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emmekin Feb 14, 2012 09:18 PM

Thought it would be fun to start a thread listing all the animal meats you've tried (and your thoughts on each, if you wish!)
Here's my list:

Chicken
Beef
Turkey
Pork
Duck
Fish
Shrimp
Crab
Clams
Octopus
Mussels
Lobster
Oyster
Snails
Crickets (really!)
Alligator
Elk
Buffalo
Deer
Rabbit (as of tonight!)
Quail
Lamb

Ok I can't seem to remember any others...I'd like to try goose, and some more exotic (in my opinion) meats like boar, bear, and kangaroo.
Your turn!

  1. junescook Apr 1, 2012 01:22 PM

    Chicken

    Beef

    Turkey

    Pork

    Duck

    Fish

    Shrimp

    Crab

    Clams

    Octopus

    Mussels

    Lobster

    Langostinos

    Oysters

    Alligator

    Elk

    Buffalo

    Deer

    Quail

    Lamb

    Venison

    Elk

    Rabbit

    Squirrel

    Crocodile (also at The Carnivore Restaurant)

    Zebra

    gazelle

    pheasant

    goose

    frog legs

    escargots

    jelly fish (in China)

    goat

    horse

    eels

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      BobbyMac29649 Apr 21, 2012 08:25 PM

      Elephant in South Africa. They cull the herds and use the meat for meat pies. Had no idea what i was eating. Just thought the meat was going bad. Later found out what it was. Strange taste..

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      subal Mar 6, 2012 08:15 PM

      While diving in West Papua, we were invited to a native village for dinner.
      Spit roasted fruit bat was the main dish.

      Tasteless and chewy!

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        mamachef Apr 1, 2012 05:50 AM

        Sometimes, "tasteless" is better than taste-ful. I hear bat is very bitter, so evidently you got a good one!!
        I haven't eaten a GREAT many things I see here, but I did get the chance to eat bear in Oregon. It was prolly the fattiest meat I've ever had on my plate. Very sweet; stringy. Did.Not.Like.

      2. ladooShoppe Mar 5, 2012 08:30 AM

        Anyone ever try bear meat? I went to Sweden on a student exchange when I was 16 and the dad offered me bear that he had hunted. I thought he was saying "beer" so I happily agreed to try it. Anyway I tried the bear. It was actually pretty good.

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          cleobeach Mar 5, 2012 08:44 AM

          Yes, for the first time this weekend. It was surprisingly tasty, I had seconds.

          I grew up in a hunting family. My English grandmother was a very good cook and all sorts of game (rabbit, squirrel, grouse, quail, wild goose, pheasant, venison, boar, elk, caribou, duck, wild turkey and so on) were regularly on the table.

          But it took me 40+ years to try bear. It was the one thing that wasn't hunted within the immediate famliy. We were invited to dinner by the hunter/cook, a friend of the family.

          Based on family lore, I was expected a stinky, greasy, rank mess but it was actually tender, strong but not "gamey" tasting and on the dry side. The hunter said he is particular where he harvests bear, this bear came from deep inside a state forest where it likely did not eat out of garage cans.

          There are several commercial bison farms in my region so that has become sort of common. I liked it each time we made it (loins on the grill)

          ETA - free-range (for lack of a better term) goat through out the Caribbean. I had it enough times to allow myself to NOT try it again. No matter the preparation, it had a taste that I did not care for. My father, on the other hand, never passed on an opportunity to have it.

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            porker Mar 5, 2012 12:25 PM

            Do you not want to try goat in general, or free-range Caribbean goat? I regularly get goat from oriental or caribbean markets and its quite good.

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              cleobeach Mar 6, 2012 06:11 AM

              Each time I had it in the Caribbean, the meat tasted like a barnyard (manure, decaying grass/hay, dank) smells, if that makes any sense.

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                porker Mar 6, 2012 11:11 AM

                That makes sense - I call it butcher floor taste. But I find the goat I buy in the greater Montreal area to have none of that - love a goat curry.

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                ladooShoppe Mar 6, 2012 12:44 PM

                In Trinidad at Christmas time, they cook something that they call "goat guts." It's exactly what it sounds like and they consider it a delicacy. They curry it up (of course). You have to really clean them well, a family activity that I do not ever want to participate in. My Aunt's goat guts are the best ever.

