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Title: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: ChrissyRyan on September 27, 2020, 07:26:14 pm
What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you have eaten, or will NOT eat?

Perhaps tripe?  Brains?  Bugs?


Chrissy
Title: Re: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: Devlyn on September 29, 2020, 06:17:12 am
Hákarl...fermented shark we had in Iceland. It wasn't as bad as I expected, but the ammonia taste
was a little off-putting.

Title: Re: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: SarahEL on September 29, 2020, 01:23:11 pm
Peas

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Title: Re: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: barbie on September 29, 2020, 01:46:46 pm
Hákarl...fermented shark we had in Iceland. It wasn't as bad as I expected, but the ammonia taste
was a little off-putting.

I really want to try Hákarl if I visit Iceland. Here we eat a similar one.

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/15/world/asia/hongeo-south-koreas-smelliest-food.html

barbie~~
Title: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: ChrissyRyan on September 29, 2020, 06:37:47 pm
I really want to try Hákarl if I visit Iceland. Here we eat a similar one.

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/15/world/asia/hongeo-south-koreas-smelliest-food.html

barbie~~



I do not think that I wish to try SURSTRÖMMING.
It sounds gross.

Surströmming is a lightly-salted fermented Baltic Sea herring, and it is a traditional food of the Swedish cuisine since at least as far back as the 16th century.


Chrissy
Title: Re: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: kaygee on September 29, 2020, 07:01:02 pm
What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you have eaten, or will NOT eat?

Perhaps tripe?  Brains?  Bugs?


Chrissy

Tripe is one of the optional ingredients in Phō.

I've had it. But I usually request my Phō without it.



In the late 90s the owner of a Chinese restaurant offered us Octopus.

I was the only one who tried it.

Big nothing-burger. Very bland.



Earlier this century my wife & I stopped in at an "Italian" restaurant in McAlester, Oklahoma.

Reading the menu, I asked the waitress, What are Lamb Fries?

She replies in a sugary southern drawl, Lamb Testicles.

We should have walked out right then.

We stayed. Didn't order the Lamb Fries, but had a perfectly rotten meal without them,
Title: Re: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: barbie on September 29, 2020, 10:17:47 pm

I do not think that I wish to try SURSTRÖMMING.
It sounds gross.

Surströmming is a lightly-salted fermented Baltic Sea herring, and it is a traditional food of the Swedish cuisine since at least as far back as the 16th century.


Chrissy

Of course, I wish to try SURSTRÖMMING and Rakfisk in Norway. We also have a similar one, too.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwamegi

The odor of the original Gwamegi is too strong, and nowadays most of the products are not actually fermented, as people do not like the odor.

barbie~~
Title: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: ChrissyRyan on September 29, 2020, 10:45:16 pm
I really want to try Hákarl if I visit Iceland. Here we eat a similar one.

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/15/world/asia/hongeo-south-koreas-smelliest-food.html

barbie~~




I think I will stick with Kimchi.

Title: Re: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: SoCal_Holly on September 30, 2020, 01:15:46 am
Haggis

My sister was visiting from NY and wanted to take back some of my parents home made kimchi. She put the jar in the airplane overhead. But forgot about the airplane pressure change and the bottle burst open mid-flight. She was so embarrassed that she just left the bag and bottle on the plane when it landed, lol
Title: Re: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: Devlyn on September 30, 2020, 03:54:23 am
Haggis

My sister was visiting from NY and wanted to take back some of my parents home made kimchi. She put the jar in the airplane overhead. But forgot about the airplane pressure change and the bottle burst open mid-flight. She was so embarrassed that she just left the bag and bottle on the plane when it landed, lol

I didn't think haggis was going to be very nice, but I absolutely loved it. Same thing with black pudding (blood sausage). This was in Edinburgh, we had Cullen skink, haggis tower with whiskey sauce, and cheesy haggis fries.

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Title: Re: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: barbie on September 30, 2020, 08:09:38 am
What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you have eaten, or will NOT eat?

Perhaps tripe?  Brains?  Bugs?


Chrissy

And my answer to the OP is:

Big Mac® Combo Meal

Cheers,

barbie~~
Title: Re: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: Devlyn on September 30, 2020, 08:22:42 am
What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you have eaten, or will NOT eat?

Perhaps tripe?  Brains?  Bugs?


Chrissy

And my answer to the OP is:

Big Mac® Combo Meal

Cheers,

barbie~~

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: barbie on September 30, 2020, 08:25:46 am


I think I will stick with Kimchi.

