October 21, 2004
I am an adverturous guy. I'll try almost ANYTHING once, and if I like it, I'll do it again. One thing I'm always willing to do do is try new food, no matter how disgusting it may look or smell. I have eaten:
*Rattlesnake. Didn't like it. Too bony and it tasted like rotten fish.
*Armadillo. That wasn't bad. Tasted a lot like pork.
*Possum. I was drunk when I did that. I don't remember what it tasted like, but I ate it.
*Racoon. If you see one of those critters barbecued, it resembles a giant rat. I had to close my eyes before I could eat that shit, but I did. It really wasn't bad, especially with all the seasoning on it. I went back for a second helping.
*Alligator. A gator-tail steak is delicious when cooked properly. It's beautiful white meat that tastes like a strange combination of fish and chicken. I highly recommend that you try it if you ever get the chance.
*Duck. I agree with Catfish. Too dark and too greasy for my taste. I like shooting them better than eating them.
*Quail. That's a damn good-tasting bird, but there ain't much to 'em. I've never eaten anything other than the breast-meat, and even that is about the size of your two thumbs pressed together, even for a good-sized quail. Cleaning those fuckers is more work than it's worth.
*Squirrel. In a pot of dumplings, that tree-rat tastes pretty good. My grandfather liked the brains with his scrambled eggs. I never got a chance to try that delicacy because he always hogged them all. But I REALLY like shooting those things.
*Turtle. Fried, it sucks. But in a stew or soup, it is delicious.
*Goat. Tastes like beef. Those may be nasty-assed, horny critters, but they taste good. I just don't know if I could kill and butcher one today. I became too attached to my goats on the mini-farm. They had personalities.
*Rabbit. Tastes a lot like squirrel. Rabbit is better with dumplings or in a stew than it is straight-up, although I'll eat it either way.
*Frog. Frog legs are delicious. I LOVE 'em. Tastes like chicken, only the meat is more tender.
*Snails. Yeah, I know it's a French thing, but those rascals taste just like a beef steak. I can eat 'em 'till I pop when they are served with butter and garlic.
*Shark. If you cut out a good steak away from the asshole, a shark's tail makes excellent fodder for the grill. That's a nice chunk of fish meat, but I recommend marinating it overnight before you cook it. Fresh shark sometimes tastes gamey.
*Conch. Put it in a chowder or soup, and cut it up into small pieces. Trying to eat a chunk of conch meat is like chewing on a rubber ball. The more you chew, the bigger it gets. It's good, but you've got to tenderize it before you can eat it.
It's almost time for lunch. I wish you a hearty appetite.
Ate most of the stuff on your list and then some. Had horse meat at a Japanese BBQ shop. Also, shark fin soup is VERY good and VERY expensive. Frog legs, love em; reminds me of what one lesbian frog said to the other lesbian frog,,,"I'll be damned, we DO taste like chicken!"
That's funny right there...I don't care who you are.
One thing we southern folks know how to do is eat. Y'all eat much crawfish over there in Jawja? Where I come from, a crawfish boil or a pig roast is a weekly affair.
I had dog over in the Far East. Don't know if I could do it again. Been sober since '94. But that's my problem.
Scallops, fresh as you can get them, and raw. It's like eating a little dollop of butter. And if you put a few of them in a Lime Juice and red pepper marinade over night til the acid cooks them, it makes an incredible seveche. Next time you're on the islands, ask for that.
Ditto on frogs legs. Can't beat 'em. Only problem is, you can't get 'em anymore. Last restaurant I found that had them was in Opelika, AL, about 25 years ago.
I was in Russia in 1990 and the administrators of a fur farm put together an outdoor meal for us. They had some really great meat that looked like dark turkey meat. I asked our host what it was and the interpreter said, "He says it's rat." Turns out it was nutrea, which is a large rodent. Still, it tasted great.
I'll try most anything once, too. As a 'country gal' I grew up on squirrel and rabbit, several varieties of wild 'shrooms and all kinds of wild greens. (My dad's hero was Euell Gibbons) I love deep fried gator nuggets, raw oysters (just a drop of lemon juice and some salt & pepper), caviar...every kind of seafood and fish (nothin better than a big, old fried catfish) I can think of, including squid.
I've tried and like mountain oysters, (kinda like chicken gizzards) frog legs, shark steak, buffalo burgers, steak and jerky, deer, duck if it's cooked right, goose. Conch is good chopped up tiny and fried in fritters.
Tried, but wasn't too crazy about barbecued 'coon...too strong. Tried escargot, but I think it was cooked either too long or not long enough...the texture was just.....icky. Loved the garlic sauce ON it, though.
The only thing you listed that I have had is duck, which I loved in the form of Peking Duck at a Chinese restaurant. It was probably a good place to try it, since the name of the restaurant was Peking Duck House.
Actually, I may have had some other wild critter meats at a wild game supper my uncles put on as a fund raiser when I was in my teens. It was all in the form of stew or whatever, or was venison if not. They had a roast racoon, but I didn't try any.
Venison makes good burgers and chili.
However, quail gravy is the nastiest stuff on earth. My father would always make gravy after frying his quail, and god it'd stink up the place. Tasted horrible on biscuits.
I ate conch raw in the Cayman Islands with some sort of tomato base on a cracker. pretty good. right after I dove down about 10 to 12 feet to get it off of the bottom. I learned something new that day too. male conchs have a rather big penis for their size. kinda freaked me out.
I had some conch fritters at some hole in the wall restaurant too.
I was surprised at how good bear meat was. Calamari reminded me of chewing on rubber bands, but I've been told to give it another chance because it was cooked bad. The shark was good though. Rabbit is good bbq'd (unfortunately my kids won't let me eat ours. I named one Stew anyway) . Buffalo and elk are really good, but I don't care much for goat. Venison is still my favorite. mmmm tenderloins.
Shark - Kinda like swordfish, but not as firm. Or good. But I'd eat it if there was no other fish around.
Ostrich - tastes and looks a lot like beef. But that drumstick is HUGE.
Alligator - Taste and texture almost exactly like veal. Veal that's been living in a swamp.
Duck - I love duck. Mama doesn't, though, so I don't have it too often. Had duck tongues in Hong Kong...not bad, but a lotta gristle.
Snake - Had snake soup once...tasted like chicken. Chicken that'd been crawling on its belly.
I drew the line at the "double-boiled raccoon head and hoof" that I saw on a Chinese menu once. I don't want my food looking back at me while I eat it.