With the addition of relatives not living in the U.S., I get a shipment of foreign snacks, mainly sweets. And that got me thinking...
What kind of foreign foods have you tried?
i smoke a fat pound a weed a day imported from mars bro
I've had a few specialty Japanese sodas, but not much else. Mainly drinks.
Oh, man! I once had this shit called Inca Kola that my brother brought back from Peru. Dude, it's fucking glorious. Tastes exactly like bubblegum. Still craving that, ~8 years later.
I should try it sometime. I was just reading a book that referenced that particular drink quite a bit.
What book references it?
Michel Vey series, by Richard Paul (Evans? Eveans?).
When I went to South Korea I ate some dog meat in one of the little back-alley restaurants where if you lean on the walls the asbetos leaves white marks on your jacket like chalk... it takes a bit like steak but cut up into smaller pieces. In the snack streets of Beijing you can buy pretty much any anything, in some restuarants they had a tray of moving bugs which was a bit gross.
The Chinese aren't as adventurous as the Cantonese though, in China they have a saying "if it moves the Cantonese will eat it and if it doesn't they will try anyway" :D
Back in Vietnam, we had a tour guide who showed us around. We stopped by a small open air restaurant and were offered dog. Being adventurous and all, I decided to have a dog steak and ended up throwing all of it up later. It tasted fine. A bit chewy and different, but probably wasn't the most sanitary thing I've eaten in my life.
This is morally wrong as I own four dogs. I would never try dog, I'm sorry.
Walkers Roast Chicken crisps.
Crickets, durian, sheep and goat genitals, ostrich, snake, iguana, I think crocodile or alligator, escargot, sea snails...
Most were good, some were worse than they looked.
Dog meat, deer meat, kangaroo, locust, escargot, crocodile and durian. Everything listed tasted amazing except for durian. That stuff is nasty. I tried it when I was a little kid because I mistook it for pineapple and I got the biggest surprise of my life when I opened it and found the stinkiest mush I had ever experienced. I live in Aus, but my family is all from China. Ofc, they can't just bring deer meat over here so I haven't eaten the above foods a lot. But I do eat a lot of Chinese food because of my family. And this brings me to the point: what is the Australian cuisine? We have so many cultures here that we don't really have any proper cuisine (except maybe for the barbeque). Is Aus food just borrowed from American and then other cultures around the world?
Jarritos Mexican Soda. Get it every time I can.
Here in Bosnia we have one very delicious meal called cevapcici (meat fingers on english)
I usualy eat 10 of them. They come with a bread called 'somun' (I couldn't find the right translation for that except "pita"), quite a lot of onion and milk. It is delicious. If you ever go to Bosnia this is a must try.
Then you have the famous Bosnian pies. Ranging from potato (my favorite) to pumpkin, Bosnian pies are very delicious. Try 'Burek' (potato with meat pie...). Sometimes these pies are more delicious than meat fingers.
And, what's popular in Bosnia, are the turkish Doners. Quite delicious
As you can see, there's a lot of meat in Bosnian recepies :)
Haha what counts as "foreign" food? XD
I like seeing what other countries think my country's food is like.
Went to an "American-style Pizza Restaurant" in Tokyo. Dear Japan: contrary to popular belief, America does not consider corn or mayonnaise to be pizza toppings. Also we usually go with breadsticks as the side dish, but curry was good.
Also: I know we apparently top every vaguely sandwich-like dish with lettuce & tomato. Hot dogs are an exception to this.
XD apparently ppl who care more than I would have expected actually debated whether hot dogs are a sandwich. No, they must not be, because the topping set is completely different.
First of all, they're between the bread horizontally, whereas a sandwich's bread goes vertically. Secondly, it's not really bread. It's hot dog bun, which 1) is only used for hot dogs, 2) is the only 'bread' ever used.
No matter how you turn it, it's still the same spatial relation between meat and bread.
Okay, I looked it up, and in the US, there's a court ruling that "sandwich" includes at least two slices of bread.
So, would a hotdog served on a hoagie or similar bread constitute a sandwich?
I honestly wouldn't feed that to my cat (assuming he hadn't grown tired of me and ran off to live with the neighbors).
(I wonder how many neurons cats actually have. Edit: No, please don't post a link. Seeing the actual numbers may just depress me.)
Yeah, it makes sense that he left, but I kinda miss him; he liked to chase my bird dog around when he got bored.
My grandmother got all her cats that way. The neighbors would buy their kid a kitten, and the kid would pretty quickly get bored and neglectful with it, and it would move over to my grandmother's house & they wouldn't care enough to want it back. Then about a year later, they'd get another kitten.
Oh my god. We got a bunch of cats around my mom's that way. There really aren't a lot of cats around there anymore, but about four or five stray dogs will show up every year.
