Andrew Zimmern has eaten a number of actually “weird” dishes throughout his tenure because the host of “Weird Meals,” however he reserves the phrase “disgusting” — a time period he claims he not often makes use of — for a really odd condiment he tries within the upcoming season.
Zimmern, clearly, is not any stranger to unusual delicacies. He’s munched his manner by means of over 20 collective seasons of “Weird Meals,” “Weird Meals America” and “Scrumptious Locations.” He’s eaten putrefied shark in Iceland, tree grubs in Peru and even “horse rib and rectum sausage” in Kazakhstan, the latter of which he described as “scrumptious” regardless of being one of the crucial weird issues he’s ever eaten.
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But it surely was a easy tomato-based dish that intimidated Zimmern throughout a visit to Missouri whereas retracing the route of the James Gang.
“I believe it’s been some time since I’ve eaten one thing that I felt was actually horrific on digital camera,” Zimmern advised Fox Information. “That being mentioned … the rotten tomato ketchup actually was disgusting, in each sense. And that’s a phrase I by no means use round meals, however at one stage earlier than it’s cooked, that’s the one technique to describe it.”
As Zimmern advised Fox Information, the “ketchup” he sampled in Missouri isn’t actually ketchup in the identical sense that almost all diners would acknowledge because the pink stuff they dip their fries in, however somewhat a savory, vinegary condiment for roasted meats.
“[It’s] actually rotten tomatoes with inches and inches of blue, white and black mildew rising on it,” Zimmern defined. “The kind of factor you’d throw within the rubbish. You’d by no means get close to it.”
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However as soon as the entire dangerous micro organism is boiled off, Zimmern sampled the ketchup and described it as having a “faint, fermented, off taste … in the identical manner that basically nice hams or cheeses have a barely off or fermented taste to them.”
And on the finish of the day, Zimmern ended up liking it a lot that he hasn’t dominated out the opportunity of recreating the dish in his personal kitchen.
The one factor Zimmern loves greater than sampling the world’s most weird meals, nonetheless, is the individuals he meets and the villages he visits the place of us nonetheless recognize these dishes.
“The present has taken fairly a flip over the past 11-and-a-half years that we’ve been on,” mentioned Zimmern. “What began out as a present that was undoubtedly ‘fats white man goes world wide and eats bugs’ — although we had the next goal — it was a Trojan Horse [I used] to attempt to sneak into the tv world. I needed to speak about cultures by exploring meals.”
From the sound of the upcoming episodes, Zimmern undoubtedly will get to do exactly that: Along with retracing the route of the James Gang, the brand new season of “Weird Meals” takes Zimmern searching in Poland, down the “romantic street” in Germany, and stopping for a chunk in all places from Minnesota to the Amalfi Coast.
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“To stroll right into a retailer and see somebody who nonetheless makes rotten tomato ketchup, and that second of seeking to the pot and seeing all that mildew and rotten meals that they have been going to boil off… it simply offers you pause,” Zimmern mentioned. “And to see that there are individuals who nonetheless favor to dwell that manner.
“It’s the little moments that seize me.”
The brand new season of “Weird Meals With Andrew Zimmern” premieres Tuesday, Jan. 23 on Journey Channel.