Photocredit: Keith Gandy
Yes, missionaries are from time to time confronted with foods that are not common to their palatte. This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions in a missionary Q&A session. To allow you to share in some of those experiences, here is a small sampling of culinary presentations I have encountered in my travels.
Be aware! Some of the images are very graphic. If you are squeamish, be warned in advance.
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Although the image is blurred (due to photographer inexperience in low lighting conditions), these are live eels being packaged for sale.
Open-air Vendor: Fish soup in Bangkok, Thailand.
Fast Food: I did eat at this open market in Bangkok, Thailand. A table had mounds of food already prepared. I thought it was sprouts and meat cubes, actually I received sprouts and pork fat. It was still fun to sit with the locals and laugh.
Turtles in Thailand. Take home and prepare to your liking. Sold in an open-air meat market.
Deep fried: Actually this is my choicest place to eat when traveling in third-world countries - you know everything has been killed. I believe I at here - fried chicken and it was good.
Breakfast, Cambodian style: This spread was prepared for two missionaries - including a whole fish. It was delicious, but we got nowhere close to eating everything.
Dumplings, Shanghai, China: These are delightful - stuffed with all kinds of delights, made to order. Some open-air vendors fill them with soup. Loved them!
Guinea Pig, Peru: Yes, these delightful house pets are raised for consumption in Peru - this is in a family's courtyard. They are served whole - with claws attached.
Seafood, Marrakesh, Morocco: In the open market in the evenings, there is a wonderful atmosphere of booths serving everything you can imagine, and things you can't imagine. Calamari and shrimp. I ate platefuls of both.
Sheephead, Marakkech, Morocco: One of the booth offerings in Marakkech in the evenings.
Snails, Marrakesh, Morocco: Not quite escargo like you find in Paris, but people were gathered and gobbling them down.
Bread, Morocco: Different shape than the Wonderbread loaves seen in the states, but still tasty.
Steerhead, Peru: Open market offering in Curahuasi, Peru.
Pasta with Salmon, Paris, France: Not all food is strange - this was extremely delicious.
A Lithuanian dish (Lithaunia is a Baltic country) - called mashed potato pie. Not the best presentation, but it did taste good.