The latest trend among food lovers is to experience bizarre and unusual food.World cuisine serves up many such weird foods, which the local people eat with gusto. These foods are an acquired taste and meant for those with a sense of adventure. They may seem really gross to the uninitiated, but if you are able to get over the gag factor, you may end up loving the taste.
Some people travel all over the world to experience this unorthodox fare. If you are an epicure with a love of the unusual, then you should try them out, at least once. Read on to find out about the interesting fare on offer:
Deep Fried Spiders Cambodia
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Deliciousness and spiders don’t seem to go together, but people who have eaten fried spiders in Cambodia vouch for this delicacy. Garlic and salt are used to season the spiders which are deep fried, and can be the size of your fist.The butter used to fry them adds to the taste. Many come from far to eat these spiders, which were first consumed by people driven to starvation during Pol Pot’s regime. The snack is said to be gooey inside and crispy outside, which does sound really tasty!
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Balut is a Filipino snack which has divided food aficionados into two categories – lovers and haters. Some people love the taste of the fertilized egg which has been fertilized for 18 days and have just-formed bird beak, wings and veins inside. It’s a popular street food and doubles as sophisticated restaurant fare as well. It lends itself to being a meaty soup with yolk which Balut lovers find irresistible. Guess you’d have to eat it to know whether you hate it or love it.
Snake Wine, Vietnam
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Snake wine from Vietnam is being much talked about. The poisonous cobra snake is fermented in rice wine and this seems to be gaining popularity worldwide. The ethanol in rice wine cancels out the snake’s venom, making it safe to consume. The wine with the non-bite is definitely not a Valentine’s Day gift but you can try it to broaden your culinary horizons.
Jellied Moose Nose, Canada
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You must go to Canada to have this nosy treat! Its seasoned moose nose jelly, the recipe for which can be found among those collected by the Canadian Indian Affairs Ministry. It’s supposed to be served cold with bread.
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In the list of unusual food delicacies is Beondegi, the Korean boiled silk worm. The larvae of silk worm is said to be pungent, slightly crispy yet soft and tender, tasting like wet tree bark. It’s considered to be a good source of protein too.
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Shirako is the male version of caviar. It’s the reproductive glands filled with sperm, of male fish, and has a custardy texture. Puffer, anglerfish and cod Shirako is sought after. Some eat it raw to prove their prowess over others. This is one bizarre food for sure!
Century eggs, China
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Don’t be mistaken that Century eggs are centuries old. They are eggs which are preserved in a briny solution for a few months or sometimes, a couple of weeks. Chicken, quail and duck eggs are soaked in the solution which may have rice hulls, quicklime and ash. The egg white turns into dark jelly and the yolk has a cheesy, creamy texture. Sounds yummy!
Tuna Eyes, Japan
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Tuna eyes are a dainty treat in Japan. They taste like mussels and the eyeball wall has a rubbery feel. This might be one those foods which taste better than they look. You must try it if you’re a fan of peculiar and offbeat tastes.
Yak Penis, China
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Yak penis can be included in the list of weird aphrodisiacs. Historically prescribed to older men to increase virility, it is cooked in chili oil and served hot. People compare the taste to beef and most seem to find it delicious.
If you’re on the lookout for some outlandish dishes to satisfy your craving for the bizarre, you should certainly try these strange foods. You may be surprised to find that you love the taste!