I really wish we had a wider variety of meats to choose from here in India. Oh Well! Vietnam wouldn’t have been much of an experience (food wise) if we did.
I’ve always fancied the idea of trying new and exotic types of meat, but when the time actually came to do so, it was so much harder than I imagined. These are a few of the weirdest foods I never thought I’d get the chance to try ever!
(Apologies for not having a picture of this one for some reason. I can assure you though – it looked disturbing. It came with the whole head and everything attached!)
Now this one doesn’t fall under the absolutely ridiculous category, but it is kinda weird … I mean if anyone ever tried eating a pigeon here in Mumbai they’d definitely die of food poisoning! It’s the norm in Vietnam to eat practically everything that lives. So in the hotel we stayed at, one of the dishes on the menu was pigeon. It tasted like a much more tender chicken with a lot less flesh.
Urghhh! Not going to lie, this one was pretty hard to try. We got given snails twice during our stay. The first time was snail mince mixed with pork mince – that wasn’t too intimidating. The second time however was just plain boiled snails. You have to poke the flesh and pull it out of the shell, dip it in this ‘to die for’ sauce and eat it. I managed to digest one and that too with great difficulty. It wasn’t at all because it was yucky and didn’t taste good, it tasted brilliant in fact quite like squid. It was just the mental tension of it being a snail and my mind envisioning it crawling in my mouth that didn’t allow me to have any more.
OMG!!! Definitely the craziest of all! Surprisingly, even though it happened to be the creepiest looking dish – it was the tastiest. Took a while for me to down the first few, but after that I was popping them like pop corn. They were fried nice and crispy with the most yummy seasoning. Couldn’t feel the tentacles or anything as you would imagine. The best way to describe what it was like is eating shrimp with the shell on. But not as hard and crunchy. I hate eating the shrimp with the shell on but this is a lot less hard and a great movie snack in fact. Maybe as crunchy as popcorn but a very different flavour. Overall, this was a delightful dish.
Id like to end by saying, try new things, get out of your comfort zone and I’m not just talking food wise. Take risks, find great adventures because if you don’t you’re not living. You’re merely existing.
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Pictures by: André Fernandes