Published: 2019-09-18 16:27
Last Updated: 2021-05-07 06:06
Are you up for anything? Got a stomach made of steel? Great, you'll need it if you are up for trying to eat any of these foods.
In this article, we introduce you to 10 of the most unusual food in the world.
1. Bird's nest soup – China
Despite what you might think, bird's nest soup does not contain twigs. Instead, the incredibly expensive Chinese delicacy is made from swiftlet's nest that is made from their solidified saliva.
2. Insects – Thailand
People in Thailand love to snack on bugs of all kinds such as grasshoppers and crickets, which are usually deep-fried.
3. Kopi Luwak – Indonesia
They may not look pleasant, but these cat excrement coffee beans are prized by food connoisseurs around the world. The Luwak, a cat-like animal, consumes ripe coffee beans and excretes them whole, which producers claim can improve coffee through two mechanisms—selection and digestion.
4. Akutaq – Alaska
Akutaq, the favorite local dessert non-natives often call Eskimo ice cream, consists of whipped fat mixed with berries, fish and sugar.
5. Fried tarantulas – Cambodia
A favorite in Cambodia, this eight-legged bite-sized snack can be eaten whole or without the legs.
6. Century eggs – China
Despite its misleading name, this delicacy is not hundred years old. Duck, chicken or quail eggs are preserved in a mixture of clay, ash, salt and rice hulls for months, depending on the method of processing, for those with a discerning palate.
7. Black Pudding (Blood Sausage) – Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe
Congealed blood cooked up with various natural flavorings, thickening agents like suet and breadcrumbs and stuffed into a sausage skin – lush!
8. Wasp crackers – Japan
A factory in Omachi produces wasp crackers, which are prepared with wasps first boiled in water, dried and then added to a rice cracker mix.
9. Ant egg soup – Laos
Locally known as Gaeng Kai Mot Daeng, the soup comprises a mixture of ant eggs and partial embryos from white ant. A dash of baby ants is sprinkled for sourness. The soup is considered to be extremely tasty, with a sharp and delicate palate, similar to a dish made of shrimp.
10. Casu marzu – Italy
Also known as "rotten cheese," this Sardinian favorite is made from spoilt pecorino cheese. Larvae of cheese flies are added to it, which make burrows around and hatches inside, digesting fats. You can choose to eat this spicy cheese with or without the maggots.