Matt Rudd writes in Times Online of the seven weirdest foods on earth.
Puffer fish, tarantula, monkey brains -- it's all there.
There are good reasons why these foods are rare. Some are dangerous, most are at least a little disgusting, and none are particularly kind to our animal friends.
And -- hey -- good news!! If you leave a comment at Times Online about a strange food you ate, you might win "a gourmet hamper that includes chocolate-covered giants ants and cricket crisps." Yum!
I didn't get the point of eating octopus. It was like chewing rubber. Rubber with suction cups on it.
But I should consider myself lucky. The octopus I ate was dead. Some people eat live octopus tentacles. Now that's weird:
You see, one doesn’t grab live tentacles. They grab you. And they grab the plate and the sauce dish and the slices of garlic. In fact, the suckers suction on to anything they contact. If you are able to dip the tentacle into any of the three escorting sauces (a chili paste with raw thinly sliced garlic and jalapeno peppers or the pink, sweet and spicy sauce or a salt and pepper vinegar), then, congratulations, you cleared the first hurdle. Now try getting the thing to come off your chopsticks and into your mouth. This is not a passive piece of toro sashimi we’re talking about. This is an entity that does not want to be eaten alive, dead or otherwise. This is, perhaps, even a thing that would happily take you down with it if it were big enough.
This food hates you and what you did to it!
In every scenario I played out in my imagination as far as eating this dish was concerned, I predicted nothing more than a brief slimy struggle then stillness — the last words of an insignificant creature low on the food chain. Silly me. I could not have underestimated my dinner more because once in my mouth, the tentacle went into attack mode and suctioned on to my teeth, tongue and bottom lip making it nearly impossible for me to manipulate my mouth in order to eat it.
Wow. It makes me appreciate my toast that just sits there, waiting for me.