Well we ate raw fish liver, jellyfish, crocodile, seaweed, ostrich eggs, fried scorpion, and rabbit's blood. 'Did you say rabbit's blood?' Yes, and it tasted pretty good, actually.
When we were staying in DaNang, Vietnam the owner of our hotel invited us to go to an outdoor restaurant, set in a jungle, where you eat on raised bamboo platforms and feast on five courses of rabbit. Of course we were in.
I was interested in this unique food adventure for several reasons, but one main one is that raising and harvesting rabbits for food has numerous benefits in terms of environmental resource efficiency and the nutritional value of the meat. With the same resources (food, water, land) you can ethically produce six times more rabbit meat than beef. Rabbit is leaner, higher in protein than chicken or beef and contains no bad cholesterol. None.
Another important facet about this meal is that very little of the animal was wasted. Food waste is a huge issue in the U.S. We ate the limbs, the organs, skin, and yes the blood of the rabbit.
So while I will admit that bunnies sometimes do seem to cute to eat, and are considered a pet to some, they are in fact a food source that can solve a lot of our problems with hunger, food waste, and climate change. And yes, as the Italians have known for generations, they are delizioso. Even the blood believe it or not! Check out the episode above and see if you think you could eat it.
If you ever find yourself in DaNang, Vietnam get in touch with Michael from the DaNang Experience. He and his wife Lien Mai are amazing hosts and can show you around this vibrant area which pulsates with intriguing culture.