We had just failed our Inca Trail trek and were killing time in Ollantaytambo before heading to Machu Picchu when we wandered into a small restaurant and saw a familiar dish on the menu: Lomo saltado, a delicious traditional Peruvian stew. The idea seemed crazy, but somehow just irresistible. Quite often frozen, this year I got a taste fresh off a kill. Here’s a list of the 15 most expensive foods. The worst one was macaroni salad. The scorpions were dead luckily. One of the more controversial bizarre foods the Chinese eat is bird’s nest soup. Renowned chefs are now experimenting with different insect recipes designed to appeal to the affluent tastemakers. Made with parts of the head, this salami often looks marbled and can be served as a tagliere, or a mixed meat and cheese plate. Some of the most unusual food items I have tried on my travels are wood-worms, crocodile meat and frog legs during my time in the Philippines. But have you ever heard of Casu Marzu? Jonathan discovers the secretive den site of Dada the lioness' newborn cubs. Foreigners like me usually stick to one at a time and often give the cup away after a few bites. This restaurant has been there since 1928 when the grandfather of today’s owner, started serving meals to visitors, it is located inside a wide semi-open cave that was anciently used as a refrigerator for the corn supplies. All the locals we met kept on telling us how nutritious and delicious it is though, so finally, on our last full day in the Andes, we ordered a roasted guinea pig. I’m not even a picky eater. Maybe it’s the atmosphere, French wine or the holiday mood that made it so special. You’ll be doing the world a favour by eating the hornet, which can eat up to 50 bees a day! After catching the snake and beheading it, the chef dropped the heart into a shot of vodka still beating and I shot it. But the latter was a much more difficult decision. A snack while butchering the rest, the metallic taste of blood lingers, leaving a tingling sensation on your lips. One cart we found was offering skewers with a translation that said “chicken anus”. Trekking in off the beaten track locations and staying with the local folks means that you eat like locals. Everything from Pig Intestines to Birds nest soup. Some of the most unusual food items I have tried on my travels are wood-worms, crocodile meat and frog legs during my time in the Philippines. It was horrid. strange eating habits. Alpacas are arguably cuter than guinea pigs, but we’d read that they’re only ever eaten after they’ve lived long, fruitful, happy lives (because they’re used for fur and labour until then). The Beijing night market is a paradise for people who love to try weird things. A foodie is a person who has an ardent or refined interest in food and who eats food not out of hunger but due to their interest or hobby. We knew the moment we arrived in Cusco, Peru that we’d have to decide whether we wanted to try the local specialities of the Andes: alpaca and guinea pig. Indian cuisine is a beautiful blend of our culture and customs. We slow travel via international housesitting which allows us to explore areas in-depth. Oh wow, hats off to everyone who ate these dishes. Now how are you supposed to eat that? What will they uncover? They were on a stick. So here is how you do it: pick a piece of freshly baked white bread, grab the escargot in the shell with a fork, pull it out and place it on the bread along with all the sauce it has in the shell. The actual taste wasn’t that bad- grilled meat is grilled meat. Cuy is the guinea pig: it’s usually fried until crispy and you’ll see it in most mercados and on traditional menus throughout Peru. Neutral in flavour, anyone who enjoys sushi would like this. Some people clear the larvae before consuming the cheese, as I did, but others decide not to. Final score: When I lived in Seoul, South Korea for a few months, I got to know the Korean (food) culture quite well and soon learned about one of the local delicacies – living octopus! The taste is pretty amazing by the way. Menudo is first because it’s the least obscure Mexican food on this list. I mean after all they used to consider lobster and crab weird food until they became the food of the rich and none of us could afford it. Not that eating snails is weird in Paris of course but it is one of the weirdest foods to N. Americans. I’d owned a guinea pig as a kid, and the furry little things were just so damn cute. Some time ago, I stayed in Italy while working on a university project. They’re supposed to be eaten dipped in vinegar with some chillies on the side. Written by From Lou Lou and Jaf at Pint Sized Gourmets. Rex Features Written by Barbara at Jet-Settera. And that’s a method supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), who recommends that we eat more insects. Breaking a Guinness World Records is an impressive feat, but there's something about eating copious amounts of food in record time or in challenging ways that can be particularly jaw-dropping. We don’t hike, camp or rough it mainly because I have some auto-immune conditions