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What are some foods from cultures not your own that you find disgusting?

Asked by janbb (51212points) August 21st, 2014

This is a follow-up to the question about disgusting American foods. I started thinking about head cheese – which is so disgusting on many levels. (Why don’t they just call it smegma?) What foods that are normal in other cultures do you find repellent?

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SQUEEKY2's avatar

Anything to do with eating bugs.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

France’s Andouillette Sausage. We were in Paris last year, and the adventuresome SO ordered this dish. The smell alone rivaled that of an outhouse.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer That sounds absolutely vile.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

The most vile and disgusting thing I ever had was an enchilada. And here’s the wacked thing: I made them for my s/o and I. I was eating away enjoying the taste. She took two bites and stopped. I asked if it was okay, and she said not to her tastes. So I took a bite of hers. God that was the grossest thing that’s ever been in my mouth. How she did two bites is beyond me. And they were out of the same pan.

janbb's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe What was wrong with it?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@janbb To this day we haven’t been able to figure that out. It was a horror flick, it was so bad. And I made both of them the same way. She says I was trying to off her. It tasted like that too. I can’t even try one again. I have never tasted anything that bad. And mine was fine. I don’t know what happened.

syz's avatar

Balut (!!!!)

I came across this in Laos and was completely disgusted.

Buttonstc's avatar

@syz just stole my answer.

I can’t imagine any circumstance under which I would be willing to eat this.

It’s been featured in a food challenge on Survivor and the thought of eating the beak, feathers and feet just makes my stomach turn.

Another item I’d refuse to eat is Fugu (poisonous blowfish). Not really because it is disgusting in taste (Bourdain pronounced it “surprisingly bland”) but because of the whole stupid macho BS surrounding it.

Approx. 100 or more people per year die from eating it. To me that is a disgusting waste of life; to eat something deadly just to prove how macho you are.

(Altho it might be argued that it’s just the principle of the Darwin Awards at work. Somebody idiotic enough to risk this doesn’t deserve the chance to reproduce :)

Aster's avatar

Brains, testicles, tongue and rats don’t interest me. Nor do cockroaches or scorpions.

cookieman's avatar

Just based on items I’ve been served or offered over the years during my travels…

I did not eat
Blood Sausage
Lamb’s Brain
Lamb’s Eyeball
Chicken Heads

I did eat
Curried Goat
Wild Boar
Some kind of gelatinous meat formed into a patty

ragingloli's avatar

deep fried butter

downtide's avatar

Some of the most disgusting things I’ve tried have been products of my own country. Tripe, brains, kidneys, mussels, jellied eels (I like smoked eel but the jelly is revolting). I do like blood sausage, in particular an Andalusian one called Morcilla which I had in Spain. I liked it so much I smuggled some home in my suitcase.

Another thing I wouldn’t eat – and rare for me because this is a vegetarian thing, is Natto.

ucme's avatar

Most of the shit French folk stuff down their gobs would make a billy goat puke, “talk to me Johnny”

longgone's avatar

About every other stall at a typical Korean market makes me grimace. Yes, I am a coward. I found especially unfair that even the things which looked delicious often turned out not to be. Ice cream with a sweet bean filling? Really?

bea2345's avatar

I am very partial to black pudding (I think that is what the English call a blood sausage). I do not know how it is made here in Trinidad but it looks nothing like the English sausage. Ours is smaller, much tastier, blacker, and doesn’t have those white patches that I see in some pictures. It is absolutely delicious eaten hot with freshly made traditional hops bread (a type of French bread made into buns). On the other hand, I could not stand that English delight, the Scotch egg.

Mimishu1995's avatar

I heard that at some point throughout the Chinese history they served monkey brains. They would catch a monkey, put it under a table and pull its head out through a hole on the table. Then they used a hammer and smashed the head for the brain. Everything was done while the monkey was still alive! Utter cruelty! I find it truly disgusting.

trailsillustrated's avatar

sloppy joes
scotch egg
these are all local except for sloppy joes

Haleth's avatar


It baffles me

Adagio's avatar

As unbelievable as it sounds, a lot of years ago I witnessed a video taken in an exclusive restaurant in China, pushed through a hole in the middle of the table was a monkey’s head with the skull cut away at the top, the monkey was alive and the guests were eating its brains. It was the most disgusting thing I have ever seen. This is the first time I have ever mentioned it.

ibstubro's avatar

Chitlins are the most mainstream thing I can think of. The digestive tract should be avoided, as a rule, in my opinion.

I’ve also never had a desire to try testicles and I would not eat an eyeball.

Adagio's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe An image I wish I’d never seen, and will never forget.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

My condolences. That’s horrible on so many fronts.

ibstubro's avatar

I’m not going to look. I’ll take yall at your word.

janbb's avatar

Was served chicken feet at a dim sum brunch one time but couldn’t bring myself to eat them.

Kardamom's avatar

Dead animals, anywhere. Meat, to be exact.

ibstubro's avatar

Ah, but we are in a culture that celebrates bacon, @Kardamom!

