Food? I like food! Especially strange, unique and obscure foods. There is not a single type of cuisine I don’t like — just some that I like less than others. And I believe that when people say they don’t like a certain region’s food its only because they haven’t had the right dish or a decent chef.
Just always remember when trying new foods do not ask what you are eating until you have finished your plate.
Yogyakarta, Indonesia I wouldn’t have even know it was pigeon unless my buddies had told me. The brain, although small, was fried and crunchy and very good.
Raw Cobra Organs
Jogja, Indonesia Seconds after killing a cobra I was handed a couple raw organs and a glass full of blood and torn up muscle tendons. It actually did not taste bad at all. However I didn’t feel any of the often-reputed aphrodisiac effects.
Solo, Indonesia I’ve only had this once — it was very tough and hard to chewy. Maybe it was just the way it was cooked…or because it was an old dog 😛
Siak, Sumatra, Indonesia You suck the mushy (think consistency like apple sauce) fresh bone marrow out through the straw while eating the soup.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates There is nothing special about this traditional Middle Eastern dish but it was sure great to try an authentic version in the UAE.
Jakarta, Indonesia I found this tasty little dish in Chinatown, Jakarta. It was really good — hope it wasn’t any endangered species of turtle…
[ My apologies but unfortunately I took this photo on a friend’s phone and cannot find it now. ]
Siak, Sumatra, Indonesia Known as keong here in Indonesia, these lil buggers were really good at first just lots of work to suck out of their shells.
Many cities, Indonesia Very soft and chewy. Often can be found accompany ayam dishes in Indonesia.
While these are certainly not all the new dishes I tried during the course of 2013, they were certainly some of the tastiest!
"Some people eat, others try therapy. I travel." Cultural enthusiast. Adrenaline junkie. Eater of strange foods. Chasing unique and offbeat adventures around the world since 2008. Derek loves going to new destinations where he does not speak a word of the local language and must communicate with hand gestures, or places where he is forced to squat awkwardly to poo -- supposedly its healthier and more efficient. For more information (about Derek, not squat pooing) including popular posts and videos, check out his bio.