Absolutely Crazy Foods That Are Found Around the World
There are so many delicious foods found all over the world. However, these are some of the most shocking, disturbing, and crazy foods from around the world. Some of these foods look like something out of a nightmare, but is supposedly delicious if you can get past how it looks. It’s pretty amazing to see what kind of food is considered normal to different cultures. Let’s take a look at 15 of the most shocking and crazy foods from around the world.
**WARNING. Some of the pictures and videos contain graphic content. Some of these foods are crazy so please don’t continue unless you have an iron stomach 🙂
1. Virgin Boy Eggs
This is a traditional food from Dongyang, China. It looks like a hard boiled egg right? What’s so crazy about that? The good news….it is a hard boiled egg. The bad news? It’s boiled in urine. And no, it’s not just any urine. It’s urine from prepubescent boys, preferably under the age of 10. What makes this even worse is how they collect the urine to make these eggs. They collect the urine from school TOILETS. Or if that’s not sufficient, they have boys pee directly into collection buckets.
But wait! It gets better! These eggs are cooked twice. The first time they are cooked like normal boiled eggs, with the shell on. However, the second time, they crack the shells open and then cook it in the urine again. I guess they really want to be sure that you get some of that young boy urine flavor with every bite.
2. Fried Tarantulas
These little 8-legged creatures are a specialty of Cambodia. These spiders are as big as a human hand before they are cooked. While they look scary, it is said they taste pretty good. It is common to use soy sauce, garlic, chilies, and/or salt to flavor them. Give them a try if you want a story to tell your friends later!
3. Flying Fox Bats
While bats are eaten in a few countries around the world, no one does it quite like people in Papua New Guinea. Not only do they eat the cooked meat of the flying fox, but they also eat the bones as well. Oh yea, they also eat the meat RAW. Now that is hardcore. Check out the flying fox feast in the video below.
4. Grilled Field Rat
Rats…hmm. Eating a rat is bad enough, but a field rat? You can find cooked field rat in countries like Thailand, Togo, Vietnam, and a quite a few others. Call me crazy, but it actually looks pretty appetizing…when compared to the flying fox bats above. Check out the video below to see people in Togo catch and prepare this dish.
5. Fresh Raw Frog
Frog? You must be thinking that frog isn’t that crazy of a food. Frog legs are eaten in many countries all over the world. However, in Tokyo, Japan, a small restaurant called Asadachi takes frog cuisine to completely different level. They have whole, live frogs that they butcher per order. Now that is as fresh as you can get. If you don’t think that’s bad, then you have to see how it’s plated. The raw pieces of the frog are placed on a plate with the frog’s head and two front legs. The messed up thing about this is that sometimes the frog will STILL BE MOVING on your plate. The frog is butchered so fast they the restaurant even gives you the beating heart of he frog to eat.
The amazing thing about this is that Japanese people don’t even eat frog. In fact, most Japanese people have never tried frog before, and many of them are grossed out by the idea of eating them.
Check out the video below to see this gruesome dish being prepare. A fair warning though…it is disturbing.
6. Surströmming – Fermented Herring
Okay, let’s move on to something a little bit more lighthearted. This famous food from Sweden is known for it’s extreme odor. I guess that’s what you get when you ferment herring. Nothing like slightly rotten fish in a can! Just by opening the can and smelling the stench of this fermented fish dish has been known to make people vomit. Don’t take my word for it. Check out the staff at BuzzFeedVideo trying this food.
7. Centipedes (On A Stick)
Now I’m all for foods that come served on a stick. Corn dogs, shish kabobs, popsicles, you name it, I love it. However, in Beijing, China, they cook up many types of insects to eat. Maybe it’s just me, but centipedes look like they came from the depths of hell. Not only do they look like little demons, but they also bite…hard. Putting these bad boys on a stick and calling it food is pretty hard to swallow (pun intended). They supposedly aren’t bad to eat, but the thought of having one of them in my mouth is enough for me to shiver in fear in the corner of a room.
8. Casu Marzu Cheese
Everyone loves cheese right? Well, maybe Casu Marzu Cheese might be the exception. Also known as “rotten cheese” or “maggot cheese,” this food made from sheep’s milk has been banned in the United States. Casu Marzu starts off like any other delicious cheese. It’s only when they cut off the top to allow flies to lay their eggs on the surface of the cheese that makes it “special.” The digestive action from the hatched larvae helps to further the fermentation of the cheese. Some people remove the larvae before eating, while purists eat every last maggot on the cheese.
These maggots have been known to jump distances up to 6 inches (15cm) and hit people in the eye. If you don’t chew them well, some maggots can survive your digestive tract and actually burrow in your intestines, causing all sorts of problems. Bon appétit!
9. Cow Dung / Cow Bile
Yes, eating cow bile /cow dung is a thing. People in Laos actually use the bile/contents of a cow’s stomach, which is called “pia” in some of their cuisine. While this is technically not dung since it didn’t pass through the animal’s digestive tract, it is one step away from becoming poop. The “pia” is bile and partly digested grass. It is used as flavorings in some dishes as well as for sauces. I think I’ll stick with ketchup…
10. Dung Beetle
Since we just talked about poo in the #9 food item on this list, let’s dive more into the world of fecal food delights! You can find these little sh*tty snack bites in Thailand. They first soak these beetles in water (at least they wash them first) and remove their legs and wings. There are many ways to prepare them, but it is usually fried in a wok with different spices. So the next time you seen a fresh cow pie in a field, grab a stick and get to work…you can get a free dinner out of it!
Balut is a duck egg that has been fertilized and allowed to develop into an embryo. What does this mean? It means that you get a whole duck inside the egg to snack on. Yes, this includes the head, beak, bones, and sometimes feathers. This used to sound gross, but this may be the most appetizing thing to eat on this list.
Check out “Americans try Balut” video here:
12. Beondegi – Silkworm Pupae
That’s right folks. This is silkworm pupae that is boiled or steamed, and is eaten as a snack food in Korea. I guess eating silkworms aren’t so bad since we already use their excretions (silk) to make underwear and bed sheets.
Check out this video to see these little critters here:
13. Hákarl – Fermented Shark
While shark is eaten in many countries in the world, this Icelandic treat takes things to an entirely new level. First of all, they use Greenland Shark, which actually contains toxins, thus making it poisonous to eat. However, fermenting the shark makes the shark safe for consumption. How do they ferment the shark you ask? Why, they dig a whole in the ground and bury it for weeks of course! After this is done, the shark meat is hung and dried for several months. While this is considered a delicacy in Iceland, outsiders say it is one of the most disgusting things they have tried.
Check out the video to see how Hákarl is prepared.
14. Dog Meat
This is messed up. But many countries have eaten dog meat in the past, and there are still countries that eat it till this day. I don’t really know what else to say about this. As a dog lover, this one just makes me sick and sad at the same time.
This is quite an interesting dish. Kiviak is a food from Greenland. It is made by stuffing a hollowed-out seal with 300 – 500 little auk birds. They include the feathers and beaks as well. Seal fat is then used to seal the seal (wow it’s a pun!) because it repels flies. This is left for 7 months or more, so the birds can ferment. I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want is 500 dead birds fermenting (aka rotting) inside of a dead seal. But if you are the type that likes stuffed food, here’s your chance to try the ultimate version of one.