Part of the fun of visiting a new country is experiencing exotic and unusual cuisines that you just can’t find at home. The best food is usually the stuff you find at the local markets for the cheapest prices, but sometimes this requires sucking it up and putting on a brave face! Here are a list of some of the more bizarre delicacies from around the world.
1. Yaks Penis – China
Yak penis is a local delicacy in China and supposedly very good for the skin!
2. Fried Tarantula – Cambodia
Fried tarantulas are a street food favourite in Cambodia and are either served by the handful or on a skewer at many local markets. The spiders are a species of tarantula called ‘a-ping’ in Khmer and are roughly the size of a human palm!
3. Cuy (Guinea Pig) – Peru
Although a household pet in much of the world Guinea Pigs are actually a local delicacy in Peru. The Cuy is usually baked or barbecued with the head on and is said to taste a lot like rabbit! The importance of Guinea Pigs as a national dish is particularly evident in a cathedral in Cusco where a replica of Da Vinci’s Last Supper, shows Christ and the 12 disciples seated around a platter of Cuy!
4. Kiviak – Greenland
Kiviak is a traditional wintertime Inuit cuisine in Greenland where Auk birds are caught and preserved in the hollowed out body of a seal until eaten. Roughly 500 Auks can be stuffed inside a seals skin before being sewn up and stored for the winter months!
5. Century Egg- China
Century eggs, also referred to as thousand year eggs, or millennium eggs have been preserved in a saline solution for months at a time! The solution usually consists of clay, salt or ash and causes the yolk to take on a creamy, cheese like texture whilst the white of the egg becomes dark coloured jelly.
6. Witchetty Grubs – Australia
Witchetty grubs are types of larvae found buried amongst the Witchetty tree in Australia and are a common dish in the Australian Outback. Surprisingly they are said to taste just like scrambled egg!
7. Tuna Eyeballs – Japan
Tuna eyeballs are often eaten throughout Japan, served fried and eaten with white rice and soy sauce they apparently resemble the taste of squid!
8. Giant Bullfrog – Namibia
The Giant Bullfrog is a local delicacy in Namibia and tends to be eaten whole despite parts of the body being poisonous to eat. To avoid causing illness the frogs are considered safe if eaten after mating season and the ‘third rain’!
9. Casu Marzu – Sardinia
Casu Marzu is a traditional Sardinian sheep milk cheese which literally translates to rotting cheese! Larvae are deliberately introduced to the cheese, promoting an advanced level of fermentation and breaking down of the cheese’s fats.
10. Sannakji- Korea
This dish consists of Najki octopus cut into pieces and served immediately so that it still alive and squirming on the plate when it arrives at your table! Care should be taken when eating Sannakji as the active suction cups can get stuck in your throat or mouth!