Saturday, 5 April 2008

Basashi Ice-Cream

PhotobucketI hear there is a place called the Cup Ice Museum in Ice Cream City located in Tokyo, Japan where you can find some of the weirdest ice-cream flavours. Some of which include, hot spring water, miso ramen, seaweed, straw, potato, whale and of course basashi or horse meat icecream.

PhotobucketBasashi is often served raw as sashimi in Japan with soy sauce and thin ginger slices. It is said that if you can overcome your initial revulsion or prejudices, the texture is chewy and the taste, smooth and creamy.

The cities, Kumamoto and Matsumoto are famous for basashi although the consumption of horse flesh is not as popular as it once was. For more information, you can check it out here and here.
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A friend who is currently visiting Tokyo has recently tasted Red Bull ice cream.

I've eaten some pretty weird stuff myself such as pigs' intestines and chicken gizzards. Do I see some people doubling over in horror? Hehe, in all honesty, neither of them has a taste per se. It's eaten for the texture mostly, kind of like escargot (snails).

What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?

6 comments:

Joanna Schmidt said...

The idea of meat flavored ice cream is revolting to me. :s

The weirdest thing I've eaten. Hmmm. I can't think of anything weird except some things I've tried at a sushi bar, but that is common. I'm sure hot dogs has some pretty gross things in it.

Horse? No thank you.

Sarah said...

I have had guinea pig. It is a delicacy in Peru. I didn't really like it but then again I am not a meat eater. However, when I travel to a different country I always try their food no mater if it is meat or not. In Crete, I tried goat's meat which is not really weird but Americans don't really have much access to it. I also grew up in Northern Vermont so there would often be game dinners where you could try squirrel, rabbit, pheasant, moose, bear, etc..

LoveMichie said...

Joanna: I agree. Dan's stepmum owns a white horse similar to the one in the picture. I can't imagine eating her :(

Sarah: Really? How does it taste like? That's true, I try to do the same thing unless I find it too weird. I've had frog as well cooked chinese style which I have to say is very yummy.

Judi from Satin Petal Soap said...

Yack! Ewwww! Yack!
Hmmm? The strangest thing I have eaten???
I think maybe frogs legs?? Many years ago :(
OOO! I love horses! Never to eat, to love :)

LoveMichie said...

I love frogs legs!! Yummmm. I love horses too (yes, not too eat :P)!!! It seems to be a girl thing here in Oz.

Anonymous said...

Sarah,

America has LOTS of Goat meat available. It's served by plenty of rural people, high end restaurants, and middle eastern immigrants.

It's fantastic barbecued in a smoker with a yogurt marinade.