The Most Bizarre Foods To Eat From Around The World
Have you ever wondered what types of bizarre foods people eat around the world? Are you someone that is interested in trying new foods? Then you should check out this article that explains some of the most bizarre foods from different countries. Some of these foods might look a little strange to eat, but most are pretty good in flavor.
Every country has its own bizarre food that they enjoy, and some of the things that they eat will surprise you. It seems that humans will eat anything that is edible, including strange funguses. So if you are looking to learn more about these different bizarre foods from around the world, be sure to check out this article, and maybe you will get some ideas for your next meal.
Airag milk is a low percentage alcohol drink that is usually served in Mongolia. Airag is also known as Kumis and has been around for thousands of years. The Mongolians mix the alcohol with the mare's milk and let the concoction ferment for a couple of days before it is ready to drink. Many Mongolian homes offer this drink to visitors and are usually made for annual festivities.
So if you ever find yourself in Mongolia, be sure to try some airag milk as it will be pretty tasty and will be something that you can check off your food bucket list.
Alligator meat is something that you will commonly find in the Southern states of the United States. Since the Southern states were settled, people have been cooking alligator meat in various ways, and the most common is a fried alligator. It might seem strange to eat these prehistoric beasts, but they are pretty tasty and actually taste like fried chicken.
Eating alpaca meat is something that people might find strange to eat, but there are several Latin American countries that love eating alpaca, including Bolivia, Chile, and Peru. These animals look pretty cute, but they have become the main cuisine, mainly in Peru, and you can find them cooked in many different ways.
The most popular way to eat alpaca is when it is cooked like a steak, and people tend to like it more since it has a lower percentage of fat content. This tender meat is found at most of the restaurants in Peru and should be something that is tried if you are ever in the country.
Ants Egg Soup
Ants egg soup is something that you will find in either Laos or Thailand and is a pretty typical dish. It might seem weird to eat ant eggs, but these eggs are full of protein and have an overall sweet flavor. There are different ways to eat ant eggs, but the most popular is ants egg soup which has become one of the local dishes in both countries.
If you are brave and want to experience different foods from around the world, then be sure to try ants egg soup whenever you find yourself in either Laos or Thailand.
Balut has to be one of the most bizarre foods that come out of the Philippines and is only eaten by people who don't mind seeing a dead bird. This fertilized egg embryo is boiled before it is eaten and has become a delicacy among Filipino families.
Vietnam is another country where you will find balut, and it is custom to eat the egg right out of the shell, which contains a dead chick inside. Only the strong-hearted will be able to eat balut as it does look pretty disgusting to anyone that grew up in the West.
Basashi Raw Horse Meat
Basashi is commonly found in Japan as raw horse meat that is served with some vegetables. The Japanese are famous for eating raw fish, and another thing that they started to eat raw is horse meat. There are only a couple of countries that actually eat horse meat, but Japan is the only one that eats it raw.
Eating basashi started in Japan's Kumamoto region and is commonly served on local leaves, soy sauce, and wasabi to spice things up a bit. Basashi isn't for everyone as it does have an acquired taste but, in a way, tastes like sashimi.
Beef tongue is a cuisine that you will find commonly in North America and South America. It may sound strange to eat a tongue out of a cow, but people have found that the meat has a unique taste and texture. Mexican cuisine is famous for using beef tongue in tacos and other Mexican dishes.
America is another country that enjoys beef tongue and has some of the best meat in the world. There are various ways to eat beef tongue, and you can cook it just like any other meat out there.
Beondegi is a South Korean snack that is popular among street vendors and is a bunch of silkworms that are cooked up. This bizarre-looking snack is super popular in South Korea and has become one of the foods you must try if you visit the country. The silkworms are in the perfect stage of development between larva and adult before it is cooked.
People often say that beondegi tastes like nuts and have a very crunchy texture. So if you don't mind snacking on some insects and find yourself in South Korea, be sure to get some beondegi from one of the local street vendors.
Bird's Nest Soup
This strange-looking soup is called bird's nest soup and is a typical dish you would find all over Southeast Asia. Amazingly, the name of the soup is what you eat when you order bird's nest soup. The soup contents are collected from the swiftlets' bird's nests. This bird's nest isn't a common one made out of sticks and twigs but actually comes from the saliva of the little bird, which usually lives in caves located in Southeast Asia.
Bird's nest soup is very expensive and is only found in the most luxurious restaurants in Southeast Asia, but it is something that must be tried as many people have agreed that it has a unique taste.
