iReport: The most 'revolting' food I've had is...
Everyone likes to tell their friends, and sometimes the world, about the most delicious dishes they discover. But not everything is a tasty delicacy worthy of letters home. Also, one person's delight may not necessarily be to another person's taste.
We asked our brave iReporters to tell us about the most challenging foods they've come across on their travels. Here's what they submitted, in no particular order:
1. Century eggs, China
Century eggs are popular among the Chinese as a pungent appetizer served with pickled ginger, or cooked in congee. But for others, the idea of feasting on black eggs that have been preserved in clay for months may not be appetizing.
iReporter Danny Holwerda purchased the notorious foodstuff from an Asian supermarket in Texas in April this year and was not impressed with its taste.
“It’s awful -- it tastes like the devil cooked eggs for me,” said Holwerda. “It tastes like something that used to be an egg, but made some really horrible choices."
“I'm actually in the middle of a month-long project for my blog. There have been some memorable ones so far, but none as awful as century eggs.”
Century eggs can be purchased at most Asian supermarkets in the United States, as well as grocery stores throughout China.
2. Tamilok, Philippines
“The tamilok, or woodworm, is a popular delicacy in Palawan,” says Filipino iReporter Sherbien Dacalanio. “It tastes, and has the same texture, as oysters.”
He recommends diners to “dip the fresh woodworm in lime, vinegar and salt before eating.”
“But be careful not to swallow the head of the worm,” he adds. “While eating the woodworm you can feel the head as hard as a tiny stone."
Those who are interested in a taste of tamilok may want to head to Kinabuchs Grill and Bar (348 Rizal Ave., Puerto Princesa, Palawan), which, according to Dacalanio, is famous for serving the dish.
Dacalanio also recommends Kinabuchs for their crocodile meat, which he describes as “tender, tasty and tastes like chicken.”
He adds that the tourist hotspot of Taraw Beach is lined with street vendors selling tamilok.
3. Fermented chips, Indonesia
Tempeh, which is made of fermented soybeans, and oncom, a fermented food made from the by-products of tofu, peanut presscake and cassava, are deep fried as chips in Indonesia.
“Tempeh chips and oncom chips have a soybean-like taste, only a little bitter and crunchy,” says iReporter Chiu Huang.
“A well-known chips shop is Oncom Jaya, located at Gang Sumanta No.3, Pasirkaliki, Bandung,” Chiu says.
The culinary weirdness doesn’t stop there. Chiu also recommends chips made from deep-fried offal and animal parts.
“Intestine chips and tendon chips are crunchy and salty, while lung chips tastes like liver, but less bitter and springier,” said Chiu.
“Pork rinds chips and chicken feet chips are savory and crunchy.”
4. Dog meat and offal, South Korea
iReporter Melvin Francisquini recounts his experience eating dog meat in Busan, South Korea in April this year.
“I never had an interest in eating dog, but with recent countries banning the consumption of them, I figured I might as well eat it before it's illegal,” Francisquini says.
“Its texture was like tough cow beef,” he says.
“I must say, I very much enjoyed it,” he adds. “I ate it for lunch. It proved to be quite filling and I wasn't hungry for the rest of the day.”
He adds that dog’s stomach is “a bit too slimy for his taste” but that dog soup was his favorite.
5. Fried tarantula, Cambodia
The story goes that Cambodians, starving and desperate under the Khmer Rouge rule in the 1970s, started eating fried tarantulas to stave off their hunger. Locals now consider fried spiders a moreish snack.
iReporter Lee Edward van Laer sampled fried tarantulas after purchasing them from roadside vendors in Cambodia in March this year.
“I’ll tell you honestly that crickets taste better than spiders,” says Lee.
For fried spiders Lee recommends the street vendors on Highway 7 in Cambodia, between Phnom Penh and Kampong Cham.
Read more about fried tarantulas and other deadly foods in Asia.
6. Stir-fried cicadas, Thailand
In Chaing Mai, Thailand, stir-fried cicadas are served in street markets or in the huts jungle villagers live in, according to iReporter Adam Lambert-Gorwyn.
“In the villages, larger animals are reserved for special occasions, so they collect insects to eat for their protein source,” says Lambert-Gorwyn.
As to what the stir-fried crawlers taste like, he says "The initial peanut taste from the wok oil was followed by a full steak flavor. Not too bad.”
7. Fried frog, Philippines
Fried frog is a popular delicacy in Pampanga, Philippines, according to iReporter Dacalanio, who also reported how to eat woodworms earlier in the story.
“Frog taste like chicken,” says Dacalanio. The white meat and the texture of frog and chicken are almost the same.”
Not all restaurants that serve frog do it well, according to Dacalanio, as some places serve the dish “with an aftertaste of frogs.”
For lip-smacking fried frog, frog legs and stuffed frog, the gourmand recommends Everybody's Café in Pampanga (MacArthur Highway, Del Pilar San Fernando, Pampanga).
Have you had a unique dining experience you want to share? Or disagree with any of the above? Let us know in the comments section below.
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