It's more in the mind than on the taste buds!
My second encounter with a chicken's foot (that is - detached from the original owner) was less dramatic and more enjoyable than the first time! Yum char is a great way to enjoy new food sensations and great company. Even 'durian' was strangely pleasant - after several warnings of "It tastes like sewage!" - It all depends on your mindset. Telling myself that it was a fruit and not sewage, actually brought out the taste of the fruit - which I found quite pleasant.
Long may this form of food adventure live on!