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RayFood Jul 29, 2013 03:52 PM

Looking for the weirdest foods places you hounds can think of..anything from cow utters to pig intestines...anywhere in NJ!

  1. j
    joonjoon Aug 1, 2013 11:32 AM

    I love weird food!!

    A must do for any lover of weird foods is Korean Sashimi. The following will be available for your consumption:

    Sea Squirt/Pineapple (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_pineapple
    )Sea Cucumber
    Penis Fish (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urechis_unicinctus
    Abalone, and abalone guts.
    Octopus (live)

    Other weird things they serve:
    Cured skate
    Crispy fried whole smelt-like fish filled with roe, eaten whole.

    On the Korean topic, some Korean restaurants serve:
    Head cheese
    Blood sausage
    Congealed blood soup
    Intestine/tripe soup
    Grilled intestines
    Pig feet
    Raw cured crab
    Fish egg soup

    There's a Korean/Chinese skewer joint in Palisades Park that has the following parts of various animals:

    Veins (?)
    There are a few things on the menu that I'm not familiar with!


    Various Chinese places have a lot of weird stuff, like:

    Chicken feet
    Sea cucumber
    Duck tongue

    You can get some interesting stuff like intestines, tripe, head, and tongue at a lot of authentic taco joints. Menudo comes loaded with tripe and feet which is awesome.

    I love getting chicken hearts at rodizio.

    Some Japanese places have whole fried crispy shrimp heads which are awesome. I dunno if that qualifies for weird for you.

    For more weird stuff go to flushing...the Chinese will eat pretty much anything...and you can find pretty much everything they eat in flushing. Last time I tried some roasted duck head which was pretty interesting.

    Also, I know you were looking for restaurants but it doesn't get much weirder than 1000-year old egg which most asian markets will have. My personal favorite "weird food" is probably Korean cured fish guts and eggs. I've never seen a restaurant serve it but you can easily find it at Korean markets.

    I think that's pretty much all I can think of for now. If any of these interest you I'd be happy to give some recommendations!

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    1. re: joonjoon
      RayFood Aug 1, 2013 12:10 PM

      TY Joonjoon...if you have specific places in mind yes please let me know. They have to be in NJ though. This is for a NJ food trip coming up next week.

      1. re: RayFood
        joonjoon Aug 1, 2013 02:20 PM

        Korean Sashimi:
        http://www.yelp.com/biz/pokoo-sushi-and-sashimi-palisades-park (Might be closed
        )http://www.yelp.com/biz/dong-hae-susan-palisades-park (hit or miss
        )There's another place near Ridgefield Park but I don't remember the name...

        Some Korean restaurants:

        To Sok Chon for various pork parts and blood sausage. (http://www.yelp.com/biz/to-soc-chon-fort-lee


        Try their various beef/tendon dishes and sea snails.

        Tendon, tripe, intestines, fish egg rice (al-bap), and some other things http://www.yelp.com/biz/kam-na-mu-goul-restaurant-palisades-park

        These are all-purpose korean joints with big menus and you can get things like intestines (grilled/stew), fish head, raw beef (yook-hwe), stir fried baby octopus (ju-goo-mi), raw crab (gae jang), blood cake soup (hae-jang gook), fish egg rice (al bap) and fish egg soup.


        Edison area:


        Hope that helps!

        1. re: joonjoon
          RayFood Aug 1, 2013 07:34 PM


          1. re: joonjoon
            joonjoon Aug 1, 2013 09:35 PM

            Found a couple other places that seem interesting that I want to check out...

            This place is literally called "Large intestine" in Korean:

            This place has blood sausge + blood cake soup! http://www.yelp.com/biz/shinpo-restuarant-cliffside-park

            Been here, it's a decent Korean Sashimi joint: http://www.yelp.com/biz/bada-story-fo...

