Are you ready to take on a gastronomic adventure? These foods may not look so appetizing, but hey, don’t knock it till you try it! People actually eat these! It won’t hurt to try them at least once in your life. If you’re brave enough to try, you might be surprised by how good they actually taste. For the adventurous, this can be a culinary experience you’ve been craving for.
30. Century/Millennium eggs – China / Taiwan
Century / Millennium eggs aren’t really preserved that long. They are duck eggs cured in a mixture of ash, clay, salt and quicklime, preserved for weeks or several months. They have a really strong odor but they taste like normal hard-boiled egg.
29. Bird’s nest soup – Asia
This soup is made from actual bird’s nest. The nest is made of bird saliva that hardens when exposed to air. It is believed that this soup possess medicinal properties that can aid in proper digestion and increase the libido. I guess that’s enough reason to convince you to try a bowl of this native delicacy.
28. Chicken feet – Asia
This is still weird for some who don’t like the texture and the feel of chicken feet in their mouth. It is quite common in different parts of the world. It is great with beer too.
27. Wasp crackers – Japan
They are crackers with wasps. I don’t get why they have to put wasps when they taste like regular sweet cookies. I think I’ll stick to chocolate chip cookies.
26. Betamax (Chicken blood) – Philippines
This is a coagulated blood of either chicken or pork. The blood is usually grilled and served on a stick. Great with vinegar.
25. Khash – Middle East, Europe and Turkey
This delicacy is pretty common during winter. It tastes like normal stewed beef soup but the parts of the cow used are its feet and head.
24. Tong Zi Dan (Virgin boy egg) – China
These are just normal eggs but boiled in the urine of teenage boys. This is a tradition in Dongyang, China, that every spring time, they collect urine from teenage boys and soak the eggs in it. They believe that the eggs decrease body heat, promote better blood circulation and just generally reinvigorate the body.
23. Hakarl – Iceland
Hakarl is a dish made of sharks that are fermented for at least 2 months. It is a common Icelandic delicacy and can be found anywhere in the country. The strong foul odor makes this dish really hard to stomach.
22. Tuna eye – Japan
These eyeballs are common in Japan. We all eat fish. I guess what makes them weird is because they look creepy. They are usually stewed and taste like squid.
21. Haggis – Scotland
Haggis is sheep’s stomach stuffed with meat (heart, liver and lungs), and minced with garlic and onions. There are other recipes of Haggis. Try what you can stomach – no pun intended.
20. Jing leed (Crickets) – Thailand
This insect is a popular snack around the streets of Thailand. Like other edible bugs, it is crunchy.
19. Witchetty grub – Australia
This wood eating larvae / moth can live for months inside Witchetty bush, and are usually found in the central parts of Australia. It can be eaten raw or cooked. The inside is a little juicy and tastes like scrambled egg, the skin tastes like crunchy chicken skin when cooked.
18. Sago grubs – Asia
These larvae are popular in Asia particularly in Malaysia, Indonesia, Borneo and New Guinea. They are cooked in sago flour and taste like bacon when cooked. You can also eat these raw. Fancy a stick of sago grubs?
17. Mopane worms – Southern Africa
These worms are popular in Southern Africa. They are big and juicy, and can also be eaten raw or cooked.
16. Beondegi – Korea
A popular korean streetfood snack. Beondegi or silkworm pupae are boiled and seasoned. They taste crunchy and nutty.
15. Escamoles – Mexico
This dish is also called as insect caviar. Escamoles is a native delicacy popularized by the early Aztecs and now popular everywhere in Mexico.
14. Stink bugs – Indonesia
These stink bugs are famous in Indonesia. They emit an odor that has the same power as onions. Hence, the name. They are usually boiled and they taste crunchy (like other bugs I have mentioned in this article).
14, Sannakji – Korea
This is one of Korea’s most talked about food. Sannikji is a live octopus, dismembered, seasoned with sesame oil and eaten raw. It’s served fresh that the tentacles still move, which makes it a little dangerous to eat. The suction cups are still functioning and can potentially cause choking or death.
13. Rocky mountain oysters – Canada
They are not oysters. I repeat. They are not oysters! These are bull testicles. They are also commonly known as: Prairie oysters, cowboy caviar, calf fries, swinging beef and Montana tendergroins. There are several recipes and ways to cook these animal genitalia. They taste like regular chicken when fried.
12. Shiokara – Japan
Shiokara is made up of raw innards of mixed sea creatures. This is often eaten in one go and paired with a shot of alcohol.
11. Fugu – Japan
Fugu is a poisonous fish. This dish can be lethal when not prepared properly. If you’re willing to risk your life just to try this dish, go ahead.
10. Fried cockroach – China
Chinese believe cockroaches have healing properties. The cockroaches are usually fried and they taste crunchy and a little juicy. They may not look appetizing but according to studies, they are more sanitary than pork.
9. Fried Brain Sandwhich – USA
It is made of calf’s brain, fried and chopped. This was popular before the spread of mad cow’s desease, but you can still find some restaurants that serve this dish.
8. Guinea pig – Peru
Various dishes of guinea pigs are served in the streets of Peru during the annual Guinea Pig Festival.
7. Balut (Duck embryo) – Philippines
This is perfect with beer or any alcohol. It’s a fertilized duck embryo boiled and eaten alive. The sauce and the yellow part taste great. It can be eaten as is or mixed with vinegar. The embryo is not for the faint hearted. It is nearly developed and very much alive. Sometimes it moves!
6. Goat penis
Those who have tried this penis on a stick, said they are rubbery. What is it with eating animal genitalia?They say that eating balls and penises can actually increase men’s libido and help them with other sexual concerns. Well, guys, indulge.
5. Casu Marzu – Italy
Casu Marzu is made up of sheep’s milk cheese with live maggots. This is made by allowing flies to lay eggs on top of the cheese.
4. Fried Tarantula – Cambodia
Okay, I’m a little arachnophobic. I don’t like them alive and I don’t want to eat them when they’re dead either. Just, No. However, for the dauntless, you can try these famous Cambodian delight. They are crunchy on the outside and a little gooey on the inside.
3. Yak Penis – China
Yak penis is also known as “dragon in the flame of desire” and famously served at Guolizhuang Restaurant in Beijing along with other penises that you can actually eat. Chinese believe that yak penis is good for the health and has cosmetic benefits for women. They taste like spinach, but I’d rather eat spinach.
2. Habu sake (Snake Wine) – Japan / Vietnam
This is popular in local pubs in Japan and Vietnam. A jar of habu sake is made of a live snake drowned in a bottle of alcohol. I don’t think I am that adventurous to drink this. So No, thank you.
1. Baby mice wine – China / Korea
This just made the top of this list. Why? Because it’s just gross and revolting! If you’re into rodents then go ahead and try it. I’ll pass.
These are only some of the weirdest foods from different parts of the world. There are actually more and they should be categorize by kind: Bugs, raw food, animal genitalias, rotten, poisonous, and of course, exremely revolting. Surely, people will discover new weird and stomach-turning dishes in the future. You can try them next time you travel to these countries. Obviously, Asia is one interesting continent to travel to if you’re looking for a real gastronomic adventure. Bon appétit!