I am Australian but spend an extended amount of time in Hong Kong (due to my dad's job). The slightly exotic and equally tasty food I have tried are:
Fried Pig Big Intestines
Marinated Cow Organs (this can include cow stomach, cow liver and so on)
and Pig's blood (frozen then later boiled)
Who said they didn't like Boudin? Cajun food is the best IMO.
Serbian pljeskavica, (ground beef, stuffed with bacon and cheese)
Banja Luka-style cevap (Serbian kebab)
Niš-style burek (a pastry made in a round shape, where the dough is thrown through the air to get the desired shape line in the second picture, traditionally stuffed with either cottage cheese or ground meatm with each burek cut into eight slices - "eights", usually eaten for breakfast with yoghurt)
Anyone arguing that Brisket is not the best BBQ in the US can come meet me @ Kreuz Market in Lockheart TX. After you try the meat there and admit that I am right though, you must submit to a thrashing about the head and ears with a 12lb raw brisket.
Best Places for Brisket:
1. City Market, Luling TX- Classic and ageless, this Spartan barbecue joint does just three things—make that four—but does them flawlessly. The brisket’s rub gives the outside some crunch, while the inside remains moist and plastic-fork-tender; sweetly glazed pork ribs melt in your mouth; mildly spiced beef sausage squirts juices when bitten; and the mysterious, dark orange sauce—thin, sweet, redolent of mustard and peppers—is like no other. Order meat in the smoky pit room; grab sides, condiments, and drinks at the front counter; and eat with boundless pleasure at long tables or booths. Beer.
This is barbecue’s holy of holies: City Market’s dark pit room, located in a back corner of the main dining hall. Clouds of post oak incense have been rising from its five pits for more than fifty years, and the smoke envelops manager Joe Capello Sr. and his crew as they slice your order—a choice of brisket, ribs, sausage, nothing else—onto butcher paper. You pay at the blackened cash register, then take your place at one of the pine booths or tables. Your first bite of a generous rib is tender, salty, fall-off-the-bone succulent. The brisket, perfectly crispy yet moist, emanates an addictive woodsmoke flavor. And, oh, the homemade beef sausage! Epic. Coarse and juicy, it alone is worth the journey. You forgot about the sauce, but it’s in a glass bottle right in front of you. And when you get around to tasting it—a thin, orange-ish, deliciously mustardy concoction—the signs imploring you to “Please leave sauce bottles on tables” suddenly make sense. In fact, your yearnings now met, your hopes fulfilled—suddenly everything makes sense.
BBQ SNOB SAYS: 2011: Not much more can be said about how great the meats are here in Luling. The brisket was smoky, tender, and moist. The ribs had a bit of chewiness, but the flavor was perfect, and the links were juicy with plenty of black pepper kick to go with that beefiness. There’s a reason I go back to Luling whenever I’m within about an hour of it.
Tie for 1. Kreuz Market- Lockheart TX-Who says nothing ever changes at this champeen of German-style, oak-smoked barbecue? Sure, the juicy beef—fatty brisket and lean shoulder clod—is still tender enough to cut with a plastic fork, if they had ’em (plastic knives are the only “silverware”), and the ambrosial pork chops remain the unsung star of the pits. But since moving in 1999 from the original downtown meat market to its present barn on the edge of town, Kreuz has expanded its menu to include, among other items, meaty pork ribs and jalapeņo cheese sausage links. There are even token sides now, but still no sauce. Because some things really don’t ever change.
Kreuz (pronounced “Krites”) does 45 percent of its business on Saturday. The rest of the week it feels like some kind of meat monastery. You enter, footsteps ringing out in the vast, vacant space, and head down a long hall to the pit room. The atmosphere is not convivial—you sit alone in a room, capacity 560, bent quietly over an array of absolutely beautiful meat, with no fork, sauce, or plate to disrupt the communion. The product is simple and potent. The brisket is so smoky you can imagine the tree. Swoon-inducing pork ribs are encrusted with huge chunks of black pepper. The pork chop is submissive and the jalapeņo-cheese sausage addictive.
