You love to travel and try exotic foods, right? Do you have an adventurous spirit and a well-trained gag reflex? If so, then this is just the article for you. Our expert team of culinary columnists has scoured the internet for the 5 most bizarre foods out there. Are you like Andrew Zimmernnot afraid to try bizarre foods? Let’s test your bravery!
WARNING-The following information might not be suitable for sensitive stomachs.
#5 Frog Fallopian Tubes
So, dinner is over and your sweet tooth is acing. Why not indulge in some hasma? Hasma is a Chinese dessert that basically consists of fallopian frog tubes. These amphibious reproductive organs can swell up to 10 to 15 times their dehydrated size once water and sugar is added. We know what you’re thinking…. who needs dessert anyway right?
#4 Escamole (insect caviar)
Looks like the agave plant isn’t just an essential for our best pal, Tequila. Its roots are also the hub of some rather tasty ant larvae considered to be a delicacy in Mexico. Rumour has it that this “insect caviar” tastes like butter with a slightly nutty aftertaste.
So, Amigo’s would you try the “insect caviar” or would you rather just down a shot of golden liquid (tequila) to quench your thirst? I know what I would do.
#3 Kopi Luwak (defecated coffee beans)
Are you a caffeine addict? Would you pay R2000 for 500grams of coffee beans? While you think about the answer, consider the fact that these “golden” beans have passed through the digestive systems of Civets (small mammals) and processed into delicious pellets of poop. Sounds disgusting, but hey, one mammals trash is another man’s treasure.
#2 Stink heads
The name says it all. Stinkheads are usually King Salmon heads that have been left to ferment in the ground for weeks. That this acquired taste is considered as a delicacy among the Yupik people of Southwest Alaska?
How to prepare stinkheads:
The preparation takes very little effort. Put the fish head and its insides in a plastic bag or barrel and bury it like a hidden treasure in the garden. Return weeks later when the fish will be thoroughly fermented. Ignore the horrid stench and dig in.
Though it may seem outrageous, the ancient Romans had a similar delicacy that involved leaving the fish out in the sun instead of burying it. Sounds lazy if you ask me, but what do I know…
#1 Century Egg
They say when you dig into a meal that you should leave the best for last. Well, in that case the last one is a rotten egg, no jokes!
In China, they serve 100-year-old eggs preserved in a mixture of clay, ash and quicklime. The yolk turns dark green or even black and slimy, while the white turns into a “delicious” dark brown jelly. Apparently, it smells like ammonia, but tastes like a hardboiled egg… until you breathe out that is. Hmm…probably better to hold your breath while you indulge.
Thumbs up to the strong stomachs and cheers to the sensitive ones.