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31. Posted by niclee (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

In Singapore, where I live, you get almost all kinds of funny foods, but I've not seen barbecued roaches. We have some of the epicurean delights mentioned in the thread, but let me recommend some that you can try:

- Birds' Nest is a delicacy, and though it looks like mucus, its really tasteless, and usually boiled in sugar syrup. Some chinese say its a healthy protein boost, and good for your lungs. I was hacking badly some time back but after two large bowls of this, I was hacking no more. Beware of imitations though, and a small bowl of this can set you back by US$10 to US$50, depending on the grade/quality.

- Eel is commonly eaten among the Japanese. Try the barbecued variety with a dash of Teriyaki sauce. Its delicious, and the bones are so soft, they can be ingested without problems.

- Black Pudding. Well, this one I had in York and Aberdeen (Scotland), and I have to admit, I did not like it. Its scary, if you think about it.

- I tried cow tongue in Philippines. That tasted just like meat, but with an extraordinary beefy smell (ie, if you don't like the smell of beef, do not even take it). Apart from that, its just like meat.

- There is a mixed soup in Singapore called Kway Chap. Contains pig intestines, skin, some places sell pig stomach and lungs too. If you dare, try it. Personally, I give innards a miss, completely.

Bottom line is, if you want to, try food, for the sake of trying it, but be certain that the food is well cooked, and take it hot. Last think you want on a holiday is an upset stomach. If the food is raw, make sure the conditions are sanitary and hygenic.

32. Posted by linsey085 (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Gelli- Never tried that...is it fishy? After my first few encounters with herring i tried to avoid all swedish fish products...

33. Posted by niclee (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

Swedish Herring - I understand that there are 3 varieties - fresh, preserved and Fermented. The fresh one is OK. The preserved one is slightly salty. The fermented one, I am given to understand, is to be treated with utmost care.

Many Swedish do not take it themselves, and it really is quite odorous.

When I was in Stockholm, they advised on the best way to open the can - inside a bucket of water, so that when it the can is opened (1) it will not explode into your face and clothes (because of the fermentation, there is a build up of gas in the can), and (2) the smell does not permeate the entire room within 1 minute, making the premise, un-inhabitable.

34. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Unshelled garlic cicadas in north east China. Quite meaty. A bit like snail in taste.

35. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

On a menu in Vietnam:

Hens testicles in an oyster sauce (i know, oyster sauce is disgusting)
and on the same menu Live Armadillo!!!!

For those heading to Saigon this restaurant was just round the corner from the War Remnants Museum.

36. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I sat bolt upright in my bed last night at 4:00a.m. with this waking thought

"Hens dont have testicles, do they????"

DO THEY??????

37. Posted by moolieness (Full Member 48 posts) 11y

Here is my 2pence worth!!

White pudding is oatmeal, pepper, suet and not a lot else, its really nice when eaten with a gravey dish. Black pudding is roughly the same but with blood really good for breakfast.

One of the strangest things I have eaten is deep fried mars bar (scottish speciality) Its got batter that you would put fish in, it is really nice, tastes just like a really sweet pastry! In fact most
Scottish chip shops will batter any chocolate bar if you ask.

Hope you all try one next time you are in scotland!!:)

38. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

I sat bolt upright in my bed last night at 4:00a.m. with this waking thought

"Hens dont have testicles, do they????"

DO THEY??????

That's one of the reasons i thought this was so bizarre. Hens in Vietnam have testicles - and they're worried about bird flu

39. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Unless they are lying and it's something EVEN MORE DISGUSTING THAN HEN's TESTICLES!!

40. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

Unless they are lying and it's something EVEN MORE DISGUSTING THAN HEN's TESTICLES!!

What can be more disgusting?