and have walking problems, but we do like to find interesting and beautiful places to hang out for a while. You won’t discover any specially designed meals on this list, just the most expensive food products in the world. It was fairly easy to say yes to the first, as we treated it like mutton. I’m a veggie myself so I won’t be chopping on anything from the menu but it is interesting to see what other cultures eat. Fried hornets. Learn how your comment data is processed. Was interesting to read your take on the meat. Some of them can be found in dietary supplements. The meat/fat needs to be boiled for 2-3 hours minimum to become edible at which point it shreds like that of a pulled pork and the flavour I describe as fishy pork if you can wrap your head around that. The ranch faces another crisis when the water supply freezes. Why would a grilled chicken butthole have a crunchy bit? I just watched a documentary the other day about seal hunting. Wood-worms are famous in The Philippines as a rare delicacy and die instantly as soon as they’re extracted from the plants. For Westerners, haggis may be the food most feared when in Scotland, for other folks it might be the various cultures and countries that eat insects, for others, it’s food that is eaten alive. Would you try Casu marzu yourself? Hornets are an invasive species and a natural predator of the honey bee. The hornet is a subset of the wasp and itself eats pests like aphids. Spoon University 1. BUT, there is a textural issue. But if you’re up for an adventure then “when in Rome” right? Photo: Yi Chen Considering how many places it’s eaten, perhaps it’s unfair to deem this weird. The “Big Eight” are: milk eggs fish shellfish tree nuts peanuts wheat soybeans The Hornets on my plate had a slightly crunchy texture, they required a little chewing. We focus on travel in Europe & our new home base Ireland. Right next to Teotihuacan – the famous archaeological remains near Mexico City, there’s one of these restaurants that don’t go unnoticed: La Gruta. We tried everything from street noodles to Michelin star restaurants. Over the course of 2017, I was lucky enough to try a few since it’s not a simple matter of going to a market or restaurant. We are “mature travellers”. The taste was almost chicken-like, especially when drowned in hot sauce and mixed in with a fried egg. From spoiled shark meat to deep-fried tarantulas, here are 10 local delicacies that require an acquired taste. Required fields are marked *. 13 Obscure and Amazing Food Products We Buy on Amazon These are the obscure and amazing foods the Bon Appétit staff buys on Amazon. There is a mild nuttiness and a smooth creamy texture, it is quite pleasing on the palate if you can remove the idea of what you are eating from your mind. Written by Patrick from the German Packpacker. The soup is delicious. Travelling for food is one of the mainstays of the travel blogger world and it is the best part of travelling and we love exploring the unusual and the weird food that we find. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Italian cheese is known worldwide. Plus, Sister Bird makes an unusual gift for Gabe and Bam works on the house. It’s called Angry Inuk, a great doc about the Inuit people and their dependence on seal hunting. In a word, I am a foodie and every new city I visit I track down a food market. They were stir-fried with spices and chilli oil, and it was quite difficult to get the meat off the legs! They were dry and crispy. Just thinking about the possibility of Kool-aid and pickles being... 3. Written by Markus from The Roaming Fork. Back at home, we tried to prepare our own (found some deeply frozen snails in the supermarket), but it just didn’t taste the same. They were very distinguishable as hornets, their relatives buzzed around my head to remind me of their sacrifice. As weird as it sounds, the Bird's Nest Soup isn't that bad. 16 Bizarre Fast Food Items That Are Ridiculously Over the Top. I can mail you some lutefisk if you like. As spring approaches, the Kilchers prepare for wildfire season. What it is: Pickles soaked in Kool-aid. What is the most unusual or weird food you have ever eaten? What is the most obscure food you have tried. Here you can buy scorpions that are still moving or sneaks or sea stars. Plus, my husband’s little sister said she’d disown us if we ate an adorable guinea pig. Bear goes hunting and reflects on a big life decision. They’re slightly tough and less tasty than chicken in my opinion. If you want to play tourist, try their Xoconostle margaritas, is the homemade mole, chapulines (crickets and grasshoppers), escamoles (ant eggs), white worms, huitlacoche and quelites quesadillas, ram barbecue and elote cake for dessert. Plus, the family attempts to organise an extreme wedding in the mountains. I was a little bit afraid to try, especially since I’ve learned that quite a few Koreans die every year from eating living octopus – if you don’t chew enough, tentacles might get stuck in your throat and you’d choke! When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Percebes or goose