What are some of the grossest things you guys have ever eaten? I like to keep an open mind when it comes to food, but with certain things, I just can’t help but to be closed minded. Call me uptight, stubborn, whatever you will. But I just can’t bring myself to eat what I consider beyond GROSS. I realize that there is a chance that I may end up actually liking that beyond GROSS item that I am so closed minded to try if I just give it a chance. Well, I will have to pass on food items like ummm BUGS. I recently came across a can of bundaegi and had to pass.
KIK had me craving bundaegi with the way she was talking about it. And I didn’t even know exactly what it was or what it looked like. It just sounded amazing. She did mention that some people cannot eat it because they might find it gross. I didn’t care, I was sold. I was curious. Any food item that was making somebody drool like that from just talking and thinking about it had to be worth trying.
Come summer of 2014, a can of bundaegi finds its way into my hands and we meet for the first time. I took it from my brother. Someone gave it to him. I knew he wasn’t going to eat it, so I took it. I was curious to open the can and look at it, more than anything.
“How do you know?” I asked.
Bundaegi is also a Korean pub grub. I figure alcohol would be of tremendous help to the apprehensive (aka me). But personally, I am not sure if even alcohol would have me come around to trying it. I highly doubt it.
When I finally opened the can, OMG!! These things were huge, a lot bigger than what I expected. They looked rather small in the image on the can. As soon as I opened the can, I instantly cringed and said, “HELL NO! I AIN’T EATING THAT!”
I was too grossed out to even touch them. I took a wooden chopstick and poked at one. I fished it out and sqooshed it, curious to see if it oozes out any bug juice or insect guts…or anything else gross. But no, nothing came out. The sqooshing noise was like the crunch sound you hear when you sqoosh a cockroach crawling around your house. Yeah, definitely 100% HELL NO to bundaegi!
I have to admit, even though I don’t want to taste or touch it, I am curious to cook it. And maybe have someone else taste it. Since I have no idea how it tastes, I would have no idea what to do with it. I can only go by what others have told me, – it’s good when boiled, good with gochujang. And from my own observation, it has a chewy/crunchy texture. If I were to cook it, I can see it being deep fried. What doesn’t taste good deep fried? Maybe I should deep fry it, feed it to some people, not tell them what it is, and tell them to guess what it is. For those that have never tried bundaegi, I wonder what their guesses would be.
Check out this video clip on YouTube. It made me chuckle. I was able to totally relate to that cringing face. They are eating it in total “Fear Factor” mode. I give them props for even trying.