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The World's Weirdest Food
News ^ | March 22, 2012 | Anthony Dennis

Posted on 03/28/2012 12:58:08 PM PDT by nickcarraway

I'M sitting at a sushi bar in Sapporo, the main city on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, and staring at a strange, small, raw and salmon-coloured object on my plate.

"Er, is it the brain of a fish?", I asked my dining companion, who happens to be Tetsuya Wakuda, the celebrated Sydney-based Japanese-Australian chef with whom I’m travelling for a magazine article.

“No,” he replies. “It’s fish’s semen sac.”

Sometimes it’s best not to ask. But there were ever weirder dishes to come (see below) at this lunch. There are the adventurous types who actively seek out weird food on their travels. Me? I’m entirely a victim of circumstance.

I’m hardly a fussy eater and rarely seek out the odd and challenging dish when I’m overseas - they come to me. As a guest in another country no one wants to offend their hosts by rejecting their food, something which plays an integral part, and a subject of immense pride, in many cultures. Somehow I’ve managed to escape weird food in China (for which it’s notorious), having visited there on a number occasions. But I do draw a line at rats on a skewer (India), dog meat (Vietnam), fried tarantulas (Cambodia), guinea pigs (Peru) and Starbuck’s coffee (US).

Here’s my menu of the weird world dishes that I have succumbed to on my travels (and, yes, I’m sure on some of your wandering you’ve eaten a lot worse, so let me know).

(Excerpt) Read more at news.com.au ...


TOPICS: Food; Travel; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: food; napl

1 posted on 03/28/2012 12:58:18 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

For anyone here who has never lived in Wisconsin, google

“Cannibal sandwich”

Yum!


2 posted on 03/28/2012 1:15:26 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: nickcarraway; Slings and Arrows
a strange, small, raw and salmon-coloured object on my plate.

strange, indeed. All the ones I've seen were whitish; the roe sacks were salmon colored.

In any case, I'd rather use bait to catch a fish to eat, than waste the bait by eating it myself...unless it is Velveeta or Vienna sausages.

3 posted on 03/28/2012 1:24:51 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch ("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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To: elcid1970

Roe, Milt, Cannibal sandwich it all sounds tasty. Most prefer things cooked probably even overcooked


4 posted on 03/28/2012 1:26:21 PM PDT by scottteng (Tax government employees til they quit and find something useful to do)
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To: elcid1970

Steak tar-tar


5 posted on 03/28/2012 1:33:28 PM PDT by Ecliptic
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To: nickcarraway

Many moons ago I ran a salmon trolling vessel in Southeast Alaska and have personally hooked, boated, gutted, iced and sold some 40 thousand salmon of various species. We ate all parts of our catch at times, including bellys, heads and livers for variety (A whole frozen chicken cost $15 in 1980 in coastal villages). The fresh roe from females is saved and sold mainly to the Japanese, but nobody bought the milt/sperm of the male fish which the French call soft roe, or la laitance. Floured and fried lightly, it is delicious - a texture similar to sweetbreads but tastes like the ocean.


6 posted on 03/28/2012 1:41:17 PM PDT by dainbramaged (OMG - Obama Must Go)
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To: nickcarraway

Two cannibals were fighting over a missionary that would be their dinner. Finally, one proposes that they share the meal. “You start at the bottom, I’ll start at the top, and we’ll meet in the middle.” This was agreed upon, and they started eating their meal. After a few minutes, the first cannibal asked if the second cannibal was enjoying himself. “I’m having a ball,” was the reply.
“Hey, slow down—you’re eating too fast!”


7 posted on 03/28/2012 1:47:24 PM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (How bad would an Obama II administration be, without the constraints of re-election?)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

Until Fukishima, none of this existed.

Go ahead, think about it...........


8 posted on 03/28/2012 2:05:31 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Solyent Pink is Sheeple!!!!)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

Until Fukishima, none of this existed.

Go ahead, think about it...........


9 posted on 03/28/2012 2:05:39 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Solyent Pink is Sheeple!!!!)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

Two cannibals had just finished eating a clown and were relaxing. One looked over to the other and asked “did that guy taste kind of funny to you?”


10 posted on 03/28/2012 2:10:21 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; NYC GOP Chick; ...
Who's up for some casu marzu?


11 posted on 03/28/2012 2:16:12 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; TheOldLady

On a related note, Lizzy cat was sitting out front last evening
snapping mosquitoes out of the air and licking her chops every so often.

Who bites who?


12 posted on 03/28/2012 2:21:51 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Ecliptic; Eaker
Steak tar-tar

I remember a fine time over at Eaker's place years ago scarfing raw steak & horsey-radish.

It was teh awesome.

13 posted on 03/28/2012 2:23:50 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: nickcarraway
The guy was a bit of a pansy with having a problem with whale meat for politically correct reasons. He even said it tasted good. If I ever go to Japan, and it isn't $$$$, I'm having some and maybe some dolphin just to make a point.
14 posted on 03/28/2012 2:28:19 PM PDT by nerdwithagun (I'd rather go gun to gun then knife to knife.)
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To: dainbramaged

Is that how you got your dain bramaged?

:^)


15 posted on 03/28/2012 2:28:59 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (The only flaw is that America doesn't recognize Cyber's omniscience. -- sergeantdave)
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To: humblegunner

Skeeter sashimi!


16 posted on 03/28/2012 2:30:10 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: BerryDingle

What do you call a cannibal who just ate his mom’s sister? An aunteater.

What do you call a cannibal who just ate up his mother in law? Gladiator!

