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You Decide: Which Disgusting Food Do I Eat First? Century Eggs *Sob*

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Welcome to the interactive portion of the blog! During my travels, I will be running polls such as this in which you can help me decide on an activity or destination. I thought we’d start off with this wholly unappetizing topic for a couple of reasons:

1. It’s kinda fun. Everyone enjoys seeing some poor bastard gag and retch while eating boiled cow anus. God knows, I do.

2. It’s still 2-3 months before I leave and I’m hoping this will all be long forgotten by then.

After scouring the internets, I’ve found a few tasty treats that I truly have no urge to see or smell, let alone eat. If you have something else to recommend, please leave a comment or drop me an email. Without further delay, allow me to introduce you to our top three choices.

Thai vendor selling fried ratFried Rats

Traditionally eaten in Thailand’s poorer northern regions, bandicoot rat is becoming a popular street food throughout the country. The rats are drowned, skinned, and then sold poached, fried, grilled, or baked. I’d like to make a snarky comment at this point, but I’m too grossed out. Seriously.

 

spiderFried Spiders

Ah, the “Caviar of Cambodia”… Who can resist a big, hairy spider that has been deep-fried with garlic and salt? Said to be crisp on the outside and gooey on the inside, these popular snacks are also rumored to have medicinal properties. And the taste? One local summed it up best: “They taste a bit like crickets, only much better.”

 

CenturyEggsCentury Eggs

If this Chinese delicacy tastes even half as bad as it looks, I’m going to be sick for a month. Fresh duck, chicken or quail eggs are preserved in a mixture of clay, ash, lime, salt and rice for weeks or even months. The alkaline in the lime raises the ph of the egg, preserving it and giving it a lovely sulphur and ammonia smell. Tasty!

So which will it be? The poll is in the sidebar to the right —>

Vote early. Vote often!

 

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

John December 20, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Sorry mate! Those eggs are just tooooo creepy for me to not want to know how they taste. Vicariously, of course. Very very vicariously. :)

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Wes nations December 20, 2009 at 6:04 pm

You’re a cruel man, John.

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nadja gaerlan December 20, 2009 at 9:19 pm

I already tried the tarantula spiders from Cambodia, they actually taste like crablets. And Century egg is one of my favorite delicacies owing to my filipino-chinese heritage– it’s pretty yummy with scallions, black vinegar and a little soysauce, or on congee (Chinese rice porridge). Sad to say, I would never try the bandicoot rat even if they say it had a clean, healthy diet before its demise.

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Lauren - Ephemerratic December 20, 2009 at 10:15 pm

Century eggs are good. Didn’t try them during my many months in SE Asia – had them in Los Angeles!
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TR December 21, 2009 at 1:06 am

Since it is sounding like the eggs may not be too bad, can I change my vote to rat? …..

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brian | No Debt World Travel December 21, 2009 at 2:21 am

Gotta go with the fried rat.

Chow down!
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Darni December 21, 2009 at 10:44 am

Try the century,it tastes good.:)

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Anil December 21, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Tough, tough choices. I’m going with the spiders, they look like they might taste the best out of all of them.

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Michael December 21, 2009 at 3:28 pm

the tarantulas are actually pretty tasty, whether from a spider hawker at a provincial bus station or fancy-plated as above. There’s an NGO restaurant in Phnom Penh-called Romdeng- that trains street kids for the hospitality industry and serves up specialties from the provinces; they do a fine plate of fried tarantulas.

In Cambodia, I would add pong tea khon, 18-21 day developed duck fetus eggs, surprisingly savory and quite good, served with lime juice and ground black pepper, not a pretty sight, but totally worth it.

and don’t miss the king of fruits–the inimitable durian! You’ll be in the region at the height of durian season ya lucky bastid

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backpacking chica December 21, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Dude – I know someone who tried those eggs, and by all accounts they were pretty disgusting. Sorry to throw you under the bus, but I´m voting for them! :-) Post pics!

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wes December 21, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Wow, it’s a tough crowd in here ;)

Thanks for all the tips and suggestions. Keep ‘em comin’!

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Michael December 21, 2009 at 4:40 pm

oh yeah, how’s about some laap khom?
spicy raw beef salad with bitter cow bile sauce, mmmmm
found in Northern Thailand and Laos, also surprisingly right here in Oakland at our favorite little Lao joint.
Austin Bush has a good write-up on laap khom on his excellent food/photo blog:
http://www.austinbushphotography.com/2008/05/laap-khom-huay-puu.html

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Rich Littlejohn December 23, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Naw, those eggs are fine. You need to eat some rodent, my friend.

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Uldine Hill December 29, 2009 at 4:14 am

Tom said, “vote century eggs”. What Toms says, goes.

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wes December 31, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Tom is a jerk! (I can say that, because he’s my brother and he’s waging a Facebook campaign to make me eat a century egg)

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TR January 5, 2010 at 12:05 am

Fortunately for you, my Myspace friends are slackers . . . lol.

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Tom March 12, 2014 at 10:26 am

I still want to change my vote to fried spiders. . . century egg is too easy . . . . :D

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Jonathan Look, Jr. March 14, 2014 at 1:47 pm

I tried the Century Eggs recently. I have to admit not too bad. Well, better than expected, not as good as hoped.
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wes March 18, 2014 at 10:15 am

Aye, not as bad as it looks — it just begs the question “why?” I suspect it’s an old tradition and was done to increase the amount of time you could store the eggs. Now its no longer a food, it’s more of a dare.

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