Tried any exotic food lately? What do you consider an exotic food anyway?

@ethanmama (1746)
Philippines
March 7, 2007 7:58pm CST
For me, I guess it depends on the food. Some people would find "balut" --that's a duck egg with embryo, which is a common delicacy in the Philippines-- exotic, but Filipinos would not. Some people would consider "chicken feet", a common fare in Chinese dimsum houses, as exotic. For me, I love chicken feet. I don't dare try balut. I wouldn't try monkey brain. Most of the foods in fear factor, naaaahhhh, I don't think so. What about you?
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@charms88 (7540)
• Philippines
8 Mar 07
Hello ethan, check out one of my discussion about animal savagery. It describe about cruelty of eating monkey brain. In all my 35 years of life, I never eat this "balut," I don't know...there is something in there just want to make me puke. I'm not much into those exotic stuff. I'm a semi-vegan and would prefer something less exotic. Just thinking about that monkey brain curb my appetite for now. Happy eating!!!
@ethanmama (1746)
• Philippines
8 Mar 07
My uncle once visited someone (forgot where) and was able to witness how they eat the "monkey brain". Poor monkey! I could not stomach doing that.
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
8 Mar 07
Balut tastes good when they are fresh and newly boiled, the taste is very different from those selled on the sidewalks. I've once gone extreme on monitor lizard -BAYAWAK. And it was cooked as caldereta, it tastes like chicken indeed and there's no smelly taste also. But I don't think I'm gonna go for it again, not unless I don't have anything to eat anymore!;)
@im_anna (718)
• Philippines
8 Mar 07
well, i agree, it depends on the food. for "balut", I only eat the yellowish egg & it's "soup" but the rest I give it to my brother. An exotic food that I like is when we eat at mediterranean restaurants like Behrouz near timog st (for Quezon City residents in the PHilippines). My husband & I would order "brains" which tastes good. But we stopped eating there 3 years ago when we transferred in Pasig City, Philippines.
@cefaz_21 (2597)
• Philippines
8 Mar 07
you should try balut! it's nice although you won't like the after smell on your fingers :)I do eat chicken feet and chicken intestines(isaw) but not too often, we consider them street foods (specially the isaw) and you don't know how safe they are. I never tried real exotic food like crocs and soup number 5 and snakes. I hope I won't in the near future.:) Oh I remember back in the province field rats are common food like chicken & pork, so I tried that also and it was yummy. LOL. unbelievable but really it taste good.
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@ethanmama (1746)
• Philippines
8 Mar 07
Oh, I remember I ate snake ("sawa") once. We were desperately looking for remedies for my father's illness and this traditional healer said to have him eat the sawa meat and the bile (yuck!). My dad couldn't finish it, and since it was already there, we were told to eat it. I only ate a small piece -- tasted like chicken actually -- but my brain refused the food. I've also been forced to eat "salagubang" -- I don't know what it's called in English but it's an insect. I had my eyes closed the whole time. The taste was not bad, actually, but I was cringing the whole time.
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