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What "strange" things have you eaten?

The things that your culture find quite normal to eat might seem very strange and disgusting to others. What kind of food have you eaten that you think others will be revolted by? I've eaten Snake, Dog, Snails, Shark, Eel, Reindeer, Donkey, Crickets, Ants I'd like to try Guinea Pig and Whale I could consider Rat and Cat I don't think that I'd like to try Larvae and Live Octopus

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gnomedriver6 years ago
Wow people have tried some very adventuresome food. I dont thing I could stomach snake or scorpions. They creep me out too much. Thumbs up to the people who have. But killerjackalope with seagull !!! Cool. Ive had: Snails in Italy (very tasty, with plenty of garlic butter) Doner Kebab made from the meat off a goats head. Canned horse in Japan (yuck) Dog in Thailand Silk worm grubs Cat food (the writing on the can was in Polish and I thought it was pate. We live and learn) Id like to try kangaroo. An Australian friend says its great barbequed. The same friend thinks its disgusting to eat chicken liver. Man! – crumbed and fried they are fantastic.
kangaroo is like a rich, strongly flavored scotch-fillet steak and its GREAT
Doesn't cat food have a picture of a cat on it?
This can didnt nor was there a picture of a horse on the Japanese can. I was in Australia about 6 months ago and I did try kangaroo hamburgers. It wasnt bad.

What is the strangest food you have tried, MiriadaThe Carrot?
Hmmm.... nothing very strange, although my sister thought that eating digestives and orange juice was weird. I have eaten the following:
- pink sugar paper (actual paper, not the sweets)
- kitchen paper and jam (to annoy my sister)
- a whole corner of th Yellow Pages
- (accidentally) my maths homework
the last one was because i was extremely bored on the way home, fiddling with the page, ripping tiny bits off it and eating them and didnt really notice what i was doing.
i might be, considering the papery nature of the above items, in the wrong species.

Do you have a preferred condiment? Mayonnaise or ketchup?

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well when i was little i ate peanut butter and rose petal sandwiches........
also various fast foods blended together (yuck, vomit, spew) as a fun dare-day event-thing i went to....

Darwin ( NT Aust. ) where I live is very multicultural and also has an abundance of Aboriginal bush tucker as a result I have eaten the following. Camel, Goat, Emu, Snake, Crocodile ( delicious one of my faves but it has to be cooked properly), Deer, Mangrove Mussels ( as good as oyster and more meat ), Turtle, Goanna, Long bums ( a type of mangrove snail ), Snails, Mud crab, Green ants ( good alternative for vinegar ), Sugar ants ( ditto for sugar ), Witchetty grubs, Sharks ( a heap of different species ), Sea cucumber ( Beche-De-Mer ), Sting Ray ( not bad if cooked properly ), Eel, Tadpoles, Yabbies ( a type of freshwater cray, delicious), Billy goat plums ( not testicles, plums )
Also Cycad and Pandus nuts as well as Bush bananas, oranges and tomatoes ( a non-toxic species here related to deadly nightshade ). Kurrajong seeds ( nice like popcorn ), Cocky apples, virtually every edible species of fish in North Australian water,
Basically if it moves we eat it, if it doesn't move we push it and then eat it.
hang on hang on hang on
you mean to say we can eat those nasty little green ants who bite?!
mwhahahahhahahahahaha REVENGE
ilpug2 years ago
I ate a bug once.

It was delicious.

In other news, I have also eaten squirrel and horse. Horse is really gross. Squirrel is tasty.
supermall3 years ago
I have eaten a lot of strange things like frog, snake and monkey meat. when l visited China last summer holiday. Anther strange ting is that we were asked to come around to make a choice. l didn't expect that though.
Goodhart3 years ago
Not TOO long ago, I had quite a selection (I needed to TREAT myself ;-) of different forms of Sushi and Sashimi, including raw squid, eel, several different fishes, and something I was unable to identify ;-) All quite delicious.
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Yes, I liked it, but I have an odd taste preference too. I LOVE cooked eel, it is like the mildest of mild cat-fish (not those nasty MUD catfish, but a nice clean sea catty). They're a mess if you catch one on a fishing line however....
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when cooked? Slighty more fishy then the common ordinary American Fish Stick :-) However, raw, it is much more flavorful. I have only ever had Unagi or Anago once though I believe. I love Ahi, Akami, Chu-toro, Inada, Tobiko (uuummmm), Nama-Tako, and many times I order the Omakase at the local restaurant because he makes such wonderful choices from the stock he has on hand that day.
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Sushi refers to the bed of rice it was in; if no rice no sushi; raw exclusively is sashimi.
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None of us know everything, it is nice when we share knowledge however, that is what instructables is all about; sharing what we know.
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I simply stated what was true. Of course, voice tone, and facial expression being absent, you are free to "interpret" or not, any way you wish :-)

