What’s the most exotic food that you’ve ever tried?
I’d like to think of myself as pretty open to new foods and new tastes. I am not a picky eater and there are not too many things that I just simply can’t eat at all (one example would be liver).
However, I do have a problem with eating something that resembles the original shape and look of that something. I am obviously talking about carnivore indulgences.
I am not a big meat eater as it is, but I am pretty sure I would be a 100% vegetarian if I had to kill an animal myself in order to have meat. It just wouldn’t happen. (Don’t watch Fast Food Nation, just sayin’.) I know, that might sound pretty ignorant that I eat meat if it comes nicely cut up and packaged, but wouldn’t be able to kill an animal in order to eat meat. However, I am pretty sure that most of you (who eat meat) feel the same way, don’t you?
But I digress.
This is not about eating or not eating meat. I wanted to tell you about a little culinary adventure that J and I embarked on last weekend and which left me a little bit “uneasy”. We have a restaurant in our neighborhood that serves BBQ dinners and food that is generally considered “Southern cuisine”.
I’ve tried many exotic foods before. I had snails in France, eel for the first time at a Sushi dinner and I tried ostrich, ibex, camel and alligator. I couldn’t touch zebra and kangaroo, because I just couldn’t imagine myself eating animals that I personally find cute (I know, not a very solid reasoning, but that’s how I roll.) I also couldn’t imagine trying something that I personally find a little repulsive, like insects or amphibians.
So imagine my muted surprise when J declared that he was going to order the frog legs.
You see, frogs are not really animals/amphibians that I’d consider edible or “cook-worthy”. Just think of the “slimy” skin and the “squishy” rest of the body. But as you know, frogs are good jumpers and therefore have very muscular thighs, which some people obviously consider a delicacy.
To actually see a dead, fried bottom half of a frog on our table made me a little bit nervous. I spare you the visual (although I did take a picture) and will just say: I tried a tiny little piece (because I had promised I would) and decided it was not for me. It honestly took me some time to bring myself to put the piece in my mouth. It had a very fishy taste to it and although I eat fish, it just didn’t taste right.
Is there something that you think you simply could not eat? Do you have any memorable food experiences?