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Over the weekend, I visited a huge market in Washington, DC called "Eastern Market." There you can find the most unusual food items, including the image in this photo. Can you guess what this food is?? It looks almost like delicate flower petals, but trust me, it doesn't smell good and your girlfriend or wife would probably scream if you brought it home. There was a sign on the display window describing the item, and after seeing the name of the food, I couldn't taste it. Same when I attended a Hawaiian luau and saw the dead pig roasting on the fire pit. It triggered something in my mind and made the pig seem human, like a farm pet, such that I couldn't enjoy the feast. Look how cute!

pigluau

I felt the same in Hong Kong, where you can find fried bugs on a stick. Perhaps if the vendor didn't tell me it was an insect, I would have simply taken a bite and enjoyed the taste. Probably I think about and analyze things too much in many aspects of my life, including food. It's the lawyer in me. What's the grossest or most unusual thing you ever ate? For me, it's "Rocky Mountain oysters." No - it's not a seafood item, but bull testicles! Of course, I didn't know what it was when I tasted it. The thought of chewing balls - especially animal ones - can't be psychologically appealing to either gender. Unless you're a masochist. ;)

If anyone can guess the food item in the first photo, I'll send a prize from America!

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arco_l_iris
May. 5th, 2014 02:41 pm (UTC)
Creo, que son orejas de perro:(
peacetraveler22
May. 5th, 2014 02:49 pm (UTC)
En español! Buenos días!
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wojzeh
May. 5th, 2014 02:42 pm (UTC)
pig's ears
siberian_cat
May. 5th, 2014 02:48 pm (UTC)
+1. And I don't see anything gross in them, just food.
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bright_mosk
May. 5th, 2014 02:57 pm (UTC)
Quite common snack for bear, to be honest, pig's ears.
peacetraveler22
May. 5th, 2014 03:02 pm (UTC)
Common snack with beer? Not in America, we eat pretzels or mixed nuts with beer. :))
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noisy_kid
May. 5th, 2014 03:02 pm (UTC)
Pig's ears. Quite common dish in some Russian regions. I used to love them as a child, now feel somehow disgusted...
peacetraveler22
May. 5th, 2014 03:03 pm (UTC)
Well apparently this is a very easy guessing game for Russians, so the game is no fun! I didn't know this food is common there. It's highly unusual for America, though some people eat pigs' feet.
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gallon
May. 5th, 2014 03:13 pm (UTC)
Ears
peacetraveler22
May. 5th, 2014 03:15 pm (UTC)
From a dog, pig, or other animal?
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May. 5th, 2014 03:17 pm (UTC)
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elanie
May. 5th, 2014 03:23 pm (UTC)
pig ears :)
peacetraveler22
May. 5th, 2014 03:27 pm (UTC)
Have you tasted pig ears? If so, do you like?
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fesma94
May. 5th, 2014 03:36 pm (UTC)
Pig ears, my dog found it delicious , I used to buy dry ears when he was alive.
peacetraveler22
May. 5th, 2014 03:38 pm (UTC)
Your dog ate them as a snack? In the market, they are intended for human consumption. I have no idea how you cook or eat them.
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fesma94
May. 5th, 2014 03:40 pm (UTC)
What's the grossest or most unusual thing you ever ate? (c)
Frog legs, smoked bear feet
peacetraveler22
May. 5th, 2014 03:41 pm (UTC)
Bear feet?!? Horror! This is one of my favorite animals. And what do bear feet taste like?
fesma94
May. 5th, 2014 03:47 pm (UTC)
I don't remember, it was many year ago, when I was 10-11 year old. We wen with my grandfather to fish, and met his friend , who gave it .
south_of_broad
May. 5th, 2014 03:53 pm (UTC)
Pig ears) My dogs love them.
I would try almost anything, but couldn't make myself to eat balut ( chick embryo in egg) once in Malaysia. Just couldn't)
that was probably the grossest thing ever. Oh, and bugs, no way i would eat them also.
peacetraveler22
May. 5th, 2014 03:54 pm (UTC)
You cook them for the dog, or they eat raw? Chick embryo in egg. :( I would feel guilty eating that!
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real_marsel
May. 5th, 2014 04:01 pm (UTC)
I couldn't eat roasting pig too. Awful!!!
I ate cow's udder, it was tasty before I knew what is it. Sorry for my English.
peacetraveler22
May. 5th, 2014 04:04 pm (UTC)
Your English is almost perfect! Cow's udder...doesn't sound appetizing.
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Alex Winter
May. 5th, 2014 05:27 pm (UTC)
свиные уши. у корейцев считается деликатесом, хрустят ими с удовольствием
peacetraveler22
May. 5th, 2014 05:29 pm (UTC)
The butcher selling the item at the market looked Korean, so this is not surprising.
mybathroom
May. 5th, 2014 06:15 pm (UTC)
Its pigs' ears!
peacetraveler22
May. 5th, 2014 06:15 pm (UTC)
Denis, you like this treat? I didn't know it's popular in Russia. So, readers taught me something new today. :)
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rider3099
May. 5th, 2014 08:05 pm (UTC)
It’s looking like pig’s ears
peacetraveler22
May. 5th, 2014 08:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's pig's ears. :)) Does your cute dog eat them as a treat? Many readers in the comments said they give them to their dog, and you can buy bags of them at SAM's Club or COSTCO. Next time I'm in these stores, I'm going to look for them out of curiosity.
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