Not as bad as it looks.
Well, the last few days, I've been eating about twenty bowls of miso soup for supper. They don't tell you that stuff is 90% alcohol, though.
Most of the "foreign" food I try is either Asian or Mediterranean. There is this awesome gyro place I love going to; they have some of the best falaffel and baba ghanoush I've ever had. Occasionally, I can convince someone to take me to a certain Indian buffet that I happen to love.
Of course, as far as legitimate foreign cuisine goes, I've had about every kind of instant noodle that the US dares to import from Asia. I had a bowl of instant buckwheat noodles with chili and beet sauce, once. I wish I could find that stuff again.
I'm not sure if this counts, but at my local enclosure farm, my dad usually gets a bunch of full rooster bodies, cook the roosters, and let us eat their hearts and livers (actually, my brother gets all the livers. I don't like liver). Sometimes we eat the backbones or the red bobble that hangs off a rooster's head. I'm not sure if it'll be considered foreign, though since the entire thing happens around my home.
Not much, aside from Milo soft drink. It was terrible, but in a good way XD
Japan has like 80 different flavors of Kit-Kat...all of them are great except Apricot Seed...ugh.
Apricot seed sounds horrible. Isn't the seed/pit the part of the apricot you don't eat? XD
I always imagined that arsenic was an acquired taste.
Unless you live on some mountain top in China, apparently. There are people there who eat the kernel of an apricot the way Americans eat popcorn, and it's said to be a great treatment for cancer.
Yes, dying from arsenic poisoning is a good remedy for most ailments.
Maybe this will clear things up: http://apricot-kernels.blogspot.com/2010/12/apricot-kernels-myths-and-misconceptions.html
Naw, don't be. That page wouldn't be a thing if it wasn't a common belief.
There were these sweets from Germany an old manager once gave me and I've been dying to try them again. Why did I forgot their name? They were like wafers that tasted creamy. I would love to try those again.
And what do you know, I found it on eBay! I just typed German Waffers and I found what I was looking for: Knoppers!
Knoppers? Sounds like a German word for undersized female breasts.
They look good.
Marble Soda! Tasted like bubble gum, though it was supposed to be lemon. Got it at a Hibachi restaurant.
Ahh ... I forgot that people call it that outside of Japan sometimes. It's other, original name is Ramune.
I love that stuff; though, it can be a pain to open sometimes.
It usually comes with its own bottle opener. I haven't had trouble with any of the bottles I've opened lately, but then again, I do not drink it very often.
Poor fox. *pat*
"I'll try anything once." <-- What I usually say in regards to foreign cuisine. (This statement does not, however, apply to legitimately dangerous or illegal things.)
I'm particularly fond of Asian treats, which is why I've had a few flavors of Ramune, various strange chocolate candies (sweet potato, wasabi, and oolong tea being among the various types,) a couple flavors of mooncake, (sweet red bean and melon, but I still wanna try white lotus seed with salted yolks,) stuffed marshmallow gummies, poppin cookin kits, etc.
I've also eaten / drank other things some people think are exotic or foreign: Plum wine is nice, sake is okay, cow tongue is pretty good if prepared right, menudo (made with cow stomach) is damn good if homemade, I've made perogi by hand, I love grilled eel in sushi, I've cooked with venison on multiple occasions (not foreign, just odd to some folks,) I've used couscous in place of rice for dishes, I've eaten frog legs, jeon and kimchi, Italian food in general just makes me happy... (damn, this is making me hungry.)
I'd also try Hakarl or Haggis in a heartbeat, if only to say I've done it, and I'll likely add to this list soon.
I haven't had plum wine, sake, cow tongue, or menudo. I've had eel, frog legs, and kimchi. Venison...well, yeah, I live in Arkansas, so I've had venison. I've also eaten squirrel (really good with dumplings), which disgusts many people, because, you know, squirrels are rodents. I've never had raccoon, though everyone else in my family has.
Hmm... I have no frame of reference for squirrel because I've never eaten a rodent of any kind, but hell, people eat rabbits all the time and I think of them as similar animals. I do <3 dumplings. I'd try it. Raccoons, given their tendency to go through garbage, do not sound terribly appealing, but I eat catfish and they're equally nasty ... so, why not?
I guess lagomorphs are rather comparable to rodents.
To be honest, there isn't much difference between the meat of a squirrel and the breast meat of a chicken. If anyone ever offers you squirrel n' dumplin's, though, beware that a lot of people leave the head on the squirrel (as in, they just remove the skin, guts, and feet, before dropping the squirrel in the pot. Some people even like to eat the brains.
