On a recent trip to Florida, Team FIN farmer Jeff Ryan from Cresco, IA, explored an Asian market where he found an abundance of food items he had never before seen. Among his finds were live eels, chicken feet, roasted coconut juice, duck eggs and more.
Here, Jeff tells his story in photos as he explored the market. In the end, he may have been a little out of his culinary comfort zone. From his blog:
"The minute we got on the ground back home in the Midwest again, I drove straight to The Nook in St. Paul to get myself a burger stuffed with cheese and some onion rings on the side.
Guy Fieri would be proud. Andrew Zimmern from "Bizarre Foods America ," not so much.
Guy No. 2
Jeff Ryan is Guy No. 2 in the operation of Two Guys Farming, Inc., near Cresco, IA.
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1. Asian market
A look at the Asian market and all of its offerings.
2. Cooked snails
The snails are ready to eat, as they are pre-cooked.
3. Live eels
Let's make a deal on eel.
4. Frito Lay equivalent: Shrimp Chips
These seafood flavored chips could be compared to the Frito Lays enjoyed in the U.S.
Durian is regarded by many in southeast Asia as the "king of fruits."
Lizardfish are small, bottom dwelling fish found in tropical and subtropical waters.
7. Rice depot
Plenty of rice was on hand to buy in bulk.
8. Roasted young coconut juice
Ryan: "I couldn't drink enough roasted young coconut juice (even with extra pulp) to wash the idea of a plate full of eel out of my head."
9. Squid tubes
These squid tubes are ready to be sliced and fried.
10. Spicy chicken feet
Chicken feet are eaten as a common dish in countries like China, Korea, South Africa, and others.
11. Salted duck eggs
These salted duck eggs offer an alternative to chicken eggs.
12. Much needed Juicy Lucy burger and onion rings
And back in the Midwest, Ryan headed straight to a burger joint - The Nook in St. Paul - to feast on a Juicy Lucy and onion rings.