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So, what culturally different foods have you tried (i.e. those that aren't part of your normal view)
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On my honeymoon, my wife and I went to a famous restaurant in Osaka that specializes in "live" octopus dishes--in other words, the octopii were in an aquarium and alive. The way the restaurant worked, you ordered up to a certain number of dishes from a menu, the chef would then grab an octopus kill it and then serve the dishes.

Our first dish was octopus sashimi, or raw "meat" generally served with soy sauce (minus the rice bed that would make it sushi). Because of the quick trip between the aquarium and the knife, the tentacle pieces that were served were actually still mobile. The first piece I put in my mouth, the suckers grabbed my tongue and I could feel it crawling, for lack of a better word, in my mouth. It was definitely one of the more unusual culinary experiences I've had.

The rest of the dishes were delicious and more traditional in terms of how I rationalize food, but that first one still strikes me as being truly different.

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  -So, what culturally different foods have you tried (i.e. those that aren't part of your normal view) Godhumor  Nov-30-11 04:29 PM   #0 
  - Most of my travels have taken me to places with tastest similar to mine, and there are many things  Brickbat   Nov-30-11 04:32 PM   #1 
  - GA-ROSS!  WinkyDink   Nov-30-11 05:13 PM   #15 
  - I ate roasted insects in Africa once  sharp_stick   Nov-30-11 04:36 PM   #2 
  - Hee, a science demonstration served dried insects (I can't remember if they were insects or actually  Brickbat   Nov-30-11 04:37 PM   #4 
  - I have had fried grasshoppers before, but I didn't know what I was eating  RebelOne   Nov-30-11 05:48 PM   #20 
  - I ate sauteed grasshoppers in Oaxaca, Mexico  TlalocW   Nov-30-11 06:14 PM   #25 
     - I had chapulinas too.  a la izquierda   Nov-30-11 06:44 PM   #29 
  - Insects are the most extreme for me. nt  PETRUS   Nov-30-11 04:37 PM   #3 
  - Used to be friends with a nice Thai lady  Warren DeMontague   Nov-30-11 04:38 PM   #5 
  - I find those Thai belostomatids too medicinal tasting....  mike_c   Nov-30-11 04:42 PM   #7 
  - Huh, I wonder if that's what I had.  Withywindle   Nov-30-11 11:46 PM   #46 
  - Bugs, Ethiopian food and anything I ate locally in Afghanistan...  Cid_B   Nov-30-11 04:40 PM   #6 
  - I've had bugs here...  GoCubsGo   Dec-01-11 11:24 AM   #54 
  - When I was stationed in Germany for 4 years, I decided from the start that I could eat hamburgers...  MiddleFingerMom   Nov-30-11 04:43 PM   #8 
  - My mother likes to tell of my great-uncle who always ate the eyeballs of a roasted sheep.  WinkyDink   Nov-30-11 05:15 PM   #17 
  - You mean Rocky Mountain Oysters, aka bull testicles?  aint_no_life_nowhere   Nov-30-11 06:09 PM   #23 
  - "I couldn't bring myself to come within a mile of that."  MiddleFingerMom   Nov-30-11 09:07 PM   #39 
  - Here in Iowa, we use Hog Testicles.  progressoid   Nov-30-11 09:14 PM   #41 
  - love 'em.  BiggJawn   Nov-30-11 10:45 PM   #44 
  - ...  Kali   Nov-30-11 09:01 PM   #38 
     - Oh, yeah!!! Me, Dumbass and Lupe all fighting over the biggest share! ... ... ... Biggest PAIR?  MiddleFingerMom   Nov-30-11 09:09 PM   #40 
  - Sometimes those tentacles can choke a person to death  Duer 157099   Nov-30-11 04:47 PM   #9 
  - I liked canned octopus in Puerto Rico.  dtexdem   Nov-30-11 04:47 PM   #10 