Blood sausage is a cuisine that you will mainly find in the United Kingdom and Ireland. In those countries, it is most commonly referred to as black pudding as it looks more like pudding than a sausage. Blood sausage consists of an oatmeal mix that is mixed with pig's blood and has a very unique flavor that not everyone will like.
There are several ways to cook blood sausage, such as grilling, frying, or boiling it. If you ever find yourself in the United Kingdom or Ireland, you will most likely be served it for breakfast as it is very common.
The Middle East is famous for eating camel meat which is quite bizarre, but people have stated that camel meat is quite tasty, and there are several ways Middle-Eastern people enjoy it. If you ever find yourself in the Middle East, it won't take you long to find camel meat as it is the most popular meat to eat, besides lamb, in those countries.
People have eaten camels for thousands of years, and since then, there have been some legendary recipes that will have anyone wanting more. There are several ways to eat camel meat with the most recent being camel burgers.
Casu Marzu is another food that is at the top of the most bizarre on this list. At first sight, casu marzu doesn't look or even sound that bad, but when you look closely and find out what it is made of, you will wonder why people even eat it. Casu marzu is a Sardinia cheese that is left out to rot until maggots form inside the cheese.
The cheese is consumed when there are thousands of larvae inside crawling around and is considered the world's most dangerous cheese to consume. It is unsure why the tradition is still ongoing, but people seem to enjoy it.
Century egg is a dish that you will find mainly in China but can be found in other Southeastern Asian countries as well. Also known as the thousand-year egg, this delicacy is made out of different eggs that are preserved with ash, clay, rice, quicklime, and salt that are left for weeks to even months at a time. The result is a strange-looking egg that might look bizarre but is known to be actually quite tasty.
This is a dish that isn't for everyone as the appearance of the egg can be overwhelming. But if you ever find yourself in China, be sure to try out this delicacy.
Several countries enjoy eating chicken feet and have come up with different ways to cook these bizarre-looking feet. You will typically find people eating chicken feet in either Latin America, Korea, or China being the more popular. Every country has its own way of cooking chicken feet; for instance, China usually has them grilled and served as a snack at a restaurant.
On the other hand, Korea likes to make chicken feet with as many spices as it can. If you ever find yourself drinking in Southeast Asia, don't be surprised if one of the locals orders some chicken feet to snack on.
Cuy Guinea Pig
Another bizarre cuisine to come out of Peru is the cuy guinea pig, which is cooked in many different ways, with the most popular being fried. This dish is often served during special events by the locals, but there are restaurants that serve it all year for tourists to try.
Although the little guys are pretty cute, they actually have a great taste and, when fried, taste somewhat like chicken. If you want to try a traditional Peruvian dish, then the cuy guinea pig should be at the top of your list if you are into bizarre foods.
The durian is a fruit that is mainly found in Southeast Asia and is quite popular worldwide for the foul smell that it produces once it is opened. This tropical fruit is used to make various types of dishes, such as ice cream and cream puffs. The stench of durian is pretty foul and can only be eaten by people that can ignore the strange aroma.
People have described the smell of durian as smelly feet and have an acquired taste that not everyone would like. If you find yourself brave enough and want to try this tropical fruit, be sure to remember that it will smell pretty bad.
Baby eels is a cuisine that you will commonly find in Spain and will cost you an arm and a leg just to try it. The baby eels dish is one of the most expensive dishes that you can pay for while you are in Spain. This dish wasn't always expensive as not many people used to eat them but as the internet started making bizarre foods more popular, these dishes have become quite expensive as it is hard to harvest these baby eels.
The most common way that people enjoy eating baby eels is when it is cooked with pasta and served with garlic and a touch of olive oil.
Escamoles is a famous cuisine that you will find in Central Mexico and has been around ever since the Aztec civilization discovered how to cook these larvae. It might seem bizarre that people consume larvae but it has become a popular thing, not only in Latin America but in different parts of the world.
You will find escamoles in different dishes such as tacos, omelets, and even guacamole. These larvae taste quite good if you are not too skittish about eating insects and are a must-try if you ever find yourself in Central Mexico.
Probably the most popular bizarre food on this list is escargot which comes out of France but is enjoyed by the citizens of India and Italy as well. It might seem weird to eat snails, but these slimy guys are cooked before they are served to you and usually dipped in either garlic butter or some kind of soup.
Escargot is usually served as an appetizer as it really doesn't fill you up that much. If you ever find yourself in any of these countries be sure to try them out so you can finally say that you have tried escargot.