Just remember, there is a vast difference between knowing "a lot of things" and being "intelligent".   I don't claim to be more intelligent then the average person, but I DO read a lot :-)
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Lithium Rain don't overexcite yourself :-) She is probably still young too,  so no need to get your knickers in a bunch.

So "patience" young Jedi-LR  :-)  
you said hiney < snicker >
So did YOU LOL
Well since you asked, sushi "refers" to the rice. Those that are familiar with the terms use Sushi for any of the preparations that use sticky rice (which is what sushi means). Not all sushi has raw fish in it. All sashimi is raw (which is the meaning of that word).

BTW: when I say I read a lot, I mean on subjects most people kind of shy away from.....astrophysics, genetics, quantum mechanics, etc. I just love to know things. I must admit I sometimes come across incorrectly, but it is unintentional. I also love to help others learn and discover things I have discovered. I probably should have become a teacher of adults rather then an IT guy.
Do see my comment of 5:01.
If you've had unagi, then you've had eel.
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Unagi is Freshwater eel, whereas Anago is saltwater eel.
There's a seagull I have in my backyard with a broken wing that's pretty close to death. We can't do anything for it, so as soon as it dies I plan on cooking it to keep from wasting the meat. How do I prepare it?

Also, I've eaten goat and heard that snake is incredibly delicious. =)
Grilled Rattlesnake is tasty if the snake is big enough. Otherwise, it's like nibbling on a skinny grilled chicken neck.
Ah, nevermind. its wing was just badly dislocated and it finally flew away after we found a way to set it back into place. Sure, it was in pain. But it certainly didn't want to stay around the two dogs out there.
I've eaten Seagull. The meat is super-dark, much like Blue Grouse.

I'm glad your Seagull survived and hopefully you weren't viciously pecked during the rescue.

Wild Bird meat is always good if it's pounded to 1/4"-1/2" thickness with a tenderizing mallet. Then seasoned, breaded and skillet-fried in butter.
2hot2hack3 years ago
when i waz 5 i drank flee and tic poison
LOL... I think! ;-?
what do you mean??
kevinwfs3 years ago
Try eating duck eggs with half-formed embryos !
To stomach it, you've really must have a cultured taste for it.
Otherwise, you'll can't sleep for the next 2 days !!
happyjo3 years ago
Moose, sheep, caribou.
acidbass3 years ago
cow scrotum is eaten commonly in bangledesh and china
Hello Kitty6 years ago
I like to eat asparagus (gross, huh?;-)
 makes ur pee smell wierd lol
yeah... as wierd as it sounds.
 lol when i went to india i probably ate rat cat monkey and dog no joke 
Bull. :|
its a figure of speech
Always trying new things to eat.

I use to eat blood sausage all the time when I was a kid not knowing what it was because it was something you grow up with. I don't eat it any more since 1 its illegal to make and second its made out of blood. I'll eat chicken livers and things like that.

One thing I always wanted to try is gator meat, ever since I went to Florida and never got a chance to go to that Gator Land zoo. Looking in the brochure that's one of the things featured there.
Arano3 years ago
I ate a slice of bread from the field rations of the Wehrmacht... tasted really good especially for beeing 70+ years old
I ate limpets once - prised them off the rocks in Lulworth cove (UK), cooked them on a disposable BBQ and ate them. Pretty good flavour; texture like a rubber washer.

I ate whole baby eels in Spain last year.

I made soup out of shore crabs

My plans for this year include feral pigeons and garden snails...

