8 Strangest Foods from around the World ...

By Aprille

8 Strangest Foods from around the World ...

I’ve traveled to quite a few countries and tried some foods that I probably never would have gotten to experience. Many of them were strange to me. I knew there had to be other foods that were just as unique. The list below consists of 8 strangest foods from around the world. Maybe you’ve had the chance to try some of them as well.

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8 Haggis

Haggis Photo Credit: NicnBill

I was scared when I first tried this food when I visited Scotland, but was very surprised at how good it tasted. I think the idea of it being stored inside of a sheep’s stomach was the big turn-off for me, but it turns out that it doesn’t look as gross as it sounds. It consists of a sheep’s liver, heart, and lungs that has been ground up and mixed with oatmeal, onion, salt, and other spices. Most Scots eat it with a side of mashed potatoes and a side of mashed turnips. It looked and tasted a lot like corned beef and hash to me.

7 Bugs

Bugs Photo Credit: janinens

There were so many kinds of bugs eaten around the world that I had to lump many of them together. I just can’t limit this strange food to one specific bug! Scorpions are eaten in Vietnam, baby bees in Japan, Huhu grubs in New Zealand, ants in Belize, tarantulas in Cambodia, Mopane caterpillars in Africa, water bugs in Thailand, crickets in the Philippines, and grasshoppers in Mexico. Some are eaten right off the ground, while others are added to some interesting recipes for bread. There was also a recipe I came across that included adding roasted bugs to gelatin and then cutting them into blocks. This might make the bugs easier to slide down when eating them.

6 Seal Flipper Pie

Seal Flipper Pie Photo Credit: mimicapecod

This dish comes from Newfoundland and consists of not only seal flippers, but also pork fat and chopped onions. It isn’t very common anymore, due to the decline of seal hunting. To make one of these pies, the flippers are soaked in water and baking soda for 30 minutes, then dipped in flour and fried until they are brown. The flippers are placed in a baking dish and 2 onions are added. A gravy is made from Worcester sauce, flour, and water and then poured over the flippers and onions. This is then baked for 2 to 3 hours. A pie crust is placed over the top of this concoction and baked for 30 minutes at a higher temperature. Many communities have flipper pie dinners in April.

5 Skink Ost

Skink Ost Photo Credit: Let Ideas Compete

This is Swedish for ham (Skink) and cheese (Ost), but the cool thing is that it comes in a metal tube that looks like it should contain toothpaste. When I lived in Norway, we would have a basket in the fridge filled with tubes of Skink Ost, salted caviar, unsalted caviar, and various crackers to put it all on. The cheese in the tubes is more of a cream cheese and seems to be the base for containing the meat product. There was also a jar of pickled fish to go with the Skink Ost and a slab of brown cheese.

4 Balut

Balut Photo Credit: Marshall Astor - Food Pornographer

I think this would be a hard one to eat, unless I was starving to death. It is popular in the Philippines and consists of a half-formed chicken still in the egg. The chick is about 16 days old, which means it already has feathers, feet, etc. Typically, the eggs are boiled and then the contents eaten. It is a common street food in the Philippines and most people drink beer when eating them.

3 Marmite

Marmite Photo Credit: moggsterb

This is similar to Vegemite, which I’d heard people from Australia talk about. I found Marmite on the shelf in a grocery store in London and it is used the same was as Vegemite. Marmite actually came before Vegemite. The Australians liked the stuff so much that they decided to come up with a different name for it. Both substances smell like feet and are very salty. People who eat it like to make sandwiches with it and eat it with the same enthusiasm as Americans eat a peanut butter sandwich. I had a hard time eating a bit of it on a cracker, so I think it might be an acquired taste.

2 Sea Slugs

Sea Slugs Photo Credit: goldrooster707

Koreans will eat these sea creatures with a yellow sauce on top. The slugs are cut into slices and de-gutted before they are served to the customer. Most people like the taste of them and compare the crunchiness to that of a radish. Even the eggs of the sea slug are edible. They look a bit like a pile of pasta. The pictures I’ve seen of sea slugs show that most of them are very brightly colored, but I’m not certain which kinds are the most popular to eat.

1 Durian

Durian Photo Credit: redsummer

This is a fruit that comes from Southeast Asia and is as large as an American football. There are spikes on the outside and the inside looks like something used for pretend brains in zombie movies. If you can get past the smell, then you’ll find it tastes amazing. However, the initial smell is similar to sewage or a laundry basket full of sweaty socks. It can be eaten raw, baked into cookies or candies, or topped with cooked onions

The world is definitely an interesting place. Have you come across any of these 8 strangest foods from around the world? Are there any others that you’ve thought of trying? I’d love to hear about foods you think are unusual.

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I agree with Ramielle. food is a gift from God and you should never talk about it in such a horrible way, and you could have written this post in a more courteous way.

I live in Thailand and durian is actually quite common here. Although Foreigners HATE the smell you have to admit it tastes quite good. And ive had almost half of what was on this list :)

I have not tatsted one of them except the Yeast extract(thanx to my bio-class)and i wont try any of them. No offence to any culture but i exactly know what i like to eat!

I find it offensive how you said you would only eat balut if you were "starving to death." The picture is also very inaccurate and it is very obvious that this post is bias by your opinion of food. I am Filipino and I agree it is not very appetizing, but food is a gift from God and you should never talk about it in such a horrible way. Durian, which is also a Filipino fruit, is oftentimes all people have to eat in poor parts of Philippines. I respect your opinions, but I feel that this post could have been written in a more courteous way.

Wow, I can't belive anyone can boil a 16 month chicken and eat it. That is extremly nasty and I feel so bad for the poor chickens. How can anyone swallow that? I don't understand how people think it's so normal to eat that, it's discusting. I wouldn't eat that even if I was starving to death.

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I totally disagree with the Balut and Durian. If you think carefully,Balut is just a duck and it tastes so good especially with salt or vinegar. Most Americans or other foreigners definitely loved them and have eaten more than one. The way its picture is posted here,people will really think its strange and will be scared to eat it. Next, durian is just a fruit,nothing more nothing less, how can that be strange just because of its smell? They're not as bad as the rumored human fetus delicacy in China.

I'm from the Philippines but I cant get myself to eat balut. There are weird foods people eat here like frog legs, bats, snake, dolphins, horse, dog meat, etc. Personally, I don't think it's right to eat some of those like dolphins

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