How about haggis? Maybe that's too obvious but I bet it would be entertaining too.
BTW, I once gave ECB cookies when she was here in Denver and never heard if she liked them. Bug her about that, would you?
The problem with haggis is that it actually tastes good. Stupid sheep stomachs.
Unless you can find some canned haggis, which is a total taste and texture abomination.
Surstromming, but I doubt you can even find it in the US.
pigs's feet: canned vs. fresh.
That's a cute post, but you should really be honest and credit the nytimes.
See if you can get your hands on some kymyz.
Lutefisk. Huitlacoche. Rocky Mountain oysters.
turducken! (turkey stuffed with a duck, stuffed with a chicken)
If you get durian perfectly ripe, it's awesome stuff. Like a pineapple custard.
If you get it overripe? Dear gods. And don't get me started on artificial durian flavour.
But it really is worth the time to try and find a good one. I'd still suggest eating it outside, some people just can't get the subtleties of the smell. ;)
Tamarind Tree in the Intl. District has Durian ice cream on their menu. Has a sort of creamy, onion-y flavor; doesn't seem bad at first, but then the after taste catches up with you. It smells like vanilla ice-cream that's been stored too close to something that's gone off.
lobster stuffed with tacos
vegemite on lutefisk
Ate deez nuts accidentally in Spain some years ago. Knew what it was instantly. Spat it into a napkin and gagged for a little while. Truly, unforgettably gross. I dare you.
Cherimoya! It is described as being a blend of pineapple and vanilla flavors. It is a green triangular shaped fruit with scales on the outside that I find to be incredibly noxious tasting despite the fanciful descriptions and rave reviews I've heard from enthusiasts.
@6 what's with the NYT?
@everyone else: I will not be eating pickled fish products. Period. And if the cookery only involves opening a can...meh.
I'm looking for a more involved project. I was thinking maybe deep fried coke. Or pork stuffed pork.
Taco Stuffed lobsters would be a close second but I just don't think I can afford tacos on my salary.
Try Whole Stuffed Camel
A detailed description exists in Bohumil Hrabal's book "I served the King of England," so for the best account, read that book, but here is a summary from memory:
- Boil several hundred eggs.
- Stuff twenty turkeys with seasoned stuffing.
- Baked them.
- Stuff two antelopes with baked turkeys.
- Fill extra space in antelopes with boiled eggs.
- Bake the antelopes.
- Stuff camel with antelopes.
- Insert fish in the camelís belly, and again use boiled eggs to fill the extra space.
- Season strongly.
- Grill the camel on charcoal in large courtyard.
Slice cross-sections with a sharp knife.
I can't attest to it as I am a vegetarian, but if you do it, please take photos.
i can report that even durian cake tastes like durian. all that sugar and butter can't even help it.
and, umm... haggis is quite good. don't hate on the haggis. and, while i'm at it, pig's feet [if done right] is among some of the tastiest meat you can eat.
now vegimite and marmite. yyyeeewwww... that is an acquired taste i will most likely never acquire.
I made stuffed camel once. It's not that hard once you get over the hump.
I think you guys should start an Iron Chef-type competition at the Stranger, getting the grossest theme ingredient possible and having to turn it into something tasty. It would definitely be a billion times better than watching Bobby "I-can-only-cook-with-corn-and-chipotle" Flay and Kat "I-can't-cook-at-all" Cora on the current american version.
awwe, look at what little jonah and ari did. they appropriated darling463's voice of dissent and are smelling their armpits over it. yes, thank you for doing the whole verbose (keep the verbal vomit coming) durian frommage reportazhe.
They're just like the media weasles who enjoy coopting inspiration and jacking off into their gym-sock worldly incite, aren't they?
Okie dokey, Airy-head and Jonad, now it's time for to bend over and make lil pooh pooh for the people. There you go, squeeze!!! grunt!! Oops! here it cums.
Mmmm, doesn't that look good, with a hint of garlic (did you swheeties have corn for dinner?), ok let's get you cleaned up with the New York Times. There, a wipe here, a wipe there, See? The NYT is really full of shit now.
Alright, you've done well, you very hungry experimentalists. We've got a great snack for you. It's called 'Bloody Stool in Newsprint.'
Just pick at it like we do at Pommes Frites next to Neumos.
Last night, Slender means played an alright show, but the fries while waiting in line were the highlight. In fact, darling463 brought along her tape-echo machine and blared her polyrhythmic sample of "How was it?"
Hallucinatory drones of the three words layered in cacaphony, the rpm's chosen by Cagian chance. Very cool, and the concert goers dug it.
How waSiT Wow washo it OW wa I t How Ewa i is Wa sdi T HOW s a wwwwwit waHoaw w as It
-- totally cool, possibly triumphing the end of XTC's 'Complicated Game"
Yes, the game, You, SPOOL and ASSt, ARE THE loozers
@21 - 9:02 AM is either way too early to be that drunk, or way too late to still be that drunk.
Try making coke from kola nuts.
Or a main course out of dandelion weeds from your lawn.
@ 17, 20, 23-
Great ideas! I probably can't get ahold of a whole camel for cheap but stuffing something sounds like fun.
