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The question Dubious dining

Hot dog munching football fans at this year's World Cup in Japan and Korea could be in for a big surprise. Dog meat connoisseurs in South Korea have teamed up to launch a campaign promoting their canine cuisine.

Gruesome or wholesome? What is your most dubious dining experience?

For me, gruesome dining experiences relate more to the company around the table than what is on the plate. Humourless in-laws or pompous old bores make a dog's dinner of the most festive of occasions. My previous employer might recognise himself from that description and probably tops my list of nightmare nights out. As for Chow-chow chops - if it tastes OK and I don't know the dog, personally, I would probably eat it.

Alasdair Massie, 38, freelance engineer, London I think 'meat' curry and 'meat' soup from a roadside 'restaurant' in Bani Bu Ali in the wilds of Oman stick in the mind but, unfortunately, didn't stick in the stomach for too long! We were told that the 'meat' was goat but there was quite a bit of fat and grease in both foodstuffs and I never saw a fat goat in the whole time I was there!

Who knows what we were eating but it was the only place in town!

Andy Dunhill, 40, partner, Sheffield I did once have some not too fresh horse in Marseilles and some very bony 'song thrush' in Spain, but my wife being given a brace of pheasant before Christmas and peeling (yes peeling) them in the kitchen would make me able to eat almost anything. They were very tasty by the way.

Jim Fennell, 34, information systems manager, Northern Ireland An awful red hot curry prepared by my wife a few years ago is the worst I've ever eaten. I've tried escargots and would sample dog stew in the Far East where it is culturally acceptable.

Ken Blenkharn, 61, civil engineer, Cumbria It was 1967. I was a southerner off to a new university city in West Yorkshire well known for its curries. Followed the usual route of getting tanked up most nights.

Pubs closed at 10.30 so off for a curry. Two or more years of meat curry and three chapattis later and the big discovery - the city mortuary was next door to the curry house. Being the worse for wear you did not really taste the meat but suddenly the taste did matter: vegetable curry please.

Andrew Worby, 52, solicitor, Bath Remember the expression 'when in Rome'? Having lived overseas, one is often presented with a number of strange/gruesome/exotic foods. What to do? Eat them! Just because we don't eat something in the UK doesn't mean it's not right - I wonder what the South Koreans think of tripe, black pudding or tongue? I know what I think - UGH!

Paul Russell, 44, customer service director, London Become an NCE Question correspondent by e-mailing mark. hansford@construct.

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