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Jul 27, 2011 09:29 PM

Rally for Hounds who will eat ANYthing.

So many threads about "This food grosses me out".

Calling to hounders who will eat dang well anything.

Might be interesting to describe those occasions that took you close to the edge of food tolerance.

Let's expand the definition of Omnivores.

For me, it was in Japan, presented with baby Octopi, where first slurp was a chopstick piercing of bulbous cephalum, followed by sucking of brains. That one almost got me.

Chime in, just to say that you will eat anything, or maybe some edgy stories.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Just googled balut and this was the description I found:

      "Behold, for our journey of horror reaches its destination. Balut are duck eggs that have been incubated until the fetus is all feathery and beaky, and then boiled alive. The bones give the eggs a uniquely crunchy texture.

      They are enjoyed in Cambodia, Philippines and the fifth and seventh levels of hell. They are typically sold by street vendors at night, out of buckets of warm sand. You can spot the vendors because of their glowing red eyes, and the faint, otherworldly sound of children screaming."

      1. re: mem53

        wow. i was challenged to eat balut one time, did it and won a nice dinner out. really never thought to find out what i actually ate. i was just thinking, extra protein?

        only baby goat for me. no amount of caipirinhas could wash down the gamey taste of this meat while in argetina. and cornish hen. manager's special, and clearly rotten.

    2. Street vendor sea urchin in Beijing. It gets fried in recycled oil on a scrapwood-heated griddle, then they cleaver it in half and you scoop out the guts like a soft boiled egg. It tastes like the ugliest fish in the ocean ate an even uglier fish, took a dump on the bottom of the sea, and now you're putting it in your mouth.

      1. I was lucky enough to grow up in a multicultural Asian home. Balut was an afternoon snack. Lamb brains were a favorite curried with eggs and parathas. Dinuguan with tripe is still one of my favorite meals. But just because I've eaten crickets doesn't mean I care for them. Certainly not when their wings get stuck in my teeth.

        1. I had to google the Balut and Dinuguan, impressive and gross all at the same time!!!

          1. I used to think I was one of those people who will eat ANYTHING until Bourdain ate poop chute in Namibia and he and Zimmern both ate rotted shark in some Nordic country. Suffice it to say I was duly humbled.

            But balut, blood pudding, all kinds of offal, live octopi, that kind of stuff - all good.

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            1. re: inaplasticcup

              Isn't "poop chute" pretty much the wrapping for soondae? I've eaten most of an animal's digestive track with no ill effects save the one time I dined on red cooked goose intestines. Poorly cleaned goose intestines. Nothing prepares you for the taste of dark soy sauce, rock sugar and goose s**t.

              1. re: JungMann

                LOL. I mean poop chute with some poop traces left in it a la Bourdain in Namibia. Soondae I can eat no problem. :P

                1. re: JungMann

                  You should watch that episode of No Reservations if you haven't - it was some pretty gnarly stuff. And Bourdain's narration of the tale was hilariously epic as usual.

                  1. re: JungMann

                    I just re-read this and realized you ate goose poop chute with goose poop still left in it. EWWWWWWW...

                    But not as EWWWWW as, like, gazelle or wildebeest poop or whoever's poop Bourdain inadvertently ate that day.


                    1. re: inaplasticcup

                      I don't de-vein shrimp.
                      They are invertebrate filter feeders.
                      Meaning: their poopchute
                      is totally innocuous.

                      Let those fervent de-veiners
                      pound me with their disclaimers.

                      I'll munch my crustaceans
                      as damn well I please.

                      1. re: inaplasticcup

                        I don't think there was anything inside the intestine; it just tasted very "fragrant," shall we say.

                        1. re: JungMann

                          LOL. I'm truly relieved for you, JM. :)