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QotD: I Can’t Believe I Ate This

>What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Bird’s Nest Soup in Hong Kong. It tasted fine but I was tad creeped out by the sliminess.
I am quite ashamed to admit this, but I also had Shark Fin Soup in Hong Kong which wasn’t weird at all. It was very tasty, but I’ll never ever have it again. It wasn’t until afterward that I learned they harvest the fins from live sharks and just toss their bodies back into the ocean to die. I’ve carried guilt over this since 1999.
One time someone offered me a balut but I was all, No way man.
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14 Responses

  1. resuri says:

    One time I ate paksiw, which is basically all the leftovers from a roast pig thrown in a pot with a sweet sauce. It was delicious, and I was thorougly enjoying it…until I bit into something hard. I pulled it out. It was a tooth. And it wasn’t mine.

  2. inna says:

    bird’s nest soup, shark’s fin soup, baby shark, gator (cooked like popcorn chicken in virginia), fried pigeon, fried frog legs, century eggs, balut, horse tapa (brent tells me not to ever mention eating horse here in california..), baby crabs, turkey nuts (mclintock’s here in slo), squid & octopus, ray- i guess that’s all i can remember. in the philippines, with my family- it was a gastronomical adventure…love it!
    unknowingly, when i was a kid in manila, i had a taste of dog adobo. it was like chicken adobo, but i can and will never eat a dog ever again.

  3. Josie says:

    Inna is there anything you wouldn’t try? haha

  4. Haji says:

    Maet-doo-gi, meohl-chi, bohn-dea-gi & boh-shin-tahng (AKA kae-go-gi).
    Translated: “grasshopper,” “minnow” (both prepared fried), “silkworm” (boiled in its own juice), & “self-preserving stew” (AKA dog meat).
    I can understand that ‘not a dog’s bark could be heard’ during the Irish famine, and I’d bet it’s the same up in N. Korea now, but here in the wealthy South, I believe there is no excuse to eat dog, no less give it the PC name, implying (in Korean) both a boost to one’s stamina (read: Korean Viagra) and healthier skin and hair. I ate it so that I can argue that there is no benefit to the body in its consumption. And it is appalling beyond “it’s dog”: purple in color, and tastes as it smells—stinky wet fiddo.

  5. Josie says:

    Some of you guys would make a ton of money on Fear Factor. Ick.

  6. tricia says:

    I’ve eaten gator before and I didn’t particularly think it was all that delicious. I also had some balut when I was visiting the Philippines this past summer. I didn’t eat the whole thing, but I do enjoy the juice (amniotic fluid, I guess). It’s very salty and good!
    I also enjoy escargot tremendously, but I guess some people would think that’s pretty gross. But I don’t know if I’d be as adventurous as to have grasshopper!

  7. Gerald says:

    I had sea turtle and I when I was younger there was a deer that I use to play with at my uncle’s house. one day during a party the deer was gone and I later found out that it was killed and made into some kelugan which I partook in. Since then I’ve lost my taste for banadu.

  8. Jesse says:

    Pepper pot soup, which is a greenish looking stew made in the Caribbean. I have almost no idea what was in it. I didn’t ask many questions. I’ve also had goat’s water and conch water. Which are just stews made with goat or conch. All pretty mild compared to say balut. Some other Caribbean dishes I never tried were monkey brain soup from St. Kitts, and “Mountain Chicken” (bullfrog) from Dominica.

  9. christine says:

    haha! this one is fun. i’ve tried deep fried chicken intestines (unknowingly — dad, what’s the black stuff? – just eat it!), chicken feet adobo, dinuguan, snails in coconut, and balut. i still refuse to eat the bird’s head or its feathered body. and i was once offered frog legs from my adventurous dad, but that was a no go. there are just some things you insitinctively know won’t be good. and a plastic bag full of raw frog legs that looked almost like tiny human legs? no freaking way.

  10. trench says:

    Shark Fin… Good stuff but I wont touch it anymore. I watched the documentary on it. They toss the sharks back in the water with no fins while they are still very much alive… How can people be so cruel.

  11. Donovan says:

    sea turtle…mmm…
    fruit bat… i was younger, but i remember it was pretty much just a bat thrown into coconut milk. thinking back, i keep thinking that’s what the texture of a mouse must be like. 😛

  12. Trudy says:

    My husband eats pickled balati (sea cucumber) He says it is really good. Sounds like he is eating the white bone of the chicken breast. ewww.

  13. Allison says:

    I’m never again going to check this site before lunch. Ew.

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