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Godhumor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 04:29 PM
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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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