In A Cook’s Tour – a wonderful book about food and travel – the incomparable Anthony Bourdain describes a “shot” he had in Vietnam: a cobra’s heart in it’s own blood – not unlike an oyster shooter – only far bloodier and much more disgusting.
My current obsession with weird food begs the question: what’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
A few years ago, I was in my mama’s home town, Baguio, a beautiful mountain city in the Philippines. When we arrived, there was a dog tied up in the backyard, a little bastard of a thing – really vicious and really loud. I said to my travel companion, Gor, that the dog must be tied up because it’s so vicious. A few days later, whilst sitting around a bonfire, watching the men cooking a huge, deliciously aromatic barbecue, it occurred to me that the dog had mysteriously disappeared. Disappearing dog. Barbecue. I put two and two together. I told Gor not to eat the meat. He asked me why. “Because I think it’s that little fucken dog that was tied up in the yard a few days ago!!!!!!”. He ate it anyway…he also ate the barbecued dog offal which my mother tried to trick me into eating. Ick.
Although, I’m ashamed to say, I’ve eaten dog before. And it’s gross. And you don’t want to know. Please don’t judge me.