I’m fortunate to live in an area of Atlanta that has a different international market on every corner. This opens up a variety of options to me as far as bizarre snacks, questionable ingredients and general experimentation. And I do love experimentation.
While we enjoy the cheap meats, hard-to-find ingredients and overall selection at the markets, one of our favorite things to do is to buy something strange-looking and just try it. You never know when you’ll find that one thing that you didn’t know you loved yet and can’t live without. Personally, I tend to focus on drinks. You can tell a lot about a culture by looking at what they drink.
For example, people in Taiwan like things that taste gross. I’m not making this up. If you are lucky (?) enough to try a delicious (?), freshly chilled can of Mong Lee Shang’s Pearl Soybean Drink (with tapioca ball) in Mung Bean Flavor, you’ll agree that the Taiwanese sure do drink things that taste like mung bean. Ahh…tastes like cultural enlightenment to me!