29 of the World’s Weirdest Foods You Probably Do Not Know About
Ever wondered what next to eat when you feel short on options? Below are some of the weirdest foods in the world you probably do not know about:
1. Hákarl – Iceland
This food is associated with the people of Iceland. It basically is fermented basking shark which they claim to be an acquired taste. However, you may be among those who consider it to be a disgusting meal and a terrible thing to taste.
2. Bird’s Nest Soup – Southeast Asia
It may surprise you to learn that the red nest variety of this meal costs up to $10,000 per bowl. The Chinese have been cooking with saliva nests for hundreds of years. They also use it in Bird’s Nest Soup which happens to rank among the most expensive foods in the world.
3. Vegemite (or Marmite) – Australia, New Zealand & UK
The slurry which you get at the bottom of a barrel after brewing beer is usually eaten with cheese or spread on toast. This sticky brown paste made from yeast extract has a concentrated, salty flavor that people either love or hate. Most breweries throw Marmite, or Vegemite as Australians know it, away.
4. Century Egg – China
The name of this food has nothing to do with the age of the egg, really, but how it is preserved. It tastes like hardboiled egg and smells strongly of ammonia and sulfur. Following its preservation in a mixture of clay, quicklime, and ash, the egg yolk either turns dark green or black and slimy while its white turns dark brown.
5. Shiokara – Japan
This dish is made of several pieces of meat taken from select sea creatures and served raw. It is served in the salted and fermented viscera of the various pieces of meat which is typically a brown and viscous paste. While some people enjoy it, you are probably thinking that it sounds bad.
6. Fried Starfish – China
You are served this food covered in hard and spiny armor, dry. When you peel the skin open, you find green-colored meat inside this food which is considered as a snack.
7. Kopi Luwak – Southeast Asia
This variety of coffee is expensive considering that a pound does cost up to $150. It is made from coffee berry beans defecated on by small mammals found in Southeast Asia known as Civets.
8. Fried Scorpions – Vietnam, Thailand, China
If you can bridge your mind to the cultural gap, prepare to eat a deep-fried scorpion skewer. The dish can be considered as a form of fast food.
9. Black Pudding (Blood Sausage) – Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe
Although this food is pretty available on these four continents, not everyone finds it appealing. It involves cooking up congealed blood with different natural flavors like breadcrumbs and suet before stuffing it into a sausage skin.
10. Beondegi – South Korea
This is silkworm which is boiled or steamed with light seasoning added to it. You can buy it from street vendors because it is a very popular snack.
11. Shirako – Japan
This food is the sperm sac of a cod. Shirako is creamy and soft when you taste it. You can decide to serve this animal’s reproductive organs steamed or deep fried.
12. Fried frog – Southeast Asia
This is a common delicacy in this part of the world. They are said to taste like chicken and rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, potassium, and vitamin A.
13. Rocky Mountain Oysters – United States
Do not make the mistake that this food is made from oysters. They are actually made of bull testicles that are deep fried in a batter of flour, salt, and pepper.
14. Escargots à la Bourguignonne – France
This dish of snails made of garlic and herb flavors is said to be delicious. The snails can either be bought from a store, or you can use a canned one with good quality.
15. Jing Leed (Grasshoppers) – Thailand
In Thailand, grasshoppers are fried in a big wok and seasoned with salt, chili, and pepper powder. When you chew it, juice squirts out and it tastes very much like a hollow popcorn skin.
16. Raw horse meat sashimi – Japan
The Japanese began eating this dish in the late 1500s when there was a shortage of food. It is a pierced raw horse meat dish if you have the stomach for it.
17. Khash – Middle East, East Europe, and Turkey
This dish is made with the feet and head of cows. It is a stewed dish which was once taken during the winter period as comfort food.
18. Balut – Philippines
If you have the stomach for eating the embryo of a developing duck boiled in its shell, you can easily get Balut on the streets of Philippines. It is typically served with beers.
19. Crocodile – Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia
Crocodile meat is common in most parts of the world and tastes both like a crab and a chicken. In areas where this is considered a delicacy, crocodile is usually farmed.
20. Escamoles – Mexico
Mexicans harvest ant larvae from Agave plant roots to prepare this delicacy. This dish which is also known as ‘insect caviar’ is said to taste like butter which is a little bit nutty.
21. Bushmeat – Africa
This is the preparation of dishes with all manner of animals from apes, giraffes to lemurs. There is a risk of catching Ebola, but it is a delicacy in most countries of Africa.
22. Sago Delight (Red Palm Weevil Larvae)– Southeast Asia
You have a choice of eating sago grubs raw or cook. Typically, it is seasoned and flavored when cooked and tastes like bacon if you are brave to taste it.
23. Guinea Pig – South America
The flavor of guinea pig is said to resemble that of a rabbit. More often than not they are roasted and served whole or in a casserole.
24. Pickled Egg – UK
The name reveals so much about this dish. After hard-boiling an egg, it is put in a jar of vinegar where it is left to go cold. The egg’s yolk gets uncomfortably sour as the vinegar penetrates right into it.
25. Fried Tarantula – Cambodia
This is a regional delicacy in Cambodia which adventurous tourists take as a snack when they pass through this town. Deep fried tarantulas are often rolled in garlic or sugar.
26. Tripe – Many parts of the world
This dish made of the stomach linings of various animals is typically served with various sauces. You may prefer onions to accompany it.
27. Fugu – Japan
Make sure you take this dish when it is prepared by a chef who knows how to prepare it to perfection. If not done properly, this little delicacy is said to be deadly.
28. Surstromming – Sweden
This Baltic sea herring is usually fermented with the right amount of salt to prevent it from rotten. If you come across one that is timed with brine, be sure to open outside because of its pungent aroma.
29. Haggis – Scotland
It is the preparation of the heart, liver, and lungs of a sheep. After mincing and mixing it with onions, suet, and oatmeal, Haggis is seasoned with salt and spices which is cooked inside the stomach of the sheep.