I really never thought I'd be the one to make a thread like this, being a fairly conservative eater (I don't even eat sushi!), but I just played an awful awful prank on myself, so here I am.
Before I get to my story, the thread is fairly self-explanatory. What's the weirdest, most bizarre, most gross thing you've ever eaten? I'm sure plenty of you have been to strange places in Africa and Asia where the boundary between food and ohmygodwhatthefuck
-What did it taste like?
-What did it look like?
-Why did you try it?
-Did you like it?
-Would you have it again?
I thought my story was bad, but below you'll see Elki
's spoiler'ed photos... what the fuck.
also gets props for his horrific fish story, though not quite as many props as Elki since Elki actually got annoyed
with his food because it fought for its life.
Anyway, now for my (less gruesome) story...
I was in the Chinese supermarket today, and thought I'd do a fun experiment with my friends. I'd buy 4 cans of Chinese drinks that looked weird, and then have my friends and I taste-test them before I let them know what they were. I'm practically setting the stage for disaster, I know.
So I poured the drinks into little cups for me, Soco_and_Lime
, and Mau
. The first three beverages were fairly drinkable, and we all generally survived it. It was Grass Jelly Drink, "Sarsaparilla" Soda, and Artichoke Drink. I only mention it to further emphasize just how conservative of an eater I am, that I thought these drinks were so daring to try. Onto the final drink...
Now I thought I knew what the drink was, and I thought it was really weird, yet still drinkable (if I try only a little bit). It's called "Hashima with Bird's Nest" drink. I have no idea what Hashima is, but bird's nest sure sounds weird, right? Drinking a part of a tree is about as daring as I was willing to go.
So I pour the drink, if pour is the correct word. It kind of oozed out in a viscous way into the little cups. Rather than describe it, I took a photo:
So me, Soco_and_Lime, and Mau each take our little cups and take a sip. This is promptly followed by gagging, coughing, and a variety of impolite words getting expressed. So once I explain to them that it's some drink called "Hashima with Bird's Nest", we try to figure out what the hell that actually means.
-Bird's Nest: A few species of swift, the cave swifts, are renowned for building the saliva nests used to produce the unique texture of this soup. Wikipedia
. So instead of drinking a twig, I'm actually consuming bird saliva.
-Hashima: Ugh... I'm getting nauseous just having to write about it. Wikipedia'ing
Hashima came up with a meteorite, an abandoned island, a district of Japan, and a Japanese city. Apparently, Wikipedia doesn't think Hashima is edible -- neither do I. I had to take my search to Google, where I discovered Hashima is also known as "Snow Frog Jelly". Wikipedia
says: "made from the dried fallopian tubes of the Asiatic Grass Frog"
I don't know whether to gag, cry, or curl up into a ball and whimper. Why would anyone think bird spit and frog reproductive organs are good ingredients for a soda?!
So, what's the weirdest, most bizarre, most gross thing you've ever eaten? I'm not sure I'll have the stomach to read your replies, but post anyway!