Foie gras is another cuisine that comes out of France and has been enjoyed by the higher class for centuries. Foie gras is made out of goose liver or duck that has been fattened up using a special feeding technique that is used on the animals. Since the care for the animal is taken into consideration, foie gras is one of the most expensive dishes that you can buy and has become a trendy luxury dish among the rich.
Some organizations have become vocal about the treatment of the animals that are used for harvesting, but regardless, people are still enjoying foie gras, of course, for a price.
France is just full of bizarre foods, and frogs legs is another cuisine that comes out of the country and has become popular in different parts of the world as well. Frog legs are often served with butter and garlic in France and have become a popular dish among the citizens. The Southern United States is another place that enjoys eating frog legs which are usually fried.
Different countries in Asia enjoy eating frog legs as well since they are abundant all around the world. You don't have to travel far to enjoy this bizarre delicacy as there are a good amount of countries that enjoy them.
The Japanese like almost everything they eat raw, and the Fugu blowfish is no exception. If you ever find yourself in Japan, you have to try Fugu blowfish as it is one of the most popular delicacies in the country and is quite expensive. The reason why it is so costly to eat Fugu blowfish is that you need an experienced chef that is certified to cut open and serve the fish to you.
If the fish isn't filleted right, there is a chance that whoever consumes it will die as the blowfish are quite poisonous But regardless, this fish is made to be eaten raw and is one of the best in the sea.
Haggis might not be the most appealing food out there, but it is actually quite good if you eat it before you know what is inside. Haggis is mainly served in Scotland as it is the country where it originated from. Haggis is an intestine that is stuffed with sheep's heart, liver, and lungs cooked to perfection, and are served in several different ways.
Haggis can be found either in a sandwich or all by itself, but regardless of what people say about haggis, it is pretty good and should be a cuisine that you try if you ever find yourself in Scotland.
If you are someone that is into fish, then hákarl should be a bizarre food you try. Hákarl comes from Iceland and is a cured piece of shark meat that is left out to ferment for months at a time. Hákarl has a strong smell of fish and is only eaten by people that enjoy a fishy meal.
The people of Iceland have been making hákarl for hundreds of years as it was one of the best ways to preserve meat back then and is full of protein. If you are brave enough and find yourself in Iceland one day, try some hákarl.
This food cuisine is as bizarre as it gets; huitlacoche is another Aztec dish that comes out of Mexico and is actually a piece of corn that is growing fungus on it. This may not look like the most appetizing thing to eat, but amazingly, Mexicans have added this delicacy to many dishes such as enchiladas and even tacos.
If you want to try something that is truly authentic Mexican cuisine, be sure to get your hands on some huitlacoche. Several restaurants serve huitlacoche and it can even be found in America at your local Mexican food store.
Jellyfish is another bizarre food enjoyed by several countries worldwide, including Burma, China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines. Not all jellyfish in the sea are edible, and there are only a few that are considered to be delicious. Japan is famous for serving jellyfish as sushi, while in Thailand, you can order jellyfish, which will be served as a noodle dish.
There are several ways to prepare jellyfish, and Japan has taken it to the extreme and has made an ice cream that is jellyfish flavored, which is quite odd. So if you want to try one of these stingy creatures, be sure to visit any country in Southeast Asia.
Kangaroo meat can only be enjoyed by one country, and that is Australia, of course, since they are the only place where kangaroos are native. These cute creatures actually have some of the leanest meat in the world and are loaded with tons of protein compared to other meats. Australians have come out with several ways to prepare kangaroo meat; one of the most famous being to cook it just like a steak.
Another popular way to eat kangaroo is to make a hamburger out of the meat as it is probably one of the easiest ways to try kangaroo meat if the thought grosses you out.
Khash is a popular dish in countries such as Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. It is considered a bizarre dish because of the contents of the soup, which are different parts of either sheep or cow that include the head, stomach, and feet. Khash is mainly cooked in the winter since it is a pretty hearty meal and is even eaten with one's hands in Armenia.
It is pretty bizarre to eat parts of the cow or sheep that you don't usually eat, but there are several flavors that are being missed out on if one doesn't give it a try. So if you are not a picky eater, be sure to try some khash whenever you find yourself in any of these countries.
Several countries enjoy eating locusts in many different ways. One of the most popular ways to eat locusts is to roast them, and countries that are located in Africa, Asia, and even the Middle East have street vendors that serve these insects all the time.
One of the best ways to get rid of locusts is to eat them, and many cultures have come to find that eating these insects isn't too bad. If you dare yourself to try locusts, be sure to order them roasted, as people tend to say that it is the best way to eat them.
