Some people like their food to be tasty, healthy and classy. But what’s classy anyway? What is disgusting or shocking to even think of eating in one country or culture might be a delicacy in another.
Here is a list of 10 unusual foods that people eat around the world:
1. Chicken’s feet
That just sounds so weird but people actually eat feet. People in East Asia, Caribbean, South America and South Africa eat them all the time.
2. Puffer-fish or fugu
This is a deadly fish. Because it contains a toxin that is 1200 times more deadly than cyanide, and if it is not cooked properly it can easily kill a person. Adventurous isn’t it?
This dish is generally taken as a delicacy in Scotland. It is basically made with a sheep’s heart, liver and lungs minced and mixed with onions, oatmeal, suet and seasoned with salt and spices cooked inside the animal’s stomach. Appealing? no?
4. Century egg/millenium egg
Yes OK the egg isn’t actually a 100 or 1000 years old, but the egg is pretty rotten. After being preserved in a mixture of clay, ash and quicklime for a few months, the yolk turns a dark green or even black and slimy while the white has turns to a dark brown translucent jelly. Who wouldn’t want to have these for breakfast?
5. Fried Spiders
Fried spider is a delicacy popular in the Cambodian town of Skuon, prepared by marinating it in MSG, sugar and salt and then frying it in garlic. Wow. Yum. Looks really dainty.
6. Snake wine
This is an alcoholic beverage, very popular in some parts of Asia, in China and in Taiwan. It is made with snake and rice wine. Some of the snakes are venomous, but they say it is safe to drink. Doesn’t look very scary at all.
7. Escargots à la bourguignonne
These are snails cooked in a sauce of white wine, garlic, butter and parsley served in their shells. They are usually eaten in France and Hong Kong.
8. Pickled egg
The name of the dish explains it all. This is a hard boiled egg that is left to get cold in a jar of vinegar. The sour liquid penetrates right to the heart, making the powdery yolk uncomfortably sour. People in UK eat pickled eggs.
9. Turtle soup
Made using the meat, skin and innards of the soft-shell turtle in East Asia or the snapping turtle in the United States, this is considered something of a Chinese delicacy. But slaughtering turtles for a soup? Brutal isn’t it?
10. Frogs legs
These legs are eaten in France and some parts of Southeast Asia. The back end and back legs of a frog, grilled, baked, fried or stewed. People like it with chilli, garlic or cream sauce. You enjoy, I’m going to grab a bucket.