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What's the most exotic thing you've ever eaten?

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#21 Postby Nick » August 2nd, 2007, 12:42 pm

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Moose wrote:I'd prolly try horse. What's it taste like?

Horse, mainly

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#22 Postby Moose » August 2nd, 2007, 12:48 pm

*gravely considers this and then nods*
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#23 Postby Alan H » August 2nd, 2007, 1:19 pm

Nick wrote:
Moose wrote:I'd prolly try horse. What's it taste like?

Horse, mainly
I thought everything tasted like chicken these days? :shrug:

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#24 Postby Moose » August 2nd, 2007, 1:36 pm

My mum says that chicken doesn't taste like chicken these days..
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#25 Postby The ex-Alan » August 2nd, 2007, 1:41 pm

It tastes like the chicken that won the 3:30 at Kepmton Park.

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#26 Postby whitecraw » August 2nd, 2007, 2:06 pm

Brawn is jellied pig's head. Same idea, only not kosher. Also, pig's heads are much harder to come by in Scotland.

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#27 Postby verte » August 2nd, 2007, 3:22 pm

My father's side of the family is southern white trash, so I've encountered pigs feet. My mother's side of the family is mostly Mexican, so they have soup made with chicken feet. It is a wonder I do not have a foot fetish or permanent indigestion. I will eat nearly anything if it tastes reasonably good, nothing can possibly be as frightening as what my mother could do to ordinary meat and vegetables.
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#28 Postby Moose » August 2nd, 2007, 4:35 pm

hock, which is pig's ankle, is common here. My mum buys it often cos it's cheap. Don't like it myself.
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#29 Postby Nick » August 2nd, 2007, 5:01 pm

My beloved springer spaniel, who's been dead these past 20 years, adored tripe. While it was being prepared she would dribble from both sides of her mouth at once! Anyone tried it? (Not me!)

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#30 Postby Moose » August 2nd, 2007, 5:06 pm

No I never have. I've very occasionally seen it in a local supermarket (the Co-op .. none of the big supermarkets have it). Strangely, it's not even cheap .. I could get a decent sized piece of frying steak for less.
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#31 Postby verte » August 2nd, 2007, 6:03 pm

Nick wrote:My beloved springer spaniel, who's been dead these past 20 years, adored tripe. While it was being prepared she would dribble from both sides of her mouth at once! Anyone tried it? (Not me!)


Yes, there's a dim sum place not far from where I live that serves it. But I wouldn't trust my skill enough to try to cook something like that at home.
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#32 Postby Moose » August 2nd, 2007, 6:11 pm

I gather it needs a helluva lot of cooking just to be made chewable. I'd be interested to know what it tastes of .. looks completely bland.
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#33 Postby Maria Mac » August 2nd, 2007, 6:19 pm

Nick wrote:Anyone tried it? (Not me!)


I've only tried the Greek version 'patsa' (NOT pasta and the stress is on the second syllable pat-SA). This is tripe soup and is traditionally eaten as a fastbreaker at the end of Lent. If you can overlook the appearance - bits of a cream coloured towel floating in a creamy liquid - it's delicious.

I must say some of the things mentioned in this thread are very far from what I consider 'exotic'. Calamari? This was everyday food for me as I was growing up.

Sea urchin, perhaps, is nearer the mark. Or dog meat.

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#34 Postby Goldie » August 2nd, 2007, 6:25 pm

Reading all of your posts (very interesting!!!) I remembered a few things...

A soup called (spelling is not right) Chanina ?? It's Polish. Blood Soup. The broth is made from the blood of a goose..then they put goose meat, raisins pinapple (I think) and serve it with a scoop of mashed potatos in the center.
My aunt used to make it when I was a kid. I loved it, but didn't know what it was until I was about 12.

My dad used to make suet pudding. Suet being a special fat from around the kidneys.
It was a delicious, sweet treat. I have the recipe, but I'll NEVER make it. It takes about 24 hours to make, cooked in coffee cans which are set into a pot of boiling water. It is a heart attack WAITING to happen.

Oh...and I've had Emu and Buffalo
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#35 Postby Moose » August 2nd, 2007, 6:26 pm

I wonder what dog and cat actually taste like, though I'm not sure that I'd go as far as to say that I would try them.
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#36 Postby Alan C. » August 2nd, 2007, 6:41 pm

Goldie
My dad used to make suet pudding.
Goldie, if you make them as individual puds, rather than one big one, they only take 20 mins in a steamer. Image
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#37 Postby Goldie » August 2nd, 2007, 6:44 pm

Everyone here says "If you've eaten Asian cuisine...you've eaten cat and dog."
I don't know how true that is, here in America. I know some cultures DO eat both, but it would be illegal to serve it here. Doesn't mean it doesn't happen. It could also be just an urban legend.

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#38 Postby Jayme » August 2nd, 2007, 9:09 pm

I think the only 'exotic' things I've ever had are sashimi, caviar, and buffalo.

Actually, here in the US, we call Brawn 'head cheese'. :sick:

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#39 Postby whitecraw » August 2nd, 2007, 9:35 pm

Moose, tripe tastes awful. I used to run a day centre in Leith, where the old folk used to organise and cook the meals for their own lunch club. Tripe was a favourite on the menu. They boiled it for days. I had to absent myself from the centre on tripe days, as the very smell of it cooking gave me the dry boak. It's the only exotic food I've been presented with that I've been physically incapable of eating.

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#40 Postby whitecraw » August 2nd, 2007, 9:48 pm

Goldie! That would be czernina! The name comes from the word ‘czern’ (blackness). It’s made from goose or duck blood, vegetables and dried fruit (usually plums or apples) and is traditionally served with little squares of homemade pasta called ‘lazanki’. And it’s pretty damned good!

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#41 Postby Compassionist » August 2nd, 2007, 10:26 pm

I am most impressed by the adventurous appetites many of you have! I had stir-fried ants. Nice! :grin:


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