There are several hundred kinds of Kimchi here. Every village has its own recipe for kimchi. But the most popular vegetables used for kimchi are Chinese cabbage and raddish, but others such as cucumber, green onion, and chives are also used. I like those fermented for more than 5 years. Some kimchi products do not emit odor.

Red pepper is widely used, but it started in the 16-th century when red pepper was introduced from probably South America. Before that, the flowers of cockscomb probably had been used.

barbie~~
Title: Re: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: barbie on September 30, 2020, 08:49:37 am
Haggis

My sister was visiting from NY and wanted to take back some of my parents home made kimchi. She put the jar in the airplane overhead. But forgot about the airplane pressure change and the bottle burst open mid-flight. She was so embarrassed that she just left the bag and bottle on the plane when it landed, lol

I also had a similar moment. I like traditional Korean alcohol beverage called Makgeolli: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makgeolli

I purchased 20 liter (20 kg, ca 700 ounce) of it contained in a big plastic container. In the airport, the airline staff said the maximum allowed baggage weight is 15 kg for the economy seats, and I can carry it if I upgrade to a business class seat. And I upgraded.

The container was too high, and the flight attendant laid it on the side. I did not know that there is a tiny hole in the top of the container to release the gas produced from fermentation. It gradually leaked.

Fortunately, I was the only one in the business seats. Anyway, the alcohol beverage flowed from the overhead bin. I was embarrassed. But, the flight attendant smiled and just asked me whether my clothes are OK. She did not care anything about the leakage and the odor. She just cared about me.

That is probably one reason why people pay extra money for business seats.

barbie~~
Title: Re: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: Julie H on September 30, 2020, 09:31:06 am
Cow tongue - a little bit chewy but really just tastes like beef from what I recall
Head Cheese - just don't think about what it is and you should be ok
Calamari - had it on Carnival and it was rubbery and tasteless from what I recall
Shark steak- I didn't mind it, though I just had a taste and I hate fish
Snails - slimy and disgusting
Haggis - dry and spicy
Deep fried mars bar- I really didn't like it
Salmon roe - disgustingly fishy
Flying fish roe - pretty good in sushi
Title: Re: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: sarahc on September 30, 2020, 10:00:27 pm
A lot of good ones have been mentioned already. I am a pretty adventuresome eater but some stuff is beyond the pale for me.

I once had an Armenian dish called khash, which shows up on a lot of disgusting food lists. Khash is a soup broth made from cow hooves and other third-grade beef parts. It takes an entire day to prepare the soup. Once it's done, then you pour the soup into bowls and each person takes a bunch of flatbread and puts the bread into the broth to sop up all the liquid. Then you eat the squishy, disgusting flatbread. If that doesn't sound appetizing...you're right.

Usually khash is a centerpiece of an Armenian winter feast. I concluded that it's basically an excuse for Armenians to drink lots of vodka to wash away the taste of the gummy, greasy, soupy flatbread. Not having that again...

Sarah
Title: Re: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: sarahc on September 30, 2020, 10:02:27 pm
Of course, I wish to try SURSTRÖMMING and Rakfisk in Norway. We also have a similar one, too.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwamegi

The odor of the original Gwamegi is too strong, and nowadays most of the products are not actually fermented, as people do not like the odor.

barbie~~

I find that many of these Scandinavian preserved fish dishes can be really nasty....definitely a very acquired taste.

Sarah
Title: Re: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: barbie on September 30, 2020, 10:33:20 pm
I find that many of these Scandinavian preserved fish dishes can be really nasty....definitely a very acquired taste.

Sarah

My eldest son, born in the US, could not eat the fermented skate called Hongeo when he was a middle school student. While eating together, an aged woman urged him to try it. My son just followed it. Then he became addicted to it. He still likes it. You may try those Scandinavian fish dishes. Fermented food is very addictive once you are accustomed to it.

barbie~~

Title: Re: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: Julie H on October 18, 2020, 11:48:59 am
I forgot to mention trying foie gras and bone marrow. I like foie gras but bone marrow I find to just be greasy, I might order it again if someone wants to try it but not for just myself.
Title: Re: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: davina61 on October 18, 2020, 04:27:07 pm
Raw onion I have to avoid , the acid upsets my insides . We used to have pigs head brawn when I was little and the brain.
Title: Re: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: ChrissyRyan on October 18, 2020, 05:39:35 pm
Raw onion I have to avoid , the acid upsets my insides . We used to have pigs head brawn when I was little and the brain.