barnacles are crustaceans that live and grow on rocks and ships in the Atlantic Ocean. Talek from Travels with Talek. Their nests are made from their own … They’re also slightly sweet and taste similar to oysters. Obviously, I was quite reluctant to try this dish, but in my last weeks in the country, I felt like it’s part of the real cultural experience and I should give it a try. It reminded me of seafood – a bit like an octopus I think. Typically of the tarantula variety, the practice of eating these spiders may have started during the brutal reign of the Khmer Rouge, when poor villagers had to find alternative sources of food. Spending time in the Canadian Arctic, the local food scene isn’t exactly what one might think of nor is it easy to discover. A real delicacy and supposedly something that gives you superhuman vitality is eating the heart while it is still beating. Lia and Jeremy from Practical Wanderlust. One of the most amazing things about travelling is getting to try really interesting foods from around the world and what we Westerners might consider weird food that you may never see or have even heard of in your own country. Spiders are often sold to travellers passing through town and looking for a quick snack. Bear stays in the woods overnight after learning some life-changing news. Normally served in a hot pot. Resources are stretched, schooling proves difficult and Atz Lee's PTSD resurfaces. On a walking food tour in Morocco, I peeled back the face of a sheep to get to the roasted meat underneath. They didn’t think I would try them so of course, I had to, for the photo if nothing else. A dispersed Marsh Pride faces weakened protection from the six male warrior lions. These are some of my fellow foodie travel bloggers stories about the most unusual food they have eaten while travelling. By Alex Delany. LOL I follow your food adventures and am not surprised you would have some interesting items on your food list. Never truly able to fully chew it, after a few chunks I’m finished with sore teeth. King Cobra is also a delicacy that we eat in Guangzhou. Xyuandbeyond is reader-supported. We travel bloggers like to immerse ourselves in other cultures and trying food that we may never have heard of or consider unusual is part of the wonder of travel. And you thought vegetables were bad. Most commonly shaped like a giant carrot with white skin and flesh, but shape and colour can vary: some have black skin, and one is large and round with white skin and bright pink flesh. The texture was weird, although the taste was not very strong and extreme. 18 Dec 2020, 6:06pm A magical place of parties and port: inside Quinta de la Rosa. Did it work? What it is: Jell-O with various types of salad in it. Agnieszka from Woldering Around. August 8, 2016. If there is an odd, bizarre, gross or disgusting food being eaten in some culture in some country anywhere in the world, we will be there to document it! It was like eating a piece of hard chips. While transporting calves by boat, Otto, Charlotte and August are marooned. The meat was tougher and more sinewy than we expected and there was more fatty skin than meat. This little business is an institution in Kuala Lumpur and can be found in Petaling Street, the main thoroughfare of the city’s China Town. 10 Obscure Mexican Foods You’ve Probably Never Heard Of 1. White ant eggs soup, Laos. Alaska's pandemic stay-at-home order is a challenge for the Kilchers. The Most Stolen Food In The World Is Cheese! Jason from Edible Adventure Travel. It was all dependant on what was seasonal and available. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The fat is pungent but eaten together it is quite pleasant. I would not have tried either the guinea pig or the old alpaca, and I’m glad someone did it for me. If your stomach is strong, the flavor is considered to be quite interesting: spicy and tender, a little like shrimp. It showed up on our table propped up on a pile of potatoes and looking like it was screaming as it was cooked, its little claws and other features still very much intact. ... but poutine râpée does look pretty weird. They have a surprisingly nutty and buttery taste. I don’t think I would but then again, I am a very picky eater. Tory Belleci and Streetbike Tommy check out a Hollywood special effects company to reveal the secrets of the world's greatest movie explosions. Escamoles (ant eggs) may seem disgusting at first glance, but they are actually quite tasty! I thought maybe the translation was incorrect until my friend told me that no, in fact, they were offering grilled chicken buttholes on a stick. Everything the Browns have built is threatened as a devastating wildfire rages on Palmer Mountain. They smell worse than they look and they don’t look too appetizing but they taste surprisingly nutty. This was definitely an interesting experience for me and gave me the whole new idea about Italian cheese. I have owned restaurants, built food production facilities, mentored food entrepreneurs, acted as a consultant to local agricultural business and government offices. They’re best