▲ Singapore Zoo, May 2007
We all eat weird food sometime, don't we? I was talking to Ayie recently and she asked me what sort of unusual food I ate. After looking at some photos taken by my friends who went to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan or even Thailand. I don't think I eat weird stuff. I don't eat scorpions, any kind of worms, or any kind of insects.
The dishes that were placed on the dinner table were monitor lizards (or biawak in Malay). They were not as huge as those monitor lizards you could find in Indonesia. Other dishes that my family cooked were turtles, frogs, and squirrels. We usually had them once a week. They were sold at the weekly market not supermarkets.
Not that they were cheap or anything, they costed like RM30 per kilo back 15-20 years ago. Can anyone update me on the current prices? They were more expensive than the normal beef, chicken or pork. You would have to be at the market as early as possible. Sometime they were sold out just before noon. They were absolutely popular. I'm sure they are still in high demand. I'm just not there to witness it anymore.
These exotic meat are considered delicacies in Sarawak and are very potent. I think restaurants serve some of these dishes. Not sure about the prices though.
I have also tasted kangaroo, crocodile and quails. I would like to try rabbit some day. I think some people eat guinea pigs. Is it in South America? That poor little thing. The first thing that came to my mind was that it's not meaty enough! *LOL.
Some think that 1000-year old eggs, chicken feet and spare parts are yucky. I love them all! What do you reckon? What kind of extraordinary food did you eat or would give it a try? Can you find exotic meat in your local market?
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