If you ever find yourself in Greenland, don't be surprised if you are offered muktuk, which is raw whale blubber that is commonly taken from bowhead whales. The people of Greenland have been eating this delicacy for hundreds of years, just like their ancestors did before them. Muktuk is not only eaten raw but also deep-fried, frozen, and sometimes pickled.
The texture of muktuk is quite rubbery and isn't for everyone, especially if you don't like fish. But if you are someone who wants to try bizarre foods, then muktuk should be on your list.
Pigeon is a dish that you would commonly see in Europe and is something quite bizarre for North Americans to eat. Pigeons can be cooked and served in various ways and often are served when hunting season kicks in during fall. Europeans have been eating pigeons for hundreds of years, and they have become one of the many bizarre foods that they enjoy. Britain, France, and Ireland are among the top countries that consume pigeons.
Pigeons are pretty tasty and are similar to eating chicken, but with less meat. The French like to combine all their bizarre dishes together, and the pigeon is one of them.
Another strange food to eat that many people around the world enjoy is pig's tail which is commonly eaten in North America, South America, and Asia. Pig's tail is cooked in various ways, the most popular being deep-fried. Puerto Rico takes it to another level and actually eats the pig's tails raw in a sandwich which is quite odd.
Asians love pigs as much as South Americans do, and many of the recipes are similar even though they are located in different parts of the world. Pig's tail tastes like bacon and is very flavorful because of the bone that is inside.
Rats are a pretty bizarre animal to eat but it is one of the most popular in Southeast Asia and is sold by street vendors everywhere. There is never a short supply of rats in Southeast Asia and one of the best ways to not let them go to waste is to cook them.
Salo is a traditional Ukrainian dish that has been eaten by Ukrainians for hundreds of years and is a symbol of its people. The dish contains sliced pork fastback that is mainly eaten with garlic and bread. If you ever find yourself hanging out with Ukrainians, they will probably pull some salo out.
Salo is often enjoyed with a bottle of vodka and is a snack that the Ukrainians really do love. People find salo a bizarre food to eat as you are mostly eating bread with fat, but regardless, it is still one of the best things that the Ukrainians invented.
Sannakji is a dish that is commonly found in Japan and Korea. Sannakji translates to live octopus and is one of the most sought-after delicacies within the countries. This is probably one of the only dishes where you can eat something that is still alive and is one of the most bizarre in the region. The octopus is either chopped up or eaten in portions while it is still moving.
This has to be one of the hardest things to swallow as all the tentacles are squirming around. You can find sannakji at any fish market in Japan or Korea, and it is served at several restaurants as well.
Scorpions are another bizarre food on the list, and several countries enjoy eating these nasty-looking insects. Asia is pretty famous for eating scorpions, as well as Mexico. Scorpions are usually cooked on a stick and sold by the local street vendors for a low price. It might seem odd that people eat insects, but it is a more common thing than you think, and they actually taste pretty good.
Scorpions are pretty crunchy once you cook them up and they have a very distinctive taste that will have you wondering why you didn't try one earlier.
Scrapple is a cuisine that comes from the state of Pennslyvania and comes from the farmer's mentality of not wasting any parts of the animal. Scrapple usually consists of all the pork meat that usually isn't used and is mixed with flour and other ingredients, which makes a loaf. The loaf is then put in the oven before it is pan-fried and ready to serve.
This may not be the most bizarre food on the list, but there are some people that find it strange to eat the pork ends in this fashion. If you find yourself in Pennslyvania, be sure to get some scrapple before you leave.
Sea cucumber is a bizarre food that many people enjoy that live in either Asia or even the East coast of the United States. Sea cucumbers are not the most pleasant-looking things in the sea, but they can pack a lot of flavors.
Japan is famous for eating sea cucumbers, either raw or cooked, and has many dishes that help accent the flavor of the sea creature. There are several ways to enjoy sea cucumbers, the most famous being ones that are served in a stew.
When you first think of a sea urchin, one of the first things that come to mind is that there is no way someone has tried to eat that. But amazingly, sea urchins have been eaten for thousands of years by people living by the coast. Some of the most popular countries that consume sea urchins are America, Chile, and Japan.
Sea urchins are cracked open to reveal their insides, which is what many people eat them for. Sea urchins are often eaten raw and have all the ocean flavor, so if you are a big fish fan, this is something you should try.
Japan is full of bizarre foods but shirako is probably the weirdest out of all of them because it is made of fish semen. You may be disgusted, but if you like caviar, then you will probably like shirako as they have a similar taste. Shirako is commonly found in sushi bars and is often deep-fried or eaten raw.
