W​hat's the worst meal you've ever eaten?

It's time to s​pill the beans.

2y ago

Earlier this year I travelled with some mates to the bogan paradise that is Bali Indonesia. And it was brilliant. Mostly.

Out of all the meals I ate whilst there, one stands above the rest as the worst meal I’ve ever eaten.

One meal stands above the rest as the worst meal I’ve ever eaten...

O​h dear.

Here’s how that dish came about:

We had spent the majority of the day snorkelling in a bay many kilometres from our accommodation and hence hadn’t eaten for several hours (which, when you’re an adolescent male, feels like several lifetimes).

It was 9pm when we arrived home and decided to scour the streets for something to satisfy our appetites. Given the late hour and our secluded location, our chances of finding an open restaurant were grim. We decided to search, nonetheless. To make matters worse, it was raining, the streets were flooded, and our flip-flops had disintegrated.

I​t was like this. Except worse. Credit: Alpha

I​t was like this. Except worse. Credit: Alpha

We were about to accept defeat when one friend announced that there was a 5-star “Tripadvisor recommended” restaurant a few streets ahead that was actually open. In spite of the circumstances, we ran, spurned on by the thought of an invigorating meal. The reality couldn’t have been further from the truth.

Having arrived at said destination, I ordered an Indonesian classic: beef rendang. What I received was something else.

It looked like beef rendang in an if-I-squint-that-kind-of-looks-like-it sort of way, but that was about where the similarities ended. What I tasted that night had more in common with beach sand than the Indonesian dish I had grown accustomed to. The meat was dry, the rice was uncooked, and it was so incredibly salty that I presume the ‘chef’ had soaked the meat in the Dead Sea for several centuries prior to cooking it.

It was, without a doubt, the worst meal I have ever eaten.

But now, I want to hear your story. So, Foodtribe, do tell.

W​hat's the worst meal you've ever eaten?

P​hotography Credit: Jakub Kapusnak; Alpha, Beef Rendang with Yellow Rice - Bali Bowl.

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Comments (20)

  • I shall write more about 'all-you-can-eat' buffets soon, but several years ago we had without a doubt the worst food ever at a now-defunct AYCE 'smorgasbord' in our area. It was a successful place for many years; I had eaten there a few times prior.

    Normally warm things were cold; normally cold things were warm.

    Two things stick out to this day: the 'swedish meatballs' that were most certainly made from horse meat; and the 'bbq ribs' that were nearly the color of a orange construction cone. The cone would have been less rubbery than those ribs that night. I still cannot believe my wife insisted on our paying the bill.

      2 years ago
  • Prob a ‘hot dog’ sort of thing from a vendor in Copenhagen, also starving from touring all day, and it was quite the walk back to port, the place we did want ‘a deli’ did not have anything appetizing either, we opted for street food, none of their so called ‘condiments’ cld make it taste better but i was starving for something, ate it anyway, but never again 😖

      2 years ago
  • Improperly cooked calamari

      2 years ago
  • Cold soup. Enough said.

      2 years ago
  • Chickpea rissoles. Speaking of them now makes me writhe.

      2 years ago