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                  Duppie Mar 6, 2012 02:30 PM

                  Your family must be from Santa Cruz or there bouts...Famous for their goats.But the best curry goat I ever had was in Tobago.

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                    porker Mar 6, 2012 04:57 PM

                    I guess its like chitterlings - an acquired taste for sure. Years ago, we kept seeing this terrific looking dish at dim sum, something like this
                    http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-...
                    So we order a plate and discover its pig intestine.
                    OK, we'll give it a try.
                    "barnyard" and/or "butcher floor" might be a step up. We looked at each other and decided it tasted like pig's ass. I guess our tastes are subjective.

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                BobB Mar 5, 2012 01:06 PM

                I had the opportunity once when I was in Helsinki, but passed on it. Now I regret not trying it when I had the chance.

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                  RUK Mar 5, 2012 02:26 PM

                  Bear is hunted in Pennsylvania and through the years our hunter-friends have given me a couple of nice roasts to prepare. The meat is flavorful and very tender. We like it.

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                    porker Mar 6, 2012 05:28 AM

                    I had bear taken from the Laurentians north of Montreal. I didn't care for it.
                    I'm not saying all bear is bad, just the one I had. I think this is part of the problem - wild game can be quite different from one kill to the next. I had deer that was sublime, richer and tastier than beef. I also had deer that was super gamey. I think diet, age, area, and type of kill (which all vary to some degree) can affect the end result.
                    This is likely the cause for cleobeach not liking free-range goat upthread.

              4. RUK Mar 5, 2012 06:22 AM

                Aside from the more common stuff including Rabbit, Bear and Venison, Goose, Duck and other various smaller birds, we ate different type of Antelopes, Crocodile, Zebra, Ostrich (those in Namibia). Breaded Baby Piranhas quickly fried, fresh out of the river in the Pantanal region/Brazil were nicely crunchy delicious. And we did try the fermented Shark in Iceland. I mentioned Camel and Agouti above and I talked elsewhere about eating Puffins and Whale. And there was the young lady on a bicycle ( in Thailand) with a bucket of live Glass Shrimp and a small basket which held Lime fruits, Cilantro and hot Chili paste ....
                edited to add - Yak meat in Tibet. I suppose I could come up with a bunch more if think some more about this....

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                  Puffin3 Mar 5, 2012 06:50 AM

                  Yeah piranhas and tiny sculpins are excellent deep fried. When I had the sculpins the vender expected everyone to have their own container. No old newspaper even!

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                  jvanderh Mar 4, 2012 03:12 PM

                  I think kangaroo and shark are the only weird ones I've had.

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                    inspector71 Mar 4, 2012 06:27 PM

                    Shark isn't weird at all if you grew up at the shore. That was another cheap thing we enjoyed, but it certainly is expensive now.

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                      Caroline1 Mar 4, 2012 10:56 PM

                      In California (San Diego) all of the fish mongers called shark "gray fish." One day a Jewish girlfriend came over all pushed out of shape. One of her favorite fishes was gray fish. What if it had eaten someone? Could it possibly still be kosher? I laughed hard and still loved her. I don't know what the Torah says, but the Q'uran says that if you eat a forbiden food without knowing what it is, you're not guilty. I like that logic. Oh! It appears that "people" is the only thing on this list no one has eaten. Good show! No one has flown over the Andes?

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                        jvanderh Mar 4, 2012 11:51 PM

                        I am hell bent on moving to San Diego. I'll keep that in mind! I stumbled across cannibal fan fiction in some dusty corner of the Internet one time. I don't think I'll ever be quite right again. If you ever hear the phrase 'long pig' used in conversation, RUN!!

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                          Rodzilla Mar 5, 2012 12:02 AM

                          Highly recommend it! I moved to San Diego from Pittsburgh and fell in love.

                          Plenty of exotic meat/fish to find out this way.

                          Most exotic cut I've had so far was probably lamb testicles - liked them
                          I don't see whelk too often
                          frogs legs
                          pork feet
                          eel spine - not "meat" I know
                          elk
                          venison
                          rabbit
                          I can't think of anything else too out of the ordinary...need to try more

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                            jvanderh Mar 5, 2012 07:05 AM

                            I'm so glad you were talking about San Diego and not human flesh :-)

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                            porker Mar 5, 2012 04:15 AM

                            We visited a museum in Fiji which showcased various accoutrements for eating long pig - everything from clubs to dispatch the beast to forks which were used to lift the meat. Apparently the thigh was the most prized meat.
                            If I remember correctly, the last recorded "incident" here was in the 1950s and its still part of the collective conscience...
                            I wouldn't be surprised if it still goes on in some of the more remote areas.