Shirako is a delicacy in Japan, just like all the other meals that they have to offer. If you ever find yourself in Japan, you will be able to eat most of the bizarre foods on this list.
The appearance of stargazey pie is bizarre and a dish that comes out of England. Not too many people will find this pie appetizing after you first see it, but many people have sworn that this is one of the best pies that England has to offer.
The pie consists of eggs, potatoes, and of course, the baked pilchards, which are the fish that are put into the pie whole. The pie does sound good until you mention the fish, but this pie has a great flavor that you wouldn't expect. So if you are in England, give this dish a try.
Steak tartare is a dish that comes out of France and is quite bizarre since you are eating a piece of raw, high-quality meat. Not only do you eat a raw steak but to add to it, a raw egg is cracked on top of the steak. You have to have some strange taste buds in order to enjoy this meal as everything you are eating is raw.
Steak tartare is a meal that you will find in a fancy restaurant as not everyone has high-quality meat that you can just eat straight up raw. The French are some interesting people and their food tells a lot about them.
The Swedish have always been fans of fish, and of course, they would have a popular can of fish that they have become famous for making. Surströmming is a can of Baltic herring that is fermented in salt water. These cans of fish have a pungent smell and are usually opened outdoors as the stench can linger for several days.
Regardless, Swedes and people around the world enjoy these salty fish which are typically eaten with either potatoes or bread. Surströmming is a bizarre food that is only enjoyed by fish lovers and should be avoided if you find the smell of fish revolting.
Tripe has to be one of the strangest pieces of meat that is eaten all over the world. In ancient times, people would not waste any part of the animal, including the animal's stomach lining. Tripe has a strange texture that grosses most people out when they try it, but regardless there are tons of people that enjoy cooking tripe in various ways, the most common being steamed.
The reason why it is boiled or steamed is that the meat is so tough that it needs to be broken down a little before it is enjoyable to eat.
Turtle soup is most commonly found in Japan, China, Malaysia, and the United States. Anywhere where turtles are abundant, there are restaurants that will serve turtle soup which may sound bizarre, but many people have claimed that it tastes good and is like nothing else you have tried.
Turtle meat can be kind of gamy which is why it is usually cooked in a stew in order to soften up the meat. If you ever find yourself in either Florida or Minnesota, you will find that turtle soup is a typical dish and something that should be tried.
A bizarre food that you will commonly find in Japan is tuna eyeballs. Almost every market sells tuna eyeballs which are extremely popular among the older generation in Japan. These eyeballs are usually grilled or sautéed before they are eaten and are quite disgusting in appearance. Japan isn't the only country that enjoys eating tuna eyeballs as South Korea and China are famous for eating them as well.
Eating tuna eyeballs isn't for the faint-hearted and isn't the most delicious thing in Japan, but it is something that they have been eating for thousands of years and a delicacy that should be tried.
Shark Fin Soup
Shark fin soup is a dish that is most commonly found in Southeast Asia and is made out of shark fins which has become quite a controversy worldwide. The reason why shark fin soup is frowned upon is that harvesting the shark fin is done in a cruel way and usually leaves the shark without any fins. Many Chinese fishermen have been breaking the rules and taking every shark fin that they see.
Aside from the controversy, shark fin soup is a delicacy in Southeast Asia and is a costly meal to purchase in a restaurant. So if you are willing to pay the price, be sure to try this one out.
Percebes, also known as goose barnacles, are a delicacy in Spain and Portugal and are one of the most bizarre sea foods to consume. Percebes are broiled until they are ready to eat and have to be pinched open in order to get to the juicy meat. They have a lot of protein in them and are pretty tasty despite their appearance.
A plate of percebes can be pretty costly, as many people have come to like them, and are one of the most popular dishes in Portugal and Spain. So if you want to try something new while you are in either one of those countries, be sure to eat some goose barnacles.
This bizarre-looking Russian dish is called kholodets and is probably one of the strangest-looking jello shots that you have ever seen. Inside the gelatin is meat that is boiled for hours until the broth solidifies into the gelly that you see that surrounds this strange cuisine.
There are different spices and even eggs that are added to this concoction; it will probably take a couple of vodka shots in order to take one of these down. To add to the strangeness, Russians usually eat kholodets with mustard, which Americans may have trouble swallowing.
I hope you have enjoyed the most bizarre foods from around the world. There are still tons of strange food out there as we only scratched the surface.