  - Roasted ants in red chili paste  nadinbrzezinski   Nov-30-11 04:50 PM   #11 
  - Not much, but there is one exotic food I can guarantee no one has had  quinnox   Nov-30-11 04:54 PM   #12 
  - you know, that makes me think...  ret5hd   Nov-30-11 05:10 PM   #13 
  - North African. LOVE couscous with harissa!  WinkyDink   Nov-30-11 05:13 PM   #14 
  - Coucous is wonderful  aint_no_life_nowhere   Nov-30-11 06:56 PM   #33 
  - Eastern Style barbecue  taterguy   Nov-30-11 05:15 PM   #16 
  - Black pudding, Escargot, Steak Tartare  Bosonic   Nov-30-11 05:17 PM   #18 
  - Had escargot and steak tartare.  RebelOne   Nov-30-11 05:50 PM   #21 
  - I have not had black pudding, but I have had kiszka  GoCubsGo   Dec-01-11 11:27 AM   #58 
  - Many. I love to travel, and always eat the local oddities.  Xithras   Nov-30-11 05:22 PM   #19 
  - Living here in San Francisco  AsahinaKimi   Nov-30-11 05:59 PM   #22 
  - I was born in the 50s and lived an immigrant neighborhood of Daly City.  EFerrari   Nov-30-11 06:24 PM   #26 
  - I'm black and white... African(Ethiopian), Irish, German, Spanish and Asian(Russian/Mongolian)  Glassunion   Nov-30-11 06:13 PM   #24 
  - I have a plan  lapislzi   Nov-30-11 06:41 PM   #27 
  - Haggis, black and white pudding.  Seedersandleechers   Nov-30-11 06:43 PM   #28 
  - I had haggis in Scotland. It was not too bad tasting.  RebelOne   Nov-30-11 06:46 PM   #30 
  - I had haggis after having 5 Newkie Browns. It wasn't so bad....nt  msanthrope   Nov-30-11 06:52 PM   #32 
  - They make Vegetarian Haggis.  YellowRubberDuckie   Nov-30-11 07:15 PM   #35 
  - I love haggis and black pudding.  geardaddy   Dec-01-11 10:34 AM   #50 
  - A McRib  zappaman   Nov-30-11 06:47 PM   #31 
  - HA!  bigwillq   Nov-30-11 07:55 PM   #37 
  - You're brave.  YellowRubberDuckie   Nov-30-11 07:10 PM   #34 
  - I've had octopus sashimi, too, but not from one killed right in front of me, LOL!  Odin2005   Nov-30-11 07:50 PM   #36 
  - Well, when I was about 9,  frogmarch   Nov-30-11 09:14 PM   #42 
  - Pidgeon  BillyJack   Nov-30-11 09:55 PM   #43 
  - Ugh...the rest of the bird is probably quite tasty.  GoCubsGo   Dec-01-11 11:35 AM   #62 
  - Salmon roe straight out of the fish. Not bad.  Arctic Dave   Nov-30-11 11:26 PM   #45 
  - Yeah, watched the muktuk preparation on Flying Wild Alaska and decided I couldn't do it  Godhumor   Dec-01-11 10:03 AM   #48 
  - They have some things I won't even try.  Arctic Dave   Dec-01-11 10:52 AM   #52 
  - I have eaten fish roe in the can. Not sure what kind of fish.  RebelOne   Dec-01-11 12:15 PM   #64 
  - Dried Blood  HipChick   Dec-01-11 12:38 AM   #47 
  - Chicken feet  NV Whino   Dec-01-11 10:26 AM   #49 
  - Having lived in the PRC and Taiwan I've tried quite few things.  geardaddy   Dec-01-11 10:39 AM   #51 
  - mmmmsea cucumbers  Kali   Dec-01-11 11:24 AM   #56 
     - Did you have that "pork fiber" in Tokyo  geardaddy   Dec-01-11 12:10 PM   #63 
  - I ate a dried bug once  suninvited   Dec-01-11 11:14 AM   #53 
  - Corn smut fungus aka huitlacoche  Denninmi   Dec-01-11 11:24 AM   #55 
  - I've seen pictures and I agree it is pretty scary looking  Kali   Dec-01-11 11:32 AM   #60 
     - Yeah, that's the thing about it.  Denninmi   Dec-01-11 01:39 PM   #65 
  - Dinuguan  KamaAina   Dec-01-11 11:25 AM   #57 
     - Yeah, I'll pass on the balut, thanks.  Denninmi   Dec-01-11 11:30 AM   #59 
     - Balut makes me want to barf just thinking about it.  GoCubsGo   Dec-01-11 11:32 AM   #61 
 

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