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                              Puffin3 Mar 5, 2012 06:47 AM

                              Want to see what 'long-pig' looks like? Have a look at a skinned out black bear. You'll never look at a naked human being again without remembering that bear.

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                                jvanderh Mar 5, 2012 06:59 AM

                                No thanks. But if you're got any ideas for Eternal Sunshining it out of my brain, I'm open to those.

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                                  porker Mar 5, 2012 06:59 AM

                                  Might depend on who the naked human being is {;-/)

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                            betsydiver Mar 5, 2012 06:11 AM

                            i wish i could remember what all was served but in 1998 i traveled to tanzania by way of kenya... on the way back our group had dinner at a restasurant named the carnivore not far from the airport in nairoibi. there was a huge pit in the middle of the huge room. servers would put a huge piece of meat on a skewer would come behind you to ask if you'd like a serving and place the entire skewer point end on the middle of your plate and carve, standing behind you, as if in a meaty embrace; there were many different exotic meats offered; i wish i could remember! part of the ambiance was walls open to the outside and street cats wandering in and out of the restaurant looking for scraps, but not on the menu (not that there actually was a menu) great experience!

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                              Hoosierland Mar 5, 2012 08:40 AM

                              Ate at Carnivore back in '98 as well. I remember warthog, zebra and gazelle being on the menu. In Malawi I tried hippopotamus. There was a cull due to overpopulation and the butcher shop in Lilongwe had it. Of course we had to buy some and have a braai. It was fine tasting, but so tough as to be inedible. We later found out most people bought it to give to their dogs.
                              Had lake fly cakes in Malawi as well, fishy and dry.
                              Had donkey in Zanzibar, it was marinated and grilled; fantastic!
                              Have eaten grasshoppers and flying termites in Uganda, grasshoppers are a good bar snack, termites are not so good.

                          4. porker Mar 4, 2012 09:23 AM

                            A couple not mentioned
                            muskrat
                            wren (shot by mistake)

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                              inspector71 Mar 4, 2012 06:23 PM

                              Hey, Porker! Since we ate it often when I was a kid, it hadn't dawned on me that, for many people, muskrat is an unusual meat. My father used to trap muskrats for the pelts, and we'd eat the meat after it had soaked in clean water for quite a while. I never did care for it, but we had to eat whatever was on our plate, or take a whipping. Same applied to the wild ducks my dad would shoot. Nothing like chipping your tooth on a hidden pellet in the duck!

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                                BobB Mar 5, 2012 08:16 AM

                                Yeah, I bit into a pellet of shot in wild duck at a restaurant in Copenhagen a few years ago. Not fun, but hey, at least it proved that the duck was wild-caught.

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                              seamunky Mar 4, 2012 08:19 AM

                              lots of what i've eaten has already been listed but i'll try to think of some less common ones. Let's see.

                              Bat
                              Sea horse
                              Dog
                              Guinea pig
                              porcupine
                              armadillo
                              sea cucumber
                              silk worm pupae
                              frog
                              grasshoppers

                              i didn't have the heart to try monkey because it required picking your own fresh monkey from a cage. They all cowered when I approached and I just couldn't condemn one to its destiny. Plus, there were only three of us and we weren't hungry enough to eat all the dishes they would prepare from it..

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                                OCEllen Mar 4, 2012 11:38 AM

                                Seahorse? Rather crunchy I presume?

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                                  seamunky Mar 4, 2012 06:21 PM

                                  yes very crunchy, especially since they were fried. not much to write home about.

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                                  Rodzilla Mar 4, 2012 11:58 PM

                                  I'm impressed by your list and admire you for holding off on the monkey - I'll try almost anything but I draw the line at truly inhumane

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                                  inspector71 Mar 2, 2012 05:00 PM

                                  While on an operation in the Middle East, I worked with a small group of Bedouin tribesmen. Long story short, I shared meals with them, some which consisted of a hearty, rustic stew dish. I noted that the meat was rather tough and stringy, and had a peculiar gamey taste. When I asked what type of meat the stew featured, I was informed that we were enjoying camel.