My dad says that raccoons are horribly musty and greasy. I know a few people who hunt them for food, though, even though the vast majority of coon hunters do it just for fun.
You did it wrong.
I guess I've never made as great a distinction between friend and food as most people do.
I never knew you were so prone to prejudice.
My aunt raised pigs as pets, as have many of my friends. The parents always say "don't name it!" and the kids never listen, and then slaughtering time comes around... ahh, the south.
I know how that is.
Greasy possum... >.>' yeah, that sounds kinda nasty. How's it taste?
>_> Not a glowing review, but that's basically what I was expecting. Not gonna be my first choice at any buffet, but I'd give it a shot at least once.
That's why you go for the ones at the zoo.
:| I'm not crazy about eating the head of anything ... which would make Svio an interesting dish for me, but I have a very strong stomach and as long as it actually tastes good, I can deal. I tried brains a long time ago, I don't remember the taste at all--which means it was probably just okay in my opinion.
xD So they are exactly how I thought they'd be. Good to know.
Even when I ate meat, heads were a no-go for me. I don't have the gastric fortitude that you do.
Yeah, if you do decide to try one, just be sure you don't pick one that's jerking and drooling.
"Granny, what's that foamy stuff coming out of his mouth?"
xD Eww... yeah, no, I draw the line at rabies.
Shoot, I thought you were adventurous, Kiel. Nothing says adventure like going into a crazy-ass murder frenzy and chewing your own limbs off.
My dad's girlfriend tried to feed my head cheese from Louisiana. I didn't go for that shit.
Oh, yeah. Head cheese. I think I tried it, and liked it... that was a looooong time ago, though. Oh, and beef / pork head tamales are good, too.
That's the only kind I eat--with one exception. I know there are tamales that come in paper, but I've never had them. My neighbor, bless her, once gave me an entire batch of homemade pork tamales as a "welcome to the neighborhood" present. They were amazing.
My co-worker brought some huge-ass homemade ones for a Christmas party, and those were the one exception, because they were wrapped in banana leaves due to being too damn big for corn husks. They were three times the size of a regular tamale, and the shredded beef inside them... gaaah... so good. <3 I've had a lot of tamales in my life, but those two times were the best.
It's more expensive than it is difficult. The outer part is a mixture of corn flour (masa) and lard. The inner part is often just shredded pork, often unflavored.
You should. Trying to create new things is always enjoyable, imho. :D
Ergh. Canned tamales?
Hormel, I believe. They're beyond gross.
I used to love homemade tamales.
I used to cook chicken in a pit, pachamanca style. The meat got so tender.
Ah, I forgot, I've also eaten alligator. And I wanna try rattlesnake because my grandpa said it was good.
Oh, yeah, I've eaten 'gator too. It was a little rubbery.
Shark fin soup. It was delicious. It tasted like noodles and chicken broth, although my brother, at the time, was obsessed with sharks and refused to eat it, saying it was like eating an endangered species. Oh well, there was more for me!
Another thing was pig ear. Tasted just like bacon! It looked disgusting AF though.
Shark is good. At least, my kid self thought so. I haven't eaten it since I was like, 8...
Pig ears? Isn't that a dog treat? xD Pork rinds are fine, but I dunno about the ears.
I eat them pretty often. They're amazing if you prepare them well; if not, they taste like bland rubber or something. But add some coriander, chilli and voila. It's so good.
Huh. So it would seem. I looked them up and apparently they're fairly popular in lots of countries... didn't know that. There are lots of cooking / prepping methods, too.
My mom got a big jar of colorful, pickled eggs once. They were okay. I didn't love them, but it made a decent snack. I think I may have had pigs' feet, but I can't remember... reminds me of when my youth group did a "fear factor" game with food. I ended up getting tofu (no one else wanted it) ate the whole thing in one bite while everyone around me was gagging... pansies. :P
xD Pork rinds are fine, but I dunno about the ears.
Just had real ramen for the first time, with shredded mushrooms and grilled chicken, and a poached egg, and green onions and sesame chicken broth... <3 good stuff.
Real Ramen? You mean the thousands of Ramen cups I have lying around aren't the real deal?
Seriously though, I would kill for a bowl of fresh ramen from a restaraunt. No one serves it around my campus and I've been living off this fifty-eight cent ramen cups for three or so months now.
I miss curry. Nowhere I can find makes Japanese style, only Indian.
Ooh, I've had Thai curry, but never Japanese.
I've had yellow curry at Thai restaurants before. I've never heard of Japanese curry though. I like my curry thick and spicy with a large helping of rice.
One of the nearby Kroger carries ghost-pepper curry sauce. It is impressively spicy, but the heat to flavor ratio is far too high. Of course, pre-made sauces always leave a lot to be desired.
