10 Strangest foods from around the world

When you go away to foreign lands on vacation, it’s always fun to try the local cuisine. After all, who wants to go to go to a faraway land and eat a Big Mac! While foods like burgers and French fries have become popular all across the world, the delicacies of some countries are unlikely to become a big hit in other parts of the world. If you think that you are brave enough to eat anything, then take a look at these ten strange foods from around the world.

1. Tripe

Tripe used to be a popular dish in quite a lot of countries, probably more because it was cheap to buy than for its flavour or texture. Tripe is the stomach lining of an animal, usually cows. It has a rubbery texture and it is usually served cooked with onions in a white sauce.

2. Dog meat

Unless you are vegetarian, most people are quite happy eating farmed meat from all kinds of different animals, but dog meat is a step too far, even for most meat eaters. Dog meat is hugely popular in Vietnam and, yes, some of that meat does come from family pets.

3. Kangaroo meat

Just like dog meat, there is probably nothing at all wrong with the kangaroo meat that is eaten in Australia; it’s just the thought of eating such a cute looking animal than puts many people off. If you can get past the thought of eating Skippy, then the meat is actually quite succulent and has a gamey sort of flavour. It’s also very high in protein, but low in fat, so it’s much healthier to eat than beef.

4. Raw horse meat

Horse meat hit the headlines in Europe recently, because it was said to have been an ingredient in some commercially available meat products, like burgers and meat pies. Although most people don’t like the idea of eating horse meat, in Japan, they eat raw horse meat and they call it cherry blossom meat. It’s usually eaten as a part of a sushi, or sometimes it is eaten on its own.

5. Haggis

If you are from the UK, then you probably don’t find the thought of haggis that awful, but in other countries people would turn their noses up at the famous Scottish dish. Haggis is made by boiling a sheep’s lungs, liver and heart, inside a sheep’s stomach.  Haggis is actually quite tasty, if you ever get over to Scotland and you find the courage to try it.

6. Snake heart

This is another one of unusual foods from around the world. In Vietnam, they have a taste for eating raw, still beating, snake’s heart. As if that in itself wasn’t bad enough, if you order the dish in the restaurant they bring the live snake to your table and cut out the heart in front of you. The heart is just the appetizer; the rest of the snake is cooked and served as the main course.

7. Fried Guinea pig

Guinea pigs are the cuddly little pets of children in many countries, but in South America, they are raised as food. The dish, which is called cuy chactao, is made by cooking the furry little rodents on a spit for an hour and then frying the meat. The indigenous people of the region have been eating guinea pig for thousands of years and it is said to have a flavour similar that of duck.

8. Century old egg

Century eggs, or millennium eggs, are not really that old, but they are old enough to have gone rotten. The eggs, which are a Chinese delicacy, are duck, chicken or quail eggs that have been buried in a mixture of clay, quicklime and salt for several weeks, or months. When the eggs are dug up and eaten, the white looks like a brown jelly and the yolk turns a very dark shade of green. It is said to have an extremely strong smell and to taste like a regular boiled egg. Well, I never tried it, so can’t really tell you more!

9. Chicken feet

This is another one of strangest foods from around the world. Chicken feet are a popular dish in a number of countries around the world, including China, Malaysia and South Africa. Despite their widespread popularity, in countries where chicken feet are not usually on the menu, the idea of eating them seems quite strange. Apparently, they can be very tasty when cooked well, but they do consist mainly of skin and sinew, so they have a gelatinous texture to them.

10. Witchetty grub

Our final culinary delight form around the world is the soft, fat grubs that are eaten by the Indigenous population of Australia. Witchetty grubs, which are said to taste like almonds, can be eaten raw, or they can be cooked, in which case the insides of the grub look like scrambled eggs.

Have you ever tried some of these unusual foods from around the world?

Stay happy and healthy!

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