If you’re a world traveler, you’d see people eat bizarre things out there in different parts of the world but it is more of a delicacy for them more than being bizarre or odd. Some are oddly expensive, some are gross and some that you might have never imagined that mankind could ever eat. We have covered 10 such weird and exotic foods that people eat around the world.
1. Tuna eyeballs
Tuna’s (a fish) eyeballs are plucked out and simply boiled or steamed and then seasoned with salt, garlic, and soy sauce. It is often served with other dishes. It is a delicacy from Japan. They are cheap and easily available in supermarkets. They almost taste like squid. They are mild, smooth, and mostly plain in flavor. Eating tuna fish is quite normal but consuming their eyeballs? That’s quite weird!
2. White ant eggs soup
This is a very unusual soup. A mixture of ant eggs, embryos from white ants, and a few baby ants also go into the making of this soup. Baby ants add to the sourness and if we were to compare the taste, it will feel like you are eating a bowl of risotto. As peculiar as this dish sounds, the taste is surprisingly tasty. The flavor is quite sharp and delicate and tastes like shrimp. This delicacy is from Laos and is loved by the locals and tourists.
3. Jellied moose nose
This dish will certainly qualify for the weirdest food in the world. To cook this delicacy, the swollen appendage from moose is first sliced and then boiled with onions and spices, hair is removed, and then it is boiled again and covered with a broth that sets into a jelly. This dish doesn’t even look appealing and it tastes a bit like corned beef. Jellied moose nose hail from Canada and Alaska.
People in Israel eat locusts because they have plenty of them, they’re healthy and kosher. Israelis are taking full advantage of locusts flying in from Egypt. They are tasty and there are plenty of ways to consume them i.e., fried or even eaten covered in molten chocolate. Locusts destroy farm crops and it does affect agriculture in so many ways so humans have decided to take revenge on them by converting them into a delicious snack.
5. Stargazy pie
Stargazy pie, as pleasant as it sounds has a history behind it. This dish originates from the village of Mousehole in Cornwall and is eaten during the festival of Tom Bawcock’s Eve celebrated on December 23 for his heroic fish catch, a catch big enough to feed all the residents and he caught the fish during a very stormy winter. It is a simple pie and the fish head needs to be protruding through the crust so that it gives a star gazing appeal.
6. Birds nest soup
Birds nest soup is made from edible bird nests. It is created by swiftlets using thickened saliva and harvested for human consumption. It has high nutritional value, particularly rich in protein, quite expensive but full of flavor. It is usually eaten in China.
7. Fried tarantulas
Tarantulas are a type of spider and most people find the idea of eating spiders creepy and gross but a lot of people in fact like it. It is a delicacy from Cambodia and they were traditionally used for medicines but later discovered (due to extreme hunger) that it is an alternative food source and that’s how Tarantulas gained popularity among Cambodians.
8. Live Octopus
Live octopus. Yes, as the name suggests it is eaten alive while the animal’s still squirming, grasping, and wriggling on the plate. It is eaten in Korea and they call it “Sannakji”. It is cut into small pieces and Sannakji enthusiasts enjoy the sensation of the still-alive animal more than the taste. It is advised to chew before swallowing so that you don’t get choked by the animal.
9. Fertilized eggs
Fertilized bird egg called Balut in Filipino is a fertilized developing egg embryo that is boiled and eaten from the shell. It is eaten in the Philippines, China, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
10. Maggot cheese
Maggot cheese, commonly known as Casu Martzu hails from Sardinia and is sheep milk cheese that contains live insect larvae. Eating this cheese is quite horrifying because the maggots are still living in it while you eat the cheese. Maggot cheese is illegal in some countries but people do enjoy this weird food.