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Nov 12, 2011 01:24 PM

One Food You Just HAVE to Try?

I'm starting to get a bit more adventurous in my food preferences, and am wondering if anyone has any odd (or not) recommendations for foods that taste great--even if it won't seem that way at first glance.

Specific foods or brands would be welcome, as well. Preferably this is something people don't already normally eat day to day, i.e. Fuji apples.

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  1. Not really one, but related... I recommend three staple South East Asian preserved seafoods: dried anchovies, fish sauce and shrimp paste.
    They can smell pretty intense, but are delicious if used properly.

    1. At the end of each year I try to make a list of foods I want to try in the upcoming year. This year I was pretty successful and tried raw oysters, Durian and Scotch eggs .... all on my list. I did not grow up an adventurous eater, so I have a lot to choose from. Anchovies and sardines are on the list for the upcoming year. Still picking the rest of the victims.
      (I enjoyed both the broiled and raw oysters .... the durian not so much.... Scotch eggs are yummy.)

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      1. re: Firegoat

        I want to try Durian. Oysters are devine.

          1. re: Firegoat

            Dreaded double comment, please ignore.

            1. re: Firegoat

              My experience with durian wasn't my fondest--the smell is so pungent.

              However, thank you for the Scotch eggs recommendation! I was also not very adventurous in my youth, but have recently branched out quite a bit.

            2. The other day I saw a receipe for oven roasted radishes and tried it, outstanding+, just used the standard red radishes from WM.

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              1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                I want to try Kobe beef. Dunno if it will happen, but it's on my bucket list!!

              2. Mexican cuisine incorporating chocolate!

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                1. re: KayceeK

                  Pasta with grated bottarga which is the driec/cured fish roe of the grey mullet.

                  1. re: arktos

                    i have wanted to try this ever since I saw Bourdain raving about it on a episode of No Reservations in Italy

                    1. re: arktos

                      That's definitely on my list too. Now, to source bottarga in Canada.

                    2. re: KayceeK

                      definitely something you need to try ASAP! so delicious

                    3. I really want try truffles and that's real truffles not just truffle salt or oil. I also really want to try beef marrow bones. I have tried cavier before but now that I have a more advanced palate I want to try it again like on belinis and sour cream with cavier on top. But I am trying to make this new year a much healthier year for me in order to lose weight and I prove my health I want to try new healthy foods like new ways to enjoy vegitables and more bean dishes and more complex grains like quinoa, barley, and other grains

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                      1. re: LEsherick2007

                        Ditto here on the truffles. Every time we go to a restaurant that serves something with truffles, they also offer something else that I have to have.
                        Just want to see what all the fuss is about.

                        1. re: Michelly

                          Yea but in my little town I probally would have travel 2 hours to Pittsburgh to get a dish that has truffles. I do want to try them I think. I will like the flavor but you never know, I don't like mushrooms and that's mostly because of the texture but if you chop it up very small and put it into a dish like stuffing or something I will eat it but large slices like on pizza or steak turns me off. So I do hope I like truffles but I think I do want to try truffle salt before I have shaved truffles on anything.

                          1. re: LEsherick2007

                            I like truffle salt. I only use it on a couple of things at home, but my daughter says it's great on lots of things - scrambled eggs, a grilled cheese, french fries, even white pizza, etc. Try it - I think you'll be surprised.

                          2. re: Michelly

                            There are different kinds of truffles. I've had black summer truffles that were pretty much tasteless, and unfortunately added a rubbery texture to the food. These are not so expensive. I've also had expensive white truffles shaved fresh on food that were pungent, in a kind of rotting way. Could be delectable, and in the hands of a great chef perhaps wonderful, but I have the suspicion that this is the exception more than the rule.

                          3. re: LEsherick2007

                            im with you on this one. but i always balk at the price when i see them in the store, and feel like they are just used hazardously on resto menus, havent been to a place where i would truly trust that they were used as well as possible (and uses actual truffles and not just the chef finishing it with truffle oil and calling it "truffled")

                            1. re: LEsherick2007

                              I want to try marrow spread on toast as well. It looks incredible.

                              1. re: LEsherick2007

                                Truffles are one of my favourite things on the planet to eat. Especially white. I've had them many times in Europe - very fresh from going truffle hunting. Those from Oregon pale in comparison, unfortunately, so just know that you may be disappointed a bit.

                                To me truffles taste very earthy, are highly aromatic and unlike anything else, with the texture of sliced almonds. We bought a few small ones at a truffle festival in Istria recently and shaved them over risotto and pasta at our house.

                                If you get the chance to try the real thing, jump all over it. In my opinion they are absolutely sublime.