Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 25, 2007 on Travel Channel



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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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