Weird food around the world, gross, disgusting, or just simply different to what you know ?
They may not be to everyone’s tastes, considered weird and bizarre, or even dangerous to outsiders, are considered delicacies in their countries. Although eating these foods might seem like a form of extreme dining to us, they are tasty everyday or special occasion fare for the people who eat them.
Though perhaps before we start you might want to pause and ask yourself how strong your stomach really is. Done ? So let’s take a little trip and explore some of the weirdest foods we could find.
1. Century Eggs
If you discovered a rotten egg, would you eat it ? Century Eggs ( aka Pidan or Hundred Year Eggs ). No, unfortunately, these eggs are not literally a hundred years old, but they are pretty rotten. The eggs of chicken, duck, quail are buried in the mixture of clay, ash and quicklime for several months, until the yolk turns dark green and stinks of sulphur. Another dish that you might want to try is the virgin egg which is soaked in the urine of young children.
Cooked snails. In Morocco, they are a beloved winter street food, and are cooked in a spiced broth while in France they are removed from their shells, cooked with chicken stock of garlic butter, and then placed back into the shells and served with butter and sauce. Only a few species of land snails can be used as escargot.
In parts of Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines, people eat Tarantula. Tarantulas are not tiny little house spiders, they are a spider that is the size of the human palm. They are fried whole, fangs, legs and all. They were first discovered to be edible by starving Cambodians in the bloody, brutal days of the Khmer Rouge rule and have gone from being the vital sustenance of these people to a delicacy tourists come from far and wide to try. They are crispy on the outside with a gooey body on the inside with a flavor resembling cricket, crab or chicken, they probably look a lot worse than they taste !
4. Live Octopus
Sannakji is a raw dish consisting of live octopus typical in Korea, prepared by chopping up the octopus, drizzling with sesame oil, sprinkling on some sesame seeds and serving immediately with a gochujang dipping sauce. Beyond the mental challenge of trying to get your head round eating something that is still alive, but there is the physical difficulty as the tentacles stick to any surface they touch.
Little did you know that somewhere in the world people have a stomach churning food tradition. Criadillas, aka bull fries, are made floured and breaded bull testicles, fried and served with a spicy wine sauce. Occasionally, criadillas contain testicles of pigs. There is also festival known as ” Testy Festy “. In this festival, people eat deeply fried bull balls with beers. It is one classy festival ya all !
6. Jellied Moose Nose
Back when every part of the animal was eaten, some adventurous eaters from Canada and northern Alaska began preserving the moose’s long snouts. Nose is not exactly a choice cut, but that has not stopped some adventurous Canadians from experimenting with nasal gastronomy by boiling them up with onions and spices, removing the hair, boiling again, finally, they are sliced and covered with a broth that sets into a jelly.
7. White Ant Eggs Soup
It is so obvious to see the white ant eggs in food while you are in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. This soup contains mixture of ant eggs and partial embryos from the white ant, plus a few baby ants to add sourness. People who have tasted it said that the eggs pop in their mouth releasing a sour flavor. If your stomach can handle it, the flavour is supposedly quite tasty. Still unsure ? Just pretend you are eating a bowl of risotto !
8. Snake Wine
Fancy a different sort of wine ? A bouquet of reptile with some notes of venom perhaps ? Vietnamese snake wine is famous for its bizarre way of making, with the main ingredients are venomous snakes and rice wine or grain alcohol. It has a slightly pink colour like a nice rose because of the snake blood in there. It is believed to have medicinal purposes. The snake is left to steep in the rice wine for many months to let the poison dissolve in the wine. The snake venom poses no threat to the drinker. This wine originated in Vietnam, where snakes are thought to possess medicinal qualities, but has spread to other parts of South East Asia and Southern China.
Some of us will seize any opportunity to try new tastes, whereas others might simply say ” Yuck ! “. If you are actually planning to try and eat some of these dishes, some of them can be dangerous. But, if you have already tried some of the world’s weirdest foods, comment down below to let us know !
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