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Thu Jun 05, 2014 5:18 pm

Oh k so it's not fish related but I'm hanging out to try a few different things like kangaroo, ostrich, crocodile etc.
Yes I could just go over to ozzy but Im sure I must be able to find them somewhere and there's to many Australians over there.
Has anyone managed to find different things around nz what did you think of them? Where did you find them?
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Thu Jun 05, 2014 6:04 pm

I have seen some interesting meats at the Aussie Butcher in kumeu, haven't tried eating them though.

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Thu Jun 05, 2014 6:16 pm

I know this doesn't help you up there but the New World in Albany used to have an exotic meats section with all that you listed, may be ask at your local New World..?
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Thu Jun 05, 2014 6:23 pm

can't help, but we really rate kangaroo. very tender and tasty. also, cheap as chips in aussie :)

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Thu Jun 05, 2014 6:32 pm

Well I might be in luck, my better half studies in albany so even though she isn't keen to try them she might pick some up for me....if I'm lucky

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Thu Jun 05, 2014 6:33 pm

Yep, Aussie Butcher is your best bet.

I can tell you that young camel steaks are melt in the mouth. Get an older animal and you'll still be chewing when everyone else is onto the port and cigars.
Others I've had include:
Snake -nice, but firm/hard,
Croc - better than snake, a strongish flavour bit like a wild turkey.
Roo - Like one of the more tender cuts of steak.
Huhu grubs fried in a bit of butter are very nice, I like them. Slightly nutty and best tried the first time after a few glasses (psychological blindfold). Forget the Bear Grylls raw Huhu, cook 'em.
Weta - Protected, but do have a habit of jumping into campfires when bivvied up in the bush. Probably the closest thing I've found to "tastes like chicken". Don't bother fighting over the drumsticks though.
Horse mussels (as opposed to horse muscles) are nice, but there's one bit which I haven't identified yet that is like getting a mouthful of black pepper.
Freshwater crays (Koura), delicious and widespread - check bush streams at night.
Freshwater mussels, a Dunlop Radial has more flavour and is the same texture.
Possum - nice fried in a crispy crumb, wife calls it Kentucky Fried Possum. Forget the males and older ones though.
Escargot - See Freshwater Mussels
Sea Anemone - Tried making a soup out of them once, interesting subtle (bland) flavour but not inedible.

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Thu Jun 05, 2014 9:47 pm

Lols HLD, I like raw Huhu grubs as a man test, taste like wood! Koura are awesome dipped in salt! Must of had a boy possum YUK!! Pupu's or cats eyes are disgusting! Would like to try snake and roo :?:

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Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:08 am

Generally you are supposed to eat just the adductor muscle - the white bit like on a scallop.
Hairy Little Dwarf wrote:Horse mussels (as opposed to horse muscles) are nice, but there's one bit which I haven't identified yet that is like getting a mouthful of black pepper.
I used to eat a bit of wallaby when I live in Dunedin and hunted in South Canterbury. Tender lean, but lacked flavour, used to throw in a bit of bacon to lard it up. When I lived there a restaurant called Crocodillos used to serve all sorts of interesting game including crocodile.

Some weird stuff I have tried: -

Shark fin (once to be informed) tasted like fishy rubber. :puke:
Jelly fish - salty, fishy rubber. :puke:
Sea cucumber slight rubbery texture, pleasant subtle flavour :y:
Horse - sort of like beef but not as nice :n:
Snake - concur with HLDs comment but I couldn't taste it because it was the hottest thing I have ever eaten in my life. It was supposed to cure a nasty head cold. I'm not sure if it did but it certainly changed my focus to a different end of my body ;(
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Fri Jun 06, 2014 6:32 pm

Interesting topic, being a meat-eater I've always wanted to try Yak...pun intended, but really, it's the leanest meet in Tibet supposedly :P

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Fri Jun 06, 2014 6:37 pm

TexasAngler wrote:Interesting topic, being a meat-eater I've always wanted to try Yak...pun intended, but really, it's the leanest meet in Tibet supposedly :P
It's probably the only meat in Tibet :lol:
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Fri Jun 06, 2014 6:54 pm

i've has yak curry in sw china, correct, it was the only meat available :D
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Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:15 pm

Hairy Little Dwarf wrote:
TexasAngler wrote:Interesting topic, being a meat-eater I've always wanted to try Yak...pun intended, but really, it's the leanest meet in Tibet supposedly :P
It's probably the only meat in Tibet :lol:
:?: didn't even think of that, well they have horses I reckon in a crunch.

