OK, I see several people have single out sea urchin (uni). It's super-perishable and most of what you get in restaurants isn't very good. When it's fresh, the flavor is quite pleasant (the texture is still pretty off-putting for a lot of people). Once I had some very bad uni and couldn't bear to try it again for several years.
It was definitely the texture. It tasted fine, but I couldn't get past the squishiness.
Wow, my list of weird stuff just isn't weird after reading what some of you have tried!!!
Me: nopales (prickly pear cactus, tastes like a cross between green bean and avocado... yum!), elk, buffalo, pheasant, tripe (gross!), natto (it's not that bad if you don't have it straight up Frumious, I swear!).
Nothing too exciting here.
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Unagi (eel) is perhaps one of my favorite foods in the world! *drool*
I eat tons of raw fish, but that isn't so wierd, I don't think. Although one of the grossest things I ever ate was raw Bonito. They usually use Bonito flakes in a lot of Japanese food and it is good, but the raw hunk of fish is just TOO strong tasting.
I also hated buffalo burgers. Just greasy and really gamey. Yuck! Same with tripe (cow intestines), I think it is mostly the texture in that case.
I guess I haven't eaten that many wierd things. Love escargot (snails), foie gras (goose liver, yes, horrible the way they get it but I have only had it once), fish roe (I don't say caviar because I can't afford it, I just mean the stuff they put on sushi...I will pick up anything that falls off the sushi and eat it alone) and black truffles.
I love unagi, infact I had the best sushi roll the other day it was a shrimp tempora roll avacodo in the middle as well wrapped in seaweed then rice, topped with snow crab and bbq unagi and the whole thing was topped off with those red fish eggs. YUMMMY.
Besides EEL I once chugged a whole bottle of log cabin maple syrup without stopping as a dare after watching super troopers. Turns out they had ice tea in those bottles for the movie. I was a tad bit hyper.
Why do people think eel is weird? They're just fish that happen to be shaped a bit differently from others. Do people equate them with snakes rather than fish? Some of my friends (who eat all sorts of fish, including monkfish, which are truly hideous beasts) won't even try eel. I don't get it. Americans seem to have a lot of food hangups. I got called "sick and gross" by a co-worker for eating scallops (one of the most benign shellfish imaginable).
I also think that some of the bad experiences people have had with out-of-the-norm food is because it wasn't prepared properly. Alligator shouldn't be like super-rubbery chicken and buffalo shouldn't be gamey (and definitely not greasy because it is very low in fat). Also tripe can either be really delicious (a Chinese place near my house has garlic/hot pepper tripe that is so tender and clean-tasting) or horrible (menudo made with poorly cleaned and not-so-fresh cow tummies).
Scariest-sounding commonly available food: Next time you're in the supermarket, look near the Spam and Vienna Sausages for something labeled Potted Meat Product (made by Armour, Hormel, etc.). Then read the ingredients. My favorite one is "partially defatted pork fatty tissue." Gack.