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.