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                                    512window Mar 2, 2012 05:24 PM

                                    I've had camel too. I don't think you ever get to eat the young tender ones.
                                    In addition to the long lists above, I've had donkey and yak.

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                                      Puffin3 Mar 4, 2012 06:41 AM

                                      Most of what's been posted. I'll add Caribou, which is for me the best game I've ever tasted. Antelope shot from our front porch when I was a kid. Horse while living in S. France. Wild turkey. Canada goose. Various types of partridge. Pheasant. All sorts of ducks. Pretty well everything that swims in a few seas. Little sculpins dredged in flour and deep fried in oil that must have been in the fryer for a year. Check that. I don't think the oil was ever changed just 'topped up'. Those little fish are DELICIOUS!

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                                        RUK Mar 5, 2012 06:01 AM

                                        regarding young tender camels - funny story with that. We were in Libya in 2006 in the Sahara on location to watch the Total Solar Eclipse. They had a few tent cities set up and Dinner was well organized in large mess tents. We ate some kind of meat stew, pretty good, just a tad chewy. We asked - not Camel, naahhhh. Ok.
                                        Some days later back in Tripoli having Dinner in a nice restaurant we ordered Camel, curious about the taste. Our tour guides just smiled knowingly.
                                        Perhaps that picture I shot during the drive to our desert location was a hint of what we ate in that mess tent. :-)

                                         
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                                        porker Mar 4, 2012 09:06 AM

                                        I had camel in Australia. Besides gaminess, not really a standout for me.

                                      3. Pedr0 Mar 2, 2012 03:44 PM

                                        Surströmming when I was living in Sweden.

                                        Funny vid of some Germans trying to choke it down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iebNdC...

                                        My reaction was similar.

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                                          Mutch2Do Apr 1, 2012 01:00 PM

                                          BWAHAHAHAHA!! I was tearing up from laughing so hard at this video!!

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                                            John E. Apr 1, 2012 03:08 PM

                                            Apparently the odor of that fermented herring rivals the odor emitted from the fermented shark that is traditional in Iceland. Lutefisk must have an odor of lilacs compared to these other types of fish.

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                                              Caroline1 Apr 1, 2012 09:39 PM

                                              Kinda makes me wonder how the companies that can that sort of thing stay in business? Are there THAT many people who buy a can so someone can take one bite and barf?

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                                            INDIANRIVERFL Mar 2, 2012 01:51 PM

                                            in descending order: Fowl
                                            ostrich, pheasant, grouse, quail, wood dove, goose, chicken, pea fowl, guinea fowl, emu, english sparrow, starling, crow, robin, man-o-war bird disguised as chicken, duck, coot, turkey.

                                            from the land:
                                            beef, bison, giraffe, boar, water buffalo, goat, pig, cat disguised as rabbit, rabbit, hare, dog ,horse, snake, spiders, grasshoppers, ants, mutton, rat, deer, woodchuck, nutria, squirrel, elk, moose, reindeer, caribou, escargot, Bahamian land crab.

                                            Into the water:
                                            catfish, flying fish, pike, muskie, bass, bluegills, carp, trout, gar, alligator, frog, softshell turtle, snapping turtle, mudbug crayfish, paddlefish, sturgeon, chinese carp, eel, shad, salmon, dolphin, whale, manatee, octopus, squid, cuttlefish, green turtle, hawksbill turtle, dolphin the fish, swordfish, marlin, tuna, snapper, triggerfish, hogfish, grouper, mackerel, rockfish, squirrel fish, flounder, sole, hake, halibut, plankton, jellyfish, sea cucumber, urchin, barnacles, oysters, mussels, quahogs, razor clams, steamers, conch, whelks, moonshell, turbanshell, shrimp, crayfish, lobster, dungeness crab, blue crab that taastes like spider, spider crab, king crab, and hermit crab.

                                            For those who are going off on all the endangered species, please be aware that they are considered food in other parts of the world. And any one who travels knows not to ask what the meat came from in the market or at the food stall. And I remember buying canned whale and turtle meat in the markets prior to the ban in 1973.

