30 of The World’s Weirdest, Most Intriguing Foods

Gone are the days when fancy schmancy gastronomical delights are all foodies talk about. That’s right, bugs and animal reproductive organs are slowly inching into the spotlight.

Can’t really say bon appetit here. But step aside bacon, here comes…
 
1. Urine-soaked eggs

“Tong Zi Dan” is a famous delicacy in Donyang County in the Zhejiang Province of eastern China. These eggs soaked in the urine of young boys (yes, you read that right), is believed to fend off ill-health. Vendors soak the eggs overnight in the urine they collect from local elementary schools.

urine soaked eggs

 
2. Silkworm

Silkworms are a popular snack all over Korea. Street vendors usually steam or boil them.

silkworm - beondegi

 
3. Balut

Balut is a developing duck embryo that has been boiled alive in its shell. It’s a popular delicacy sold in the streets in the Philippines. You can also find balut in Cambodia and Vietnam.

balut

 
4. Rocky mountain oysters

Don’t be fooled by the name. Rocky mountain oysters are actually bull testicles. They are fried in a batter of flour then seasoned with salt and pepper.

rock mountain oysters

 
5. Grasshoppers

The grasshoppers are seasoned with salt, pepper, and chilli then fried in a big wok.

grasshoppers - jing leed

 
6. Korean penis fish

Another popular treat in Korea is the Korean penis fish (Urechis unicinctus) which they serve up raw with either salt or sesame seed oil. It’s up to you.

korean penis fish

 
7. Sannakji

Yet another one from Korea is the sannakji. The dish is done by hacking off the tentacles of a baby octopus then serve them, still wriggling, to diners. Talk about choking hazard, right?

live baby octopos - sannakji

 
8. Scorpion on a stick

If you’re a thrill-seeking tourist, then this is a must-try if ever you’re in China. Scorpion on a stick is a snack in Beijing and in other cities in South East Asia.

scorpion on a stick

 
9. Cobra heart

This one’s more of a drink. They slit the poor cobra open then place its still beating heart into a shot glass of the cobra’s own blood.

cobra heart

 
10. Breast milk ice cream

An ice-cream parlour in London created a buzz when they served ice cream made from human breast milk and called it Baby Gaga.

breast milk ice cream

 
11. Haggis

Haggis is a traditional Scottish dish made with minced sheep liver, heart, and lung mixed with oatmeal, salt and stock, onion, and other spices. It is then boiled in the sheep’s stomach or some artificial casing for a few hours.

baked haggis

 
12. Maggot cheese

Casu Marzu or maggot cheese is a traditional dish in the island of Sardinia. This delicacy is sheep’s milk cheese with live insect larvae. Apparently, the maggots are there to enhance the cheese’s flavor. But watch out, they tend to jump when they panic. I would too if someone tries to eat me alive.

maggot cheese

 
13. Frogs legs

Grilled, fried, stewed, or baked – frogs legs has the texture of chicken with a faint taste of fish. Or so they say.

frogs legs

 
14. Deep fried starfish

Not really my kind of snack, but is apparently a popular treat in China. To eat a deep fried starfish, you have to break off a leg, peel open its skin, then bite into its green-colored meat.

deep fried starfish

 
15. Hen’s coxcomb

Coxcombs have been used in several dishes in Italy and France for centuries. They are used to make Cibreo, a popular sauce in Italy and a filling for profiteroles and vol au vents in France.

hen's coxcomb

 
16. Fried brain sandwiches

Before Mad-cow disease entered the scene, fried brain sandwiches was a common item on the menus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. The sandwiches are made from fried calves’ brain and sliced thinly on white bread. You can still find them in the Ohio River Valley, although they’re made into hamburgers now where the brains are coated in heavy batter then fried.

friend brain sandwiches

 
17. Pig’s brain omelette

Known in the Philippines as ‘tortang utak’, pig’s brain omelette as its name suggests, is raw pig’s brain diced and mixed with onions, carrots, aubergines, beaten in eggs and then pan-fried. You know, omelette!

pig brain omelette

 
18. Wasp crackers

This one’s pretty straightforward, it’s a biscuit filled with wasps.

wasp crackers

 
19. Fried spider

Because spiders aren’t scary enough.

fried spider

 
20. Sago grubs

Edible sago grubs are said to taste creamy when served raw. When cooked, they say it tastes just like bacon.

Sago grubs

 
21. Fugu

Fugu or pufferfish is a Japanese delicacy that has the potential to be deadly if not properly prepared. As such, only a handful of highly-trained chefs are allowed to prepare and serve fugu.

fugu

 
22. Witchetty grub

A member of the Australian bushmeat family, the witchetty grub is a staple among indigenous Australians living in the desert. They taste like almond when eaten raw.

witchetty grub

 
23. Shirako

Shirako is cod’s sperm sac. This soft and creamy treat can either be served deep fried or steamed.

shirako

 
24. Hakarl

Hakarl is native to Iceland. It is made by gutting a Basking shark or a Greenland then fermenting it to 2 – 4 months. Hakarl is often served in cubes on toothpicks and smells like ammonia.

hakarl

 
25. Mopane worm

Mopane worms taste a lot like honey barbequed chicken. Well, that’s what they say. Traditionally, they are dried or smoked to preserve. The worms are rehydrated and cooked with chilli sauce and or tomato.

mopane worm

 
26. Crocodile

Crocodile meat is said to taste like a cross between crab and chicken and is considered a delicacy in many places around the globe.

crocodile

 
27. Shiokara

Shiokara is a dish made up of pieces of meat from a selection of sea creatures. The dish is served raw in a brown, syrupy paste of their own fermented viscera.

Shiokara

 
28. Escamole

Often referred to as insect caviar, escamole is a dish made up of ant larvae and is a delicacy in Mexican cuisine.

escamole

 
29. Dragon in the Flame of Desire

It’s a roasted yak’s penis. Dragon in the Flame of Desire is Guolizhuang Restaurant’s (Beijing) most popular dish.

yaks penis

 
30. Cockroach sushi

“Face your fears” is a thing of the past, it’s eat your fears now.

cockroach sushi

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