For the most part, I’ve always considered myself to be pretty open to trying new things. Whether it’s a new activity or visiting a new place, I love the sense of adventure that comes with experiencing something for the first time. After all, variety is the spice of life, isn’t it?
But among the many activities there are to try, to me, no single one is more enjoyable than trying or discovering new foods. In fact, for any who have eaten with me, they know that calling me an enthusiastic eater could be considered an understatement. @nanpalmero?
As a result of this, I’ve been in several situations where I’ve tried things that by most western standards are considered to be gross, extreme, or just plain weird. So you may not be surprised then that I have become used to receiving strange looks from across the table, after which of course, are followed by questions like “why?” or “how can you do it?”
To them, my answer is this. When I look at cuisines and dishes from around the world, I realize that there are people – including entire cultures – who eat things that some in our culture may define as weird. But to those who live in them, eating those things can be as normal as eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is to us. And if they can eat these dishes, then why can’t I?
No reason if you ask me.
So for better or worse, I do, try, and discover a lot of new flavors and food and I’m still here to write this blog about them. They haven’t all been great experiences, but being completely honest with you, I’ve regretted none of them.
Today, I wanted to share with you my top 3 most interesting foods I’ve eaten… EVER. Here we go!
3. Baby Octopus on a Stick
No seriously. Baby octopus on a stick.
2. Horse Meat
To the surprise of many, it’s actually not all that uncommon to find horse on menus or even in supermarkets in many countries across the world, including France, Germany, and Italy. I even came across it while living in Japan in a small restaurant outside of Yokohama.
Inside a small, low-lit Japanese restaurant, the horse meat was served to me in thin strips, along with ginger, onions, and soy sauce. Not knowing what to expect, I picked up my chopsticks and “dug in.”
How was it? To my surprise, it had a very similar to be beef. That it, it was not at all gamy, had a great texture and was actually quite enjoyable.
Considered to be a delicacy in Japan, even for me, this was a bit hard to swallow – no pun intended. Of course, at the time, I had no clue what it was. It ended up in front of me after it was served and recommended to me by a respected sushi chef. As not to offend him, I ate it… at which point, I became more concerned after finding it had an unexpected texture. It was only then I came to discover what it was.
Shirako, as my Japanese friend put it in his broken English is, “man – fish – eggs.” I laughed as he said it.
Was it terrible? No, it wasn’t. Actually, I certainly can see why it is considered to be a delicacy… That said, I’m not certain I’ll be going out of my way to find it any time soon.
So there they are – the top 3 foods I’ve ever eaten.
Were they all great?
Certainly not, but I’m extremely glad I tried them and I look forward to scouting out new flavors wherever my journey takes me. After all, I’m a firm believer that discovery can be delicious. Of course, if you think so too, find something new this weekend here.
What’s the most interesting food you’ve ever tried? Let us know in the comments section below.