;^)


17 posted on 03/28/2012 2:36:53 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: Cyber Liberty
Is that how you got your dain bramaged?
Naw, I just bumped my head - the seafood saved me.
18 posted on 03/28/2012 2:40:04 PM PDT by dainbramaged (OMG - Obama Must Go)
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To: nickcarraway

You should try witchetty grubs and honey ants!
Not kidding - they’re traditional Aboriginal delicacies.


19 posted on 03/28/2012 2:41:27 PM PDT by odds
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To: nickcarraway

>>>”and Starbuck’s coffee (US)”<<<

lol.. what’s weird about that compared to ‘rats on skewer’?!!


20 posted on 03/28/2012 2:43:41 PM PDT by odds
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To: dainbramaged

Well, if my choice is to eat a seasoned sac of salmon semen or die, the answer is not obvious to me....


21 posted on 03/28/2012 2:52:23 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (The only flaw is that America doesn't recognize Cyber's omniscience. -- sergeantdave)
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To: Cyber Liberty
Well, if my choice is to eat a seasoned sac of salmon semen or die, the answer is not obvious to me....

I definitely think that would be one of the defining moments in life where I would try to trace back the poor decisions I made that lead to my current plight.

I think rule #1 of guy code is the equation --

semen ≠ food.

22 posted on 03/28/2012 3:04:18 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: dainbramaged

Years ago, 1973, I worked on an abalone boat. The two guys for whom I worked were breaking me in with the main anchor. This was in Santa Barbara near Santa Catalina Island.

Lo and behold, I messed up the wrapping of the main anchor, and we started our descent into the Pacific. The Captain put out a MAY DAY and threw me into the cabin.

The First Mate pulled the anchor up with his brute strength. Someone answered our MAY DAY and water in the haul was taken out.

Want to go fishing with me in ALASKA? LOL!


23 posted on 03/28/2012 3:31:12 PM PDT by Slip18
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To: nickcarraway

Durian, oh my the experience was not pleasant. The taste was like eating rotten mushy onions. Just bloody awful and I would not want to wish that experience on anyone.


24 posted on 03/28/2012 3:40:52 PM PDT by seoul62
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To: nickcarraway

Durian, oh my the experience was not pleasant. The taste was like eating rotten mushy onions. Just bloody awful and I would not want to wish that experience on anyone.


25 posted on 03/28/2012 3:40:57 PM PDT by seoul62
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To: humblegunner; Ecliptic
It was teh awesome.

Don't take long to cook either!

26 posted on 03/28/2012 3:49:27 PM PDT by Eaker (Remember, the enemy tends to wise up at the least convenient moments.)
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To: nickcarraway; Slings and Arrows

27 posted on 03/28/2012 3:50:46 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Eaker
Don't take long to cook either!

You overcooked it.

28 posted on 03/28/2012 4:05:02 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: nickcarraway

This guy is a major whiner!

I had some weird Lao dipping sauce that was made with bile and semi digested contents of the cows stomach.


29 posted on 03/28/2012 4:11:02 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: nickcarraway

In order to become a tender on a boat in Newport Beach, CA, you have to eat the beating heart out of a fish. I couldn’t. The other tenders threw me over the boat in the harbour, and gave me the title of Honarary Tender.

Never had to pay to fish again, nor eating a live heart of one.


30 posted on 03/28/2012 4:11:20 PM PDT by Slip18
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To: Slip18

I know that area pretty well having spent 1971-73 on albacore boats out of San Pedro, we may have crossed paths. One greenhorn skipper I worked for ran us aground in a 65 footer right in front of a busy restaurant in Santa Barbara harbor. Luckily it was sandy and we backed out all right.

We hit all the hot spots - Oxnard, Morro Bay, Avila Beach, Pismo, San Simeon, Eureka, Fort Bragg, Moss Landing and more.
We got into a huge drunken brawl with some abalone divers at the Harbor Hut in Morro Bay one fine evening - pretty tough bunch. The lone Morro Bay cop car showed up and it was a 63 Ford. No one was seriously harmed or arrested, if I recall correctly. That would have been 1972 - youth is wasted on the young :>)


31 posted on 03/28/2012 5:31:23 PM PDT by dainbramaged (OMG - Obama Must Go)
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To: elcid1970
>“Cannibal sandwich” Yum!

Yum indeed, I've been eating ground chuck & steak since I was a little kid. No sandwich though, just meat & a little salt. Real good stuff.

32 posted on 03/28/2012 7:51:54 PM PDT by ADemocratNoMore (Jeepers, Freepers, where'd 'ya get those sleepers?. Pj people, exposing old media's lies.)
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To: Repeat Offender; Cyber Liberty

No, not food: more like "entertainment"...

Cheers!

33 posted on 03/28/2012 7:52:46 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: ADemocratNoMore

I lived in Green Bay WI as a kid 1958-62. The cannibal sandwich began in Milwaukee if I recall correctly. My Dad was an ROTC department head at St. Norbert College. There was a faculty dinner one night where steak tartare was on the buffet table and there were three priests in line in front of him and each one blessed the raw ground sirloin before taking a portion and he figured by the time he got there it was safe to eat!

Also, consult the 1958 atomic thriller “Alas Babylon” about a USAF vet whose girlfriend doesn’t care for his liking “cannibal sandwiches” as a quick lunch.

Me, I make them with pump rye each slice smeared with horseradish and Texas Pete. 97% ground beef works well if the butcher department is reliable.


34 posted on 03/28/2012 8:30:36 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: nickcarraway
Here's a similar one for you.

http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/29/10922289-urine-soaked-virgin-boy-eggs-are-a-springtime-taste-treat-in-china

35 posted on 03/29/2012 6:14:58 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Ecliptic

Steak Tar Tar is not weird. It is just a hamburger without the heat.


36 posted on 03/29/2012 6:19:20 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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