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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

WQ 18: Try it, it's yummy!

This week's question is inspired by last week's: Pig Brains.

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What were the worst or weird food (for you) that you have ever eaten? What were your reactions?

The weirdest food I have ever eaten is not balut (boiled fertilized duck egg with a nearly-developed embryo) nor dinuguan (pork blood stew). I eat those otherwise weird food mentioned like there's no tomorrow. Yes, I find the two delicious and they actually made it to my favorites list. You can now call me weird. :-)

Back to the question, the weirdest I ever had would be abu-os, or ant eggs from Ilocos. It's a seasonal delicacy gathered from the nest of winged ants in the mountain forest and are sauteed in oil and garlic. Some full-grown ants also made their way to the water-filled basin used to collect the eggs, and thus, to the sauteeing pan. Surprisingly, I found the full-grown ants more to my liking than the eggs. They're crunchy (which bugs are supposed to be)! Abu-os is said to be the forest's caviar.

My reaction? I was weirded out at first, but had my spoon ready. I told you, I'm gastronomically adventurous. If it doesn't poison me, I'll eat it. If it looks suspicious, I'll try it anyway. But I only had it once. Aside from it not being available locally, I don't think I'd like to have it that often.

What about you, what weird food have you tried?


PS: I intentionally did not include pictures for fear of grossing you out, if I haven't already. If you wish to be further educated, you can check out Google images. :-)


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10 comments:

Hi! I'm Ruby September 24, 2008 at 10:08 PM  

nice blog :)

Umma September 25, 2008 at 3:20 AM  

Im not a afraid of eating weird foods. I have a friend who's so afraid to eat a balut bec he finds it weird and gross. He doesnt know that balut is the best viagra... just kidding.
Thanks for leaving some comments to my site.. Visiting you back here.. See u more often :)

julie September 25, 2008 at 8:11 AM  

I think I have seen that on TV or read it in a blog.

I don't know if I would be able to eat that but I am willing to try.

Thanks for answering the WQ. By the way, we love balut too, even the children eat everything except the hard white part :)

iceah September 25, 2008 at 9:35 AM  

that's good your flexible c: i like trying things din sa dami kc nang pinuntahan na namin nakatikim narin ako ng different specialties of a certain place and it would also hurt the hosts feelings if you would not even taste something they had prepared with excitement c:

chris September 25, 2008 at 9:44 AM  

I'm Filipino so I actually will eat anything with rice...

eugene September 25, 2008 at 10:23 AM  

To me , the weirdest food i have ever eaten was, pig's testicles, didnt know at first, after finished eating it,only then my friend told me ,, gross

Vered - MomGrind September 25, 2008 at 12:05 PM  

Wow, you ARE gastronomically adventurous!

I don't think I've ever eaten anything really weird.

Frog legs.. turtle soup... they both tasted like chicken!

Constance Chan September 25, 2008 at 3:25 PM  

hahaha i feel squeamish just thinking about wierd food so i won't try most of them...

chrisau September 26, 2008 at 5:24 PM  

hmm...i tried pinoy food for the first time and was shocked. You guys seems to eat everything that crawl..haha...*joking* I thought pinoys ate western food initially but you guys seems to be more adventurous than that!
Nice blog you have!! :) - Chris

carol at A Second Cup September 27, 2008 at 2:21 AM  

Cow Stomach also know as tripe. Actually I never ate it. I was in the house when my mom made it for my dad, that was close enough.

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