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                                              ferventfoodie Mar 2, 2012 01:20 PM

                                              Eaten many of the meats mentioned in above posts, but one I've tried and haven't seen
                                              listed is beaver tail.

                                              1. mrbigshotno.1 Mar 2, 2012 12:52 PM

                                                Muktuk, yuck, bad bad bad.

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                                                  stilldontknow Feb 16, 2012 12:34 PM

                                                  Beef; Lamb; Pork, Boar, Venison, Goat, Chicken, Duck, Goose, Partridge, Quail, Grouse, Pheasant, Pigeon, Mussels, Prawns, Clams, Razor Clams, Whelks, Squid, Octupus, Sea Urchin, Lobster, Scallops, Oysters, Crab, Cockles, Salmon, Trout, Bream, Sea Bream, Haddock, Cod, Whiting, Pollock, Grouper, Sole, Lemon Sole, Plaice, Halibut, Monkfish,Eel, Perch, Pike(not nice), Red Mullet,Herring, Mackerel, Whitebait, Tuna, Swordfish, Shark, Mai Mai, Kangaroo, Bison, Camel, Springbok, Zebra, Horse, Ostrich, Grasshoppers. There's probably more but it's hard to remember.

                                                  1. drongo Feb 15, 2012 03:53 PM

                                                    Some of the relatively uncommon (in the kitchen) animals I've eaten are:

                                                    mopane worms
                                                    springhare
                                                    cane rat
                                                    guinea fowl
                                                    ostrich
                                                    teal
                                                    sandgrouse
                                                    kreef
                                                    eland
                                                    impala
                                                    kudu

                                                    Mostly a long time ago, because I've been in the USA for nearly 30 years now.

                                                    1. Caroline1 Feb 15, 2012 11:02 AM

                                                      From the land:
                                                      Beef
                                                      Pig
                                                      Lamb
                                                      Goat
                                                      Horse
                                                      Snails
                                                      Wild boar
                                                      Venison
                                                      Bison
                                                      Rabbit
                                                      PROBABLY cat, but I stopped asking questions before I was sure

                                                      From the sky and birds that don't fly:
                                                      Chicken
                                                      Turkey
                                                      Duck
                                                      Goose
                                                      Grouse
                                                      Peacock
                                                      Pheasant
                                                      Partridge (without pears)
                                                      Quail
                                                      Pigeon
                                                      Mud hen
                                                      Ostrich
                                                      Emu

                                                      From the Sea:
                                                      All kinds of fishes from sword fish to grunion, but not whale or true dolphin
                                                      Maine Lobster
                                                      Abalone
                                                      Sea Snails
                                                      Turban snails
                                                      Barnacles
                                                      Key hole limpets
                                                      Mussels
                                                      Clams
                                                      Oysters
                                                      Shrimp
                                                      Spiny lobster
                                                      Langoustines
                                                      Octopus
                                                      Squid
                                                      Beluga caviar
                                                      Salmon roe
                                                      Cheap caviar
                                                      Periwinkles
                                                      Sea cucumber
                                                      Scallops

                                                      And probably lots and lots of other things I can't recall at the moment. As many years as I've been eating, you can't expect me to remember it all!

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                                                        OCEllen Feb 15, 2012 12:19 PM

                                                        Have wondered about peacock - how is it?

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                                                          kengk Feb 15, 2012 01:29 PM

                                                          I can add a some not already listed, raccoon, bear, squirrel.

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                                                            Caroline1 Feb 15, 2012 01:33 PM

                                                            Let's just say it doesn't taste as pretty as it looks. Family friends owned an exotic bird farm and raised everything that has feathers. It was at their house I had peacock. It was good, but Margaret didn't cook it fiftteenth century style with the tail feathers still attached and fanned and the head guilded with 24K old leaf. When a guest (me) arrives with that kind of ridiculous expectation, what's a home cook to do? To put it another way, I wouldn't turn down a dinner invitation because they were serving peacock, but if there were options, I'd probably go for the steak. '-)

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                                                              ttoommyy Feb 15, 2012 01:40 PM

                                                              I just hate when a hostess goes the cheap route and leaves out the 24K gold leaf. :)

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                                                                Caroline1 Feb 15, 2012 01:56 PM

                                                                '-)

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                                                                  OCEllen Feb 16, 2012 12:52 PM

                                                                  Yeah Darn! I sorta thought it might not taste as good it looks. I feed peacocks at a large park nearby, seeds leftover from my own birds and oatmeal raisin cookies from TJ's!

