40 of the Most Bizarre Foods from Around the World

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While we might consider some of the ‘bizarre foods’ on this list unappetizing, most of them are considered delicacies by people in other parts of the world. Quite fascinating, right? In this article, we shall delve into different types of food eaten by people all around the world. Be warned, some foods may shock you, surprise you or may even get your stomach churning! Let’s take a look at 40 of the Most Bizarre Foods from Around the World.

1. Fried Spiders – Cambodia

This is a regional delicacy which is typically served as a snack.

2. Century Eggs – China

Don’t let that name mislead you into thinking these eggs are a 100 years old, they aren’t. Depending on the processing method, these eggs are kept preserved from a few weeks to a few months in a mixture of clay, ash, salt and rice hulls.

3. Fried Guinea Pig – Peru

Fried guinea pig is usually served on a stick or you can have them with a serving of fries on the side.

4. Boiled Sheep Head – South Africa

Boiled sheep head is enjoyed all around the world, including countries such as Iceland, South Africa, Iraq and Kazakhstan.

5. Witchetty Grubs – Australia

Usually compared to scrambled eggs, the Witchetty grub is larva of a moth that lives in the roots of the Witchetty bush which are generally found in Central Asia.

6. Puffin Meat – Iceland

The smoked puffin is usually served with blueberry sauce and it is a popular dish in Iceland.

7. Fertilised Chicken Eggs (Balut) – Philippines

Balut is a developing bird embryo that is boiled and eaten before they are hatched. It is a common street food in the Philippines.

8. Tripe – All over the world

Tripe is a dish made of stomach linings of various farm animals that is added to soups and stew.

9. Grasshoppers – Mexico

A street food very popular in Mexico, which has played a role in their diet for hundreds of years.

10. Bulls Testicles (Prairie Oyster) – USA

Prairie oysters, which you may know as bull’s testicles, are found in cuisines in the Mid West, US.

11. Akutaq – Alaska

Akutaq, also known as Eskimo ice cream, is popular dessert in Alaska. It contains whipped fat mixed with fish, berries and sugar.

12. Beef Brains – USA, EUROPE, ASIA

Beef brains are featured in many cuisines. You can find it in Europe, Indonesia, Pakistan, Morocco and even the USA.

13. Snake Wine – Vietnam

Are you wondering how it is made? Well, the Vietnamese snake wine is produced by infusing whole snakes in rice wine.

14. Deep-fried Worms – Mexico

Typically served with guacamole, deep fried worms are very popular in Mexico and can be found in menus of many top restaurants.

15. Bird’s Nest Soup – China

Were you expecting twigs in your soup? Nope, you won’t find any if you opt for this soup. This expensive Chinese soup is actually made from bird’s saliva.

16. Black Ivory Coffee – Thailand

This is probably the most expensive coffee ever. It’s a black ivory coffee found in Northern Thailand. Are you wondering why it is expensive? Well, it’s because the coffee beans used are collected from elephant dung.

17. Fried Tarantula – Cambodia

One of the favorite dishes enjoyed in Cambodia, this bite sized snack is sometimes served with tarantula legs.

18. Black Pudding – Britain, Ireland and Sweden

Black pudding, a type of blood sausage, is commonly eaten in England, Ireland and other European countries. It has a high content of oatmeal in it.

19. Sannakji – Korea

Sannakji, an interesting dish, some might call it. Curious as to what it is, aren’t you? Well, it is a live octopus served whole, with wiggling tentacles and all!

20. Insects – Laos

In countries like Laos, insects like ants and grasshoppers are a massive source of nutrition for people living there.

21. Khash – Afghanistan

Khash is a winter soup made by boiling cow’s feet and served with dried bread.

22. Shiokara – Japan

Shiokara is squid that is immersed in a thick brown paste of the animal’s fermented viscera and is highly salted.

23. Shark Fin – China

A favorite in China, the shark fin soup has been sought after for centuries. Shark fin soup, which is flavored with chicken or some other stock, is good for your skin, libido and helps prevent diseases of the heart.

24. Kopi Luwak – Indonesia

First, we looked at coffee made out of elephant excrement, now for the cat! The civet cat, an Indonesian cat-like animal, eats the coffee cherries, then defecates the leftovers The partly digested coffee cherries are used to make coffee.

25. Maggot Cheese – Sardinia

It is a traditional Sardinian cheese made from sheep milk. Are you wondering why it’s in this list? Well, the cheese is left to ferment and decompose until you see the presence of translucent maggots.

26. Worms – Thailand

Worms and bugs are outrageously popular snacks in Thailand.

27. Chitterlings – Europe

An European delicacy usually made from the small intestines of pigs. It’s also consumed in many parts of the United States, western Asia, Caribbean and also Latin America.

28. Tong Zi Dan or “Boy Eggs” – China

It is a traditional delicacy of the Dongyang, Zhejiang Province. It is made by cooking eggs that are boiled in boys’ urine for a day.

29. Chicken Feet – China

Chicken feet, another Chinese speciality, is served as bar snacks, in soups or sometimes as a main dish.

30. Fugu Blowfish – Japan

Fugu blowfish is a dish made only by professional chefs as it is highly poisonous unless made correctly.

31. Duck Tongue – Hong Kong

Duck tongue is a popular food in Hong Kong served crispy with red chillies and celery.

32. Donkey Penis – China

Some Chinese people believe that consuming donkey’s penis increases their libido.

33. Wasp Crackers – Japan

Wasp crackers are prepared by first boiling the wasp in water, drying them and then adding them to the rice cracker mix and- voila!- you have your wasp cracker.

34. Truffle – France

Truffle, black pungent mushrooms, is an expensive delicacy found in many countries, but most frequently in France.

35. Beondegi – Korea

Beondegi, which is silkworm pupae, is a Korean street food which are served either boiled or fried.

36. Haggis – Scotland

Haggis is a type of food made from mincing a sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, then mixing it with onions, suet and oatmeal. After seasoning it with salt and spices, it is cooked in the animal’s stomach.

37. Ikasumi (Squid Ink) Burger – Japan

Made by Burger King in Japan, the Ikasumi is a burger that has its buns made from bamboo charcoal powder, black sesame and beef patties covered in squid ink sauce.

38. Escamoles – Mexico

Escamoles are edible larvae and pupae of ants harvested from the roots of the Agave tequilana. They are also known as insect caviar by some folks in Mexico.

39. Foie Gras – France

Foie gras, a french delicacy, is actually flattened liver of a duck or goose.

40. Sea Cucumber – East and Southeast Asia

Sea cucumber, a marine animal, is used in many cuisines and are consumed fresh, or sometimes dried.

Some Honorable mentions include: Tuna eyes (Japan), Fungus caterpillars (China), Hakarl (Iceland), Durian (South East Asia), Raw blood soup (Vietnam), Snake blood (Thailand) and whale meat.

We hope you enjoyed our list of the 40 of the Most Bizarre Foods from Around the World.