2014-2015 Commentary Slider — 05 June 2015
Weird? Delicious!

By Shihua Liu

O-High students discuss unfamiliar foods

Oakland High school is a public school that gathers many different races. With the large amount of different races in OHS, don’t you ever wonder what kind of cultural food our students eat at home?

Some Oakland High students report eating sannakji, which is a Korean dish of live octopus cut into small pieces and served immediately with sesame or sesame oil. When served, the pieces of octopus are still squirming on the plate. Caution: Even though they’re chopped, the arm pieces of live octopus are still active, so you need to chew rapidly so you won’t choke or die from them.

“I have eaten dogs every time I fly back to China,” said sophomore Siyao Huang. “Dog is a popular food in China. Almost all of the Chinese have eaten one before so I don’t know why others are ‘ewwing’ about us eating dog.”

Dogs, also known as ‘fragrant meat,’ are a popular food in China. Dog meat is regarded as wintertime food and healthy food because dog meat is tender and has beneficial effects on kidney and spleen disease. It can also cause nosebleeds in people who eat too much. Some say that it tastes like sheep, according to NBC News.

Worms are also a popular source of protein in much of the world. Mopane, known as a weird African food that is full of protein and life, is made out of large mopane worms, which are de-spined and then dried it in the sun. Some say they taste like potato chips when they eat mopane for the first time.

“This is what our ancestors ate for survival and is one of their staple diet because it‘s easy to pick,” said freshman Win Teavir. “It’s a really good source of protein. I’ve tried a few fried worms before and I find it tastier than regular french fries.”

Vegeterian can also eat unusual cultural foods, like huitlacoche. A Mexican food, also known as corn smut, it is a grey fungus that grows on corn. Although it may seem disgusting, it is served in soups and quesadillas in Mexico. It has a unique flavor which is sweet and fermented.

There are many other cultural foods that might sound nasty to you but are actually tasty. You actually learn more about a culture while eating its cultural food.

“If I have the chance to eat cultural foods from all over the world, I will try it,” said freshman Jessica Tam. “I like trying new things.”

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