Anyone Eaten Horse Meat?

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    Over on this side of the Pond we've had a culinary storm brewing after Trading Standards have reported that one of our mainstream supermarkets (Tesco) has been selling burgers that have had traces of horse meat found in them after a spot check.

    Before all this I hadn't paid it much thought, and would never have gone seeking horse meat to eat. But some of the people I've spoken to and swapped jokes with regarding this rather unusual ingredient says that it's really quite tasty, and it's piqued my interest. Eating horse is rather taboo in the UK, but in France, and especially Italy, it's widely eaten.

    So, anyone on here tried it? If so, what was it like, and what would you compare it to, taste wise?
     
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    haven't ever eaten horsemeat as far as I know...

    but down here, folks'll eat practically anything...

    and who can say for sure what's in somebody else's gumbo or smoked sausage...? :)


    btw... I have no problem with the idea of eating horsemeat...

    and anybody who rails against it, 'cause horses are so noble or whatever,

    needs to get off their high horse... :)
     
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    I've had raw horse meat on several occasions. Very fresh, with a big mug 'o beer, it was pretty tasty.
     
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    ...and eat it.
     
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    I try not to eat animals that I've kept as pets.

    It's a quirk of mine :)
     
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    ate it at the harvard faculty club

    it used to be on the menu there

    nothing to write home about, but not bad
     
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    Well, not those specific animals, sure. But don't exclude an entire species of good eats.
     
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    Eaten it, cooked it, liked it immensely. Horsemeat makes an outstanding sauerbraten. There are "horse butchers" in Germany that specialize in it.
    I have seen entire airplanes full of big, draft-type horses, raised mostly in Canada, on their way to market in the Far East. I've also heard that some horses are shipped to Canada from the US for further shipment to Asia. Americans sometimes limit their palates because we anthropomorphise certain animals, horses among them.
     
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    I haven't had it but I did see this:

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    I've had Horse AND Whale in Japan a few times. Nothing to shout about really. What IS really good is Unagi (eel). Tastes like an oily fish. Yum! :D
     

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