Scott Johnston

Food You Have Never Tried, And Never Will

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There are many foods that I do not care for, all I have tried, and could eat again. I wanted to hear what foods you have never tried and never will. I am not talking Phobias here Phobia Thread and am not talking about dislikes, allergies, dietary restrictions or “never agains”. These are foods that will never be experienced! (OK never say never)

My list is short....

1000 year old egg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Century_egg

Large eye balls of any type

Partially developed embryos http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balut

Monkey brains in the skull (ala Indian Jones) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkey_brain_%28cuisine%29

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Welcome Phoqueen! Glad to have you on board!

I'm a "try something at least once" person, but the one thing I would never. ever. eat is a rocky mountain "oyster".

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I third the balut and the egg. Also eyeballs, tongue, brain- most organs actually. I once ate lung accidentally, I don't recommend it. Marrow. Feet.

ETA: No rocky mountain oysters either!!!

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Also eyeballs, tongue, brain- most organs actually. Marrow. Feet.
You are missing out on some of the greatest culinary treats, and feet are a great addition to stock or soup. These bits are a bit daunting, but are very tasty.

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Natto simply because I like tofu, soybeans, and miso and this would ruin it for me.

I think a lot of the hype/notoriety around natto is overblown. Yeah, it's a pretty gnarly texture/smell, but I think there's far worse things out there than that. I'm actually thinking about getting some to try again because it's actually a very healthy food.

Something I probably will never try are sheep's brains, which I'm pretty sure my grandmother tried to serve me once and I was like "this isn't happening."

I also refuse to eat fish eyes, another thing my grandmother wanted me to eat.

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Horse meat...thank God I didn't wind up with THAT family when I did my study abroad year (or else I would have been forced to eat sheep brains too - which, like ladikailemoni, are on my list too).

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1. Hákarl (fermented or rotten shark)

2. Surströmming (fermented Baltic herring in a can - you know it's ready when the can is puffed up like a softball)

3. Lutefisk - no no no no no

4. Stinkfish (This Inuit delicacy from eastern Greenland described as such:"The elders liked stinkfish, fish buried in seal bags or cans in the tundra and left to ferment."

I have heard that anyone one of these dishes can be detected by the human nose a half mile away. No thanks.

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4. Stinkfish (This Inuit delicacy from eastern Greenland described as such:"The elders liked stinkfish, fish buried in seal bags or cans in the tundra and left to ferment."

Through the eons of time and across cultures, humans seem to have an affinity for the taste of fermented fish: think garum, nuoc mam.

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I once saw a guy eat the still-beating heart of a cobra on the TV. I am pretty damned sure I wouldn't ever do that-- he sure didn't seem to enjoy it.

I know it isn't appropriate to this thread, but one of my "never agains" is uni (Sea Urchin). The texture/flavor combo was such that I almost threw up in this nice little sushi joint. I am generally a pretty adventerous person, but this stuff was just terrible. Does anyone else just love the stuff and feel I should give it another go?

I agree with all of the above. Just reading this thread made me feel a little nauseous.

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Here are the salient facts: 1) I was brought up to eat what was ever presented to me, and; 2) barfing at the table was never allowed under any circumstances. So, here was a situation whereby my family was introduced to a French Air Force Officer. My parents entertained him (who was without his family) at our home in El Paso, Texas. Several months later, both of our families were stationed in Germany (ours in the American sector, his in the French sector). We would exchange visits from time to time--my parents always brought a carton or two of American cigarettes when we arrived at their apartment--his wife was particularly fond of Salems. The French spouse was a wonderful cook and presented food in the French fashion; i.e., in several courses.

There came the time when she made escargot. And thus was my dilemma. I was about 13 at the time, for those of you who are counting. I stared at that snail shell on my plate, knowing what was inside. I also knew that I would barf if I was forced to eat it. What to do, what to do? Fortunately for me, He recognized my problem and stated "Well, more for me!" Exactly.

No, I don't eat snails under any circumstances. And, there are some French people who can understand why. Bless them all.

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I know it isn't appropriate to this thread, but one of my "never agains" is uni (Sea Urchin). The texture/flavor combo was such that I almost threw up in this nice little sushi joint. I am generally a pretty adventerous person, but this stuff was just terrible. Does anyone else just love the stuff and feel I should give it another go?

Uni is one of those things where, if it's really good and fresh, it's surprisingly mild and inoffensive. If it's bad, it's BAAAAAAAAAAAAAD. My hunch is that your uni wasn't so good, and I'd give it another shot the next time you're at a place where you can be absolutely assured you're getting good stuff. Even places that have very nice fish, in my experience, often have trouble getting good uni.

For the record, I adore uni. It may be my favorite standard sushi bar item (killer bluefin otoro aside, of course :-). I've always thought it was somewhat reminiscent of egg yolks, actually... slightly briny egg yolks.

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All of the above (lungs were the first to come to mind--blech!) plus cuy and ortolan. Oh, and whale blubber.

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Oh, and whale blubber.

This is top of my never going to happen list. It took about 5 months to get rid of the phantom smell of blubber after the one necropsy I assisted with. It also confirmed I didn't want to work on whales.

Having done a variety of dissections, the idea of eating organs just creeps me out. I'm sure it doesn't help that dissections aren't done under the best smelling conditions and the textural element just isn't right.

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Through the eons of time and across cultures, humans seem to have an affinity for the taste of fermented fish: think garum, nuoc mam.

There was one even better. I just tried to Google up this book with no luck, but the guy went to four wilderness areas in the world for sport and to write about it. Africa, Borneo, Greenland and one other place. In Greenland he described the single most revolting thing I've ever read about. Land travel in Greenland is mostly by dog sled. He had a day before his narwhal expedition was to start and was invited to a party. He described the odor as the sled approached the party as gag-inducing from several hundred feet away. He had no idea that the odor was the main dish being feasted upon. It consisted of seal that had been stuffed with sea birds WITH THEIR FEATHERS STILL ON, buried in the ice for 9 months to ferment. When he finally got up the courage to approach the table, the hostess apologized that there was none left. She did slice him a generous hunk of fermented whale liver, though, as consolation. I would have passed on that one, too.

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Many of these would be disgusting to eat, of course, but I can only remember one thing that disgusted me just reading about it. I won't mention it directly, and advise against going to this link, but for those of you who can't resist ... click.

Bon appetit,

Rocks.

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Many of these would be disgusting to eat, of course, but I can only remember one thing that disgusted me just reading about it. I won't mention it directly, and advise against going to this link, but for those of you who can't resist ... click.

Bon appetit,

Rocks.

Might not be so bad provided he was on a steady diet of fermented seal and seagulls.

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and I thought picking one's nose and eating it was bad.....

Many of these would be disgusting to eat, of course, but I can only remember one thing that disgusted me just reading about it. I won't mention it directly, and advise against going to this link, but for those of you who can't resist ... click.

Bon appetit,

Rocks.

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Many of these would be disgusting to eat, of course, but I can only remember one thing that disgusted me just reading about it. I won't mention it directly, and advise against going to this link, but for those of you who can't resist ... click.

Bon appetit,

Rocks.

And here I thought that you were going to link to the Mircle Whip site.

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I'll eat almost anything, but it has to taste and smell good. Some things I doubt I will ever try are testicles of any sort, brains of any sort and rotten anything (even if it is meant to be that way). Most other organs are fine (probably even eyeballs) and I LOVE marrow.

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