Extremely Weird And Gross International Food Dishes
There’s an old saying that goes something like this: “there’s no room for discussion when it comes to tastes”… and that’s partially true, you can’t really judge a person by what they do and don’t like, but once you get a load of these disgusting international food types, you will most definitely be grossed out. Did you know that in China, they eat bat soup or bird’s nest soup? We have all sorts of gross dishes so hold on to your tummies cause you’re in for a bumpy ride, hope you’ve already had breakfast, cause after you see maggot cheese, we doubt you’re gonna want to eat anytime soon.
1. Birds Nest Soup, China
This odd dish is considered a delicacy in some parts of China, a few species of swifts, especially the cave swifts, are known to build saliva nests, which end up being used as the key ingredient for this soup due to the unique texture they lend to the soup. The edible bird’s nests have been used in Chinese cooking for over 400 years and are amongst the most expensive animal products consumed by humans.
2. Kopi Luwak, Indonesia
We all love coffee, right? And we all want to get the most flavored beans, but what would you say if you were offered a cup of Kopi Luwak coffee? What’s that you ask? Well, this is the rarest and most expensive coffee in the world due to the fact that it is picked out of the excrements of a cat resembling animal, called the Luwak.
3. Balut, Phillippines
This type of food is as popular as hotdogs are in the United States, Balut is a “treat” which is actually a half-fertilized duck or chicken egg, served with a little salt after being boiled. You can find it all over the streets and markets of Philippines, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
4. Cobra Heart, Vietnam
If you’re in Vietnam and you want to try the local specialties, why not try tasting a live cobra’s heart: you can have it raw, along with a cobra blood cleanser, or you can go for the old fashioned way, with some rice wine.
5. Casu Marzu, Sardinia
Casu marzu (also called “rotten cheese”) is a traditional Sardinian sheep milk cheese, terribly disgusting for containing live insect larvae. It is found mainly in Sardinia, Italy and it’s consumed with the living maggots inside it, otherwise it is said to be toxic.
6. Baby Mice Wine
This cruel drink is made out of baby mice and it is intended to be consumed as a “health tonic”. Live newborn mice are thrown into bottles filled with rice wine and then left there for fermentation.
7. Snake and Scorpion Wine
After a few months of fermentation, the venom from the scorpion and the cobra is supposed to have healing properties…
8. Fried Spiders
Although they stared off as food for the poor during a time of starvation in Cambodia , nowadays, fried tarantulas are considered a delicacy.
9. Tuna Eyeball
Apparently, this odd dish tastes awfully good, a lot better than it looks…
10. Escamoles – Mexico
What seem to look like rice, are actually giant ant eggs considered a delicacy in Mexico due to the fact that they taste like butter and nuts at the same time.
11. Bat Soup
Thailand and Guam still serve boiled bats, even though they are known to carry all sorts of diseases.
12. Caterpillar Fungus
This is a fungus parasitic one which invades insect larvae, eventually killing and mummifying the caterpillars. Mostly used as medicine or aphrodisiacs, the Caterpillar Fungus is also served as soup.
13. Mongolian Boodog
For this dish, the animal is cooked in its own skin, from the inside-out with hot and steamy rocks. It is served in Mongolia and the animal is usually a goat or a marmot.
14. Rocky Mountain Oysters
These are not actually real oysters, despite the fact that they are considered a delicacy in some parts of the world. These are actually fried buffalo testicles which are best cooked by peeling, boiling, rolling into flour mixture and then frying them on oil.
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