Tired of typical and generic food this Christmas? We have a list of some of the world’s strangest, and just plain outrageous cuisine that will blow you away.
With food being such an important aspect of Christmastime, this is as good a time as any to reflect upon some of the world’s weirdest cuisine! Travel agency responsibletravel.com has made a list of some of the strangest meals that will make both taste buds (and eyes) water this Christmas.
Pass the salt…
1. Casu Marzu, Sardinia
A cheese the EU has been trying to ban for years, due to the live maggots which partly digest the pecorino into soft, crumbling goo. Afficianados eat it with live maggots, as dead ones suggest the cheese is unsafe. The aftertaste is said to linger for hours. And the nightmares for years.
2. Tarantulas, Cambodia
A particular delicacy for Cambodians, stir-fried in chilli, garlic and salt and said to taste a bit like soft-shell crab. The white meat found in the head and body is the tastiest while the brown, pasty gunk in the abdomen in spider marmite. You either love it or hate it.
3. Dancing Shrimps, Thailand
Known as ‘Goong Ten’, this northern Thai salad features tiny live shrimp tossed in fish sauce, ground roasted chilli, coriander and onion, with lime juice squeezed over to set them jigging.
4. Fried frogs, Thailand
The Thais share a French love of frogs, but the whole beast – deep-fried, curried, stewed. Or try Mok Huak, deep-fried, partially developed tadpoles reputed to taste like chicken nuggets.
5. Pajata, Italy
A Roman speciality, unweaned calves intestine cooked cooked with the chyme (partly digested mother’s milk) left inside. Heat turns it into a unique cheesy sauce for a dish served grilled (pajata arrosto) or with rigatoni.
6. Huhu grubs, New Zealand
The Michelin Man’s bug alter-ego, the larvae of New Zealand’s largest endemic beatle are said to taste like peanut butter.
7. Blood, Kenya
Used in sausages around the world, but the Masaai in Kenya prefer it straight up, direct from the cow. Nicking the jugular, the Maasai then mix the fresh, warm blood with milk before knocking it back. And on sealing the cow’s wound it appears to suffer no ill effects. Dracula, move over.
8. Balut, Indochina
It seems Indochina has a taste for duck foetus (about 8-9 days old) boiled in the shell. Prepared a variety of ways, the Vietnamese go with salt ‘n’ pepper, lemon juice and Vietnamese mint, while in the Philippines the broth surrounding the embryo is sipped from the egg before the shell is peeled and the embryo scoffed.
9. Cuy, Peru
Low in fat and cholesterol and high in protein, cuy, or guinea pig is South America’s answer to rabbit. Try deep-fried or roasted, and the younger the cuy, the crispier the skin.
10. Rocky Mountain Oysters, USA
Not a seafood sensation, but bull’s testicles deep fried for comfort food for cowyboys out on the prairie.
11. Hrútspungar, Iceland
Passing the balls to Iceland, Hrútspungar are instead pickled lambs testicles. For a soft, tangy treat, peel off the membrane and saute with lemon and sumac
Tasting the food of other cultures is often a highlight during travel. So if you’re planning to head to any of the above countries these holidays, make sure you plate up some of these weird and wonderful foods!
What’s the strangest meal you’ve ever come across? Let us know in the comments below!