                                                          2. Gio Feb 15, 2012 10:42 AM

                                                            Chicken
                                                            Turkey
                                                            Cornish game hen
                                                            Quail
                                                            Duck
                                                            Goose
                                                            Pheasant
                                                            Beef
                                                            Lamb
                                                            Pork
                                                            Fish: saltwater (including eel) & freshwater
                                                            Beluga caviar
                                                            Salmon roe
                                                            Squid
                                                            Snail
                                                            Shrimp: Maine & Florida Gulf
                                                            Lobster
                                                            Langoustines
                                                            Crab: Soft shell, Dungeness, Snow
                                                            Mussels
                                                            Oysters
                                                            Clams
                                                            Quahogs
                                                            Scallops
                                                            Frog
                                                            Rabbit
                                                            Venison
                                                            American Bison
                                                            Antelope

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                                                              Gio Mar 5, 2012 06:12 AM

                                                              As of last night I can add Goat to my list... Loved it.

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                                                                BobB Mar 5, 2012 08:13 AM

                                                                Reminds me of the first time I ate goat, back in the '70s, at an ahead-of-its-time chef-owned restaurant in Cambridge, MA called Peasant Stock. It stays in my memory not only because it was quite tasty, but because of the tongue-in-cheek way it was listed on the menu: Roast Puerto Rican Kid.

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                                                                  Caroline1 Mar 5, 2012 11:04 AM

                                                                  LOL! Did he have an accent? '-)

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                                                                TroyTempest Mar 6, 2012 08:04 PM

                                                                Isn't Cornish game hen just a small type of chicken

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                                                                  Gio Apr 1, 2012 06:28 AM

                                                                  The Rock Cornish game hen is a cross between Cornish Game hens and Plymouth or White Rock chickens. Sometimes they're called Poussins. They are mostly all white meat and have a distinct flavor different from a chicken. The first time I had one was sometime in the '50s when my father bought several from Victor Borge's farm in CT.

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                                                                    Rella Apr 1, 2012 09:59 AM

                                                                    Interesting
                                                                    "Borge raised and popularized Rock Cornish hens."

                                                                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_B...

                                                                    "Borge made several appearances on the long-running TV show What's My Line?, both as a celebrity panelist, and as a contestant with the occupation "poultry farmer"; Starting in the 1950s, as a businessman, Borge raised and popularized Rock Cornish hens..

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                                                                emeats Feb 15, 2012 10:17 AM

                                                                Everyone who said buffalo - did you eat it in North America? Because I think that's technically bison. (And kind of disappointing... mine was really dry)

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                                                                  Burnsey Mar 5, 2012 07:19 AM

                                                                  Isn't is just semantics? I thought North American Bison were pretty much eliminated and European Bison were introducted to rebuild the herds. That aside, I love buffalo/bison meat. It is very easy to over cook because of the low fat content. Favorite burget to make is buffalo plus either beef fat or some ground pork (like a three to one ratio); grilled to med-rare, add a sharp smoked cheddar. Lovely.

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                                                                    John E. Mar 31, 2012 08:17 PM

                                                                    Nope. American Bison is a distinct species all its own and the bison of today are the same ones that used to roam North America by the millions. There are two types of American Bison, Plains Bison and Woodland Bison. Most of what we have now are the former.

                                                                    I used to work with a gal from South Dakota who came from a west river ranch that had bison. Some of her family's ranch and livestock were used in the film Dances with Wolves.

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                                                                    melpy Mar 5, 2012 08:06 AM

                                                                    American bison and American buffalo are the same. European bison is a wisent. There ate also African buffalo and water buffalo.

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                                                                    jcattles Feb 15, 2012 09:33 AM

                                                                    Beef
                                                                    Pork
                                                                    Chicken
                                                                    Duck
                                                                    Lamb
                                                                    Deer
                                                                    Elk
                                                                    Antelope
                                                                    Moose
                                                                    Buffalo
                                                                    Rattlesnake
                                                                    Pheasant
                                                                    Shrimp
                                                                    Crab
                                                                    Lobster
                                                                    Crawfish
                                                                    Clams
                                                                    Mussels
                                                                    Squid
                                                                    Many types of white fish
                                                                    Tuna
                                                                    Salmon
                                                                    Oysters
                                                                    Foie Gras
                                                                    Wild Boar

                                                                    Wow I guess I've eaten more types than I thought.

