Top Ten Strangest Foods From Around the World

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10. Fried - Brain Sandwiches


Long before the era of Mad-Cow Disease, a sandwich made from fried calves' brain, thinly sliced on white bread was a common item on the menus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. The sandwich is still available in the Ohio River Valley, where the brains are now heavily battered and served on hamburger buns. In El Salvador and Mexico beef brains, lovingly called sesos in Spanish, are used in tacos and burritos. The brains have a mushy texture and very little flavor on their own so the addition of copious amounts of hot sauce definitely helps.

9. Haggis


A traditional Scottish dish, haggis is made with the minced heart, liver and lung of a sheep mixed with onion, spices, oatmeal, salt and stock, and boiled in the sheep's stomach for a few hours. Larousse Gastronomique, a popular encyclopedia of gastronomic delights, claims that haggis has "an excellent nutty texture and delicious savory flavor." Haggis is available year-round in Scottish supermarkets and made with an artificial casing rather than a sheep’s stomach. In fact some are sold in cans to be heated in a microwave before eating. Similar dishes can be found in other European countries with goat, pork or beef used instead of sheep.

8. Bugs


The practice of eating insects for food is called entomophagy and is fairly common in many parts of the world, with the exceptions of Europe and North America (though bugs are apparently a favorite with the television show "Fear Factor"). It is not uncommon to find vendors selling fried grasshoppers, crickets, scorpions, spiders and worms on the streets of Bangkok, Thailand. Insects are high in protein and apparently consist of important fatty acids and vitamins. In fact flour from drying and grinding up mealworm can be and is often used to make chocolate chip cookies. So next time you think there is a fly in your soup, it may actually just be part of the presentation.

7. Rocky Mountain Oysters


What is so strange about oysters? Probably the fact that they're not the kind you find at the bottom of the ocean, but rather a fancy name given to deep-fried testicles of a buffalo, bull or boar. Rocky Mountain oysters (also called Prairie Oysters) are well-known and regularly enjoyed, in certain parts of the United States and Canada, generally where cattle ranching is prevalent. The testicles are peeled, boiled, rolled in a flour mixture, and fried, then generally served with a nice cocktail sauce.

6. Stuffed Camel


The recipe for a whole stuffed camel kind of reads like a bad joke, with ingredients that include one whole camel, one whole lamb and 20 whole chickens. The Guinness Book of World Records lists the recipe as the largest item on any menu in the world, conveniently leaving out any concrete examples of this dish actually being eaten. Legend has it that that a whole stuffed camel is a traditional Bedouin dish seemingly prepared like a Russian Stacking Doll, where a camel is stuffed with a whole lamb, the lamb stuffed with the chickens and the chickens stuffed with eggs and rice. The entire concoction is then barbecued until cooked and served. Fact or fiction, the shear amount of food created by this dish makes it deserving of a place on the list.

5. Hakarl


Anthony Bourdain, known for eating some of the strangest foods in the world, claims that hakarl is the most disgusting thing he has ever eaten. Made by gutting a Greenland or Basking shark and then fermenting it for two to four months, hakarl is an Icelandic food that reeks with the smell of ammonia. It is available all year round in Icelandic stores and often served in cubes on toothpicks.

4. Fugu


Fugu is the Japanese word for the poisonous puffer fish, filled with enough of the poison tetrodotoxin to be lethal. Only specially-trained chefs, who undergo two to three years of training and have passed an official test, can prepare the fish. Some chefs will choose to leave a minute amount of poison in the fish to cause a tingling sensation on the tongue and lips as fugu can be quite bland. Perhaps the fuss of fugu is more in surviving the experience than the actual taste of the deadly fish.

3. Casu Marzu


Found in the city of Sardinia in Italy, casu marzu is a cheese that is home to live insect larvae. These larvae are deliberately added to the cheese to promote a level of fermentation that is close to decomposition, at which point the cheese’s fats are broken down. The tiny, translucent worms can jump up to half a foot if disturbed, which explains why some people prefer to brush off the insects before enjoying a spoonful of the pungent cheese.

