Bizarre Foods – what have you tried on your travels in pursuit of business?

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  • MartynSinclair
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    Interesting article in this months magazine about bizarre foods and what’s available in far flung and not so far flung places. I remember some posters mentioning a very smelly Scandinavian fish they had tried…

    I have always fancied trying the Fugu fish in Japan, but the right opportunity has never presented itself. Been to a snake restaurant in Vietnam but bottled it, avoided trying both rattle snake and crocodile in the States.. I suppose I am really quite boring where food is concerned…

    Has anyone tried any bizarre foods… especially when you have a client/customer opposite you & you know there is a big contract waiting to be signed..?


    Designer
    Participant

    Here is the article

    Taste: Try before you die

    (though you have to be a subscriber to read!)


    canucklad
    Participant

    Thought Friday had come early Martyn : )

    So thought I’d have some fun

    At home I’ve recently munched down on the following exotics meals, consisting of……

    1) A sheep’s pluck; minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed in with stock, all encased in the animal’s stomach
    2) Pork fat and beef suet, pork blood, a proportion of oatmeal, mixed with barley groats.

    And whilst in New York, it’s a definite must that you try this local delicacy…..
    3) A meat trimmings consisting pink slime, meat slurry and flavored with salt, garlic, and paprika, cured in sodium erythorbate and sodium nitrite all encased in a synthetic edible tube

    Yum, yum, yum, it’s almost lunch time.


    navnov11
    Participant

    Interesting article in this months magazine about bizarre foods and what’s available in far flung and not so far flung places. I remember some posters mentioning a very smelly Scandinavian fish they had tried…
    I have always fancied trying the Fugu fish in Japan, but the right opportunity has never presented itself. Been to a snake restaurant in Vietnam but bottled it, avoided trying both rattle snake and crocodile in the States.. I suppose I am really quite boring where food is concerned…
    Has anyone tried any bizarre foods… especially when you have a client/customer opposite you & you know there is a big contract waiting to be signed..?

    1. Fugu fish, Snake wine, sparrow-on-a-stick in Japan.
    2. Rattle snake burger in Camden Town.
    3. Crocodiles and Kangaroos Down Under.
    4. Had been to a duck-only restaurant in Shanghai recently; had duck’s heart, lungs, liver etc and also curdled blood.
    5. Brain Masala (Indian/Pakistani preparation); a really sumptuous/spicy dish I have had in India and London but the best one I have had so far was in a small Pakistani joint in Newtown, Sydney, Australia.


    stevescoots
    Participant

    Its a long list, such is the exotic tastes of Officials in Asia (when someone else is paying!)

    Snake, lots of it
    sheeps tail, as disgusting as it sounds
    sheeps anus…..
    buffalo hoof, slow cooked and just about the only thing i have nearly thrown up while eating
    Monkey, or at least that what they said it was
    boiled jellyfish, not bad at all


    GivingupBA
    Participant

    Live baby octopus in South Korea. A unique experience. Never again. Don’t ask.

    Raw chicken in Japan. It was very good and I enjoyed it.


    MickBettesworth
    Participant

    Raw jellyfish in China took a bit of swallowing!!!!


    esselle
    Participant

    Smoked bear paw
    Braised pork intestine
    Preserved duck lung

    Paw was not bad, but the intestine and lung were very hard work………


    Gin&Tonic
    Participant

    I was the lunch guest of the mayor of Naning who laid on a huge banquet lunch for our visit. The food was various Chinese dishes as you would expect. Through the interpreter the host asked if I was enjoying the turtle. So as not to offend the mayor I answered I preferred not to eat the meat of animals in decline but appreciated the gesture.
    These turtles are not in decline I was informed and live in the mountains.
    Of course stupid me it was Tortoise I was eating not turtle, that made it a whole lot better !!!


    LuganoPirate
    Participant

    Has anyone tried any bizarre foods… especially when you have a client/customer opposite you & you know there is a big contract waiting to be signed..?
    21 Nov 2017
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    Taken to see a large client of mine in China, and being told it was rude to refuse food, I was very apprehensive, and rightly so, as I’m offered the deep fried head of a chicken, the claws and all sorts of creepy crawlies. I explained that perhaps I’d lose a client, and i be very upset as I had deep respect for him and the business he gives me, but was sorry I just cannot eat these things.

    He took it well and everyone laughed and now they tried to find food I liked. Pork yes, some fried veggie things – ok, then beef in a sauce. And it was good. then they called me a very strange foreigner- can’t remember the word they used. Other westerners will eat everything they said, but not that. What is it I asked? Dog they replied!!!

    Well, I didn’t eat anymore nor did I throw up, but that’s the strangest food I’ve eaten, but it was done unknowingly.


    LuganoPirate
    Participant

    1) A sheep’s pluck; minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed in with stock, all encased in the animal’s stomach
    2) Pork fat and beef suet, pork blood, a proportion of oatmeal, mixed with barley groats.
    And whilst in New York, it’s a definite must that you try this local delicacy…..
    3) A meat trimmings consisting pink slime, meat slurry and flavored with salt, garlic, and paprika, cured in sodium erythorbate and sodium nitrite all encased in a synthetic edible tube

    Canucklad,
    1. Haggis
    2. Black sausage
    3. Spam

    Am I right?


    Flightlevel
    Participant

    Agree with last two,all bizarre foods, to which I would add celery!
    Chinese proverb: “For every different meal you eat, you live a day longer”


    DerekVH
    Participant

    1. Haggis
    2. Black sausage (pudding)
    3. Spam

    What do I need to do in order to get BA to have such a wonderful menu on my next trip? My idea of heaven!


    FaroFlyer
    Participant

    Dog in Korea (South) and the following in China:
    Deep fried beetles
    Deep fried duck beak
    Snake
    Turtle paws
    Tiger.

    The only food that I have ever had a serious reaction to was drunken prawns in Hong Kong.

    When I was young my mother would cook sheep’s brains on toast if I was unwell. I wish I could get the recipe, and material, as they were lovely.


    Stratocruiser
    Participant

    In Tel Aviv some years ago I was given Bulls’ Balls. He must have been a very big lad….

    In Nagoya once I could sense an undercurrent from my hosts as they asked me what I thought of one of the dishes.
    Having told them of my enjoyment, they then asked after my health on a regular basis for the rest of the evening. Finally, I caved in on being returned to my Hotel and asked them what it was.
    “Blowfish”
    I managed to smile and congratulate them on their menu choice, but I have to admit to an uncomfortable night’s sleep.

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