                                                                    There are some that I'd like to try still:
                                                                    goose (not fois, but the actual meat)
                                                                    frog
                                                                    rabbit
                                                                    goat
                                                                    quail
                                                                    alligator

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                                                                      dijohn Feb 15, 2012 08:32 AM

                                                                      eel is wonderful, eaten mostly in Asian countries. Octopus too.

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                                                                        ttoommyy Feb 15, 2012 09:29 AM

                                                                        "eel is wonderful, eaten mostly in Asian countries. Octopus too."

                                                                        Both are eaten in Italy as well.

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                                                                          BobB Feb 15, 2012 11:48 AM

                                                                          Eel is eaten in many parts of Europe.

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                                                                            RUK Mar 5, 2012 06:44 AM

                                                                            Years ago ( before the Locks were installed) one could buy smoked Eel together with a bottle of nice local wine in one of the little specialty shops along the Mosel river! It was cheap and very good as I remember.

                                                                      2. ttoommyy Feb 15, 2012 07:23 AM

                                                                        Instead of listing meats others have already listed I'll just add horse.I've had it in Italy a few times and in different ways; stewed and served with polenta and ground and made into a hash. Both were delicious.

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                                                                          ttoommyy Feb 15, 2012 10:47 AM

                                                                          Forgot to mention pigeon.

                                                                        2. Motosport Feb 15, 2012 07:09 AM

                                                                          Puffin in Reykjavik. Did not taste like chicken. Very good!

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                                                                            emeats Feb 15, 2012 10:15 AM

                                                                            Same! Did you also try the reindeer, (minke) whale, or putrefied shark?

                                                                            I have to say, whale meat is my favourite of all meats. Sorry Shamu.

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                                                                              Duppie Feb 15, 2012 10:53 AM

                                                                              I'm with you, My dad would seek it out and grill the steaks with lemon,dill butter but he would tease us that we were eating Flipper.

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                                                                                BobB Feb 15, 2012 11:41 AM

                                                                                I've had reindeer in Norway - tasty, but not really that different from North American venison.

                                                                            2. Duppie Feb 14, 2012 11:29 PM

                                                                              In addition to the standard proteins such as Pork,lamb.chicken ect....
                                                                              Minke whale.
                                                                              Iguana.
                                                                              Agouti.
                                                                              Tapir.
                                                                              Sea Turtle and It's eggs.
                                                                              Cuy.
                                                                              Moose.
                                                                              Elk.
                                                                              Rattle snake.
                                                                              Armadillo.
                                                                              Ants.
                                                                              Grubs.
                                                                              Grasshoppers.
                                                                              Coconut crab.
                                                                              Stuffed frog.
                                                                              Balut.
                                                                              ....and what ever was on that stick grilling on the corner of 14'th st and 6'th Ave in the the 80's.

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                                                                                Pedr0 Feb 15, 2012 08:08 AM

                                                                                How is coconut crab? Looks amazing.

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                                                                                  Duppie Feb 15, 2012 08:56 AM

                                                                                  Not my favorite...Oily and a bit bitter.

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                                                                                    Pedr0 Feb 15, 2012 09:11 AM

                                                                                    Much like myself!

                                                                                    Almost certainly better than Tapir I imagine though.

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                                                                                      Duppie Feb 15, 2012 09:56 AM

                                                                                      lol. Not really because most "bush meat" in the Islands are curried and a good blended masala ,a skillful hand and hot peppers can make just about anything tasty.

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                                                                                  arashall Feb 15, 2012 01:39 PM

                                                                                  Where did you have coconut crab? I lived in Vanuatu for a while, which is why I know about it...

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                                                                                    Duppie Feb 15, 2012 03:04 PM

                                                                                    Quite abundant in the provinces of the Philippines. My BIL's family operates a coconut plantation and the crabs are prepared by the family's cook in coconut milk,Tamarin leaves and root vegetables. Again, really not my favorite as I grew up in the Islands and not a fan of coconut anything.I believe the ones you're use to are substantially larger.

