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Most Disgusting Thing I've Eaten

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2. What's the most disgusting thing that you have ever eaten or even just put in your mouth? — #2, Aug.15.2004, Monday Madness

Well, I don't think it's disgusting at all, but most other people do. I have a fairly Yin constitution. I get cold easily and my organs used to be generally weak. I used to be given Cordyceps (冬蟲草) fairly regularly when I was young. It's usually prepared in chicken broth or with lean pork among other things.

This speaks to the care and love my parents showed me. If you know anything about cordyceps at all, you'll know that they are hideously expensive. $50 for a little cube of it from Chinatown and that was a medium quality.

The "disgusting" part is that these things are live worms that attach themselves to a blade of grass. They develop a fungal parasite and as they "die", they merge with the plant. When they are harvested, they still look like worms, but they have become the plant. I'm not missing any words there: they have become the plant. =)

There's one for the vegetarians to wrap their heads around. =D

To the protest of my parents, I made some for a group of friends once for a Hallowe'en party. Only the most adventurous tried it. Some couldn't even look at them =)


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Aug. 20th, 2004 01:18 pm (UTC)
My answer to that question:

once upon a time I was sitting watching TV and there was this fly that was bugging the hell out of me. Well finally it went away and I didn't think anythign of it. A few minutes later I grabbed my water bottle and took a sip and felt something moving in my mouth. I spit out the water into my hand (and all over my lap and chest) to find the fly squirming around in my palm.

THAT was pretty gross.
Aug. 20th, 2004 01:34 pm (UTC)
Aug. 20th, 2004 04:08 pm (UTC)
EW! Now I really wish I hadn't clicked on that link. :P

And *raises hand* I was one of those people who was not adventurous enough to try them. Worms? Uh, no thanks. :)
Aug. 20th, 2004 05:59 pm (UTC)
Haha yeah this one is particularly disturbing of all the various Cordyceps listed on that page.
Aug. 20th, 2004 05:21 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! Cordyceps was in that Chinese 'fear factor tea' I was taking several months ago. That's really interesting background info - I'm glad I didn't know that before I started drinking it. I was clinging to the thought that it all just *looked* scary and that it was perfectly innocent plants.
Aug. 20th, 2004 05:31 pm (UTC)
HAHAHA =D Fear Factor Tea =) Yeah, some of the teas can be reallyreally bitter =)
Aug. 20th, 2004 05:36 pm (UTC)

I'm trying to think of the grossest thing I've ever eaten and I can't, because I'm so mind-numbed by the idea of a caterpillar or worm, having been entirely fungus-fied, and then put into a soup. Ew.
Aug. 20th, 2004 08:40 pm (UTC)
2 things spring to mind when I think of nasty stuff I've eaten.

The first is the coagulated duck blood at dimsum that my dad tricked me into eating (he said it was tofu). The taste wasn't terrible, and the concept itself isn't that terrible either, but it made my teeth all squeaky weird, and there was an iron aftertaste. Lovely.

The second was some foul tasting soup that my grandmother brewed me when she visited during my high school years. I had my period, and was having bad cramps, so she made me this special concoction that was supposed to be good for fertility or reproductive health or something, I don't remember. I have no idea what was in it, but it tasted really foul.
Aug. 21st, 2004 08:24 am (UTC)
I bet it was tang kwei, or angelica root. My mother used to make me drink it too, and I hated it. She'd steep eggs in it, and I'd eat the eggs, but ugh, the soup.
Aug. 21st, 2004 06:44 am (UTC)
You know, when I read "Cordyceps" I had no clue what the hell you were talking about. Then I read the Chinese and kind of knew where the rest of the post was going.

I think my grossest was probably the bbq'd silkworm up in Harbin. Crunchy!
Aug. 21st, 2004 08:28 am (UTC)
*laughs* I have no idea, I guess tang kwei comes close, but it isn't really gross or disgusting. I've never had cordyceps though, and I think the disgusting factor is really dependent on perception. I mean, jellyfish could quite probably be passed off as disgusting, and so could pig's blood or fish heads or even snails. But I'd eat them all.
Aug. 21st, 2004 09:34 am (UTC)
For some reason, I don't think dang-guei is too bad. It's just strong and a very distinctive taste.

I love jellyfish, it's like chewing on rubber bands =) There's a spicy dish with pig's blood, tripe and various other animal innards that I love.

I'm also one of those weird people who like Cod Liver Oil. I bite open the little capsules on purpose.

Food-wise, there's not much that disgusts me...
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