Ewww!   :)


Chrissy
Title: Re: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: barbie on October 18, 2020, 09:16:02 pm
Raw onion I have to avoid , the acid upsets my insides . We used to have pigs head brawn when I was little and the brain.

I eat raw onion nearly every day. We have some traditional sauces that neutralize the acidic taste. Actually, the addition of onion makes food sweet.

barbie~~
Title: Re: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: ChrissyRyan on October 18, 2020, 09:25:02 pm
I eat raw onion nearly every day. We have some traditional sauces that neutralize the acidic taste. Actually, the addition of onion makes food sweet.

barbie~~



I like onions.  Cooked or raw.  Of course, what I use depends on the food to eat the onions with.

Chrissy
Title: Re: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: RandyL on October 19, 2020, 12:37:20 am
My sister educated me on different people's body chemistries which make certain foods difficult. For both her and me, raw onion causes stomach upset like Davina said. But I eat a lot of cooked onion without trouble. It's not the taste or spiciness, as I love spicy food including garlic, ginger, jalapeno peppers, red chile etc.

And then there are the variations in people's sense of taste. For some like my father, cilantro tastes like soap, while I love it. My wife can't stand arugula, while it's fine for me.

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Title: Re: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: davina61 on October 19, 2020, 03:36:49 am
When onion is cooked it neutralises the acid IMO , I get through lots as most curries start with an onion base. Did try some pigs trotters, just a fatty mess.
Title: Re: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: Anastasia on October 20, 2020, 01:35:41 pm
I have eaten a lot of "strange food". Lamb testicles (very bland), sweet breads (lamb and goat lymph nodes, again bland), kesshka (polish blood and barely sausage, very good with egg. i have had and love both fried and pickled squid and octopus ( if its tough/chewy, it was overcooked). Shark is one of my favorite fish (if it has an ammonia taste,  it wasnt cleaned properly). My favorite for this list is Russian Sturgeon caviar from the Soviet Embassy in Chicaggo, very good to my 10 y/o taste buds.

A lot of strange foods (to developed countries) come from the no-waste mentality of poorer people. If a traditional dish of strange food survives the "enriching" of a nation or people, it is worth trying. Scarcity also moves food from strange to desired. When I was a kid on the Gulf Coast, snapper, trigger fisho, flounder and scallops were all trash/bait fish. Now scallops are a $20/lb delicacy.
Title: Re: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: ChrissyRyan on October 20, 2020, 05:47:09 pm
I have eaten a lot of "strange food". Lamb testicles (very bland), sweet breads (lamb and goat lymph nodes, again bland), kesshka (polish blood and barely sausage, very good with egg. i have had and love both fried and pickled squid and octopus ( if its tough/chewy, it was overcooked). Shark is one of my favorite fish (if it has an ammonia taste,  it wasnt cleaned properly). My favorite for this list is Russian Sturgeon caviar from the Soviet Embassy in Chicaggo, very good to my 10 y/o taste buds.

A lot of strange foods (to developed countries) come from the no-waste mentality of poorer people. If a traditional dish of strange food survives the "enriching" of a nation or people, it is worth trying. Scarcity also moves food from strange to desired. When I was a kid on the Gulf Coast, snapper, trigger fisho, flounder and scallops were all trash/bait fish. Now scallops are a $20/lb delicacy.

I do enjoy scallops!

Chrissy
Title: Re: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: SarahEL on October 20, 2020, 05:59:29 pm
I have eaten earthworm pate.. and snake... both are an acquired taste.

(the earthworms were farm bred especially for consumption! So really, that is some guy's job, earthworm farmer!)...
Title: Re: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: ChrissyRyan on October 20, 2020, 06:03:16 pm
I have eaten earthworm pate.. and snake... both are an acquired taste.

(the earthworms were farm bred especially for consumption! So really, that is some guy's job, earthworm farmer!)...


The worms do not sound appealing.
For that matter, neither does the snake!

 :)

Chrissy


Title: Re: What are the weirdest, strangest, or worst foods you’ve eaten, or will NOT eat?
Post by: TSL_NB on October 20, 2020, 09:04:52 pm
Hákarl...fermented shark we had in Iceland. It wasn't as bad as I expected, but the ammonia taste
was a little off-putting.

I lived in Keflavík for a number of years (my dad was stationed there for ten years, in total).   The Brennavín helped the Hákarl go down (but, that was years ago...I stopped drinking after I finished my own enlistment).

Now, as far as food experiences go, I think raw jellyfish was the strangest, just because it didn't taste like anything at all.  It was like this big 'flavour void' that I felt while eating it.