Be careful to thoroughly cook any feral pigeons you plan on eating. The meat can contain many toxins absorbed through their diet.
Oh yes, eels are REALLY tasty. They are like a mild flavored Catfish.
I accidently caught a fox in a rabbit snare on a survival trip, seemed a shame to waste it. I also ate worm omlette's, various small birds, fungi and leaves.
I'm quite partial to squirel (grey squirel in the UK) as they're considered a pest. They're a little like rabbit, but with little meat. I cook ethem in a thai satay sauce, so squirel with nuts.
I'm going camping this weekend by the sea, so will collect some food from there. Limpets are easy prey, and no-one seems to eat them. I'd eat them boiled up and pickled, alternatively they're good blended into seafood chowder for extra flavour. I may post an instructable on how to collect shellfish, including the best methods for limpets.
I'll eat pretty much anything out of the sea, except the used condoms & 'jobbie fish'.
lemonie4 years ago
I ate starch packing granules once (well one). They're like Wotsits or Cheesy-Poofs without being fried or tasty...

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Seconded. They are quite nasty when they aren't coated in orange almost-entirely-unlike-cheese powder substance.
Yes, they are.

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carpfluff4 years ago
my aunt always gives me scorpion lolipops. the lolipop tastes alright, but the scorpion is bad.
CrLz4 years ago
German antipasto...
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CrLz4 years ago
Growing up I used to eat Rocky Mountain oysters at Bruce's Bar in Severance, CO.

I lived in Switzerland for a while, ate horse a few times.

Living in Vermont, I like the spring Fiddlehead fern (fiddleheads).

Any members from the American SE would know about boiled peanuts, get them at most fuel stations, I love 'em.

Lastly, one of my favorite creations is Oyster-omelets, which is similar to brains and eggs (my inspiration).

Love living and exploring!
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gnomedriver6 years ago
Its interesting how people usually consider meat based foods are considered unusual. in different cultures. Vegetables arent thought of as being weird, only disgusting in a taste way. Strange vegetables – durians. The smell of them is awful and they are prohibited on the subway in Singapore because of it. .
Ummm what have I eaten? Ostrich Wild boar Crocodile A couple of scorpions I ate three house spiders one day (accidentally, they got in to the food ma came back and asked what happened to the food in the pot, I assumed them to be bit of wierd vegetables that appear in my house, they were quite nice tbh) Seagull (dodgy chinese, owner was caught running up and down places with seagulls with a machete) Duck (not that wierd but people have reservations) Goose (again like the duck) A whole leg of lamb (I ate pretty much a whole leg of lamb in one sitting, the cuteness to volume ratio is important apparently) A bumblebee (I was cycling and swallowed the wee bugger)
Here...
I saw the thread and remembered, I've got to stop admitting to things like this lol... how about weird things you've eaten...
The strange things I have eaten is... Well, not really strange... Alligator Pheasant Deer Ox tongue Squid Eel Duck Goose Buffalo Shark And a few more i cannot think of...
And also a few woodlice, I ate them when I was young. And ostrich egg...
Is shark nice, I've wanted to try it...
I don't know what type of shark I had, but it tastes like tuna steak...
The strangest animal I have ever eaten is what we call a "biju", "violet" or "figue de mer" (Microcosmus sabatieri).
You probably never heard about it (and probably will never eat one) because it's a very weird animal from the mediteranean sea.
It's so local that it does not even have a wikipedia page in english ...

It's a kind of invertebrate, 15 to 20 centimeters long enclosed into a kind of thick skin with the consistency of rubber.
Globally, it looks like something between an excrement and a Alien's egg (like in Aliens, the movie).

When you pick it, it's really like a piece of rubber, and the skin is so thick that you can't open it with a knife.
To open it, you must hit it against a rock (or with the handle of the knife), and it become hard like a rock.
Then you can open it with your knife ...

Inside, the animal is golden orange, yellowish .... Like sea urchins, the main part of it are its testicles ....
It's very very weird ....... It's so special that I can't even describe you how it taste.

Here is a webpage (in french) about it : http://renaud.waldura.org/diving/violet/

Else, I don't eat animals that I find cute, because if I find it cute, why would I want to eat it ?

