Top 5 Exotic Appetizers

Chefs know that exotic appetizers can be a way to warm up the taste buds of their guests before serving an equally exotic meal.  Here are 5 of the most exotic and impressive international starters to try!

1.  Oxtails - Tropical Flava

Oxtail is the culinary name for the tail of cattle. Formerly, it referred only to the tail of an ox or steer, a castrated male. An oxtail typically weighs 2 to 4 lbs. (1–1.8 kg) and is skinned and cut into short lengths.

2.  Alligator Bites - Jim Shaw's

If you’re not from the South, it may seem like a foreign idea to eat Alligator meat, but believe it or not, it is considered a delicacy in certain parts of the state.  It is said that alligator meat tastes very similar to chicken, and is served in many different variations. Some think alligator has the firmness of pork and a unique flavor that is sort of a mix of chicken and fish.

3.  Baba Ganoush - Metropolis

Baba Ganoush takes a backseat to hummus all too often, and is a signature Middle Eastern grilled eggplant puree enriched with tahini and seasoned with lemon juice and lots of garlic.

4.  Bubble Tea - Pho Saigon

Finally there is a drink that is fun to eat!  Bubble tea is a Taiwanese tea-based drink invented in Taichung in the 1980s.  Most bubble tea contain a tea base mixed/shaken with fruit or milk, to which chewy tapioca balls or fruit jellies are often added. The two most popular varieties are bubble milk tea with tapioca and bubble milk green tea with tapioca.

5.  Pigs Feet - Anderson's Diner

Pig's Feet are the feet, with ankles attached, from pigs. Counting the fore and hind trotters, there are four in all on a pig. The rear ones are meatier.  Pig's Feet have a lot of thick skin and connective tissue which slow cooking both renders and makes very tender. 

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