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Would you eat this?

by Michael on November 1, 2011

Part the fun in visiting different countries is trying new foods we haven’t heard of or can’t find at home. Sometimes though, something gets lost in translation from the kitchen to the menu. Here are a few items we saw on our trip to China, a few we tried, a few we passed on. There were moments when we were eating something delicious but had absolutely no idea what it was.

There was one time when the menu was perfectly clear though. In North Korea we were offered the opportunity to try dog. We’re pretty adventurous eaters but we passed on that. The few people who did try it said it tasted like beef. We’ll take their word on it.

I don't even know where to begin with this one.

Not sure what face food is.

Gruel? You want more gruel?

Try some "intestinal dry surface," it's good for you.

I love donuts but germ?

Will that be one lump or two?

For obvious reasons I had a problem with the dessert listed at the bottom.

 

What’s the strangest food you’ve ever tried?

 

Reuben Kinkaid November 2, 2011 at 4:42 pm

It almost doesn’t need to be said, but “Thai Grilled Pork Face” would be an excellent name for a band!

Michael November 2, 2011 at 6:30 pm

It’s right up there with two of my favorite actual band names, “Leftover Salmon” and “Jiggle The Handle.”

Josephine November 3, 2011 at 9:29 am

Did you have “Pane cà Muesa” (spleen sandwich) when you were in Sicily? Although it sounds weird, it is delicious! The spleen strips are cooked with lard (no wonder it’s good) in a giant, circular vat and then covered with grated caciocavallo cheese.

Michael November 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm

I’m not sure what the spleen does but we’ll try it next year in Sicily. Thx for checking in.

Richard Needham November 8, 2011 at 7:55 am

I once tried “Hogs Einstein” at a night market stand in Taipei. I think they must have been pig intestines (almost an anagram of einstein), and they were quite good when mixed with other ingredients in a noodle soup.

Michael November 8, 2011 at 6:29 pm

I like the anagram connection. Lots of things seem to be okay when mixed with other ingredients or deep-fried.

Xian Yu January 10, 2012 at 9:56 am

Frog legs. My mother conned me into thinking it was chicken and it did taste like chicken.

It was only after further tasting that I discovered it to be, well, wet. That’s how I found out.

BTW, I’m the cymbals-playing kid in the lion dance troupe.

Us January 10, 2012 at 10:01 am

Thanks for checking in. I’m working on the video right now. We hope you like it. Happy New Year!

Paula March 2, 2012 at 11:29 pm

The strangest item I’ve ever eaten was cooked by a Chinese friend of ours. It looked like white strips of a rubbery substance which had the texture of cartilage, and she had stir-fried it with some tasty greens.

“You like?” she asked in her limited English. And before we could respond she had dashed off to the kitchen and returned with a celophane-wrapped package of the stuff. We couldn’t make out any of the Chinese characters written on the package, but if I interpreted the line drawings correctly…I would guess it was Portuguese Man-O-War.

It made vegetarianism seem like a viable option.

Us March 3, 2012 at 8:41 am

That does sound pretty gross. It might have been squid–we saw lots of squid in Asia. Doesn’t make it any less gross.

Cindy January 14, 2013 at 1:35 am

Ha! I recognise the second last picture. Is it from a Singaporean restaurant in Hong Kong? Someone has complained to the manager and you won’t see it again. 😉

Michael January 14, 2013 at 9:13 am

You know I’m not really sure at this point. There were so many signs all over the place.

Tina August 1, 2014 at 4:07 am

Some of these are awesome things, just terribly put. The floss is shredded fried pork. Herbal jelly is common in deserts here (asian places in Vancouver) as is red bean. Germ- wheat germ?? Pork face? Awesome. Pig heads are a heavenly ingredient. I saw whole fried bats- passed on those- pretty furry looking. I’ve had every piece of offal I could try. So fun to try everything (almost!)

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