Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Omnivore's Hundred

I haven't come across a meme in a long while which interested me, but this one from Tym caught my attention. It's also one of the few memes where I've had to actively use Google to find out what the items were!

The other nice thing about this meme is remembering the first (and in many cases only time ) eating some of the more exotic foods on this list - such as ...

  • The snake, croc and frogs all came courtesy of the "Living Off The Land" course in the Army. All these things (plus monitor lizard and doves) were killed and cooked, by and for us, in the course of one day. After regular dinner was cancelled, it was eat them or go hungry. I can confidently assure you that everything tastes like chicken. Also, given the quality of the food the army was serving then, there was in most cases no difference, and in some a distinct improvement.
  • The hare (well, rabbit really) was courtesy of the Malaysian flatmate of a friend in university, who asked us over for dinner and gleefully challenged us to identify the meat we were eating. After puzzling over the small bones and dimunitive carcass for a while, we got it right.
  • The fresh wild berries were picked off a hedge that bounded a convent I walked by often. One day I noticed there were berries, wondered if they were edible, and confirmed they were. I hope the nuns didn't mind.
  • Almost all the Japanese foods are courtesy of some buffet here or there, including the fugu, which I didn't even know was fugu until I checked the menu after - had I known, I would have paid attention. Fugu deserves your attention. Sea Urchin I had once, and decided I would never again.
  • Krispy Kremes ... ah well. On the subject of fast food, I even remember where my first Big Mac was - the MacDonalds next to Bras Basah Complex. And yes, that Big Mac seemed much, much bigger than they do now.
  • Bagel and Lox came courtesy of a sandwich Seah Street Deli used to make, called Lox Stock and Bagels.

The Omnivore's Hundred
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you've eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese (aside: doesn't this one just sound obscene?)
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (unfortunately, never both at the same time)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat's milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth US$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald's Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S'mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs' legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette (as with Tym, I believe kway chap qualifies)
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail (to my deepest regret)
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

1 comment:

Tym said...

I don't remember where I ate my first Big Mac, but my first McDonald's burger (a humble plain hamburger) at the Liat Towers outlet. I think that was the first McDonald's outlet in Singapore.