For those that have seen Indiana Jones, you may recall the Monkey Brain delicacy offered up to eat in it. I for one can not even imagine sampling such an item but there are people in this world that look forward to tasting the strange and unique cuisines within our world. Here are my top 10 unusual foods around the world.
10. Reindeer Steak
I have had deer meat before but come on Canada you’re eating Santa’s Reindeer. In the grand scheme of things Reindeer steak is not much different then eating deer meat other then the fact that you’re eating a Reindeer rather then a regular deer. If you have small children who believe in Santa, it’s probably best not to mention what it is.
Reindeer Steak is generally served as a roll. It is seasoned with various kinds of seasoning and sometimes served with onions and mushrooms. Various places in Alaska and Canada serve Reindeer steak.
9. Ika Sashimi
Japan is known for its unique delicacies. Squid for those of you who like seafood does not seem like such a terrible meal. However, Ika Sashimi is served to you alive and then cut up right in front of you.
For all of you who do not want to know how your food is prepared from the very beginning, this is definitely not a meal for you. With this the squid is alive when it is served to you, cut up at the table, and raw when you eat it; it’s certainly a dining experience you will never forget.
8. Ika Sumi Jiru
In Okinawa squid ink is used for a variety of dishes. Ika Sumi Jiru is a soup made with squid ink as the broth and squid, chicken/pork, and seaweed as the main ingredients. This delicacy is known for its healing properties and is generally given to those that are anemic.
7. Starfish and Seahorse
In China, in the night market you can get a lot of different delicacy’s that are unique to this wonderful country. Starfish and Seashores deep fried on a stick are just two of them. These delicacies are more edible then the goat testicles, grasshoppers, or silk worms. Did everyone see all of these on the CBS news when the correspondent spent some time in the night market or was I the only one?
Thailand loves it bugs. Grasshoppers, King Scorpions, Ants or even Ant Eggs are just to name a few but how would you like some cockroaches or some maggots to satisfy your appetite? Yeah I wouldn’t want them either. All of the bugs made in Thailand are served in a variety of ways including salted and deep fried.
5. Rocky Mountain Oysters
It’s not actually oysters. North America brings us this unusual delicacy which is actually buffalos or bull testicles. Peeled, coated in flour, pepper and salt, and deep fried this is a novelty appetizer from the Canadian Prairie and American West yet somehow it’s still served in this day and age.
Take the thymus gland of a young calve, fry it, and serve it with lemons. Argentina makes this unique delicacy called Mollejas come to life you just have to get over the fact that it’s the thymus gland which they say is rather chewy.
Iceland brings us shark that is fermented for five months. Fermenting it for five months gives it a very strong smell and taste. If your pallet is sensitive you may wish to steer clear of this interesting morsel.
I know what you are thinking. Why am I adding spam to this list? I could have easily put pickled pigs feet on here but Spam sounds far less appealing. No matter how many different ways you cook it, it stills looks bad, taste bad, and smells bad. Billions of people have eaten Spam around the world and I have to ask, why?
Spam is not just for buying in the supermarket anymore. Spam can be bought in several restaurants around the United States including Minnesota and Hawaii. Hawaii even celebrates the Spam Jam in Waikiki. Spam Musubi is a popular delicacy in Hawaii so if you there you should try it out.
What is there to say about Balut? Lots of people like eggs so what is the problem with this unique delicacy, well it’s an egg with a chick in it. Made in the Philippines this is actually a popular snack. I remember once when I was little my grandma cracking open an egg that she had bought from the grocery store and it had what appeared to be an undeveloped baby chick in it. It took me a long time to get back to eating eggs. Despite what it is, it is very popular to those that visit the Philippines.