Strangest thing you've ever eaten

JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior MemberPosts: 6,077 Senior Member
The Ground Hog day thread was headed this way, so I thought I would just cut to the chase and start a thread dedicated to that theme.

What's the strangest/oddest/grossest/whatever thing you have ever eaten or tried to eat.

I tried a bite of back strap from a big javelin boar once, and spit it out. I ate summer killed jack rabbit once, and survived. Probably the worse, though, is a meat sandwich I bought from a sidewalk vendor in Juarez. Lord only knows what kind of meat it was.

Oh yeah, I tried rattlesnake once. Believe it or not, it tastes like extremely boney chicken.
Jerry

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  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 6,648 Senior Member
    Ate some mystery meat in Viet Nam. Not sure if it walked the alleys or swung from trees!!??
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,020 Senior Member
    Shortly after arriving at Korat RTAFB in Thailand, I was strolling down the street of a nearby town when I noticed a push cart vendor cooking a nice-looking shishkebab of meat and vegetables over a charcoal-fired hibachi pot. The price was right- - - -one Baht (a nickel). I started to buy one when the guy I was with suggested we patronize another vendor about a block away. OK- - -he's been here a while- - -I'll listen to his wisdom. Wait a minute- - -this guy wants TWO baht- - - -why is the price double?

    "This one's selling monkey meat- - - - -the other guy sells rat! That's why!" I didn't buy either one, so I can't comment on a difference in taste!
    Jerry
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  • AntonioAntonio Senior Member Posts: 2,139 Senior Member
    "Strange" (Or rather unusual due to its lack of availability) for what we're used locally? Alligator, catfish, Alaskan crab, elk, moose and wild boar. Rather commonly found here are usually seafood like sea urchins, sea snails, and not-so-common sea lion, dolphin (Mammal, not fish), penguin, sea turtle, whale and a local variety of cormorant.
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 9,901 Senior Member
    A trusted friend talked me into eating a half dozen raw oysters, which I equated with eating a ball of snot. I ate them, and was not disgusted. A couple of weeks later, I ate at a restaurant that served them, and I ordered a dozen, and ate all of them. Since that time, I have eaten untold dozens, and I love them. I haven't had them in a long time because there is no place around here that can be trusted to have good ones. A bad one is one of the most disgusting things a person can eat.
  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Senior Member Posts: 5,114 Senior Member
    I had some Vietnamese friends that used to throw big dinner parties pretty regularly and the only American product that was served was Budweiser. Tiet canh vit and baluts were two of the more memorable disgusting things that I've eaten there. Both were considered delicacies by them but gross by me. Baluts are steamed partially developed duck fetuses and tiet canh vit is even grosser. It looks like pizza but is made with raw duck blood with boiled duck guts, peanuts, and some herbs chopped up and sprinkled on top of it. We called it duck pizza and I can eat a little of it to be polite but you better be able to whoop my butt if you want me to ever eat a balut again.
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  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 9,190 Senior Member
    mexican border town street tacos. Pretty sure it was not beef.
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  • hawk18hawk18 Senior Member Posts: 676 Senior Member
    I've eaten monkey meat in the Philippines, but, truth told, it was probably chicken. Drunken sailors don't want anything as mundane as chicken. The grossest was sea cucumber in Hong Kong. Snotty gristle. Jerry, didn't you ever try a baht bug?

    Hawk
  • NCFUBARNCFUBAR Senior Member Posts: 4,244 Senior Member
    Eaten on a bet and only once ... a balut ... I just threw up a little in my mouth again.
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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 12,602 Senior Member
    I once ate bangers and mash at an Irish pub without a beer or a whisky...
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  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 9,901 Senior Member
    bullsi1911 wrote: »
    mexican border town street tacos. Pretty sure it was not beef.

    I've eaten quite a bit of Mexican mystery meat. Most of it was OK - at least better than cabrito.
  • hawk18hawk18 Senior Member Posts: 676 Senior Member
    I once ate bangers and mash at an Irish pub without a beer or a whisky...

    Gasp! Sacrilege.

    Hawk
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 31,142 Senior Member
    I dunno, but had hair stuck in my teeth when I got done ..........................:jester:
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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 1,643 Senior Member
    Armadillo. This was eons ago when I was a Webelo scout.Tastes like fried pork. Bear. A bit greasy but okay. Conch sushi right from the sea floor in the keys seconds before.
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  • Farm Boy DeuceFarm Boy Deuce Senior Member Posts: 5,929 Senior Member
    BBQ meat on a stick from a street vendor in South Korea. It was delicious, on the other hand I was pretty much a poster child for drunken sailor.
    Intestine taco in Tijuana, that was edible. Chewy but edible. Eye ball tacos from the same Tijuana taco stand. That was absolutely disgusting. I had to spit that out.
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  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 13,910 Senior Member
    I guess how do we define strange? I have had various wild game and obscure animals. Sea urchin? Very good. Seaweed salad? Love it. Raw fish? Worms? Bugs? Done it. I have tried about every obscure fruit and vegetable I could find. Baluts? Those I have never had. Funky cheeses? Most I like. Limburger tastes like bad feet smell though. I have tried on a couple of occasions and I just can't get into it.
  • LMLarsenLMLarsen Senior Member Posts: 8,178 Senior Member
    Fried gator is about the most exotic for me, but my first sushi buffet took some liquid courage at the time.

