The strange (and terrible) food in the world
Most of us are not considering seriously the possibility to get poisoned and die right at lunch time, but for those who dare to eat fugu, this possibility is quite real. Fugu is a Japanese fish that contains enough poison to kill 30 people at once. The chefs who prepared this expensive Japanese delicacy, you first have to go through years of training. No matter whether cooking this fish on the grill, stewed or served in thin sashimi, any tiny mistake during the cooking process automatically means a fatal outcome for someone who will eat the finished dish. If you are willing to risk and to try the deadly delicacy, go to Japan from October to March, the season of fugu.
Fried spiders – Cambodia
Try this exotic dish can be anywhere in the territory of Cambodia, but specializes in fried spiders in the town of Skuon here: creepy creatures fried in oil with garlic so that they become crispy on the outside and soft, gooey inside. The tradition of frying spiders and eat them probably began in the era of the brutal regime of the Khmer Rouge, when villagers had to seek alternative sources of food. Spiders often sell them to tourists who walk around the city and want to eat on the go. Fried spiders – not only a rich source of protein, but, according to rumors, a wonderful tool for improving appearance.
Fried bull testicles – Canada
A variety of egg dishes cooked around the world, but the Philippines has a particular culinary tradition: here are boiled duck eggs with already developed embryos (that is, in fact, embryo boiled alive in the shell). The dish is seasoned with vinegar, garlic and Chile adopted a fully – eaten all the contents of eggs, including the already formed wings, and beak. Often balut is sold on the streets along with a cold beer.
Haggis – Scotland
This national Scottish dish is a mixture of sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, onion, oatmeal and spices. All of these ingredients stuffed sheep’s stomach, and then quenched. The history of Haggis is rooted in the XV century, and today the dish is considered a festive menu based on the Scottish national holiday – the birthday of Robert burns (on January 25). Haggis is served with mashed potatoes and turnips. And to swallow Haggis, inexperienced tourists for the courage and pour another drop of Scotch. By the way, Haggis is a rich source of iron and fiber, and if desired, it is possible to buy ready-made in almost any grocery store.
Sannakji – South Korea
Escamoles looks like a salad with some grains, but really this dish is made from the eggs of ants. This dish is often called “ant eggs” and in Mexico is considered a refined delicacy, and the recipe dates back to the era of the Aztecs. Eggs of ants harvested from the roots of trees and agave add in tacos or omelettes, and cooked as a separate dish. Despite a rather unpleasant ingredients, escamoles differs surprisingly pleasant taste – fried or seasoned with oil formic eggs have an original nutty flavor.
Hakarl – Iceland
Eating rotten shark meat – a prospect not very attractive, however the fresh meat of the Greenland shark is poisonous. So to start, the meat of sharks allowed to ferment and to rot, after which it becomes edible – unless, of course, someone will be able to try hakarl, ignoring the fetid smell of rotten and disgusting fishy flavor. Those who take the risk to try hakarl for the first time, often corny starts to feel sick, so to Preface the meal is recommended two or three servings of local alcohol. But the usual people in Iceland eat hakarl all year round, and rotten shark meat is sold (of course, vacuum Packed, do not let the “aroma”), in conventional supermarkets.