2. Sannakji


With sashimi and sushi readily available the world over, eating raw seafood is no longer considered a dining adventure. The Korean delicacy sannakji however, is something quite different, as the seafood isn't quite dead. Live baby octopus are sliced up and seasoned with sesame oil. The tentacles are still squirming when this dish is served and, if not chewed carefully, the tiny suction cups can stick to the mouth and throat. This is not a dish for the fainthearted.

1. Balut


Balut seems to be on every "strange food" list, usually at the top, and for good reason. Though no longer wriggling on the plate like the live octopus in Korea, the fertilized duck or chicken egg with a nearly-developed embryo that is boiled and eaten in the shell is easily one of the strangest foods in the world. Balut is very common in the Philippines, Cambodia and Vietnam and usually sold by street vendors. It is said balut tastes like egg and duck (or chicken), which is essentially what it is. It is surprising to many that a food that appears so bizarre—often the with the bird's features clearly developed--can taste so banal. In the end, apparently everything does indeed, just taste like chicken.

I say:
I would never eat these foods unless there is a great apocalypse, but in that case too I would think thrice and look around me for a better meal. I have say Vietnam is the country with most yukkiest and strangest food including DOG dishes, snakes and snake, bird, lizards, bear, mountain cat and crow wines....

So what is the most strangest food for you?

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This would be the best diet book ever. After viewing these I can most definitely say I am no longer hungry....maybe ever again.funk
Haggis is delicious; I had it just the other day and eat it regularly. (Lived in Scotland for many years) I would never buy some that came in a can though! Now that really is gross! Haggis just tastes like a spicy sort of oat mealy mince.
I would try the Fugu but that is the only other thing on this page that I would try and I consider myself to be quite adventures, but worm cheese and rotting fish! I think I would hurl before I got it in my mouth. funk
you know what drink would go with that baby mice wine from Korea :/
I'd rather like some poison then Bugs,Sannakji,Balut,Rocky Mountain Oysters ...Cheers to 1 glass of poison m8!tittertitter
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I used to manage a chain of pet stores, so i've eaten alot of weird shit just for shock value. crickets arent really that bad, but their legs can irritate your throat pretty bad, had a few other insects, but once I ate a pinky [newborn mouse baby] just because someone said I wouldn't do it. and as far as balut goes, i wouldnt touch it, but ask around in the filipino community on this site, and nearly every person in there LOVES it. Denise and I talked about it extensively once.
As a few have said Haggis is lovely - never really considered it weird both myself and my 6yr old son enjoy it regularly, i`ve eaten crickets and mealworms (the former has a slightly nutty flavour) and wouldn`t have a problem eating either again, would like to try the casu marzu the insect larvae would`ve only ever eaten the cheese and so would probably be 99.9% cheese anyway so really can`t see a problem with that. Would try other on list but never, never the balut or the buffalo nuts(whatever they want to call them, a nut is a nut - never) and ammonia isn`t a favorite addition to any dish for me so suppose the fermented sharks out, but all the others i`d try especially the wiggley octopus that sounds gross so would try it for the shock value - only with my kids watchinglollollolimage
Flies eat $hit & enjoy it, Do we have to take on this mentality.
Karma will fulfill your desires in next life,remember that if you want to eat $hit,It can be arranged LOL.
So thats what haggis is. Huh, never bothered to actually find out, now i don't what the fuss is about: it certainly doesn't seem disgusting or whatnot (quite the opposite), though i prefer eating the lamb meat itself rather than the organs. In fact, i think foie gras is more bizarre, not to mention poor ducks getting forced fed like that.
Great blog! The bottom line is that humans will eat anything to stay alive. I remember eating barnacles that I scrapped off the hull on the long leg from Malaysia to Reunion Island. Shackleton and his men ate their belts and their boots. I have heard that dying from hunger is a hard way to go as your body slowly digests itself. Hunger messes with your mind so that anything looks good. Pacific Islanders, even these days, will eat their dead family members although this is more of a religious thing than a gourmet dish.
Grasshoppers, crickets, and ants taste good. I haven't tried spider or scorpion yet though.
I just ate a larvae in guava this morning, accidentally :(

i was having my breakfast while reading this and had to leave in middle..shocked

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