the omnivore’s hundred

In culinary experiments, ethnic food on 05.31.11 at 11:05 pm

it’s a small world. as a newbie to the foodie blogosophere (yumyumyummers is only 4 months old), i’m fascinated by how quickly you can connect with folks from all over the world with a similar passion for food and all things culinary. i’ve been learning a lot about cultural cuisine from my new foodie friends spanning the globe — from columbus to vancouver, new york to jakarta, london to sydney, dubai to los angeles, victoria to jacksonville, prague to auckland… so much fun.

mandy, a fellow foodie blogger from mauritius, recently blogged about the omnivore’s hundred (originally found on uk blog very good taste). basically, it’s a list of 100 (edible?) things that you may find on a dinner table, lunch truck, vending machine or local market somewhere in this (small) world. the omnivore’s hundred lists everyday foods that you may/may not already be familiar with, and names of local delicacies that you may/may not know how to pronounce. intrigued?

i’ve got a pretty adventurous palate when it comes to food & travel. so i guess it didn’t surprise me to see that i’ve already eaten (and in some cases, cooked) 79 of these 100 cultural dishes & ethnic delicacies either at home or abroad. though there is a small list of things where i do draw the line (read: will not eat whole insects and/or roadkill. ew.).

the deets:
– copy this list into your blog, including these instructions.
– boldface all items you’ve eaten before.
– cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
– note: i’ve modified the original list slightly to focus on food category vs. brand.

the omnivore’s hundred:
1. venison
2. nettle tea
3. huevos rancheros
4. steak tartare
5. crocodile
6. black pudding
7. cheese fondue
8. carp
9. borscht
10. baba ghanoush
11.  calamari (coming soon to yumyumyummers)
12. pho
13. pb&j sandwich
14. aloo gobi
15. hot dog from a street cart
16. epoisses
17. black truffle
18. fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. steamed pork buns
20. pistachio ice cream
21. heirloom tomatoes (check out the yumyumyummers recipe)

22. fresh wild berries
23. foie gras
24. rice & beans
25. brawn or head cheese
26. raw scotch bonnet pepper
27. dulce de leche
28. oysters
29. baklava
30. bagna cauda
31. wasabi peas
32. clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. salted lassi
34. sauerkraut
35. root beer float
36. cognac with a fat cigar
37. clotted cream tea
38. vodka jelly/jell-o
39. gumbo
40. oxtail
41. curried goat
42. whole insects
43. phaal
44. goat’s milk
45. malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. fugu
47. chicken tikka masala
48. eel
49. glazed doughnut
50. sea urchin
51. prickly pear
52. umeboshi
53. abalone
54. paneer
55. hamburger
56. spaetzle
57. dirty gin martini
58. beer above 8% abv
59. poutine
60. carob chips
61. s’mores
62. sweetbreads
63. kaolin
64. currywurst
65. durian
66. frogs’ legs
67. beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. haggis
69. fried plantain (check out the yumyumyummers recipe)
70. chitterlings or andouillette
71. gazpacho
72. caviar & blini
73. louche absinthe
74. gjetost or brunost
75. roadkill
76. baijiu
77. fruit pie
78. snail
79. lapsang souchong
80. bellini
81. tom yum
82. eggs benedict
83. chocolate-dipped cookie sticks
84. omakase (japanese chef’s table tasting menu)
85. kobe beef
86. hare
87. goulash
88. flowers
89. horse
90. criollo chocolate
91. corned beef
92. soft shell crab
93. rose harissa
94. catfish
95. mole poblano
96. bagel & lox
97. lobster thermidor
98. polenta
99. mountain coffee
100. snake

what’s your take on the omnivore’s hundred? feeling brave? ;)

  1. Thanks for joining in the fun. WOW, I am impressed with your 79 out of 100, you definitely have a more experienced palette than me.
    :-) Mandy


    • i think my adventurous palate for food dates back to my childhood when my parents tricked me into thinking that frog legs were chicken wings! (for the record, i think frog legs taste just like chicken!)


  2. […] first learned of this list from the blog yumyumyummers, but it was originally published at very good […]


  3. Super fun post – great work! I was happy to see Aloo Gobi, Salted Lassi and Chicken Tikka Masala on the list! Thank you for sharing this was a great read! :)


  4. […] me to introduce you to The Omnivore’s Hundred. I came across The Omnivore’s Hundred on yumyumyummers blog. This is a list of foods that adventurous omnivores can try–including fine foods, […]


  5. Hello there, I mentioned you on my blog!


    Thank you for introducing me to the Omnivore’s Hundred!!



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