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Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:17 pm

AndrewRawlingson wrote:i've has yak curry in sw china, correct, it was the only meat available :D
I don't get curry, I love spicy food, but curry just has this...I don't know, currious taste (who saw what I did there?).

I've had bison jerky, now that's something I love making myself in the oven is jerky, I can make the best venison, beef, turkey jerky and I need to try smoking fish. Saw a thread somewhere on here about that.

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Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:14 pm

This topic reminds me of the days when the wild food festival in Hokitika was a festival of actual wild food. In fact the only thing more wild than the food used to be the characters who sold it. Many of them looked as though they had only just walked out the bush that morning with whatever tasty morsel they were cooking.

I agree with the comments about wallaby, not much flavour but a nice lean meat.
Possum isn't really worth the effort due to the amount of meat you get off one. Also be carefull, like with any meat, that you don't get one that is from a TB area or somewhere that has had a 1080, brodificoum or cholicalciferol drop recently. Better to pluck the fur and sell it to buy some other meat.
Venison is readily available from Silver fern farms or from many of the farmers markets. Farmed is not as flavoursome as wild but is a very good lean meat.
Tahr is a fantastic meat like a very lean lamb. Trick as with any goat is to get a young animal preferably something below breeding age.

One of my favourites would have to have been a dish a mate cooked a while back of young flapper geese (don't ask where these came from, I didn't :tmi: )stuffed with a cream cheese and apricot stuffing then baked in tinfoil on the barbecue.

But probably the most exotic dish was one I had at a banquet in Pakistan. The guide I was with kept telling me what everything that came out was and what was in it until one small covered dish came out. This he only told me the Pakistani name and said "you must try, Pakistani delicacy". He waited until the fork was just about in my mouth before telling me it was curried goats brain. Didn't flinch, just ate it and went back for seconds since no one else wanted to try it. Texture was like semolina and flavour was only really like curried porridge.

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Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:12 am

dwmonty wrote:He waited until the fork was just about in my mouth before telling me it was curried goats brain. Didn't flinch, just ate it and went back for seconds since no one else wanted to try it. Texture was like semolina and flavour was only really like curried porridge.

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Pan fried cow brain mixed with scrambled eggs is a country dish all over the midwest, deep south, etc, had it a couple times, it's ok, not much flavor honestly. Eating nocturnals would be a do or die scenario, possum has got to be the nastiest creature around these parts, along with Armadillo.

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Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:42 pm

Our possum is different to yours. It's a marsupial, native to Australia. Actually tastes OK.
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Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:25 pm

I'm with mental on the Albany new world. They get in some interesting meats. Rabbit (both wild and farmed) kangaroo,water buffalo steaks,whole goose($250!) pouson and I've seen croc occasionally. Cooked wild rabbit and it stunk the house out. Farmed rabbit is better


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Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:41 pm

I sold some crock and kangaroo at paknsave clarence street hamilton. We got a small order it was frozen and didnt sell well at all but did get alot of attention. I think the kangaroo was $42kg and crock $65kg so can understand why it was slow, rabbit pousons and quail went better. All that exotic meat isnt somthing you will find in alot of stores albany sounds the go
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Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:55 pm

Rabbit and possum are like goats...avoid the stinky ole billies ( bucks ) remove the scent glands from inside the rear legs of the males ,even old females can be "pungent" and dry. Goat is hardly exotic though, We are lucky to have a mate that allows me shooting access on his property , Fallow deer are a "pest" for him,,,,,,yummm! 8)
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Fri Jul 11, 2014 6:57 pm

Who doesn't like curry?! :tmi:

Mine only goes towards the English usual....squirrel, rabbit, hare, range of ducks, range of geese (nothing beats goose for Christmas day :* ), pheasant, woodcock, snipe, pheasant, partridge, water buffalo...sure there are a few other things.....(sure I had some Tescos "beef lasagne" a few times!).... but the best I have ever had has to be wood pigeon and grouse. Grouse tasted of heather and was so yummy!
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