Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Are You an Adventurous Eater?

beef tongue
Growing up with my parents meant I ate everything. We were watching Fear Factor once (remember that show?) where the contestants were struggling to eat balut. My parents asked, "So what's the challenge?" I'm a much tamer eater now, but at dinner the other night, I tried three new things to be adventurous.

Adventurous Dish #1: The first dish, pictured above, was a skewer of beef tongue.
Would-I-Make-It-Again-For-Dinner Rating: It was nicely seasoned, but the texture made me feel like I was eating... someone's tongue. It gave me the heebie jeebies!

uni rice bowl
Adventurous Dish #2: Uni, roe and crab rice bowl.
Would-I-Make-It-Again-For-Dinner Rating: Once I stopped thinking about how much the sea urchin looked like a piece of a brain (which is much creepier than seeing a whole brain—like where did the rest of the brain go? Is it hiding somewhere in the bowl?) it tasted not bad. It didn't make me want to run out and get extra like this does, but I'm okay with that.

Adventurous Dish #3: Takowasa (raw octopus marinated in wasabi)
Would-I-Make-It-Again-For-Dinner Rating: Our Japanese friend loves this dish. It was like eating wasabi-flavored corn nuts, if corn nuts were soft and chewy with an al dente bite. I could see this being a fun alternative to bean dip for a party.

Would you try these? Are there things you would never eat? Or would you try anything at least once? What's the craziest thing you last ate? 

And a few more pictures from dinner, if you'd like to see...

grapefruit juice cocktail
{my friend's self-squeeze-grapefruit-juice cocktail}

housemade thick-cut bacon
{housemade thick-cut bacon}

whole fried fish
{a whole fried fish—yum}

black sesame ice cream
{black sesame ice cream for dessert!}


Briel said...

Not an adventurous eater at all! No thank you! haha I love a lot of things now that I wouldn't even try when I was a kid but I still don't like getting too crazy. :) Give me that thick cut bacon though!

Sobrina Tung said...

Briel, I thought i would try anything at least once, but when I was traveling in Cambodia, I realized I don't think I could ever eat bugs!

Enjoy grace! said...

I would try uni but the fetus/egg thing is a definite no.
Pae tried to get me to eat the fermented black egg but I refused. I do love watching others eat 2 month old fermented fish and other extreme things though!

Sobrina Tung said...

oooh the fermented black egg. I'd have to pump myself up to eat that one too. I also have no idea how I ate so much balut as a kid. Those wikipedia pictures are traumatizing now! haha

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