Baltimore's Exotic Eats [Pictures]
Sampling ox blood stew, cow tongue tacos and other off the wall foods at local restaurants --By Evan Siple
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Exotic Eats( J.M. Giordano, Photo for The Baltimore Sun / April 3, 2013 )
What's the grossest thing you've ever eaten?
The answer probably depends on where you're from. Not everyone thinks ripping the shell off a steamed crab and slurping out a chunk of the meat slathered with "mustard" is a summertime delicacy. Still, traditional American food -- even regional favorites like the Maryland blue crab -- is pretty tame, compared to some of the "delicacies" from other parts of the world.
In Korea, a hot bowl of ox blood stew -- with tendons, cartilage and cubes of congealed blood -- is said to cure a hangover. And tacos filled with sticky chunks of pork skin aren't uncommon in some Latin American countries. But you don't have to travel far to try them; some restaurants in and around Baltimore serve the stomach-churning meals.
We dispatched Evan Siple, who writes the humor blog The City That Breeds, to try seven offbeat foods, from soul food standards like pig's feet to lamb testicles and other exotic fare. We photographed his reactions to each dish, which ranged from mild apprehension to sheer horror. We can only hope that his journey inspires you to put down those boring chicken tenders and set off on your own exotic food quest. All kind of weird foods await.