Isn't the real story here that $17 million worth of Sea Cucumbers actually exist. And oh yeah...that there is a thing called sea cucumber?
Having seen sea cucumbers, I think the real story is that they are actually useful for something.
This is a big thing in Chinese culture. They believe sea cucumbers have all sorts of health benefits, and the good ones sell for big money.
I can't speak to their benefits, but I can tell you this - they taste like gelatinous ass.
And that's where I went to on this one. It's not that they exist or are worth 17M in this story. It's that people eat them.
I've eaten some unusual things, but I cannot say I have ever had that.
Interesting reading if your stomach can take it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delicacy
Edit: On further thinking, I've had tripe which is pretty close. Tripe is actually rather good in menudo. Sea cucumber has to be worse.
They taste a lot better wrapped in bacon.
What doesn't? I'd eat my foot if it was wrapped in bacon!
But bacon wrapped in bacon is even better.
I've actually eaten these at a restaurant in Hong Kong. They are considered "delicacy" - I personally thought they were nasty and had the texture of wet Kleenex (not dissing Kleenex). Was in a soup of some sort.
Must be an acquired taste - one I didn't care to acquire.
I think that the Korean Bar B Q place at the corner of Royal and Harry Hines serves them, I read it in a review of that place and we driveby it quite often so I remembered it
These are considered delicacies as well (warning, do not click before, after and especially while eating):
I don't think I can bring myself to try those.
After just getting back from Hong Kong and having sampled some of the local fare, I'm guessing they taste similar to jellyfish... which tastes a bit like a mouthful of slimy rubber bands - or as described by someone else, a wad of shredded prophylactics. (tried to be slightly more tasteful than the actual wording they used!)
I often wonder how people actually know what these gross things taste like in order to make the comparison ...
Nah. Don't want to know.
YouTube challenges? Lots of stupid stuff up there...