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    What other meats or proteins have you eaten?

    I have travelled a lot and in that time got to try some food outside the realm of everyday chicken and meat.
    Here's a list of different things I have eaten.

    In Thailand 3am drunk chomped my way into the famous thai insect cart.
    I ate deep fried frogs,crickets, grubs and giant water bugs. Mostly just tasted greasy and not much else I remember.

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    Thats the water bugs above. They look like giant cochroaches .

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    Typical insect cart.

    I have eaten Kangaroo (lean red tough meat, stinks until it is fully cooked, tastes like mutton)

    Crocodile (tastes like fish/chicken)

    Bought a Turtle at a market in China and took it back to the 4 star hotel. I took a pic of it walking around the floor of the restaurant before the chef took it away and bought it back as a delicious soup.

    Also tried dog soup while I was in China as probably never have the chance to eat it again. Was excellent, tasted a bit like lamb.
    Chicken throats and hearts from a roadside cart in China.

    In Mexico, Iguana at a small place in the desert. Tasted like chicken.
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    LLama in Bolivia

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    Que (guinea pig) in Peru Lots of small bones and not much meat.

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    Mutton bird chick in New Zealand Plucked and boiled it. (greasy, nasty, tasteless)
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    of course Goat, wild pigs and other things that ended up in the gun sight.

    What have y'all eaten different?

  • Top | #2
    All the crazy eatin' I did was while in the Navy in the 70s, and I was a bit less than sober, so I don't remember what the things I ate were. That's probably for the best though...


    • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
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      from talking to my Navy friends who served in the same period, that goes for a lot of things (The not remembering fully part)

  • Top | #3
    You got me beat but here's my list:

    Gator - meh
    Ostrich - Excellent
    Wild Boar - Very good
    Elk - awesome
    Squirrel - I shot it and made stew
    Quail - marinated in Italian dressing and grilled good but bony
    Quail Eggs Raw
    Sea Urchin - raw at sushi joint. Almost puked
    Eel - Sushi
    Jellyfish - Chinese buffet. Like eating rubber bands
    Frog's Legs
    Periwinkles - Collected by my Italian Uncle cooked in red sauce. Was good
    Sweetbreads - Don't like organ meat
    Brains - gross
    Kidney - gross
    Fois gras - overrated liver
    Chicken Feet - Dim Sum not worth the effort
    Shad Roe (the Most Disgusting thing I have ever eaten)
    Geoduck (the second most disgusting thing i have ever eaten)
    Caviar - I don't get the hype
    Abalone - not bad
    Conch - pretty good
    Fiddle Heads
    Last edited by Old Glory; March 20th, 2019, 02:48 AM.


    • Top | #4
      You had me until dog. I'm out.


      • Top | #5
        I wouldn't feed Geoduck to a dog.


        • Ahumadora
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          I had to Google what a geoduck was. All the pics were male clams

        • NapMaster
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          Taste like kale!

      • Top | #6
        Here's some out-of-the-ordinary grocery store proteins (for me) that I've had, some lots some just a one time taste. This doesn't count common seafood and fish, clams, etc.

        Venison (whitetail)
        Mule deer
        Bear (black I assume)
        Frog legs
        Raw lamb
        Quail (meat & eggs)
        Fois gras

        I don't/won't do bugs


        • Top | #7
          Abnormal stuff (what's normal?)

          Typical US game - most of it good or great (not a fan of wild boar, I think it's a toss up between quail and deer for my favorite)
          Gator - liked it sorta
          Kangaroo - pretty good
          Frog - not a fan but not terrible
          Various snakes - so many bones.... but otherwise similar to chicken/some species went more towards the frog end of my palate
          Snail - I liked it, but was it the garlic and butter I liked?
          Horse - not a fan, but I knew what it was and probably had a mental block
          Unknown Rodent - not a fan, was served with the bleached skull
          Camel - multiple attempts, not a fan
          Cat - I don't like cats, still couldn't mentally process eating one
          Dog - Would have never tried it, didn't like it got told afterwards and couldn't sleep for a long time
          Crickets - mental block, didn't like it before I tried it
          Ants - got told afterwards, nothing special
          Fish - never ate one I didn't like, though a lot I would prefer not to look at before fileting
          Sea Urchin - very much not a fan
          Abalone - depends how it was cooked, always liked diving for them though
          Finch - not worth the effort IMO
          Sea Cucumber - NOPE!
          Balut (or however it's spelled) - was on a plate in front of me and I had to go outside and yack
          Omelet MRE - is it wrong I liked this
          Frankfurter MRE - see above


          • Top | #8
            I've tried lots of odd critters but nothing like you. I looked up mutton bird. The name should have warned you. Chicks of a fish eating sea bird. Yuck.

