Some people think that Asian food is weird. Well, welcome to Montana, where you can find these 5 weird things to eat too.
When I travel to parts of the US where there are not a lot of immigrant communities, I never know what to expect in terms of diversity of cuisine.
Traveling to Montana for the 2019 TBEX conference in Billings, I was pleasantly surprised by these 5 “weird” treats.
Now, just to level the derogatory playing field, let’s clarify what “weird” means.
Per the Merriam Webster Dictionary, weird means:
of strange or extraordinary character
Those two adjectives seem contradictory, but what is strange to one person is extraordinary to another.
Therefore, these 5 eats may seem weird to some but absolutely awesome to others.
#1 Rocky Mountain “Oysters”
I’ll stick a whole lot of things in my mouth but bull testicles?
Montana is known for beef, where the cows graze freely on their wide grass pastures.
Apparently, they have branding parties for their cows where they fry up the testicles for good measure.
How do they taste?
Honestly, they were breaded to death, so they just tasted like chewy chicken nuggets.
Interesting though to have them served with a salsa dipping sauce. Made them a little more zesty.
#2 Cricket Ice Cream
At Sweet Peaks ice cream shop in Bozeman, Montana, their chocolate ice cream comes spiked with crickets.
Have you ever had cricket ice cream?
[queue cricket sounds]
I haven’t even seen these at progressive ice cream shops in California.
I’m assuming these were sustainably and organically produced crickets too.
#3 Sorghum Syrup
Montana is also known for grain.
They grow a good amount of barley that gets turned into malt for America’s beer.
One intrepid farmer decided to produce syrup from his sorghum crop.
Sold at the Billings Farmers Market, it had a grassy, pure flavor that I’d want to slather all over pancakes made from Montana wheat.
#4 Garlic variety pack
The farmers market in Billings is truly one of the best I’ve ever seen in the US.
It has variety unlike I’ve seen before.
For example, there is one particular farmer who decided she wanted to grow garlic. Just garlic.
She sells variety packs of all different kinds of garlic, from spicy to earthy to pungent.
The regular grocery store only ever sells one kind of garlic, but it’s so, so revitalizing to see someone sell more.
#5 Gochujang Brussel Sprouts
This isn’t so unusual as it is surprising. I was delighted to find Korean influences in a burger bar in downtown Bozeman.
Backcountry Burger Bar also has a kimchi burger they sell with gochujang mayo.
But it was the gochujang brussel sprouts that had me tickled.
I see fried brussel sprouts EVERYWHERE, but these were tossed with gochujang, sesame oil, and quinoa.
I wasn’t expecting to find so many culinary delights in Montana.
While there is a plethora of craft beer and bison burgers to behold, there are also a whole lot more unexpected treats waiting to be “weirded” out.
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