The world is full of delicious, mouthwatering food, and some people even make it a life mission to travel all around the globe and taste every dish there is. Of course, delicacies around the world vary from culture to culture, and to foreigners, one or two of these dishes can be quite shocking and daunting to taste.
We call these dishes exotic food, but how exotic can some of these foods get? here are 15 of the most exotic dishes served around the world:
1. Fried Tarantula
Spiders are scary, and tarantulas– well, they’re on a whole other level. Most people go the opposite direction when they see these big, hairy, arachnids, but in Cambodia, the locals see it as a native delicacy. Fried Tarantulas are commonly sold in the streets, but expensive restaurants in the country offer them too.Would you dare to try one?
A popular delicacy in Scotland, Haggis is made from the innards of a sheep, mostly its lungs, heart, and liver. They make a savory pudding out of it by adding different spices, onions, potatoes, and other condiments, and after, they stuff it all in the sheep’s stomach and boils if for three hours or more. To newbies, the dish doesn’t look a bit appetizing, but the locals swear it’s delicious.
3. Casu Marzu
You’d think that Italy is only home to some of the most delicious food in the world, but they actually have a local exotic dish that only those with the strongest guts are willing to try. Casu Marzu is a type of fermented goat cheese that is basically left to rot so maggots could feast and lay eggs on it. To make it worse, locals eat this cheese while worms are still writhing on them. They said it gives the cheese a unique texture and taste, but honestly, I’d rather not check.
Octopus dishes are found in different parts of the world, and some even agree that it tastes better than squid. In South Korea, however, they have an octopus dish called Sannakji, which is made from a live baby octopus. The dish is served fresh with several spices, and what makes this dish exotic is that the tentacles are still moving as you eat them!
5. Wasp Crackers
Eating insects have become a trend in the food industry lately, and in Japan, they have a delicacy called Wasp Crackers, which is basically crackers filled with wasps. These crackers are cheap, and is extremely famous around Japan. Can you handle eating a crunchy cracker and finding a whole wasp inside it? Gross!
Durian is a type of fruit typically found in Asia, and despite its savory taste, it’s considered exotic because of its strong smell. Durian can be eaten in a variety of ways, but many prefer to eat it raw. The smell is so bad though, imagine eating a type of food that smells like vomit or sewers!
7. Raw Cobra Heart
If you’re ever in Vietnam, try consuming this dish if you’re brave enough. Eating a live cobra heart is normal in Vietnam, as they believe it has properties that can enhance the virility of males. The locals kill the cobras straight-up, and they pull out its heart while it’s still beating. You have to eat it immediately, so make sure you’re 100% decided when you try it out!
8. Century Eggs
Century eggs are made by preserving any kind of egg in clay, salt, and other ingredients for a couple of months until it is ready to serve. Commonly found in China, not all agree with this food, since century eggs have such a strong odor that smells like rotten meat. After preservation, the eggs turn almost black, and the yolks turn into a jelly-like texture. Yucks!
9. Bat Paste
A common delicacy in Thailand, bat paste is made by simply boiling a bat in milk until it turns soft enough to mush. The concoction is then added with various spices to give it a distinct flavor. I don’t know what they do with this, do they use it as a sandwich spread? If so, ewww.
10. Kopi Luwak
Not really food but coffee, Kopi Luwak is considered one of the most expensive coffee in the world. However, it’s also considered exotic since the coffee is made with the droppings of an animal called Palm Civet. Kopi Luwak is only found in Indonesia. Imagine drinking coffee made from animal shit!
Hakarl is a delicacy only found in Iceland and typically served during the Icelandic Winter Festival. Hakarl is made from shark meat which is left to rot in the ground for a few months. After the decomposition process, the meat turns into a white-colored flesh, which is then eaten straight up by locals.
12. Tuna Eyeball
Tuna is one of the most delicious types of fish, but in Japan, its eyeballs are also considered a delicacy. To prepare this dish, the locals only cook the biggest tuna eyeballs they can get, and after cleaning them up, they make a stew out of them. The whole thing looks gross, but according to the locals, tuna eyeballs are one of the most delicious food in the whole world.
13. Sheep Head
A traditional South African dish, the locals first take out the brains and flesh from the head before they chop the meat and add a variety of spices to make the dish flavorful. Apparently, the most delicious part of this dish is the sheep’s eyes.
14. Bear Claws
This dish is quite a controversy in China nowadays, as animal rights activists are trying to put an end to this practice. Apparently, the Chinese believe that eating bear claws has lots of advantages to the health, but the process of preparing this dish is so extreme as the bear needs to be tortured first before being killed because it releases certain toxins to the claws that give it its delicious taste. Mind you, it’s also very expensive.
One of the most famous exotic dishes in the world, Balut is a Filipino delicacy where fertilized chicken or duck eggs with semi-developed embryos inside are boiled before eaten. It’s a popular street food in the Philippines and commonly served with beer. It’s quite delicious, but make sure to eat the inside of the egg in one gulp!
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