WTH is up with edamame? I’ve had it fried, roasted, and boiled and the crap was disgusting.

downtide's avatar

I’ve had edamame but it was raw and delicious. Maybe it just shouldn’t be cooked at all?

Kardamom's avatar

I just had some Edamame yesterday. You lightly boil it in a little bit of salt water, in the pod (you don’t eat the pod, by the way) drain in cool water, and pop the beans into your mouth. They’re delicious by themselves and great in other dishes, like stir fry and pasta salad. I prefer them over lima beans in succotash.

I also get them already boiled and de-podded in a bag, frozen, at Trader Joe’s. Just thaw them out and they’re ready to go.

ibstubro's avatar

I’m hoping to have my first Trader Joe’s experience within the week!

Kardamom's avatar

@ibstubro Did they put one in near you, or do you have to travel to go to one? I’d like to recommend some goodies. Bring a cooler with some ice for the frozen and cold items.

Organic Baked Tofu in either savory flavor or teryiaki flavor. This tofu is nice and firm and has a texture that’s a cross between cheddar cheese and meat. I use it cubed and cold in salads, or chopped up and used as a filling for burritos and enchiladas, and I also use it to make fake Chicken Salad (use this tofu instead of regular, no steaming or squishing required).

Curry Simmer Sauce you can simmer any kind of veggies in this sauce and then pour it over rice. I roast butternut squash cubes, then put them, along with the curry simmer sauce into a blender. Heat through for a fabulous soup. It’s medium spicy, but very flavorful.

Organic Broccoli Slaw. I throw this stuff into soups and salads or put dressing on it, like this Yogurt Cilantro Dressing

Single Serving Quiche. There’s 3 kinds, green chile and cheese, spinach and mushroom, and broccoli and cheddar. 2 minutes in the microwave and they’re delicious!

White Stilton Cheese with Cranberries. This cheese is seasonal, and they might not have it right now. I think it comes back around Halloween. This is exquisite. I like to crumble it onto a spinach salad with dried cranberries and candied walnuts.

Sweet and Spicy Pecans I use these in This Recipe instead of heating up the oven and making my own.

Chicken-less Mandarin Orange Morsels. This is in the frozen section. It’s like the orange chicken you get at Chinese restaurants.

Goddess Dressing. It’s tangy and delicious. I think it has tahini and a bit of mustard, kind of like Caesar flavor without the anchovy.

Frozen Cheese Enchiladas.

Caramelized Onion Cheddar Cheese When I discovered this, I started making my homemade baked mac and cheese with it, plus I add sautéed mushrooms and top it with panko bread crumbs. It’s da bomb!

Steamed and Peeled Baby Beets. This is in the refrigerated section with the salads. So nice to have these on a hot day, to throw into a salad.

Tofu Spring Rolls with Miso Dipping Sauce. Just yum!

White Bean and Basil Hummus

Edamame and Cilantro Hummus. This just might change your mind about edamame.

Lentil Soup. One of the best lentil soups I’ve ever tasted.

Frozen Pizza Olympiad. This comes with 2 individual sized pies. If you like Greek flavors, you’ll like this pizza.

Thai Vegetable Gyoza or potstickers. I just toss these into miso soup and you’ve got a lovely meal.

Veggie and Flaxseed Tortilla Chips

Wasabi Almonds

Sesame Honey Cashews

Blister Peanuts these are crunchier than regular peanuts.

Refrigerated Pizza Dough. It comes in plain, whole wheat, and garlic/herb. It’s ready to use, but you can also freeze it. Make your own homemade pies.

Jarred Pineapple Salsa

Frozen Black Bean and Cheese Taquitos.

Jarred Spicy Bean Dip

Potato Tots Just a wee bit of childhood goodness.

Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels

Pouched Palak Paneer. They also have a frozen palak paneer that I haven’t yet tried.

Pouched Jaipur Vegetables. They have several other pouched Indian dishes, but these 2 are my favorites.

Frozen Mini Pies

Soy Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

New York Style Cheesecake. Yummers! This is great if you have an impromptu party to go to and you want something decadent, but not pricey. Just throw some fresh berries on top and a spray of whipped cream. No fuss, no muss and everybody loves it.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip comes frozen, for your convenience.

Jarred Red and Green Salsa

Fresh Salsa

Refrigerated Cilantro Dressing. Great on a taco salad.

Soy Sesame Dressing

Beefless Ground Beef. It’s in the deli section, but I usually put it in my freezer if I’m not going to use it immediately. Then I thaw it out and use in in my fake sloppy Joe’s, or as filling for burritos and enchiladas.

Orange Cranberry Scones

Enjoy your shopping trip!

ibstubro's avatar

I found out there is one only about an hour away, @Kardamom. More importantly, it is on my way home, whereas Whole Foods is more at the start of a day-trip. I have a cooler that plugs in to the car, and needs no ice. Thanks for the shopping advice!! Definitely some baked tofu!

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