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Silkworm larvae a tad bland

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• Updated on  November 30, 2016 at 5:23 am
Food shouldn’t be scary. When I started writing this column eight months ago, I looked at it as a way to share food and learn about other cultures, even if the food might be different from what most of us are used to. Read More
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Enjoy tails while waiting for the rest of the turkey

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• Updated on  November 30, 2016 at 5:32 pm
Turkey butts are not really traditional Thanksgiving or Filipino food. Read More
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Natto fans don’t mind funk or slime

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• Updated on  November 1, 2016 at 4:45 pm
Natto is one of those foods people either love or hate. Read More
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Diners have a bone to pick — and slurp — at pho spot

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• Updated on  October 18, 2016 at 7:22 pm
Ever wonder what Vietnamese restaurants do with the bones left over from making pho? At Rice Paper in Chinatown, the bones used to be given to family and friends. Now they’re given to customers. Read More
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Land ‘oysters’ are a deep-fried Denver delicacy

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• Updated on  October 5, 2016 at 3:22 pm
If you are going to eat Rocky Mountain oysters, it’s probably best not to watch them being prepared, especially if you are a guy. Read More
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‘Stinky’ dish is a treat, if not all that pungent

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• Updated on  September 21, 2016 at 12:09 pm
Fear not the Stinky Grilled Cheese Sandwich at the Tchin Tchin! Bar in Chinatown. Read More
 
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Alligator tastes like chicken with hints of beef and fish

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• Updated on  September 24, 2016 at 6:13 pm
When Elvis Hoang, one of the owners of the Arena 808 Sports Lounge, heard they would have alligator on the pupu menu, hewas skeptical. Read More
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Go for goat at Jamaican joint

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• Updated on  August 24, 2016 at 6:27 pm
On the island of Jamaica, the main dish at parties is Jamaican curry goat, not kalua pig or laulau. Read More
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Sea snails make soup that you just might love

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• Updated on  August 24, 2016 at 6:30 pm
Mention Vietnamese food and most people think of pho, papaya salad and spring or summer rolls — the stuff you can find at any Vietnamese restaurant here. Read More
 
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Stingray pupu offers a familiar experience

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• Updated on  August 24, 2016 at 6:31 pm
A young colleague at work told me she can’t eat stingray because she’s seen the movies “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory,” where an eagle ray named Mr. Ray is a teacher to young fish. Read More
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Spice lovers should eye this fish

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• Updated on  August 24, 2016 at 6:32 pm
Covered in spicy, salted and fermented chilies, with eyeballs staring back at you, Hunan chili fish head can be intimidating. Read More
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Bite your tongue, in taco full of taste

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• Updated on  June 30, 2016 at 6:27 pm
The icky factor, for those who don’t like tongue, probably has something to do with the idea of eating something that, when the animal was alive, could taste you back. Read More
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Sweetened poke quite a challenge for the taste buds

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• Updated on  June 15, 2016 at 11:01 pm
Kealoha Fernandez is like a kid in a poke store. Read More
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Delicate and delicious fugu is worth the tingly death risk

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• Updated on  June 4, 2016 at 10:05 pm
The last course of my fugu meal in Japan was a flaming cup of sake with fugu fins. Read More
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Roasted rat is much like chicken, except for the extra legs and tail

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• Updated on  June 4, 2016 at 10:09 pm
When it comes to eating rat, there are two kinds of people: those who grew up eating it and those who are repelled by the idea. Read More
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Got guts? Korean eatery serves lots

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• Updated on  June 4, 2016 at 10:10 pm
At Han Yang Restaurant in Kalihi, they have a secret menu of sorts. Read More
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For a healthful treat, try jellyfish

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• Updated on  June 4, 2016 at 10:07 pm
Turtles eat them. So do fish, including bluefin and other tuna. In China, South Korea and Japan, people eat them, too. Read More
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Ant eggs give omelet lots of ‘pop’

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• Updated on  June 4, 2016 at 10:12 pm
In the frozen-food sections of some markets in Chinatown, you can find packages of something called kai mod deng. Read More