"Food is our common ground, a universal experience." - James Beard
A couple of days ago I came across some unsual delicacy's I found both interesting and disgusting. Personally I would'nt eat them but I still found it interesting and wanted to share it here on GAG.
Sea Urchins are mostly eaten in coastal areas and around the mediterranean. It's eaten by cracking open the spiky shell, scooping out the orange creature, and eating it alive.
According to Chef Raymond Blanc he ate this meal at a restaurant in Japan. When asked by the DailyMail what the strangest dish was he has ever eaten he responded with "Live eels in Japan. We were advised to add vinegar and sake - which made them jump around - then you swallowed them whole. They jiggled around in my tummy!"
Unfortunately, I couldn't find anything to verify the claim that such a dish exist through my quick google search. The image below is of boiled baby eels.
Ikizukuri is the "preparation of sashimi made from live seafood. The most popular sea animal used in ikizukuri are fish but octopus, shrimp, and lobster may also be used."
~ Breathing Fish
With this dish the fishs mangled body is placed on a plate with the fish head facing towards you with the mouth opening and closing.
Azuma Kirby, a restaurant in New York City, is one of several eateries that serves lobsters while they are still alive. Diners are encouraged to pick "belly sashimi" out of the lobster, which is still moving around while it's served.
A popular dish in China involves the use of live shrimp soaked in booze that makes them tipsy and most importantly tasty. It is traditionally served in a special glass goblet with a cover to prevent the shrimp from jumping out.
A korean dish in which a live octopus is chopped up and served immediately, while its tentacles are still wiggling.
I first heard/saw this on Facebook when someone posted a YouTube video of the dish being prepared and then eaten by a restaurant patron. Based on what I've read about the the meal the Cane Toad is instantly killed when the chef plunges a knife through it. However, when you see the video the toad seems very much alive while sitting in the bowl blinking and the trying to jump out.
Fruit Bat Soup
This meal is served in Guam by taking the fruit bat and boiling it alive. Technically the bat should be dead when served (or in the throes of death), but the parasites and bacteria are still alive. So this really isn't recommended to any foodies.
I'm not here to judge but to share this information. Different culture, different practices. If you want to see the food or preparation of the food in action you can google the meal, and be immediately provided a video link to it. I didn't provide one because of the graphic nature. Especially with the Frog Sashimi.
As always thanks for reading! <3