It’s human nature to feel startled and amazed when encountering things we’ve never seen before. Shall we begin our wild adventure and hunt through some of the world’s strangest foods?
Weird food is most definitely not for everyone. Certainly not for me! But, most people travel abroad to soak up the sights, to have an adventure, to feel like a local, wear what they wear, and have a taste of a place they have never been to. To be honest, as I was looking up for ideas for this article in particular, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t shake my head in disagreement, or felt my stomach churning. I realized that I shouldn’t feel that way, if I really think about it, there are certain food choices that some cultures see as a delicacy, while others find it strange. So keep on reading and tell us what you think!
Believe it or not, this is actually a developing duck embryo, boiled alive in its shell. That’s right! Boiled alive! As harsh and inhumane as it sounds, it looks incredibly unappetizing. I’ve seen an episode of The Amazing Race and I remember them being the Philippines, to eat the balut was one of their challenges! It’s a common type of street food.
2. Wasp cookies
If you see an insect in your food, you’d probably think it’s not edible anymore, right? Well, in Japan, wasp cookies are a thing. Yes, wasps! In your cookies. Think chocolate chip cookies, but instead of chocolate chips, they’re replaced by insects.
3. Century Egg
Despite the name, it isn’t a century nor a millennium old. It’s being preserved in a mixture of clay, ash and quicklime for a number of months, the yolk turns into a dark green shade or even black and slimy while the white turns to a dark brown jelly. This is a delicacy in China. From what I’ve heard, it smells of strong sulphur and ammonia, but it tastes like a hardboiled egg. In some restaurants, it is eaten with porridge, with rice or by itself. I’ve always wanted to try it, but haven’t had the guts to actually do it!
4. Deep fried dragonflies
Beautiful creatures, aren’t they? While a lot of us find dragonflies sensationally fascinating and beautiful creatures in the insect world, in Bali, Indonesia, kids in particular, hunt down the big flying creatures so they can toss them in the frying pan for some crunchy treat. Another way to catch these mosquito-eaters is by brandishing a slender palm-wood stick dipped in sticky tree sap, waiting for them to land on it.
5. Kopi Luwak
Kopi Luwak is famous in Indonesia, you would see it in the menu at restaurants and cafés. Also known as the Civet Coffee, it includes partly digested coffee cherries and defecated by the Asian palm civet. Yup, the beans are collected from the droppings of a wild cat-like animal. I haven’t tried it myself, but I have friends who have, and they said it’s worth a try, it tastes really good!
6. Grilled chicken buttholes
This is a favourite in Asia. Sometimes it is known as chicken tailbone. In countries such as Brunei, the Philippines, Korea, Bangkok, it is often found in night markets. It’s grilled in small skewers, packed with fat and flavour. Here, in Brunei, it’s called ‘tongkeng’. So if you’re looking to try this, head on over to your nearby vendor, they might sell it! It is probably just a dollar per stick.