THE STRANGEST MEALS ...EVER
Intrepid Travel's guides spill the beans
celebrations always seem to revolve at least a little around food, no
matter where you are! This week Intrepid Travel asked some staff
members to let us in on the most unusual meal they have had on their travels,
whether is was on their birthday or not...
QUESTION: Tell us about your strangest meal ever.
- Intrepid leader (Japan/China)
'A while ago I ate live octopus in a small Japanese fishing village. It
was a contact sport rather than a culinary experience. It bit my tongue
but I guess I would do the same. I had the last laugh though!'
- Indochina Operations Manager
'I once shared Pig's ear salad with an Intrepid group at the end of a
trek in Cau Bang province, northern Vietnam.'
- Intrepid Accountant
'Last year I ate bamboo worms in Laos. They are very slimy white grubs
and they were really revolting! I recommend adding a lot of chilli sauce!'
- Operations Manager
'A contract negotiation banquet with a Vietnamese hotel owner proved to
be my strangest meal. After each and every course, the owner would enthusiastically
leap to his feet and have his helpers pour the next round of Johnny Walker
shots for everyone. Twelve courses in and I was absolutely sloshed and
was close to agreeing to anything!'
- Intrepid Leader (India/Cambodia)
'A couple of monks from Hemis Monestary in Ladakh, India took me through
the Monastery to the kitchen where a huge vat of salted butter tea was
brewing. It sounds disgusting, but after a day in the sun at such high
altitudes you welcome the butter that soothes your cracked lips and the
salt that replenishes lost minerals.
One of the kitchen crew presented
a pack of instant noodles, snapped them into segments and distributed
it amongst our small gathering to be dunked in our tea. Coffee and chocolate
biscuits bear no comparison! This was topped off with a hearty wedge of
yak cheese which can only be described as somewhere between a rock and
a hard place and about as tasty.
Fantastic combination and it covered the breadth of most food groups.
More than that, it was a meal given with the warmth of spirit that satisfies
more than just the stomach.'
Lee - Intrepid Travel Consultant (UK)
'I tasted dog at a plastic chair restaurant while drinking the local and
cheap home brew called Beer Hoi in Hanoi. I wouldn't rush to try it again
but it was an experience!'
- Intrepid Sales Representative (New Zealand)
'My weirdest meal would probably have to be left over Mongolian mutton
stew from dinner the night before, served at breakfast in a 'yummy' meatball
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