Some of the weirdest things I have ever seen around my travels has actually been the food. But what is the absolute worst? Whether I have been walking through Cambodia, Singapore, Japan, or Korea, I have always been surprised at just how revolting some of the local cuisine is! I passed on the opportunity to try the examples listed below – and I’m not sure you even could pay me to eat some of them! How many have you tried?
BBQ Snake – these things I found in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Street vendors sell them in night markets on Pub Street, mostly fresh and cooked before your very eyes!
Fish Head Curry – curry in itself isn’t weird, in fact it is eaten all over Asia and is the national dish of India, Sri Lanka, and even Japan. But adding a whole fish head to the bowl? No way!
Chili Crab – not exactly “weird” per se, but still one of the most annoying things to try to consume. I now know why they give you a bib to wear when trying to eat it…
Braised Crocodile – is made from the succulent meat of, yep, you guessed it: crocodiles! The meat is apparently surprisingly juicy and often the claws are left on the meat for you to remove yourself.
Deep Fried Tarantula – found in night markets all over Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. Could you eat a tarantula?
Scorpions on Sticks – (and other bugs as seen here) can be found in the night markets of Beijing, specifically Wangfujing. A popular tourist draw, these bugs on sticks are a cheap meal!
Paniki – fried bat originating from Sulawesi in Indonesia.
Sannekji – is the Korean term for an octopus, often the tentacles of this octopus are still wriggling on the plate as you try to stab them with your fork!
Shark Fin Soup – a controversial delicacy across Asia but mainly in southern China, where the locals believe the tasteless soup has medicinal benefits.
Dog – yep, Man’s Best Friend! While dog meat is thankfully being sold less and less these days, these poor canines are still eaten voraciously in China, South Korea, Vietnam, and Indonesia.
Fried Red Tree Ants – part of Khmer cuisine and usually eaten as a pre-meal snack.
Durian – the King of the Fruits, is also the King of the Smells! The pungent yet delicious fruit is sold all over Asia but is known as Singapore’s national fruit.
Iron Eggs – are a street food snack from Taiwan. These eggs live up to their name, as the double-cooking makes them as hard as iron. Almost.
Chicken Feet – sold all over Asia, including in China where they are called Phoenix Claws, but I hear these are a massive delicacy in the Philippines and are found in markets everywhere!
Balut – for many reasons this is probably the most disgusting item on this page. I believe it is raw duck embryo still inside its egg having been cooked alive to be eaten in its shell. Makes me sick just looking at it.
Chicken Blood Cubes – the blood of poultry is dried on meats or savoury snacks to add more taste!
Bear Paw Whiskey – a distinctive and potentially lethal variety of whiskey in Laos which has an unsurprisingly very bad reputation!
Hachinoko – bee and wasp larvae from Japan. Very popular, I am told.
Wasp Crackers – the Japanese also created this delicacy by pouring sticky liquid (I guess similar to honey) down the crevices where wasps’ nests are present. When hardened, the substance is cut into cookie shapes and provide a lovely snack! But Bee Careful!
Tuna Eyeball – simply disgusting, and yet again served to us from those devious Japanese foodies.
Raw Oyster – OK, not the most weird thing in the list, but I had to include it. I HATE OYSTERS. If anything will make me sick, it’s oyster – and how the Hell can people eat them raw?!
Mongolian Boodog – I am told that the goat is hung by the neck and the head ripped off. Then hot stones and other meat is placed inside the body and the food is cooked within the goat – flames and all! The carcass of the animal effectively acts as the oven! I simply have no words to describe how disgusting this looks (despite Mongol cuisine generally being really quite pleasant)…so check out this site from Mongol Food to read a better description.
Please tell me of your stories if you have been lucky/unlucky enough to try any of these disgusting dishes!