Thursday, 25 June 2009

Food I Never Thought I'd Eat

I think this list will probably grow the longer I spend in the country, so I'll keep you posted. These are some of the things that I've had so far, well, that I can conclusively identify anyway (I don't want to talk about the mystery foods I've eaten...):

1. Squid. I'm a disgrace to the name of my blog...but yes, I have tried it. Actually the first time I was deceived, because they were breaded squid rings on a plate of french fries. They looked an awful lot like onion rings. It's chewy and I avoid it the best I maybe it's now "I'll get used to liking anything but the squid."

2. Kimchi. I can't get enough of it now. It's salty and spicy, and oh man...wrapped around a little ball of rice. Delicious. I've even gone back for seconds at lunch.

3. Goat. Yep. The school lunchroom introduces me to so many new meats I never considered...

4. Puffer fish. With my teachers out to dinner on Teacher's Day. They didn't tell me it was once a poisonous fish until after I ate it.

5. Cuttlefish jerky. It looked like the stripped off skin of a human finger with a knuckle in the middle. I can't say that I finished it. Scott did though.

6. Raw beef, raw egg, and pear. I was out with my school for drinks when I encountered this one. It was, I'm not joking, a big heaping plate of chopped up pieces of 100% raw slimy beef. To top it off: a cracked open raw egg, and some strips of pear. The whole thing was then mixed together, and everyone at the table was urged to dig in with their chopsticks. I'm still alive.


  1. I'm so proud of you for trying these new foods! I wanted to try Fugu in Japan, but never encountered it - at least in a way I could read what it was. Is the Puffer fish like that (where the poison is in the organs) and it has to be carefully prepared?

    I like that you don't have fast food or Western franchises, so you can more fully embrace their culture. wtg!
    <3 Mom
    PS: Hopefully I can be as brave :D

  2. Can't say I've tried number 6, though I was there while it was on the table. Everything else, I've put in my tummy.

    Next week: live octopus! Stay tuned. ;-)

  3. I'm going to share this with our cafeteria staff. How many goats would we need to feed the students at Burnham. Everything sounds pretty good except for the raw meat and egg thing. Yuk.

  4. Goat!!!!!!!!!!!! Lilly & Bob will never let you walk them again.

  5. about rare. I'd do it if they would leave out the egg. *gags*

    and the jerky...God bless you, girl. God Bless you.

  6. So what did the raw food plus pear combo taste like? Who comes up with that? "Well, our stove broke, so lets just throw some pears on top and call it a new-faggled dish." ???