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Aug 1, 2011 07:24 AM

Worst food you "had" to eat

I'm talking about foods you ate to be polite at a friend's house or a dinner party but hated.
For me, it was a jello-mayonaise-shaved carrots concoction. I actually was served this twice. Once at a home in Binghampton, New York and once at a home near Lancaster, PA. I still don't know what this was but I don't want to even see it again. Yuck!

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  1. "jello-mayonaise-shaved carrots concoction" - that'd be enough to break my friendship with that person.

    My "worst food I had to eat" experience was served to me by my Jamaican girlfriend whilst we were in college (back in the 80s) - an exotic "dolphin's roe" dish. Halfway thru it, I thought, hey, aren't dolphins mammals? So what I'm eating is ...?!!

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    1. re: klyeoh

      The worst by far in recent memory was the burger I had to choke down at MIL's house on July 4th weekend. When H and I arrived at the house, she had a huge mass of ground beef out on the counter that she was kneading like it was bread dough. She added copious amounts of garlic powder and seasoned salt as she continued knead. She then rolled very tight balls and packed them into hockey puck discs. FIL then grilled them to beyond well done. Both H and I were only to choke down a few bites before we started lying that we were stuff. I don't think I've ever encountered a dryer, deader or more poorly seasoned hamburger patty in my life.

      1. re: klyeoh

        Lol, the real name of "Mahi Mahi" is "Dolphin" ... they changed it for marketing reasons, people kept getting the fish confused with the mammal

          1. re: Witchysis31

            No, mahi mahi is dolphin fish - Coryphaena hippurus - also known as dorado, among other things, and related to pompano. Not tuna.

        1. re: klyeoh

          Also mammals do not have roe they reproduce through live birth

          1. re: redfish62

            Precisely. So, did I eat a foetus?!!!

            1. re: klyeoh

              Yes assuming the roe was fertilized, just like when you eat caviar

              1. re: redfish62

                Oh well, I guess that early experience (though it did haunt me for years afterwards) did stand me in good stead in later life, especially when I had to visit Japan a lot in the late-90s/2000-2007 - by then, I was swallowing whalemeat (gujira) sashimi and whale sperm (shirako) without blinking an eye.

              2. re: klyeoh

                No, you weren't eating a foetus.. In fact, I doubt if you were eating anything from the mammal called a dolphin. More likely it was roe from the fish called a dolphin (or dolfin). On the Pacific coast, dolfin are usually called mahi-mahi. In order to avoid confusion, they are starting to be called by their Spanish name "dorado".

                1. re: 2roadsdiverge

                  I Googled Mahi-Mahi on Wikipedia, and it came out with a photo of the fish below. Well, if I'd ingested the roe of THAT fish, then I'm A-OK. I'd suspected that I was eating the nearly-formed spawn of Flipper! That was way back in the mid-80s, before there was Internet, let alone Google or Wikipedia - no way I could've verified any info as easily as we can today.

                  1. re: klyeoh

                    That's what you had. They had to change the name from dolphin to mahi mahi because nobody would order it in restaurants, thinking that they were going to get served up flipper.

                    It can be very hard to get through to people that there are two animals called dolphin

                    the fish == also known as mahi and dorado
                    the mammal = also known as flipper

                    one has absolutely nothing to do with the other. they do not serve flipper in seafood restaurants or sell flipper in seafood markets.

            2. re: klyeoh

              Dolphin is also the name of a type of fish. Confusing!

              1. re: klyeoh

                lately, a lot of rancid nuts.
                For some reason, in the past 2 months, people have really enjoyed serving rancid nuts in their dishes when they invite me over.

              2. Hot milk and a hard-boiled egg. My mother's misguided attempt to ease the trauma of mumps.
                A more disgusting combination I cannot imagine.

                1. First one: while not officially a food, as a child, had to choke down castor oil. Taste from hell.

                  The second will get me scorned from CH: salmon. Friend made it for dinner, and I cut big chunks, along with chunks of boiled potatoes and swallowed the mess unchewed. Can't stand salmon.

                  1. Jello, mayo, and carrots? Dear lord!
                    The worst ever was chicken wings that my father in law made. He was told that I like me some heat, and made them nuclear. I'm not sure what all was invloved, but I did see an extra scotch bonnet in the pantry. And the wings weren't even cooked properly. The were rubbery and had sort of a slime.
                    I was purple, my lips were swollen, tears everywhere.
                    I'm glad they were amused, I must have looked like Adam Richmann's long lost sister.

                    1. Served by friends:
                      Casserole-type thing made of cream of mushroom soup, chicken, and rice. Looked and tasted like someone had previously eaten it.
                      And then there was the non-vegetarian friend who for some reason served us non-vegetarians some soy-based fake meat substitute that was like eating bits of pencil eraser. Tasteless and rubbery and wrapped in some sort of tortilla (not sure what it was made of) that tasted like raw dough. I do enjoy good vegetarian food, but that definitely wasn't it.
                      Had to eat a little to be polite, but ugh, never again.