Different cultures mean different cuisines. Whenever you travel to a new country, you look for some specially-prepared food or drink that is a taste of the country’s culture. The way people prepare their food also speaks a lot about their culture, manners, and personalities. Countries also have extravagant food and drinks that only the bravest ones can consume. Although the locals don’t seem to have issues with consuming these, tourists are often shocked and even disgusted by this unbelievable food. If you’ve been to an exotic place, they’ve probably offered you their special dishes. Was it the grossest one or the tastiest one? Here are some of the grossest foods from around the world, but you are free to think the opposite. Just think how much the local people enjoy consuming them.
1. Snake wine – South East Asia
2. Bird’s nest soup – Southeast Asia
A soup made of a bird’s saliva. Would you try it?
3. Khash – Little dish made of stewed cows feet and head
You can try this delicacy in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Turkey.
4. Tuna eyeball in Japan
5. Black pudding – blood sausage in Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe
6. Surstromming – Sweden
Baltic Sea herring fermented with just enough salt to prevent it from rotting. You can find it in a can these days.
7. 100 or 1000-year-old egg/ century egg/millennium egg – China
8. Shiokara – Japan
Pieces of meat taken from a selection of sea creatures, served in a brown, viscous plate of their own salted and fermented viscera. Served raw.
9. Wasp crackers in Japan
Seems like the Japanese have strong tastes!
10. Shirako – Japan
An animal’s reproductive organs (a cod’s sperm sac), said to be soft and creamy.
11. Jing leed (grasshoppers) – Thailand
12. Haggis – Scotland
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.
13. Muktuk, Greenland
A traditional Inuit meal of frozen whale skin and blubber, served raw or pickled.
14. Hákarl – Iceland
It’s advisable to pinch your nose, because of the awful smell and taste.
15. Fried spider – Cambodia
16. Locusts – Israel
17. Witchetty grub – Australia
If you eat it raw, it tastes like almonds, if it’s lightly cooked, the skin crisps like roast chicken, whereas the inside feels like a scrumbled egg.
18. Escamol – Mexico
This dish, known as ‘the insect caviar’, is made of the edible larvae and pupae of ants.
19. Tequilla worm – Mexico
20. Beondegi – Korea
Boiled or steamed and lightly seasoned silkworm, a popular snack in Korea.
21. Sannakji – Korea
Live octopus tentacles
22. Escargots à la Bourguignonne – France
Snails cooked in a sauce of white wine, garlic, butter, and parsley, served in their shells.
23. Casu marzu – Italy
‘Maggot cheese’, a traditional Sardinian dish including sheep’s milk cheese famous for containing live insect larvae.
24. Jellied moose nose – Canada
25. Stink bugs – South Africa
They are said to be crunchy and taste like apple.
26. Marmite (Vegemite) in UK, New Zealand, and Australia
Sticky brown paste with a concentrated salty flavor, spread on toast or eaten with cheese.
27. Pickled egg – UK
A hardboiled egg that had been left to go cold and stuck in a jar of vinegar.
28. Crocodile – Australia, Southeast Asia, and Africa
29. Turtle soup – South East Asia
30. Balut – Philippines
A developing duck embryo that’s boiled alive in its shell.
31. Ying-yang fish – Taiwan and China
A fish that has been deep friend and left alive.