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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 1,643 Senior Member
    Jermanator wrote: »
    I guess how do we define strange? I have had various wild game and obscure animals. Sea urchin? Very good. Seaweed salad? Love it. Raw fish? Worms? Bugs? Done it. I have tried about every obscure fruit and vegetable I could find. Baluts? Those I have never had. Funky cheeses? Most I like. Limburger tastes like bad feet smell though. I have tried on a couple of occasions and I just can't get into it.

    Much of what we like is also situational. One time, a buddy of mine were in the car, and said. "I am craving something different." So we went to the store and picked up gefilte fish and some horseradish. The easiest way to describe it is a miniature white fish meatloaf, pack in clear jelly. Served cold or if right out of the jar, room temp. You have to have horseradish, purple preferred to give it some contrast. Now, I was in that mood. You have to be in the mood when you eat that.

    I had a jar recently, never had it around my pups in Idaho. I sat down, all the pups giving me the stink eye. "We don't know what that is, but we know we want it."
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  • olesniperolesniper Senior Member Posts: 3,530 Senior Member
    Fresh water eel.
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  • olesniperolesniper Senior Member Posts: 3,530 Senior Member
    Oh......and love me some pork brains and eggs.
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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,020 Senior Member
    Tugar wrote: »
    Now, I was in that mood. You have to be in the mood when you eat that.

    Jerry Clower could describe those "cravin's" pretty well!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwZHs6UcPEw

    Jerry
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  • shotgunshooter3shotgunshooter3 Senior Member Posts: 5,270 Senior Member
    I'm a fan of tofu, and I even actually enjoyed Rocky Mountain Oysters.

    I like ahi tuna, but most sushi I don't particularly like and have to choke down. About once a year I get convinced again to try "this or that" type of sushi and thus far I haven't developed a taste for it.

    By far the worst thing I've had is rabbit kidney. I think starving might actually be a preferred alternative.
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  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 37,362 Senior Member
    I guess alligator is the strangest thing I've eaten.
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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 9,459 Senior Member
    When I was in Viet Nam, I was at a Vietnamese Officer's Club and a LT was smoking dope from a rolled newspaper (which I didn't realize at the time) and eating something that looked like slices of a boiled egg without the yolk. He was enjoying it and making it look good. He offered me a slice and it actually seemed to get bigger in my mouth. I had to spit it out. It might have been a raw slice of a tentacle but I've eaten that since and it wasn't bad.

    It took me a bare second to enjoy sushi. I like it a lot. And sashimi which is raw fish without the sweet rice.
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  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,614 Senior Member
    Gator, frogs, kudu, giraffe, ostrich, to name a few.

    D
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 13,764 Senior Member
    BBQ meat on a stick from a street vendor in South Korea.

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  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    According to the guys I used to work with that had once been employed by Oscar Myer, hot dogs and balogna are the strangest things I've ever ate.
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 13,764 Senior Member
    For years my favorite hunting lunch was pickled eggs, pickled bologna and a big hunk of rat cheese from the general store in Abscota, Michigan.....washed down with a cold beer....got pretty fragrant in the truck after lunch....
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 22,267 Senior Member
    Reckon I'm the only one here that's eaten opossum. :tooth: Also raccoon and groundhog which are really good. I've also had horse steaks and hamburgers, and they were good. Had those in several European countries. I've eaten guinea pig in South America; pretty good the way they cook it. A whole guinea pig and a plate of the local vegetables was a good meal. Could have done without them leaving the head on, though. And red tail hawk and some owls; that was back in the 60s. The hawks and owls were messing with the chickens. I've also swallowed live shiner and Tuffy minnows from the bait bucket. Softshell and snapper turtle on occasion; good meat.
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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,020 Senior Member
    Actually, mustard-packed sardines aren't half bad, but I prefer the huge "Crown Prince" brand ones packed in the oval cans about 6" long by 4" wide. Those are getting hard to find unless I order them online a case at a time. That would be about a 5 year supply for me!
    Jerry
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  • Farm Boy DeuceFarm Boy Deuce Senior Member Posts: 5,929 Senior Member
    Jayhawker wrote: »
    The fastest way to contract Hepatitis A known to man.....

    I was, uhh, well fortified. I still credit my survival of that night to Wild Turkey and Budweiser.
    I am afraid we forget sometime that the basic and simple things brings us the most pleasure.
    Dad 5-31-13
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