Do you sometimes just want to try the weirdest food on the menu?

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose - and the other night, I did both

13w ago

I realise there's those who may call it racist to label a country's cuisine as 'weird' but I'll pre-empt that by saying weird simply means unfamiliar. It's only pejorative in the mouths of boring people.

And often, all I want to do is try the weirdest items on any given menu. In Raku, my favourite - make that my only - Japanese restaurant, it was eel. In a little restaurant in Paris, one rainy night, it was snails. And this last week, in one of Canberra's central Chinese restaurants, it was chicken feet and jellyfish.

I hadn't actually realised jellyfish was edible before that night, but I'd long wanted to try chicken feet. People blanch at the concept - but I can guarantee there's nothing about a live chicken's daily routine that will want you make to eat it. But we do. We pluck it, we clean it, and we cook it for a very long time. Or not, if you're a bloody TikToker.

Point is, if I'm chewing down the leg, I don't really see why I should stop at the foot. Here's how that went:


The trouble is, I had been expecting them to arrive piping hot and with some sort of sauce, or general seasoning at least. Instead they arrived cold, clammy, and unseasoned, and I don't like my chicken cold, clammy, and unseasoned - much less an unfamiliar part of it. Of course I tried. I couldn't stomach it.

I showed the above photo to an Asian friend, and once he got over the shock that I had ordered the least white boy thing on the menu, admitted he was just as surprised they were just served with flicks of carrot.

So I'm not writing them off yet.


The jellyfish was also cold and clammy - but also salty, rubbery, and irresistible. Like noodles, if noodles were interesting.


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Comments (31)

  • Man, I'd eat crickets any day, but those chicken feet make me wanna puke! Just by looking at them, even if you haven't told us the details in the podcast. 🤢🤮 I have to try jellyfish, now I'm intrigued 😋

      3 months ago
  • Gladly I have never had such idea 🤣

      3 months ago
  • I will always try the weirdest things! I wouldnt have developed my affinity for pigtails otherwise. With Chicken feet I have found that frying them is best.. Have to clip the toenails though...

      3 months ago
    • I'd love to try pig tail. Also, let me know when chicken feet is on the Harvel menu...

        3 months ago
  • I've watched my chickens digging down in the dirt, searching for lord knows what. Even if I were willing to eat my pets, there is no way I would be willing to eat those tiny little feet with the tiny little claws still attached - maybe boiled down into a soup and broken down into bits of unrecognizable meat, but of course since I'm a vegetarian, I'm speaking hypothetically..

      3 months ago
    • I get that. But the pig wallowing in its filth and stench doesn't make you crave bacon, and yet

        3 months ago
    • I don't eat pigs, either, but if I did I suspect I would be a mite grossed out if someone presented me with an entire pig snout on a platter. I never tried them, but I remember one of the times my mother took us kids to the grocery store with her, when...

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        3 months ago
  • I don't go to places that have weird food on the menu, thank you very much 😊

      3 months ago
    • Your terrible loss, Jan

        3 months ago
    • Indeed, a terrible loss of pain, suffering, disgust and disappointment 😊 I can live with that!

        3 months ago