Okay it's really interesting reading about people's experiences in that food meme that's going around. I read Will's and cracked up when he mentioned eating a bug once that was in some Japanese candy. Oh those wacky Japanese. I no longer have a cadre of Japanese students because the last of them went back last year. But for several years before that I met with several families for English lessons. Often times, there would be food and we would go out to restaurants when one of the families returned to Japan. That was how I tried natto, which if you can picture this, is like edamame (soy beans) out of the pod in a bowl. There is a substance very much like clear snot all over the beans and a VERY SHARP odor is emanating from the bowl. The odor is rot. We eat lots of rotted things, cheese, sour cream, fermented fruits etc, and so this didn't really turn me off. I'm not sure if I would seek it out again though. It was during these restaurant outings I fell in love with tako yaki and I would definitely seek that octopus dish out again in the future.
Anyway, back to quirky Japanese foods. Once, I was introduced to karinto, which I posted about here. It was one of the non-fish infused sweets, though it looks just like freshly laid (not lain, but then you knew that) turds. Usually, when I met my students for lessons, they would prepare tea and have some kind of snack food on the table. You had to be really really careful with the snack food. It might look just like a chocolate truffle, but upon biting into it, chocolate fish oil might gush out of the center. You had to be prepared to fully eat whatever morsel you brought to your lips - to be polite of course. There might be a bowl of chips on the table, but instead of salt you discover coating the chips, you have some kind of fish powder. I'm not anti fish, but I think the Japanese have numbed their palate to the taste of it because it just seemed to be in absolutely everything. Pretzels wrapped in seaweed, cornchips dyed salmon pink. From the chips to the jellied candies, there was always at least a "hint from the sea". Hey, I love seafood, it just takes getting used to it being in everything. Though I'll never get used to those fish hotdogs they had. Gross just got grosser.
Okay, so what's the most disgusting thing you've ever eaten, intentionally or not? So far for me, it must be natto.
The most disgusting thing I've seen eaten? I remember being at a restaurant with my mom when she dug out the green matter in a lobster and sucked and slurped it down with enthusiasm. I almost barfed right there on the table.