Top 25 Exotic Foods from around the World

Who doesn’t love food? Whether you like experimenting with new types of food or you just love eating, there is a huge variety just waiting to be discovered all over the world! Most dishes that you will see in the following list may be gruesome and disgusting, but bear in mind, they’re there because they are unique and popular. This list is not for the faint hearted so, be warned!

  1. Haggis

Haggis is the national dish of Scotland. It comprises of the insides of a sheep, mainly the lungs, stomach, heart, and liver. The stomach itself is stuffed with the organ meats, onions and spices, oatmeal, and suet. All of these are then boiled together for a few hours. This dish is then served with mashed potatoes, turnips, and whiskey.

  1. Balut

A Filipino delicacy, balut is a fertilized chicken or duck egg. The embryo of the egg is almost fully developed. The egg is boiled and eaten right out of the shell and this is usually accompanied by a beer. This dish is quite popular on the streets of Phillipines.

  1. Durian

Durian is a stinky fruit that is enjoyed mostly by Asian people, it is either eaten raw or prepared. The fruit smells so rotten that it is banned in all airports around the world, and most metros as well.

  1. Bear Claw

The bear claw is a Chinese dish that is prepared from actual bear claws. The creation of this dish is however extremely inhumane as bears are tortured before they are killed so specific hormones can be secreted which adds flavour to the dish.

  1. Century Eggs

Century eggs are a delicacy from China in which the eggs of quail, chicken, and duck are covered in ashes, clay salt and preserved for a number of months. The insides of the egg begin to decompose and form a green-ish jelly like mixture which is then served straight onto the plate.

  1. Casu Marzu

Casu Marzu is a dish from Italy. It is a type of sheep milk cheese which is left to rot. A hole is cut in the middle of the cheese and left outside to allow flies to lay eggs in it. The rotted cheese soon contains maggots which develop from the eggs. This dish is appreciated for its soft and gooey texture that comes from the insects and larvae present in it.

  1. Monkey Brains

This is a delicacy from China and a few other East-Asian countries. The brain can be either eaten raw or cooked with a variety of spices or fried.

  1. Tuna Eyeball

A delicacy from Japan, tuna eyeballs is a dish that is prepared by stewing the giant eyeballs of tuna fish. The most delicious part of the meal is the jellied part of the eye. The pupils and eye sockets of the fish are not eaten.

  1. Deer Penis

Like most bizarre dishes, the deer penis is also an exotic dish from China. This is a dish that is prepared and eaten because it is believed to cure kidney diseases and erectile dysfunctions.

  1. Sheep Head

This dish is a delicacy from South Africa. It is prepared by first removing the brain and flesh from the sheep. The meat is then chopped up and cooked with spices. The most delicious parts of this dish are supposed to be the eyes and ears of the sheep’s head.

  1. Squirrel Brains

Like monkey brains, squirrel brains is also a delicacy. This dish is from Kentucky and was quite popular until it was discovered that it had a variant of the mad cow disease.

  1. Bat Paste

Bat paste is a delicacy from Thailand. This is prepared by catching a live bat and putting in in boiling milk. Once it becomes soft, it is mashed and made into a paste. Herbs and spices are added to this to make the final product.

  1. Fried Tarantulas

The biggest spiders, the tarantulas are deep fried and seasoned with garlic and salt before being served. This delicacy is from Cambodia and is extremely cheap, especially for tourists.

  1. Sannakji

A delicacy from Korea, sannakji is prepared by cutting up baby octopi, adding seasoning and served while the tentacles are still moving. A food only to be tried by the most daring, it can also be very dangerous if the tentacles’ suction cups stick to the mouth or throat.

  1. Kopi Luwak

Kopi Luwak is also known as civet coffee. It is the most expensive coffee in the world and is only made on the islands of Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi. It is exotic because of the way it is processed. A tree-dwelling animal known as the Common Palm Civet, first eats the outer layer of the coffee cherry, but does not digest the inner bean. The droppings of this animal therefore contain the intact beans which locals collect and then sell to vendors.

  1. Snake Wine

While this isn’t a meal, it is a delicacy from Vietnam. Snake wine is made by fermenting a dead cobra or scorpion is a bottle full of rice wine liquor or any grain alcohol. The poison from either is deactivated by the ethanol of the alcohol. This wine is however banned in many places now because the cobras are an endangered species.

  1. Stuffed Camel

Stuffed camel is served as a wedding dish in the Persian Gulf. A camel is first washed and skinned. After this, it is stuffed with chicken, lamb, rice, and eggs. The stuffed camel is then broiled in a charcoal pit after which it is served with nuts.

  1. Hakarl

Hakarl is a delicacy that is served during the Icelandic Midwinter Festival. The dish is made of rotten shark meat. This meat is first left to decompose in the ground for a few months after which it is left on a drying rack for a few more months. All the decomposition and rotting leaves behind a white coloured flesh that is then eaten.

  1. Fried Brain Sandwiches

This is a delicacy from the United States. It contains the fried brains of calves sandwiched in a hamburger bun along with sauce.

  1. Birds Nest Soup

This is a popular dish from Asia. It is made of a nest made up of the bird’s saliva. The nest is covered in a chicken broth and is one of the most expensive dishes in the entire world. Each bowl of soup ranges from $30 to $100.

  1. Live Cobra Heart

This dish is a delicacy in Vietnam. A live cobra heart is taken and washed in the cobra’s blood. It is then eaten whole while it is still beating. This dish is supposed to give the eater the strengths and powers of the cobra.

  1. Wasp Crackers

A Japanese delicacy, wasp crackers are made by boiling wasps to death, drying them and then mixing them in batter. The batter can be used to make crackers or cookies.

  1. Human Fetus

Once again, China comes up with another bizarre dish. Corrupt medicals and official staff sell aborted foetuses and still born babies that are made into a dish. This is considered disgusting and cannibalistic by most but is still a delicacy.

  1. Stinkheads

The stinkheads is a dish that is popular in Alaska. It is prepared by leaving the head of the fish and its insides in a barrel or plastic bag until it is fermented. This is then eaten and enjoyed as a delicacy. The most popular fish used for this preparation is the salmon.

  1. Chicken’s Feet

This dish is popular in East Asia, the Caribbean, South America, and South Africa. The feet of chicken are flavoured and cooked, usually fried, and served hot. The skin of the feet makes the dish gelatinous in texture.

This article hopefully gave you a new insight into the world of food and its many hidden specialties. Pack your bags, take a friend, and go give your taste buds and experience that can never be forgotten!

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