I went to a well-known Mexican restaurant in New York City last night for dinner. Everything started out great. When dining, I always have one of those “when in Rome” attitudes about authentic food and drink. So when I’m at a steak place, I order the steak and not the chicken. If it’s a Chinese restaurant, I order the Chinese and not the burger they offer for people who hate Chinese but somehow find themselves in a Chinese restaurant.
I rarely order chicken, but last night I saw the “National Dish of Mexico” on the menu. I figured I couldn’t go wrong with something so good that it rose to the top of all possible Mexican dishes, so I ordered it. Unfortunately, I failed to read beyond the official designation and didn’t realize I was ordering chicken with mole sauce.
I’ve rarely eaten mole in the past, so I really didn’t have a huge opinion about it one way or the other. This particular mole though was unique. It was so thick and dark, it looked like something the ancient Aztecs cooked up and preserved just for my dinner. It was like a brown terrible paste that was bitter and quite unpleasant.
I only took a couple of bites, but that’s all I needed before I felt incredibly ill. Thirty minutes later I was in the bathroom throwing up—twice. I hate to be so unsocial on social media as to describe such things, so my apologies to those readers sickened just by reading this.
My tastes tend to change daily, so the following list could change, but here is my personal top ten list of most disgusting/gross foods in the world:
8. Fruitcake—Entire World
7. Lute fish (nasty slimy fish)—Nordic countries
6. British Food—United Kingdom
5. Gefilte Fish (fish in a jar)—Jewish
4. Rocky Mountain Oysters (cow balls)—USA
3. Fois Gras (liver of a force fed duck or goose)—France
1. Mole Poblano—National Dish of Mexico—Made me throw up TWICE—Mexico
What do you think is gross? Please share your thoughts. After all, there is nothing like some culinary commiseration.