I'll have to see if I have any takers for an iron chef competition.
I miss the William Shatner Iron Chef.
you miss a lot things, jonah suckdog
this is survival of the fittest
and you're weak
Well, I've had bear and musk ox (in Canada), dog (in Vietnam), guinea pig (in Peru), and cobra (in Indonesia), but none of them are particularly freakish IMO (but I grew up on haggis). So, may I suggest my trifecta of foreign freakout food:
Hakarl, Kumis, Shirako
I tried Hakarl in Iceland, Kumis in Kyrgyzstan, and Shirako in Japan. The only one I would willingly eat again is shirako, though I'd choke down another swig of kumis if I was in a ger and it would be impolite to turn it down (all I can say is: you can taste the horse). I'd starve before I went near hakarl again, though if it was close to the end I might use it to put myself out of my misery.
Of the three, the only one I am certain is available in Seattle is shirako. When it's in season they serve it as a special at Maneki, and I believe Uwajimaya sometimes has it (if not, you'd have to buy it from a specialty seafood wholesaler). But you'll have to wait: the season is late winter (shirako: it's the taste of the holiday season!)
And Dan Savage has to dress like chairman Kaga.
Malay Satay Hut has a durian milkshake-like dessert that is out of this world. It's like eating corpses, but it's incredibly compelling. Delicious and strange. I think it's cold because that damps the extreme flavor a little. Durian is an almost pornographic taste.
My ultimate goal is to find a place that serves or sells endangered species. I've heard about a place but haven't been able to track it down. Anybody know where I can get some panda loin?
It's also pretty disruptive to sit next to someone and eat a bunch of fucking corn-nuts. While mouth-breathing.
At30 We know, and we're not tellin, you asshole, um, meant you're ultimate hole.
nothing like a sticky, stinky bowl of FERMENTED SOYBEAN!
the smell is similar to dirty socks, and i have no idea what it tastes like, because i refuse to eat it. like any other disgusting, smelly food, some people love it.
any asian food market will carry it.
PEONDAEGI! Delicious boiled and canned or dried silkworm larva. It's very popular in South Korea and can be found in 7-11's and such there. Here are some good pictures of the canned kind but I think the dried kind is more popular. It should be available at any Korean grocery store.
Also, FYI, it's spelled a lot of different ways -- peondaegi, bondegi, beondaegi. It's pronounced "bone-day-gee" (hard "g", not "jee").
On a continuing Asian theme, how about some sea cucumber? It's a delicacy in China and I think elsewhere in east Asia, and has the consistency of a nice piece of grey blubber.
After all, nothing beats trying to eat something when you're not sure if it's a plant or an animal. Not to mention that sea cucumbers vomit up their internal organs to scare away predators (and then regrow them) and breathe through their anuses. How can you not want to chow down on that?
The cookies were delicious! We ate a ton of them that night and gave the few that were left away to a bunch of very grateful (and friendly) drinkers.
How about Gross Unitarian Cake?
I believe the proper title is "cocoa-cola cake," but the thing involves Coke and *buttermilk*. I've never dared to make it myself.
the only thing that could possibly battle durian in texture, flavor and smell is japanese natto, as featured in this leatherman's pervy cooking show for children:
i have a feeling that durian you busted into wasn't ripe and ready and at its best (the pods should be, like, pornographically creamy and soft and oozy). this probably would not have changed your take on it, though--which is too bad, as eating durian is absolutely one of the most awesome, bizarre, full body heat-trance-inducing experiences. the smell is kind of repulsive, sure, but it's also sort of indescribable and haunting...which is exactly what keeps you wanting more. yeow!
To be fair to the durian, I'm not a fan of ANY kind of melon. All the things I've read about durian describe it as "melony." It may, at this point, be unfair to blame the durian entirely for its shortcomings.
@15 - Really? That's one of my favorite fruits ever! Then again, I can eat durian, so maybe there's some kind of common element there.
@38 - Ooh! Thank you! I'd totally forgotten about Hard Gay!
I vote for natto, too.
For bonus points, go find some asafoetida. It's absolutely horrifying raw, but when you cook it in a dish, it adds a really nice depth to Indian dishes - sort of the way that fish sauce finishes off Thai and Vietnamese food. Do not, under any circumstances, leave any of it in a car. Or your house. Or the office. When it's fresh, it smells like an onion that got forgotten in the back of a cupboard and turned to mush over the course of several months. And that's putting it mildly.
Tonight I had a Martini and a burrito. Good enough for me, I was going to be exotic and eat the aluminum foil wrap, but I think Jonah will one up me by eating his own shit.
...wow, Jonah. I think darling463 might have a bit of a crush on you... you seem to be all he can talk about!
Great post Jonah and Ari... as always!!
Your durian experience is over. In my office, we have a devoted raw foodist who devotes himself to daily durian representation.
I always think "methane" when I smell it.
When he can't get it fresh (it's easy to drop over $50 on fresh durian, apparently) he gets some...canned? and whips it up in a jar, which he walks around eating and subjecting us to.
If there's ever a gas leak in our office, no one will catch on.
my vote for the next one goest to dried Cuttlefish. you can find it in most asian markets.
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