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Old 06-05-2013, 02:00 PM
 
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:03 PM
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...would love to try the spoon worms aka sea cucumber one day!
 
Old 06-08-2013, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Nashua
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Having relatives in China, our trips were not to touristy areas where Western food is common. Some of my relatives are well-off so they were proud to take us to nice restaurants.
I am not one of those who enjoys trying new and exotic foods so all meals were difficult for me. It was typical for my wife to say "you have to try it. They ordered it just for you! "
Sea worms, sea slugs, snake, turtle, and who knows what else. Their spices and flavorings were not anything that I was, or am, used to so common foods like chicken were often embarrassingly inedible to me.
 
Old 06-08-2013, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Nashua
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Oh, I should mention that a nephew of mine from Southern China is now studying in Denmark and he emailed me that now he understands how I felt when I was in China. The foods in Denmark are so different from what he was used to.
 
Old 06-08-2013, 05:17 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Having relatives in China, our trips were not to touristy areas where Western food is common. Some of my relatives are well-off so they were proud to take us to nice restaurants.
I am not one of those who enjoys trying new and exotic foods so all meals were difficult for me. It was typical for my wife to say "you have to try it. They ordered it just for you! "
Sea worms, sea slugs, snake, turtle, and who knows what else. Their spices and flavorings were not anything that I was, or am, used to so common foods like chicken were often embarrassingly inedible to me.
I don't advocate eating endangered species or cruelly slaughtered animals, but in terms of taste turtle isn't really that weird.
 
Old 06-09-2013, 04:35 AM
 
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Well, aside from balut, I also tried eating "Salagubang" here in the Philippines. Salagubang looks like a black bug. It tastes really weird.
 
Old 06-09-2013, 05:50 AM
 
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...would love to try the spoon worms aka sea cucumber one day!
The creatures in the first video are spoon worms while that of the 2nd video are indeed sea cucumbers. I have tried sea cucumbers a number of times. Taste is not that weird, tastes like beef or pork tendon. They're so expensive though, so I am always wondering why anyone would pay that much to eat something like this.
 
Old 06-09-2013, 06:10 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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The creatures in the first video are spoon worms while that of the 2nd video are indeed sea cucumbers. I have tried sea cucumbers a number of times. Taste is not that weird, tastes like beef or pork tendon. They're so expensive though, so I am always wondering why anyone would pay that much to eat something like this.
As usual its seen as traditional medicine with healings properties. Some of it is superstition, e.g. say rhino horn for virility, but some might be based on some tested truths.
 
Old 06-09-2013, 07:14 AM
 
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Despite being Asian and being raised in an Asian household, and eating Asian food most days for dinner - I've never actually tried anything wacky and out of the norm.

I freaked when my mother tried to feed me pigeon once, and I almost fainted when my cousin started eating balut in front of me.

I'm just a reallyyyyy picky eater and I just prefer to eat foods where I can easily tell what it is, and is available at restaurants and stuff. The wackiest Asian food I've probably tried is shark fin soup which isn't all that weird in China, and I actually love shark fin soup, to my surprise.
 
Old 06-09-2013, 04:47 PM
 
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Despite being Asian and being raised in an Asian household, and eating Asian food most days for dinner - I've never actually tried anything wacky and out of the norm.

I freaked when my mother tried to feed me pigeon once, and I almost fainted when my cousin started eating balut in front of me.

I'm just a reallyyyyy picky eater and I just prefer to eat foods where I can easily tell what it is, and is available at restaurants and stuff. The wackiest Asian food I've probably tried is shark fin soup which isn't all that weird in China, and I actually love shark fin soup, to my surprise.
I was a picky eater too and didn't like most Chinese food as a kid because it tasted weird to me. Much preferred McDonalds. Thankfully I'm a lot more broad minded these days. I know it doesn't taste strong but I wouldn't eat sharks fin soup. A similar dish I find really weird is birds nest soup, which is basically hardened saliva. Apparently it doesn't taste like much, but I wouldn't want to eat spit.
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