt), and Shiokara (Fermented Squid with Liver), then last week at Yakyudori Ramen & Yakitori I had Kawasu, Chicken Liver and Hatsu (Chicken Heart).
This is all very good stuff - none of it really all that "challenging" taste-wise, with perhaps the exception of Hoya which tends to have some bitter notes to it.
2) Sea Pineapple is as weird looking as it is weird. Period. In the early part of its life-cycle it freely floats, but in the latter half of its life-cycle it attaches itself to a rock and then consumes its own nervous system - basically it eats its own brain - then exists pretty-much like a plant. It is at this stage that it is harvested.
The taste of Hoya is very difficult to describe - it's full of liquor so there's a mild briny / sea spray quality to it, and although it has nothing to do with a pineapple taste-wise, it can have some very muted tropical flavors accompanied with anywhere from a faint to a clear bitterness and occasionally some tartness.
Consistency-wise there are parts that are much like an overripe passion fruit & seeds (again not in taste but in consistency), and other parts that are more like, say, the consistency of a tender melon or the flesh of an oyster.
Today's was incredible as it was not only the best tasting Hoya that I've ever had, but also since it's been two years since Kaito was last able to acquire Hoya.
Of the 4 Hoya that they brought in for today, I was suprised to see that all 4 had sold out. I and another regular each had one, but most surprisingly two newcommers also each had one and loved it! It's probably one of the more challenging items, taste-wise, that one can have at the Sushi bar...
A good chicken Sashimi, like a good beef Sashimi, is very close to a fish-like experience with a taste that is light on the palate. Because it's raw it preserves all of the flesh's natural sweetness, but also due to its very high quality, (only the very best is served in this style), it is extremely tender, particularly so with a good beef Sashimi.
I've had it at a number of places Stateside, amongst them Senbazuru in the (former) New Otani Hotel in L.A.'s Little Tokyo, at Tsuruhashi, and at Yakitori Yakyudori.
3739 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
3904 Convoy St Ste 106, San Diego, CA 92111
Aloha, I was wondering the same thing and found this article:
"Most chickens, even most free-range birds, are water-chilled after slaughter. This can be a nasty process and is thought to be a leading source of salmonella contamination in factory birds. It can also bump up the weight of a bird as the carcass absorbs water. Poulet bleu, like most high-end chickens, are air-chilled. This avoids contamination and water bloating."