            Geoduck: Not eating that either.
            I would try the rest, even the insects with a little hot sauce.

            The only uncommon protein that I regularly consume is crawfish.


            • Top | #9
              I’ve had several on the other lists and will add beaver and muskrat. And full confession, dog. I was invited as a guest to a Lakota naming ceremony when assigned to Pine Ridge. Meal afterwards included dog, but I didn’t know it at the time.


              • Top | #10
                Gator--OK, kinda tough
                Sweetbreads--Fine, too pricey
                Rattler--way too bony, other wise "like chicken"
                Eel--in sushi joints, I like it a lot
                Venison--love it
                Elk--love it
                Turtle (in soup in NOLA)--Fantastic
                Ostrich--wondermous (emu too)
                Goat (kid probably) (medium rare)--this country needs to eat more goat
                Sea urchin (or maybe its roe)--gawd awful
                Liver--gawd awful
                Abalone and geoduck--desperately want to try both
                Quail eggs--fine
                Duck eggs--fine
                Ostrich egg--fine (Yuuuuge)
                Chicken feet--the sauce was fine (dim sum joint), otherwise meh (great to make stock tho)
                Kangaroo--great (multiple times)
                Snails--it's all about the garlic butter
                Foie gras--wunnerful, too pricey
                Caviar (Osetra)--pointless and too pricey
                Squab--don't remember, but didn't dislike it.
                Wild boar--wunnerful
                Cow patties--just kidding
                Rocky Mtn oysters--meh, kinda chewy, nothing special
                Squid--love it
                Octopus--Love it
                Tripe (in menudo)--menudo can be tasty, tripe seems bland
                Shark (thresher, maybe other too)--fine
                Duck and goose--wish they were cheaper

                I probably wouldn't try insects (well, mebbe ants in chocolate), dog, or cat. Would try camel, moose, bear, reindeer, sea cucumber, squirrel, and horse. Also need to try beef heart.

                What is it about geoduck that makes it different than any other clam? Slice it up, bread, and fry, no?
                Last edited by Willy; March 20th, 2019, 01:07 PM.


                • Red Man
                  Red Man commented
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                  I had geoduck once. It tasted a lot like a scallop. Good stuff!

                • Willy
                  Willy commented
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                  Red Man Love me some scallops. We're headed to Alaska and Vancouver BC later this year. Geoduck is on my list of things to seek out. With luck, abalone too.

              • Top | #11
                On the wild side.
                Camel (Bactrian and Dromedary)
                Rattle snake

                On the mundane side
                All the other ''exotic'' foods we find in the States.


                • Top | #12
                  cheap hot dogs and potted meat


                  • NapMaster
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                    You forgot vienna sausage. The two you mentioned, and the one I mentioned are real mystery meat.

                  • jerrybell
                    jerrybell commented
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                    Yep, you get my point. Potted meat was a Sling Blade reference, but I decided not to elaborate since this is a family place.

                • Top | #13
                  Whale meat - in a can with a broth. Tasted kinda beefy and was kinda tasty but the blood vessel that ran thru the chunk of meat in my first can was the size of a #2 pencil and that was a little freaky at first.

                  Black bear - from a bear my dad shot. Don't really recall what the meat tasted like but the bear heart was like chewing on a section of tire inner tube.

                  Eel - I like eating it but I really don't like handling the slimy creatures (and haven't caught/touched one in a few decades).


                  • Top | #14
                    I have not eaten anything out of the ordinary, just about what could be bought at a store somewhere near you. Ostrich yeah, frog sure. I’ve never been out of the US cept Mexico once, Canada doesn’t count cuz I lived in Detroit for 39 years before visaville. But my best friends growing up we’re buzzards, does that count fer anything.


                    • Top | #15
                      The most "out there" meat I have had was hartebeest when I was in Zambia, Africa. The guy I ate with shot it himself and cooked it up in a stew. Very good

                      And rocky mountain oysters.