Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 25, 2007 on Travel Channel
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While in the Philippines, Andrew visits Manila. While there, he eats at street vendors, local restaurants, and on the beach.
Some of the more exotic foods he shares: balut (chicken fetuses), coconut grubs, mangrove worms, water crickets and deep-fried whole baby chickens.
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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • The duck fetuses that Andrew tried are probably 15 days old so the duck/mallard does not appear as a duck/mallard yet. It is enveloped in a white membrane and the local term for it is "balut sa puti" or literally: wrapped in white.

      • This is the first episode to feature Andrew's catch phrase: "If it looks good, eat it." Even though, early in the episode he tells the audience that disgusting-looking foods usually taste neutral.

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Andrew: Who knows what I'll enjoy next? Jellyfish salad in China? Grilled Guinea pig in Ecuador? Who knows, but you know what I always say, if it looks good, eat it!

      • Andrew: This is certainly one of the strangest things I've eaten... bar none. (about the mangrove worms

      • Andrew: This is Zimmern's law number 75--the way more disgusting the food looks, the more neutral it tastes.

      • Andrew: Usually, when somebody says, "Oh, eat this, it's going to be good for you," it means it's going to taste a little strange.

      • Andrew: (on trying purple yam and cheese ice cream served in a bun) It's just not right. But, I defend your right to eat it to the death. It just tastes like frozen butter on a bun.

      • Andrew: Now, a balut is a fertilized duck embryo that's steamed and served in the shell. It's about 18 days old. It's basically a hard boiled egg with a beak, feathers, feet. If that doesn't sound absolutely crazy bizarre I don't know what does.

    • NOTES (2)

      • In the final credits--

        Special Thanks:
        Philippine Department of Tourism-Manila:
        Secretary Joseph "Ace" Durano
        Undersecretary Eduardo Jarque Jr.
        Ma Corazon Jorda-Apo
        Tomasito G. Umail

        Special Thanks:
        Puerto Princesa City--Palawan:
        Mayor Edward Hagedorn
        Ellen Marcelo-Hagedorn
        Nenella Sardon-Aguirre

        Special Thanks:
        The Legend Hotel--Palawan

        Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park:
        James Albert Mendoza

      • Also credited in this episode:

        Series Producer -- Tracy Morgan
        Second Camera -- Joel Angler

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