Wow, that's really something.. Though I'd probably serve it to friends as a challenge rather than as an actual meal. Love me some spicy food, but I'm not THAT strong! :P
An oriental store nearby sells these premade curry packets. You can taste the quality (or lack thereof) but I still get them anyway for some extra diversity between my meals of rice/ramen and spam. Hot curry and some chunks of chicken can take me pretty far through the week.
Japanese curry is sweeter, less spicy. At least, so I've heard. I've actually never had curry before.
This is a particularly good one.
It consists of mixed vegetables and paneer, a homemade cheese, similar to a pressed cottage cheese, but not as sour.
Indian food is really good, even the stuff you get at a buffet.
Yeah, I haven't really been too far into Missouri. I usually don't go farther north than Branson, 'cause that's where the fun stops. So, I can't really give you much advice on where to go for good Indian food.
Yeah, I'm not real fond of places that are designed to attract tourists. Granted, I have been known to visit every city in Arkansas that has the word "Springs" in it, even those that don't have actual springs of any kind.
o.0 ... That... doesn't look or sound like any curry I've seen before. (Obviously I'm not an expert, but isn't it supposed to have that orangey-brown color because of the spices used?)
It's more of a dry curry (which, yes, I know, contradicts my earlier definition), but the potatoes and paneer do have a yellow tint to them.
It looks like a piece of potato to me.
... All I know is that I kinda want curry now.
Ha, I've been to Springfield once. I went to the Bass Pro Shop museum with my dad.
I only got to eat Chinese food at a hole-in-the-wall (and not even the good kind).
Not too particular about the dry curries though. Can't eat it with rice as well since I usually drown mine in curry.
Haha yeah, I ended up making some today.
Not that I can recall. Maybe I had it as a kid and don't remember. *shrug*
Have you ever had samosas?
Okay, that, I am sure I've never had. Sounds good, though.
They're great. I mean, the fact that they are deep-fried perhaps contributes to my existence as the world's only fat vegetarian. But, that's what makes meh fluffeh!
No, you're thinking of Hindus.
xD I don't tend to sell my or anyone else's religious figures at exorbitantly high prices, but hell, I've seen stranger reasons, I guess...
I don't tend to put 'em on a conveyor belt, shock 'em, and slit their throats, either. Not that I have religious figures.
Their delicious, delicious throats...
Anyone else try flan, now that's the shit
the only other exotic foods I have tried besides all the mexican stuff my relatives make at there fiestas from time to time, would probably be squid, it's so rubbery yet I feel a sense of satisfaction when I bite into it.
Oh, yes, I love flan. I love most custards and similar desserts. I used to really love panna cotta, but it's not really my thing anymore, since it requires gelatin.
Give me some Tamales and Tres Leches Pastel, and I'll be in heaven.
But what if we don't want to kill you yet?
Lol I once got a three milk cake from some store, turns out it was sitting in the display case uncovered for about a week. Christ the taste of that thing, ew it's in my mouth again
One spoiled milk is bad enough; I can't imagine three of them.
My grandpa was hardcore Mexican so he didn't give two shits that Flys were in the display case, he got all offended that I didn't want to get poisoned from a cake that came from a shady cornerstore but idk,
In third grade I got a tres leches cake. My mom ordered it on the phone. On the other end of the phone the woman was sick and Mexicans were gonna make my cake. I was having a chill birthday party and everything, until I saw what the cake said: "Happy Birthday Beronica" They got my name wrong. The cake was delicious, though, so that's good.
At least yours didn't have pink teddy bears on it and say "Happy Birthday Nora".
Stupid Weis bakery...
Did it taste like irony?
Mexicans don't mix their B's and V's though.
Your bakers came from farther down XD
Did somebody say bullshit?
No, and I don't see anything in her story that jumps out as such.
You seem like such a downer for no reason at all.
Is your name at least something like Veronica? Cause if it's like, Emma, that's even sadder.
One year when I was a kid, my mom ordered a cake for my birthday. But she forgot to pick it up. Finally after dinner, my brother asked "aren't we going to have cake?" We drove over to the bakery, but they were already closed. And they weren't open the next day, either. Finally we went the next afternoon. The bakers had put the cake in the display window and scraped my name off. It was kind of stale by then. I insisted on having the piece that used to have my name on it.
Didn't they used to execute bakers who did shit like that?
The only birthday cake mishap I've ever had was on my first birthday, when my aunt fed some of my cake me and I almost choked to death, or so the story goes.
Hey, you changed your post.
Yeah. I thought it would be funny to mention the hearing exam thing, but decided that it wasn't really necessary and it had nothing to do with the thread. That and I became rather uncomfortable about stating when my birthday was, even though, in hindsight, it's rather obvious.