Crossing borders, you get the chance to explore different cultures. And what tells us more about culture than food? Every country is famous for its own foods and special dishes. However, not all the foods we try or even just come across will be tempting or appetizing. Some will be unusual or even appalling.
We’ve made you a list of 10 of the most bizarre foods from around the world.
Disclaimer: The content of this article may be shocking, disturbing or confusing to some, so be prepared. (You might as well want to grab a bucket).
1- Haggis – Scotland
A sheep’s stomach stuffed with sheep’s heart, liver, and lungs. All minced and cooked inside the animal with onions, oatmeal, with salt and spices. Poor sheep.
2- Tuna Eyeballs – Japan
You can eat it cooked, fried, stewed or lightly steamed. Weirdly enough, it’s famous to have a cool taste, close to that of squid or octopus. However, all I know is, I would never feel comfortable having some fish stare at me like that.
3- Century Egg – China
So apparently it’s not a thousand-year-old egg. It’s preserved in a mixture of clay, ash, and quicklime for just a few months. After which, the yolk turns dark green and the white turns to a semi-transparent dark brown jelly. It’s said to taste like a normal hard-boiled egg, but it definitely looks (and I’m pretty sure smells) rotten.
4- Wasp Biscuits – Japan
No further explanation needed. What happened to chocolate chips, Japan?
5- Fried Spider – Cambodia
A specialty snack in the Cambodian town of Skuon, fried spider is a popular attraction for tourists passing through this town. It gets marinated in a mixture of Monosodium glutamate, sugar, salt, and fried in oil with crushed garlic. With a crispy exterior and a soft center, it has been described to be bland, “rather like a cross between chicken and cod”.
6- Steak Tartare – France
It doesn’t sound bizarre enough. That’s why French waiters ask foreigners repeatedly if they know what they are getting themselves into. This meal consists of raw ground beef, served with raw egg, onions, capers, and seasoned with Worcester sauce. Not so bad, until you realize it’s all raw!
7- Starfish – China
The hard shell is broken and you eat the meat inside. It’s said to have a texture of something between toothpaste and ground beef. I don’t know how to imagine that!
8- Jellied Moose Nose – Canada
It is boiled in onion, garlic, spices and vinegar. Being a rare delicacy, this meal cannot be found in restaurants. *sigh of relief*
9- Akutaq (Eskimo Ice Cream) – Alaska
This one sounds like a sweet dessert. But, of course not. It is made of reindeer fat, seal oil, berries, ground fish, and freshly fallen snow (you know for the ice cream part).
10- Soup Number Five – Philippines
This broth gets its flavor from bull penis and testicles. Uhm, thanks, but no thanks.
As bizarre as every meal of these may seem, people somewhere still eat it and may even love it. And whether you see them as edible or not, they’re probably worth trying. If you ever get the chance, you might be surprised by what you will end up liking. Anyhow, you’ll have an unforgettable experience and a swell story to tell.