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                                                                                    porker Mar 4, 2012 09:19 AM

                                                                                    I had agouti in Belize where the English call it gibnut, the Spanish call it tepesquintle, I found it quite tasty. They served queen Elizabeth agouti during her visit and its since been loosely called "the royal rat".
                                                                                    While in Belize, I ate live ants. They tasted like carrots.

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                                                                                      RUK Mar 5, 2012 05:37 AM

                                                                                      I was about to jump in and also mention Agouti. We ate it in Guyana. My husband politely declined the honor of slitting its throat, as one of the fellows jumped into the water from our small boat and caught the animal right out of the river. It was later prepared over a dung-stove and curried. I remember it tasting pretty good!

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                                                                                        Duppie Mar 5, 2012 05:45 AM

                                                                                        Guyana has a tradition of bush meat and even today there's a little grocery in Jersey City that you can order Tapir,agouti and iguana meat for special occasions. Did you try the traditional Pepper pot with bush meat?

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                                                                                          RUK Mar 5, 2012 06:50 AM

                                                                                          We stayed with an Indian family and I recall eating freshly made Roti and lots of Rice and Curried meats. Not sure about the Pepper pot, unless it was one of those meals served from a humongous bowl.

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                                                                                            Duppie Mar 5, 2012 07:23 AM

                                                                                            Could be,it's served with dahl purri,rice or boiled provisions and gets very spicy especially after the 3'rd or 4'th day.

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                                                                                          porker Mar 5, 2012 06:53 AM

                                                                                          Would that be agouti or capybera?

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                                                                                            RUK Mar 5, 2012 07:03 AM

                                                                                            It was Agouti. But I saw a lot of Capybaras in Brazil, good eating for a large Anaconda! ;-)

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                                                                                      rougeole Feb 14, 2012 10:19 PM

                                                                                      Chicken
                                                                                      Beef
                                                                                      Turkey
                                                                                      Pork
                                                                                      Duck
                                                                                      Fish (both saltwater & freshwater)
                                                                                      Squid
                                                                                      Octopus
                                                                                      Shrimp
                                                                                      Lobster
                                                                                      Crab (Blue, Dungeness, Snow, King, Rock)
                                                                                      Crayfish or crawfish (as a cajun would say it)
                                                                                      Mussels
                                                                                      Oysters
                                                                                      Clams
                                                                                      Turtle
                                                                                      Rattlesnake
                                                                                      Armadillo
                                                                                      Opossum
                                                                                      Squirrel
                                                                                      Rabbit
                                                                                      Moose
                                                                                      Elk
                                                                                      Venison
                                                                                      Lamb
                                                                                      Buffalo
                                                                                      Alligator (doesn't taste like chicken, taste like alligator!)
                                                                                      Pheasant
                                                                                      Quail
                                                                                      Dove

                                                                                      And, something Chinese (not sure what the meat was but I kept hearing a cat scream in the kitchen).

                                                                                      1. Pedr0 Feb 14, 2012 09:39 PM

                                                                                        HAGGIS

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                                                                                          calliope_nh Mar 4, 2012 08:39 AM

                                                                                          I hope it was wild haggis.

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                                                                                            Pedr0 Mar 4, 2012 08:55 AM

                                                                                            Nothing wilder than haggis I tell ye.

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                                                                                              Caroline1 Mar 4, 2012 09:13 AM

                                                                                              Do you know were I can get some tame haggis? I prefer milder flavors. '-)

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                                                                                                Pedr0 Mar 4, 2012 09:31 AM

                                                                                                www.amazon.com/Mackies-Scotland-Haggi...

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                                                                                                  Caroline1 Mar 4, 2012 10:51 PM

                                                                                                  LOL! Hey, I'd order some but they're out of stock! Thanks anyway. '-)

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                                                                                            jujuthomas Feb 14, 2012 09:35 PM

                                                                                            Chicken
                                                                                            Beef
                                                                                            Turkey
                                                                                            Pork
                                                                                            Duck - duck confit risotto... mmmm... divine!
                                                                                            Fish
                                                                                            Shrimp
                                                                                            Crab
                                                                                            Lobster - I like it better out of its shell, lol
                                                                                            Elk - very tasty
                                                                                            Buffalo - delicious
                                                                                            Deer
                                                                                            Rabbit
                                                                                            Lamb
                                                                                            Boar - LOVED it

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