We’ve all seen TV shows where people are dared to eat some of the grossest things like Hissing Cockroaches, but what about food that people eat because it’s a delicacy in their country? Some people actually enjoy this stuff! Here are 22 foods that would probably make most Americans throw up just at the site.
These are called “Century Eggs”, which are found in China. It doesn’t look too bad, until you realize that it’s made by preserving an egg in a mixture of ash, quicklime, salt, rice hulls, and clay for up to several weeks, even months! Would you eat an egg that’s been sitting around for months?
This is Balut. It’s a duck embryo that is boiled alive and then eaten in its egg. You can typically find these in Southeastern Asia and they are served with a beer.
These are Bamboo Worms found in Bangkok, Thailand. You can often find them canned and flavored, such as BBQ Bamboo Worms.
This bowl of food doesn’t look too bad, but it’s called Casu Marzu and is from Sardinia, Italy. Casu Marzu translates to rotten cheese. The rotten cheese part isn’t what sounds gross to me. It’s how they make it: they set the cheese outside and let cheese flies lay their eggs inside of it. This process helps break down the fat and ferments the cheese naturally.
How’s this for a farmer’s market? This is found in Bangkok, Thailand. You’ll find a wide assortment of deep-fried insects ranging from scorpions and crickets to diving beetles and locusts. So what’s for dinner?
This is a cockscomb. While I praise them for using every possible part of the chicken before discarding the remains, I have a hard time stomaching eating something like this. It’s said that these give dishes a strong chicken flavor that may not be achieved when using the bones or meat.
The Durian, also known as the king of fruits, is edible and has a horrible smelling flesh. Even some hotels and public transit companies have banned this fruit from being in their buildings and vehicles because it smells so bad.
While the dish above looks like you are eating cous cous with some vegetables, don’t be fooled. This is Escamole, also known as ant larvae. It’s basically insect caviar.
I absolutely hate spiders and there is no way I would even consider eating one, even if it’s one of these fried Tarantulas found in Cambodia. Sometimes they can get as big as your hand. I can feel my skin crawling right now!
This here is Fruit Bat Soup. Even though it is a delicacy in some countries, Guinea has actually banned it due to the recent Ebola outbreak.
This is Hákarl. It’s a Greenland Shark that has been fermented and dried for 4-5 months. It’s said that this is an acquired tasted and has a strong smell of ammonia accompanied with a fishy flavor.
Blodplättar translates to blood pancakes. These are made with pork blood, milk, rye flour, molasses, onion, and butter.
Chahuis are edible beetles are are found at most markets in Mexico. I don’t know if I could get past the crunch of these!
Once again I will applaud using all of the animal once it has been killed. This dish is called Khash and is found in South Asia and Southeastern Europe primarily. It is made from the cow’s head, feet, and stomach.
The picture above is Kiviak, a food from Greenland. Apparently how you make it is by stuffing 300-500 Auks into a hollow seal cavity and get out as much air as possible. You cover the seal with a large rock pile for 3-18 months, then enjoy!
I love sushi as much as the next person and I even enjoy sashimi, which this technically is. This is Ikizukuri. It is served on a plate, right after the chef has filleted it without killing it. It is then served on a plate with it’s still beating heart.
Ox Penis is a very common ingredient in Asia. It’s used in soups or oftentimes is served by itself.
Mongolian Boodog is interesting to say the least. It’s typically a marmot or a goat which they cook in its own skin, then fill the stomach with hot stones.
The plate above looks like it could be enjoyable. The dish is Pig’s Blood and Bread. In Hungary, the pigs are typically slaughtered at the break of dawn. They then take the blood of that pig and fry it up with onions and serve it for breakfast.
It seems to me that people in Europe and Asia are quite creative when it comes to using all of the animals they eat. This is Smalahove, also called skjelte. It’s a dish found in Norway that is made from a sheep’s head. It used to only be eaten by the poor, but it has gained popularity amongst all of their social classes.
Remember to chew your food well! This is Sannakji, which is a dish in Korea. It is raw, live octopus that has been seasoned with sesame seeds and sesame oil. The reason I mentioned that you should chew well, is because it’s been known that this dish can get stuck in your throat using their tentacles and choke you to death!
While I have seen some interesting things in the grocery store, I’ve yet to see a Tuna Eyeball! These are often found in Japan & China. It is rumored to taste a little like squid, but is also said to be very tasty thanks to the fat surrounding the eye itself.
Are there any foods on this list that you would be willing to try? I’m not going to lie! Going through all of these pictures did make my stomach turn a little bit. But while I may not enjoy them, to each their own! Every culture is different, and we should definitely respect them as if they were our own.
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