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There are different kinds of food to each country and it’s culture, It’s time to take a trip around the world and delve into all the weird foods tou might possibly like to try or have tried.

Raw Horse Meat

Eating horse is quite taboo in many cultures, but in Japan and Korea (especially on the island of Jeju) you can try raw horse meat sashimi. In Japan, it’s called basashi, while in Korea it’s called yuuk-hwe.

According to a Korean Nutrition Society study, horse meat contains high doses of acids and minerals that can be beneficial to your health.

Skewered Scorpions and Grasshoppers

In China and parts of South East Asia you can order fried scorpions or grasshoppers on skewers.

Apparently, frying the scorpion neutralizes the poison.

Toad

People eat this ugly creature with bulgy eyes in Beijing (oh no body shaming). If you were earlier not informed you would think told its chicken.

Blood Soup

This is a delicacy in Vietnam, China, and other parts of South East Asia. Duck blood soup (tiet canh vit), pork blood soup (tiet canh heo), or blood soup .

Tong zi dan (Virgin Boy Eggs)

Tong zi dan or Virgin Boy Eggs, are a traditional delicacy of Dongyang, China made by cooking eggs in urine collected from young boys. Urine is collected from school toilets or boys urinate directly into collection buckets set out by vendors. The eggs are soaked and boiled in the urine. The shells are cracked and cooked all day on low heat. Residents believe “the eggs decrease body heat, promote better blood circulation and just generally reinvigorate the body.”

In 2008, Dongyang recognized the eggs as “local intangible cultural heritage.”

Bird’s Nest Soup

Bird’s nests have been used in Chinese cooking for over 400 years, most often as bird’s nest soup. The nests are composed of saliva cement interwoven with small strands. They take the shape of a small cup stuck to the cave wall and are built during the breeding season by the male swiftlet over a period of 35 days in enormous limestone caves in Borneo.

The nests have high levels of calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium and are among the most expensive animal products consumed by humans, with an average nest selling for $2,500/kg for end-consumers in Asia.

Deep-fried Tarantula

Deep-fried spider is a regional delicacy in Cambodia town of Skuon, it has even become a popular attraction for tourists passing through. The spiders are bred in holes in the ground and fried in oil. During the years of Khmer Rouge rule, when food was in short supply, locals began eating the spiders out of pure desperation and hunger. The spiders are a species of tarantula called “a-ping” in Khmer and are about the size of a human palm.

Paniki (Fruit Bat)

Paniki is a dish from North Sulawesi made from fruit bat, yes that’s right as if bats don’t freak people out enough. The bats are burned to remove its soft hairs, then cooked in coconut milk, herbs, and spices. Paniki is often also cooked in spicy rica-rica, a mixture of various herbs.

Duck Embryo

Balut is a developing duck embryo that is boiled alive and eaten in the shell, the process involves the top of the egg being cracked open and salt poured into the opening, then the contents are pushed up from the bottom in one motion, crunching on beak and feathers ensues.

It is commonly sold as street food in the Philippines. There are also variations to be found throughout Southeast Asia, in countries such as Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. They are generally sold at night and often served with beer… makes sense to do it in the dark with the help of alcohol.

Sheep’s heart

A sheep’s heart, liver and lungs minced and mixed with onions, oatmeal, suet and seasoned with salt and spices cooked inside the animal’s stomach.

Witchetty Grub  

Part of the Australian ‘bushmeat’ family, this was another staple of Indigenous Australians in the desert. These can either be eaten raw, when it tastes like almonds, or lightly cooked, where its skin crisps like roast chicken and its insides take on the look and consistency of scrambled egg.

Mopane Worms – Southern Africa

A big fat, juicy worm that’s said to be full of meat. Although traditionally dried or smoked to preserve, they are usually re-hydrated and cooked with tomato or chili sauce to flavor.

According to an American couple who tried the dish on the Food Network, it tastes like honey barbequed chicken.

Crocodile meat– Australia, Southeast Asia and Africa

Not only harvested for shoes (one for all you Jimmy Nail fans out there), crocodile meat is considered a delicacy in many places around the world, supposedly tasting like a cross between chicken and crab.

Although crocodiles are protected in many parts of the world, crocodile meat is usually farmed, so is sustainable if not particularly kind or natural.

Cobra Heart – Vietnam

So, they slit the struggling poor creature open right in front of you and place it’s still beating heart into a shot glass of its own blood.

I definitely like to try this

Cat – East Asia

Another household pet to be killed and served up on a plate like dog, it’s found in parts China and Korea, but unlikely to be found in many mainstream restaurants. Another one I won’t be trying, might just go eat somebody’s aunt

Crispy Fried Duck Tongues in Taiwan

In Taiwan, duck tongues are deep fried, then tossed up in a smoking wok with salt, peppers and basil to flavour. They are not meaty bites but are fun nibbles with a crunchy, bony texture to finish

Which one would you try or never trying?

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