What is the weirdest thing you have consumed?
When I was 9 years old, my family took a trip to China to adopt a little girl (as well as to sightsee of course). While there, our tour guide decided to take us to a local restaurant on the outskirts of the Hubei province, that other tourists typically would never get to see. The meal was quite impressive, but I, being a picky 9 year old didn't want many of the dishes served because they had some odd things like black tree fungus, peking duck (made improperly, according to another tour guide we had later on the trip in a different area), etc.
It looked like I was going to have to pretend I was still full from my last meal so that I wouldn't seem rude by picking the parts I didn't like out of the food that was served. (All food was served in large portions, on a big lazy Susan, not served as individual meals).
But as my hope of eating this meal was all but gone, our host brought out a humoungous bowl with a towering mound of vanilla ice cream covered in rainbow sprinkles. Now I was excited
As soon as it was placed on the lazy susan, I rotated it around to bring the bowl within scooping distance. After heaping 3 large scoops onto my plate, I took a big spoonful and tried my best to get it more in my mouth than on my face.
But quickly I realized that something was off...
The flavor was different than I had expected, but a lot of ice creams in China are made with powdered milk, and as a result, tasted different. So at first I dismissed the strange flavor as that.
But even so, something was still off. This texture in my mouth wasn't like ice cream. It was more like....
That massive mound wasn't ice cream at all, but was a mountain of cold mashed potatoes, covered in plain yogurt, and rainbow sprinkles.
Looking back, I almost wonder if the concept of mashed potatoes was foreign to them. This restaurant was a ridiculous distance from any KFC (which there were a LOT of in China), so it's possible that they had seen mashed potatoes before but had not eaten them, and did not know how they are typically served.
I had just scrubbed my apartment I was moving out of head to toe, toothbrush on the floorboards style. I had a huge thing of Gatorade I had bought because when I clean, I'm all bidness.
I burn a lot of calories. B)
Anyway, I left it on the table and since it was the only furniture I had left in the mostly empty apartment, I also left the exact same percentage of liquid as the Gatorade bottle of Pinesol nearby.
Then I woke up in the middle of the night, dehydrated as hell, stood up to get my Gatorade in the dark and the rest is history.
My mouth tasted like a pine forest hellscape for days.
Um, Hippo, probably.
When my daughter was 13 I took her off to Kenya for a two week holiday. Just the two of us. While we were out on Safari one of the lodges gave us the chance to try unusual meats. We tried crocodile, antelope, zebra and hippo. They were all nice except for the hippo.
Seriously, if anyone ever offers you hippo, turn it down. Tastes absolutely awful!
- Sea urchin.
- Deep-fried pickled beef jerky.
I'll try anything once.
As a young one, I was fascinated with the stuff but I knew it was wrong so i'd hide in the close it and eat it to my hearts content. Needless to say EVERY single time I was caught and I could never figure out why. It wasn't until much later on I realised it was because i'd put my hands covered in baby powder on my mum's clothes whilst in the closet.