Eat This, And This

Here is a single minute from 44 days of travel through 11 countries. All focusing on the food you can eat. Fascinating and very well produced.

This made me think of the tiny roasted birds I once ate in Malawi. What’s the strangest thing you have eaten while travelling?

OT: There are two more equally good short videos from the trip: MOVE och LEARN.

11 Comments

  1. Gary Green
    Cold goat's tongue or maybe lamb's brains which are really good and I've had them on a number of occasions. Had soup once with the whole bird including feathers once. Malawi is Malaysia and I lived there for 14 years so it all seems ordinary from there.
  2. Emilia
    Since I've been living in Japan for two whole years from 2007 to 2009, I've experienced quite a few odd dishes. For example why not eat dried squid as a snack to your beer or a pizza topped with octopus and mayonaise. I've also tried boiled seasnails and raw horse sushi... Mmm, yum ;P
  3. Raw Herring and soon to be Ox Heart, just bought some today
  4. Dani
    Wart hog meat in Zambia. Tender and delicious!
  5. Stipetic
    I participated in a medical safari--spent mainly in the Maasai mara--back in the 90s and had the great joy of eating barbecued Thompson's gazelle ribs. Absolute bliss (and fatty).
  6. gallier2
    Elephant trunk in oil-palm sauce in Gabon. The most rare thing I saw (didn't taste it though) was on Comoros where fishermen were selling cured fish called Gombessa (or Kombessa). I learnt several months later that Gombessa is Coelacanth, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coelacanth
    I didn't try it at the time I was there because the accointance I was with told me that it doesn't taste good even for them, they only eat it when they don't have anything else. What I tried there though was their national dish, Ndrovi ni Nianzi which is unripe small green bananas (not plantains) boiled with sheep tripes.
  7. Galina L.
    @ gallier2,
    It is fanny your mentioned cured fish as a rare dish. If it is the same as a vobla in Russia,it is quite testy, even though it could be an acquired taste. Vobla is a fresh water fish, consumed mostly in a dried form. It is prepared by fish (with skin, bones, intestines, everything) being kept in a brine until it is salted through, than dried out on a string. It is customary in Russia to eat something salty while drinking beer, and the dried fish is the most popular choice. Before eating vobla you have to remove head, skin and guts, which is as easy as taking hose off, because everything is dried-out, and skin preserves some moisture before consumption. There are other kinds of fish to be dried. There are small kiosks everywhere in Moscow with soft drinks, beer, snacks. There are always different fish-based snacks there, including salted and dried calamari rings. I like it a lot. The similar thing in taste I tried was a jerky made out of salmon in Canada.
  8. Margaretrc
    I remember liking fried cow's brains as a child in India. And we also ate roasted flying insects of some sort--we called them ants, but I honestly don't know what they were. Technically, we weren't traveling, as we lived there, but...
  9. Stan Slonkosky
    Gary Taubes was interviewed on KPCC today on the "Patt in the Hat" show (though she was off today and a colleague from the Los Angeles Times, David Lazarus) sat in for her. A recording of the interview is at:

    http://www.scpr.org/programs/patt-morrison/2012/01/11/22075/health-po...

  10. gallier2
    @Galina L
    I haven't tried the Gombessa, it was the Comorians who told me that it didn't taste very good. It is extremly fatty and has a somewhat rancid taste.
    I brought up that anecdote because of the origin of the fish itself. The coelacanth fish was thought to be extinct, in fact the whole subclass of actinidias was thought to be extinct since 300 million years ago. But at the beginning of the 20th century a coelacanth was found on a market in South-Africa which was sensational. It would be like finding a dinosaur at your local market. After a long time of research it was found that these fish live in deep waters, hidden in the volcanic rock formations of Ngazidja and Nzouani (2 of the islands of the Comoros archipelago).
    I knew about the sensationality and rarity of that living fossil before I went to Ngazidja, but I was quite surprized to see that it was not that incredible to the locals. Comorian fishermen catch sometimes a coelacanth, it's not very frequent, but it can happen. They don't like it, but letting it waste would be foolish, they can't throw them back in the water, as they die when they were at the surface. So they sell them cheaply at the volo-volo market in Moroni.
    We should not forget, it's one of the poorest country in the world and the relation to food is a bit different there than here. They certainly don't have the luxury to be vegan.
  11. Galina L
    @gallier2,
    Now I get it, because the name of fish is spelled differently in Russian, I didn't recognize it at the beginning. It is the most unusual food, of course.

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