3. Smittys Market- Lockheart TX-TEXAS MONTHLY SAYS: Partisans debate whether Smitty's or Kreutz Market is now Lockhart's top barbecue spot (and which side of the feuding family they favor) Smitty's gets our vote—from the dark, smoky-scented entryway to the juicy coils of sausage and astonishingly flavorful brisket. Sides of potato salad, pickles, cheese, and more may be bought in the bright, spotless dining room. Beer. Open Sun 9-3, Mon-Fri 7-6, Sat 7-6:30.
At peak hours, the lines invariably stretch out the back door. Patiently, you inch your way forward, passing the waist-high brick pits and perusing the list of post oak-smoked meats (brisket, pork ribs and chops, shoulder clod, sausage, prime rib). Salivating, you finally place your order for a pound or so of meat (in this ancient hall there are no platters or sandwiches). You pay with cash or check (here there is no debit or credit). You proceed to the high-ceilinged dining room, staring at the meats on your butcher paper (here there are no plates). At last, faint from hunger, you squeeze in at one of the long communal tables and tear into some of the finest barbecue in Texas.
Smitty’s began around 1900 as Kreuz Market, a German butcher shop that sold fresh meat during the week and smoked whatever was left over on the weekend. The Kreuz name endured even after Edgar “Smitty” Schmidt bought the business, in 1948. It was still in use in 1999, when a dust-up among the late Edgar’s three children caused his son Rick to take the Kreuz name to a new building down the road (see Kreuz Market). Fortunately, daughter Nina Schmidt Sells and her son, John Fullilove, kept the fires burning and reopened under the current name. They made a few concessions to modernity, such as repainting the dining room and offering sauce (you have to ask for it). Other than that, the place is still the proud bulwark of tradition it has always been. May it never change.
Snow's BBQ- Lexington TX-A small wood-frame restaurant, open only on Saturdays and only from eight in the morning until whenever the meat runs out, usually around noon, Snow’s is remarkable not only for the quality of its ’cue—“outlandishly tender brisket, fall-apart-delicious chicken”—but for the unlikeliness of its story. The genius behind this meat is a petite, energetic woman named Tootsie Tomanetz, who’s been smoking since 1967, when she ran the pits at City Meat Market, in Giddings. She starts the meat smoking at midnight and wraps the brisket in butcher paper around six or seven. When asked why Snow’s wasn’t open more than one day a week, she said matter-of-factly: “There’s no market for it.”
Louie Mueller's BBQ-Taylor TX-BBQ SNOB SAYS: 2010: Wayne Mueller took our order up front, and we loaded up on turkey, beef ribs, brisket, and a pork steak. When we unwrapped our package at a friend’s house, it was a beautiful sight. All of the meats get a hefty salt-and-black-pepper rub. The pork steak is not a common offering, but it should be—the meat was perfectly tender with plenty of smoke and excellent flavor. The brisket slices, from both the lean and fatty portions, were nearly perfect; the meat was moist (but could have been a bit more tender) and a layer of rendered fat was left on the lean slices. The beef ribs were the best I’ve ever eaten. This tough and fatty cut was rendered down to a silky smooth and tender piece of smoky beefiness.
2008: I stopped by to pay my respects to the recently departed Bobby Mueller. At 3:30 they were out of everything but brisket and chicken. The smoky-flavored brisket was sliced thick with the signature black pepper rub, but the slices needed more time on the smoker to get to that pull-apart tenderness. The chicken, however, was more tender than I thought possible. The smoke married with the spice beautifully to create an excellent flavor. The ribs were incredibly thick and meaty and imparted a robust flavor. I might even go so far as to say they were nearly perfect. Another solid showing by Louie Mueller’s.