Exotic Dishes, Have You Eaten One?

Balut - Duck embryo that is boiled and eaten in the shell.
@azriel (2108)
Philippines
February 14, 2007 9:17pm CST
What kind of dish? What is that dish that may be considered by foreigners as exotic and yet considered as a delicacy from where you came from? We Filipinos have a penchant for eating really weird foods. Take for example our Balut, its boiled duck embryo. And then there's frogs, insects, innards, animal genital (commonly known among us as "soup #5"). On our traditional provincial fiesta, one or more of this dishes is normally served. So what cuisine are considered as a delicacy from your country? And which among those foods have you eaten?
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@emquinsat (1059)
• Philippines
15 Feb 07
We are not alone. I guess chinese people eat a lot of weirder stuff than we do. But for me, I eat balut, bayawak (iguana) and froglegs. All are really yummy!!!
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@azriel (2108)
• Philippines
15 Feb 07
I guess I'm not the adventurous type.lol! I have tried balut during my youth, but I have never felt any inclination to eat it again. I've tried to eat an insect, I just can't recall what the dish is called. It's not bad tasting but i really didn't enjoy eating it. But I draw the line with innards. I just WON'T eat it.
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@emquinsat (1059)
• Philippines
15 Feb 07
hehehe... I haven't tried any insects yet. Innards? well their not really that bad.
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@quadium32 (129)
• United States
24 Feb 07
I am not really sure here in the US what becomes delicacy, but those delicacies you listed sound gross to me, lol. Here we just have foreign foods, which i guess could be considered a delicacy, but I am not sure. If so, I have eaten a lot of foreign food. But, I cannot say that I have ever eaten something like what you listed.
@weemam (13377)
23 Feb 07
I would say Haggis and below was the traditional way of making it, but now there are no sheep's stomach they are synthetic, 1 sheep's pluck (stomach bag) 2 lb.. dry oatmeal 1 lb. suet 1 lb. lamb's liver 2 1/2 cups stock 1 large chopped onion 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper, Jamaica pepper and salt Boil liver and parboil the onion, then mince them together. Lightly brown the oatmeal. Mix all ingredients together. Fill the sheep's pluck with the mixture pressing it down to remove all the air, and sew up securely. jab the haggis in several places so that it does not burst. Place haggis in boiling water and boil slowly for 4-5 hours. Serves approximately 12.
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• Philippines
19 Feb 07
I'm a Filipino too...Balut is my favorite. Other exotic food I've tried would be Frogs' Legs and Snail Soup
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