Most of us just love food, specifically comfort food or the delicacy type. We might not admit it but many of us secretly are ‘food-aholics’ to a slight extent. Be it ice cream ,sausages, pudding, cakes, pastries, burgers, sandwiches or French fries, we just love to take a bite and immerse ourselves in the delicate taste these food offer.
Not all foods are so comforting, inviting and friendly. From fried bats and rodents to skewered snakes and rotten cheese, there are many which might creep us out at first glance and instantly kill our appetite. The food might necessarily not be bad, but we are just not used to considering it food yet. Let’s take a look at the weird, strange, unique, exciting, exotic and scary food from across the globe.
You may be thinking that the name of this dish might be misleading and the actual dish won’t be as scary (translated as containing blood) as it sounds. But it’s quite the contrary; black pudding, blood pudding or blood sausage is a type of sausage where blood is cooked with a filler (like potato, rice, meat or onion) until it is thick enough to form a paste (or semi-solid substance) when cooled. The dish exists in various places like Asia and Europe. Usually animal blood like that of pig, cattle, sheep, duck, and goat is used.
Sannakji (Live Octopus):
Yes, you read it right, it’s octopus, a LIVE one at that! Sannakji is a raw dish (actually live dish) usually found in Korean cuisine. It contains live nakji , that is a small octopus, that has been cut into small pieces and with light seasoning of sesame oil and seeds. These pieces are usually squirming on your plate, and the suction cups found on the limbs of octopus can get stuck in your mouth and throat. Suicidal dish, to say the least.
Civet is a mammal defined by Wikipedia as “A civet is a small, lithe-bodied, mostly nocturnal mammal native to tropical Asia and Africa, especially the tropical forests.” Kopi luwakor civet coffee, are sort of coffee beans. What’s so surprising about them? Well, these beans are collected from the feces of the above mentioned Civet; so if you can get past the fact that these are waste products of animals, try tasting it.
Fried spider is a regional delicacy in Cambodia. The spiders are specifically bred in holes and fried in oil. That’s all it takes to cook a spider. If you decide to eat it, watch out for the abdomen, it may contain organs, eggs or excrete too. Eater caution advised.
You might not find this dish at all appealing. Also it’s usually found staring up at you Japan (or China). Apparently it tastes better than it looks. To try this dish, just buy a pair of eyeballs, and boil them with seasoning.
Out of the hundreds of extraordinary dishes, we have just mentioned five to help control you control your sensory overload. These foods might look weird, but if you love food, you should try giving them a chance; sort of like ‘don’t judge the book by its cover’ or in our case, don’t throw away the food just because it looks less than edible. Check these amazingly unique dishes out, and stay tuned for more dishes.