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Old 05-18-2013, 07:22 AM
 
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Asia is well known for having some of the (to western tastebuds) weirdest/most extreme foods on the planet, from tarantulas in Cambodia, cockroaches in Thailand, snake blood wine in Vietnam, balut in the Philippines, dog meat in China (and Korea and Vietnam), live squid in Korea and whale meat in Japan.

I'm not that adventurous but I nearly had a fried cricket in Thailand. I won't eat anything endangered, or that is killed inhumanely (or still alive, like the shocking live fish dish served in Japan). What are some weird foods you've eaten in Asia and where did you eat it?

 
Old 05-18-2013, 08:11 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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I was in a "after business" dinner with some S. Korean colleagues and was served live squid. I could not even bare to look at it. In Japan, I was served "blowfish sashimi".
 
Old 05-24-2013, 01:03 AM
 
Location: Filipinas
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lol I eat balut but I never tried to eat the embryo duck. I always pass it to my brother hahaha..
 
Old 05-24-2013, 03:54 AM
 
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I've tried fugu (pufferfish) in Japan, balut in the Philippines and snake meat in Taiwan. Do frog legs, ostrich, crocodile meat, kangaroo jerky qualify as weird? I've seen roasted cocoons in Seoul, but did not try them.
 
Old 05-24-2013, 10:12 AM
 
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I ate kangaroo steak in Sydney also, quite tasty and beautifully prepared.
 
Old 05-24-2013, 11:03 AM
 
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I've tried fugu (pufferfish) in Japan, balut in the Philippines and snake meat in Taiwan. Do frog legs, ostrich, crocodile meat, kangaroo jerky qualify as weird? I've seen roasted cocoons in Seoul, but did not try them.

With the exception of fugu and balut, I've tried most of the things you listed here in the US. I've seen balut at my local 99 Ranch. I guess instead of going to asia for odd delicaticies, raid your Asian supermarket?
 
Old 05-24-2013, 12:37 PM
 
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I have a question why others eat the Pangolin Meat? it actually looks weird. just the way it looks.
Chinese customs officials seize thousands of dead pangolins | Environment | guardian.co.uk
 
Old 05-24-2013, 06:33 PM
 
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I have a question why others eat the Pangolin Meat? it actually looks weird. just the way it looks.
Chinese customs officials seize thousands of dead pangolins | Environment | guardian.co.uk
The article pretty much says the reasons why. I don't see pangolins being weirder than armadillos which are also eaten in parts of the Americas.

An often quoted saying:
"If it has got four legs and it is not a chair, if it has two wings and it flies but is not an aeroplane, and if it swims and is not a submarine, the Cantonese will eat it."
 
Old 05-24-2013, 08:31 PM
 
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Fried baby eels in some kind of savory sauce. They tasted great, as long as you didn't look at them while you ate.


Roasted guinea pigs in Ecuador. Bony little critters.
 
Old 05-24-2013, 08:43 PM
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I ate kangaroo steak in Sydney also, quite tasty and beautifully prepared.
Yeah, not bad at all. I had some in Melbourne years ago.

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The article pretty much says the reasons why. I don't see pangolins being weirder than armadillos which are also eaten in parts of the Americas.

An often quoted saying:
"If it has got four legs and it is not a chair, if it has two wings and it flies but is not an aeroplane, and if it swims and is not a submarine, the Cantonese will eat it."
lol...i heard this quote a long time ago too...good to hear it again
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