          2. re: RayFood
            Curlz Aug 1, 2013 05:58 PM

            Ah...should have known! Then specifically, you should check out Binh Duong in Bloomfield. Total hole-in-the-wall, but as I recall, the menu had TONS of 'weird' stuff on it (although the Vietnamese woman with us didn't think it was weird...)

            1. re: Curlz
              RayFood Aug 1, 2013 07:34 PM

              Thanks Curlz!!

          3. re: joonjoon
            Jerseygirl111 Aug 1, 2013 10:22 PM

            Penis fish is weird? Since when?

          4. Curlz Jul 31, 2013 12:20 PM

            Deleted b/c I read the last post about Noodle House. :-(

            1. Curlz Jul 31, 2013 09:46 AM

              You should def check out some spots in the Ironbound, too...I've had Cabrito at Marisqeria (yes, I know it's not seafood!) but there were definitely other 'weird' things available...
              And how about some Vietnamese? There are many types of pho with cubes of pig's blood, etc.

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              1. re: Curlz
                RayFood Jul 31, 2013 10:23 AM

                Thanks Curlz I'm looking for ANY kind of weird eats..doesn't have to be seafood. :-)

                1. re: RayFood
                  Curlz Jul 31, 2013 11:50 AM

                  I just pointed that out b/c goat isn't what MOST people would be ordering at Seabra's Marisqueira! :-)

                  Check there, check Casa Vasca, too...

                  1. re: Curlz
                    corvette johnny Jul 31, 2013 11:54 AM

                    is seabras still open? I thought it was bought out and changed to Rio?

                    1. re: corvette johnny
                      Curlz Jul 31, 2013 12:02 PM

                      Marisqueira MOST DEFINITELY IS. The place you're thinking of is on the corner of Bridge Street and McCarter Hwy, right? That changed hands--but Marisqueira is IN the Ironbound and very much still open! There are a ton of places (including supermarkets) owned by the Seabra's family.

                    2. re: Curlz
                      RayFood Jul 31, 2013 01:24 PM

                      Is that on the menu..I didn't see it.


                      1. re: RayFood
                        Curlz Jul 31, 2013 01:27 PM

                        It was when I was there recently...may have been a special.

                2. c
                  chuck98 Jul 30, 2013 01:45 PM

                  Just had lunch at "Happy Edison Noodle", which has pig intestine noodle soup, pig tongue, pig ear and pig feet stew.

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                  1. re: chuck98
                    RayFood Jul 30, 2013 05:47 PM

                    Chuck NOW you're talkin!!

                    1. re: chuck98
                      RayFood Jul 30, 2013 05:52 PM

                      Cant seem to find them on google.. :-(

                      1. re: RayFood
                        chuck98 Jul 31, 2013 08:34 AM

                        They're located on Old Post Road in Edison, on the northbound side of Rt 1. Search for "Chung Sol Bat", the korean place next door, aka "Chung Sol Garden".

                        1. re: chuck98
                          RayFood Jul 31, 2013 09:05 AM


                    2. c
                      coldbeer Jul 30, 2013 10:32 AM


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                      1. re: coldbeer
                        RayFood Jul 30, 2013 05:51 PM

                        thanks cold but we're looking for restaurants!

                      2. jrzcat Jul 30, 2013 09:51 AM

                        Taco Bell? Or have a hot dog and call it a day! LOL

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                        1. re: jrzcat
                          RayFood Jul 30, 2013 05:51 PM

                          not a chance! LOL

                        2. corvette johnny Jul 30, 2013 08:52 AM

                          I don't have much for you but does anyone know of NJ restaurants that serve Axis venison?

                          1. cleverwon Jul 30, 2013 08:26 AM

                            Clydz in New Brunswick:


                            1. Curlz Jul 29, 2013 05:15 PM

                              Corrado's usually has lamb heads for sale...frozen, iirc.

                              Or are you looking for restaurants that serve weird foods?

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                              1. re: Curlz
                                RayFood Jul 30, 2013 04:18 AM

                                Thank you Curlz..I am looking for restaurants. ;-)

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