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May 1, 2011 06:58 AM

There are some foods that I will not even try.

And some of them are on this list of the TOP 15 Most Unusual Korean Foods.

I know that puts me in the realm of non-uber-foodie. Oh well, I can live with that. At least I'm honest.

I know most of my tastes were determined by the type of food I had growing up, and intestines and chicken feet weren't on our table. (But, sausage was, and that casing uses the collagen layer of the intestine).

How about you? Anything you won't even try? Or will you try anything that any culture eats as food?

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  1. I probably have a long list
    dog, cat, horses, insects, reptiles, shellfish, pigs, snails and other molluscs, bivalves, roadkill, possum, kangaroos and other marsupials, birds other than poultry. Nor worms, octopus and squid- I guess anything that doesn't count as a 'kosher' animal.
    I wouldn't want brains, testicles or kidneys, eyes either! Or live food!

    1. Looking at that list - eek!
      I think I draw the line at sexual organs, insects and worms.
      I'm not sure I'd try haggis or tripe either. Or frogs legs... but I did try snails, years ago - they weren't too bad!

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      1. re: ursy_ten

        i've had frog legs & escargot. the reason to eat escargot is the sauce ;-).

        in fact, we don't even need the snails for this!
        1/2 cup salted butter, softened
        1 teaspoon shallots, minced
        3 cloves garlic, minced
        1/2 teaspoon salt
        24 large snails
        dry vermouth
        1/2 teaspoon of the butter mixture (above)
        French bread

          1. re: ursy_ten

            but that is for 24 large snails. i'd substitute 24 large mushrooms and be as happy as a clam.

            1/2 cup of butter? EASY! dip that crusty baguette in the sauce, munch and go into foodie-bliss. (or if you have a cholesterol issue, perhaps true bliss when you float above the gurney after your heart attack).

            1. re: alkapal

              It does sound really really good. I am a sucker for butter, I must admit!

            2. re: ursy_ten

              You can substitute for Olive Oil, if you want. There are also recipes for a red wine sauce or a tomato sauce for snails as well.

              1. re: BelovedofIsis

                Would definitely be less guilt inducing, wouldn't it?

                1. re: ursy_ten

                  Yes and just as tasty! Although I gave up feeling guilty about eating good food years ago. So butter and garlic snails? Bring it on!

                  1. re: ursy_ten

                    goodness alive people, the only reason to eat snails is for the garlic butter! ;-)

                    1. re: alkapal

                      It seems too many people have too much guilt. You and I make up for them, don't we?

                      1. re: c oliver

                        i think we can make a stab at it

                        1. re: c oliver

                          Heh. Well, I keep having to buy new clothes due to expansion!

                        2. re: alkapal

                          Actually, when my mother cooked snails, they were braised in coconut milk and ginger. The real treat, though, was pulling the snails out of their shells with toothpicks or tiny cocktail forks: great fun for a five-year old boy.

                          1. re: JungMann

                            I haven't fixed snails in ages but I always put TWO in each shell :)

                            1. re: JungMann

                              Ooh! That sounds intriguing, I'm going to have to see if I can google that up!

                              1. re: ursy_ten

                                If you take them from your garden, I think you're supposed to fast them to clear their intestines, or feed them lettuce. I've never prepared them but went to a party where home-collected snails were served. Yummie. They didn't serve them in their shells

                                1. re: MarkKS

                                  I've seen people harvesting them from local fields as well. It's rare in LA to see people openly harvest anything wild from the local fields as there aren't many open areas left. I have to wonder how the snails taste (not a fan of any snails I've tried) as I'd imagine they'd pick up the flavors of the local flora.

                                  1. re: bulavinaka

                                    They do pick up the flavors of the local flora, but if you have a particularly tasty area go for the wild ones. However snail farmers will control the snails diet and that will reflect on the the end products tastes.

                    2. re: alkapal

                      Yep, that's exactly what my teenage daughter said. She went on a school trip to France a couple of weeks ago and ordered escargot at lunch (the only meal where they got to choose--the food on an EF Tours trip is otherwise total crap). She liked the texture of the snails, but thought the main point of escargot was eating tons of butter, garlic and bread together.

                      I agree.

                      1. re: Isolda

                        isolda, you're precocious daughter is waaaay ahead of the game. ;-).