I've tried ants once, and I probably tried some mosquito and flies by accident ...
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Thanks!
matseng (author)  chooseausername6 years ago
Ugh... The Biju sounds really strange. I think I'll put them on my "maybe"-list. I find chickens rather cute.... and veeery tasty :-)
I got some "mini" chickens as pets once. They were so stupid and aggressive that they ended into the casserole.
That's the proof that being cute is not that safe .... =o]
Plasmana6 years ago
And you eat dogs! eww!
uhhhhh....mcdonalds is pretty strange, right? i mean, its not like there food is real, its all genetically modified cow dung....
I am with you, the foods that mcdonalds sells is poisonous, I found that out on the news... And their foods tastes gross too!
WOW ... I could not eat something like that ......................
Plasmana6 years ago
The strange things I have eaten it... Alligator Pheasant Deer Ox tongue Squid Eel Duck Goose Buffalo Shark And a few more i cannot think of...
Didn't know "VENISON" was considered strange..........
Well, I think it is "strange" because, if you look in the comment below, other people says "deer" too...
whatsisface6 years ago
Deep. fried. Mars. Bar. Nuff said.
like rishnai i have eaten a few weird morsels inc frogs legs snails water flea pate horse aligator eels hungarian goulash(cat) pigeons pheasant snipe woodcock rabbit deer partridge pigs trotters elder tripe (white) tripe (black) black pudding white pudding sweetmeats (lambs testicals) brawn (pigs snout) ox tounge ox tail and a few more i cannot think of lol
skunkbait6 years ago
Grubs, emu, ants. turtle. parrot,
really
Gavabc1236 years ago
squid
Rishnai6 years ago
My carnivorous habits tend to freak out my less carnivorous friends, especially the near-vegetarian ones. One cannot live on macaroni alone. Sometimes one has to put some mealworms on it. ;) So here goes: Wild Boar (favorite) Escargot Rattlesnake Alligator Elk Tripe (never again) Ostrich Antelope Venison Pigeon (my friend has a great recipe for it) Squirrel School Lunch (never again) Eel Possibly rat. Place across the street got busted a while ago. Crawdad Shellfish of many sorts The worm in the tequila bottle (never again) Mutton And some stuff I'm forgetting. Oh, and cricket. That was good. I also ate termite once on a bet. Unimpressed, not doing it again. But most of what's on that list, I wouldn't consider weird. Also, wild rabbit is something I want to try. I'll eat it if someone else killed it and butchered it, but those sharp shots are hard to find, especially ones that'll let you have the rabbit after they've done all the work.
KentsOkay6 years ago
I've eaten:
  • Snail
  • Frog
  • Mealworms =]
  • Crickets =]
  • Grasshoppers =]
  • Bear
  • Deer
  • Wild hog
  • Ants
  • Ants in chocolate
Bran KentsOkay6 years ago
How do you go about getting your mealworms? I've thought about buying them from our local bait shop, but my mom thinks I'm pretty sick to eat them. Once I do procure them, however, I thought about just frying them like some taters; how do you cook them? Thanks!
KentsOkay Bran6 years ago
Buy from a pet store. Fry 'em up in a little bit of butter, you can through them in alive, or freeze them to kill them before cooking.
Oh! That is just too gross! Icky! Yuck!
They taste soo good : P
I hope you brush your teeth afterwards...
Of course.
Same goes for all bugs.
Mealworms? And you thought I was weird. but I'll have to try that... XD
locust are better!
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Fried locusts are good :-) batter dipped are even better
Patrik6 years ago
I've eaten plenty of horse and rabbit, both of which seem to be considered strange / disgusting / horrifying by some in the US. Take it from me, you haven't really missed much if you haven't eaten horse meat. It's very lean, and it's supposed to be good for you, but the taste is rather blech. Rabbit, on the other hand, is one of my favorites... Let's see... eel - including smoked river and sea eal, eel in green sauce (how often do you find a recipe that calls for fresh sorrel?), and unagi. Sea urchin (uni), squid, snails, bison, ostrich, deer, boar, ... I'm probably missing a few. Nothing too outlandish though.
I've had rabbit as well, I didn't know it would be considered gross by some.
kalimari and alligator, they both are really good
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