What’s the creepiest creatures you have ever thought of? What if we tell you that those are actually considered to be one of the delicacies in some parts of the world. Yes you read that right. People tend to eat kinds of stuff ranging from the entrails of animals to fermented eggs and wasp crackers. Sounds absurd right? Certainly not for the weak hearted or for the animal lovers.
Take a back seat as we bring you the most terrifying and weirdest food around the world which will surely get you some chills.
Shirako (fish sperms)
Shirako in Japanese means “white children” but refers to sperm sacks of either cod, angler fish or puffer fish.Tends to have a sweet custardy taste, they are topped with some sliced spring onions, a shiso leaf and soy sauce dressings.
Where to find it: Japan
Balut (bird embryo)
Commonly sold on the streets of Philippines, Balut is a developing bird embryo (usually a duck) that is boiled and eaten from the shell itself. It is mostly consumed within southeast Asia including Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and China. Add some salt and pepper and you are good to go to slurp on the soup.
Where to find it: Philippines
White Ant Eggs Soup
This one is surely not your average delectable soup wherein you devour it with some fresh veggies or succulent meat. White ant eggs soup is a mixture of eggs, partial embryos and baby ants. It’s quite obvious to see white ant eggs in food while you’re in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. People who’ve tasted it said that the eggs pops in their mouth releasing a sour flavor.
Where to find it: Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia
Isolated in North Atlantic, Hakarl is the national dish of Iceland consisting of Greenland shark or other sleeper shark which has been cured with a particular fermentation process and hung to dry for four to five months. It’s impossible to consume it fresh as its poisonous due to high content of urea.
Chef Anthony Bourdain described Hakarl as “the single worst, most disgusting and terrible tasting thing” he has ever eaten.
Where to find it: Iceland
Muktuk (frozen whale skin)
Greenland’s name is quite misleading. Its land is mostly barren meaning a major portion of their food comes from the ocean. Meat of the marine animals is consumed as a traditional Greenlandic cuisine. Muktuk is most often made from the skin and blubber of the bowhead whale. Usually eaten raw, it is now occasionally finely diced, breaded, deep fried and served with a dash of soy sauce.
Muktuk has been found to be a good source of vitamin C.
Where to find it: Greenland
Escamoles (ant larvae)
Mexico city is known for its incredible street food. Escamoles or ant larvae is dish native to Central Mexico once considered a delicacy. Addressed as insect caviar, they are harvested from maguey plants which resembles like white corn kernels or pine nuts.
Often pan-fried with butter and spices, escamoles can be found in tacos and omeletsor served alone. Having a nutty taste and poppy texture, it is accompanied by guacamole and tortillas.
Where to find it: Mexico
Cuy (roasted guinea pig)
Cuy, one of Peru’s most famous dishes, is not for the weak heart. It’s a fried or roasted guinea pig and is a Peruvian delicacy. Believe it ornot, Guinea piga originated in the Andean region(Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru) and were raised specifically for eating. It tastes like a dark meat chicken or duck. Some people describe its flavor as being close to pork. There isn’t much meat on the bones; the meatiest parts are the hind legs.
Grab a boxof tissues as it gets messier till the end.
Where to find it: Peru
Scorpions are not only the weird treats from Beijing. We Asians have mastered the art of eating that has four legs and especially which is crawling.
If you are on trip to the Wangfujing night market, deep fried scorpions on a stick is many of the more unusual delicacies. It can be grilled, roasted or even eaten live if you have the guts.
Where to find it: Beijing, China
Of all the seemingly most useless parts of any animal to eat, Chicken butthole hits the mark. Sounds unappetizing, the buttholes are deep-fried, seasoned nicely and served with green beans.
Where to find it: Taiwan
Casu Marzu (rotten cheese)
The most dangerous cheese in the world, Casu Marzu is an Italian delicacy defined by its illegal status and the maggots that infests it. It comes from the charming Italian island of Sardinia, located in the Mediterranean Sea.
Gross sounding CasuMarzu literally means rotten cheese and it filled with lived maggots. These larvae are deliberately introduced to the cheese, promoting an advanced level of fermentation and breaking down the cheese fats.
Where to find it: Italy
Downright disgusting right? You need a super high curiosity level and a stomach of steel to bear to see and eat these horrific delicacies.