                    3. re: ursy_ten

                      I don't love haggis but it's really not that bad (having had it several times in Scotland). Just think of it as strongly-flavoured sausage! :-) Tripe isn't horrid, either, if cooked properly. Frogs' legs really do sort of taste like chicken!

                      1. re: ursy_ten

                        I was tricked into eating the scrotum sack of blowfish (fugu) in Japan. Never again.

                        1. re: deepgreenC

                          i'm just trying to picture the scrotal sac of a blowfish. """Blowfish testicles can be eaten like grapes - although it's something of an acquired taste, the flavor is reminiscent of salty milk. Delicious."""

                          but the sac? i'm curious as to how you were tricked…..

                          1. re: alkapal

                            Milky-white gelatinous sacks sprinkled with nori shows up at our table.

                            girlfriend: eat that.
                            me: what is it?
                            girlfriend: Just eat it! (rolls eyes, implying cowardice)
                            me: OK. (gulp) Now what did I just eat?
                            girlfriend: um, so, women have ovaries, right?
                            me: yeahhhh.....
                            girlfriend: what do you call what men have?

                            True story.

                            1. re: deepgreenC

                              gonads. yep...good old gonads. is she still your girlfriend? LOL!

                              (in your first post, i thought you meant the sac alone, not with the gonads).

                              1. re: alkapal

                                No, she's not my girlfriend anymore. She is my WIFE! I guess I love the abuse!

                                1. re: deepgreenC

                                  haha! well, you did the honorable thing. she humiliated you and you married her.

                                1. re: deepgreenC

                                  Nothing like a wife that makes you eat scrotum

                                  1. re: kpaxonite

                                    Actually I just married her for an elaborate plot. If you think REVENGE is a dish best served cold, wait till you try fugu gonads served cold.

                                    1. re: deepgreenC

                                      Ahhh fugu shirako
                                      I dont think its the testicles. Its the sperm sac. Yup you swallowed. :)

                                      I have had it a few times-its actually quite nice!

                          2. My golden rule: If it's served to me, I'll eat it. Outside of that, I'd rather not eat any animals that helped us in wars and stuff.

                            By the way, sundae is awesome. Usually served alongside liver and a salt/spice blend, it's my favorite Korean dish.

                            1. Fertilized chicken eggs. Endangered species. Things that are still alive when you eat them. There are also things I won't eat for basic food safety reasons, night market sushi and uncooked blood being two that spring immediately to mind.

                              However, I do end up on the more adventurous side of things as far as what I do eat and what I have tried. I like organ meats (tripe, liver, gizzards, hearts), chicken and pig feet, snails, frog, blood sausage in various forms, stinky tofu,natto, biological warfare class cheese, and durian.

                              I have hadn't had brains (other than eating whole fish), but I've eaten most other parts of animals, including testicles, tendons, and cartilage. I'll eat most types of seafood including squid and octopus (I made squid tonight, actually), and have very fond memories of getting an entire plate of fresh uni in the fish market in Santiago.

                              I haven't eaten insects on purpose (but trust me, cockroaches don't taste very good), but am not adverse to trying them, given the opportunity.

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                              1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit

                                a cockroach by accident? did you wretch? i remember eating in a malyasian food court finding that one of my "noodles" was alive. i lost my appetite. fortunately, i didn't "lose my lunch."

                                and i've had mountain oysters when i was much younger than today. ;-).

                                squid and octopus is good in my book -- but not alive. sometimes i've heard that people die when they choke on the living octopus.

                              2. Sam drew the line at primates which I hadn't considered until then. Seems that's my line also.

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                                1. re: c oliver

                                  I especially miss Sam's voice on threads like this...

                                    1. re: janeh

                                      I don't want to hijack the thread, but what happened to Sam???

                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                          Thanks for the link... =( I'm heartbroken!

                                    2. re: c oliver

                                      i stated in a similar thread that i don;t eat anything that can pass the red spot test of self awareness. however i added the caveat that if a pig ever passes that test i will ignore my own rule

                                      1. re: thew

                                        I kinda/sorta remembered what you wrote but could never phrase it that well.

                                        1. re: thew

                                          i have to agree. poor pigs, too delicious for their own good.