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The strangest location you have ever had a meal at/in and what was it?

Was on a live aboard cruise to Komodo. The 'cruise boat' in question was an old diesel clunker that was under repair on the water during most of our 5 days. Nonetheless, the crew and 2dozen passengers made for great company. Our only major grievance was that every day, 3 times a day, it was chicken curry. I began conspiring with friends. We are on a boat in Indonesia. Surely we can score some fresh fish!

I think it was just after seeing the Komodo dragons up close and personal that we got our wish. Amidst choppy seas, a canoe approached our cruiser. It was no wider than a man's shoe. Inside the canoe were three local boys, the oldest about 12, and fish, fish, fish completely filling the hull! I asked if they were selling.

Our captain shrewdly negotiated a price that bought up their entire bounty. The ship cook grudgingly changed his meal plan to fish (wait for it) curry. But just before he started chopping those heads, he was nice enough to fillet a few sashimi cuts for me. The freshest I've ever had, no doubt!

Epilogue: As we enjoyed the change of menu that evening, one of the passengers made a point. We had helped to violate at least several local and international laws: child labor, fishing in UNESCO protected waters, unregulated commerce... Ah well. Food always tastes better when it's illegal.

Oct 14, 2012
RamblinSam in Not About Food

The strangest location you have ever had a meal at/in and what was it?

Very common in some of the thermal parks in SE Asia to find folks boiling eggs in the pools.

Oct 14, 2012
RamblinSam in Not About Food