served steamed with aromas of the ocean wafting through the air (and splashing you in the face) as you snap off the neck and suck on what’s inside. The rich and succulent flavour of the sauce permeates the parcel, and although the flavour profile doesn’t change with each bite, the texture does as you move through the soft liver, the feet, and the chewy intestines. Here are some of the most *ahem* unique delights that Canadians feast on: 1. The siblings have 30 minutes to rescue as many animals as they can. The cheese was quite tasty and had an interesting texture. What a fascinating array of delicacies. Two factors are changing the way insects are viewed as a source of food. Every one of you is very brave…and nuts! While at the time I wasn’t aware that the crocodile is an endangered species, it was the only time I did consume the meat and have since then avoided it. So we felt less guilty eating an alpaca than a guinea pig. One of the most unusual foods I’ve ever eaten was silkworm larvae, aka bundaegi, in South Korea. White ant eggs soup, Laos One of the most unusual soups in the world, Jen Kai Mot Deng, combines the germs of ants’ eggs and half-white ants with acidity with various baby ants. One of the hunters ate the brains right out of the seals head too. Crocodile farming is popular in The Philippines, and the meat is an excellent source of protein. Often we Westerners or Europeans simply don’t realize how tastes and food have changed over the years. They taste naturally smoky as they’re found within dead mangrove trees. Weird, strange, unique and interesting foods are what we live for here at Travel Food Atlas. While this is a common texture in Japanese food most people from western countries have probably never tried something even remotely similar! The tasting experience is interesting. So don’t be surprised if the buffet of unusual foods you saw on a Chinese side street now appears in a fashionable bistro served with a side of sheep penis! But years later I’m still left wondering- what was the crunchy bit? There are numerous ways that the meat is prepared, but my favourite dish was crocodile sisig, made from crocodile mince, which is quite tasty. The Browns rush to build livestock shelters as a life-threatening cold front reaches the mountain. Once the snails were served, we were surprised to find them in their shells. Of course, “weird food” is a bit judgemental. On the other end of the economic spectrum are those that practice entomophagy, insect-eating for the fun of it. The price of one bowl of soup can set you back 30–100 USD. This is fantastic. This has resulted in a culture that offers what Westerners would consider unusual foods, mainly insects, as a perfectly acceptable menu option. It was a variety of Casu marzu. My husband and I spent 2 months in Peru without ever trying Cuy. Russell and Richard buy a '77 Blazer with big potential. Or you can also add them to tacos or omelettes. During these times of devastation and social upheaval societies struggle to survive, frequently eating whatever they can. They also offer, for the more adventurous, an intriguing little parcel made up of duck’s feet and liver, wrapped up using the bird’s intestines, then cooked in a salty and sweet sauce. So we thought, what the heck. We tried it. So you see travel bloggers will really try anything once, We Travel for Food is another blog collaboration with travellers who love their foodl This one you may find a tad more palatable. I don’t consider myself an adventurous eater. When it comes to trying unusual foods, Asia has plenty to pick from! a person who enjoys food for pleasure. When the ranch comes under fire from encroaching hunters, Gabe decides to learn to ride a horse as the family constructs a fence around the property. It’s so interesting to see what other cultures have as delicacies. Would I do it again? But when Covid-19 threatens the homestead, the family must come together and adapt. The layer of blubber almost melts in your mouth leaving an oily residue and the skin is like hard rubber. Wow some of them are so out there haha! We also tried more standard fare such as steaks and fried chicken. So we didn’t try it. I examined the tiny piece thoroughly before eating, making sure, that all the larvae are gone from it. Several years ago I went to Florida for the first time. Crocodile farming is popular in The Philippines, and the meat is an excellent source of protein. Mark and Digger risk delivering strong shine and sweet justice. These edible larvae are harvested from the roots of agave plants, which are only grown in a hot and arid climate. That was also unusual. I have been involved in the food business for over 25 years. Burger King Japan. In Iceland, I tried whale, puffin and reindeer in the same meal. After having a small piece in my mouth, I chewed as much as I could before swallow. Definitely one of the more surprising facts in this series, the most stolen food in the world is in fact cheese. But are these proponents of, shall we say, “creative cuisine”  way ahead of their time? And I bet it tastes that good because the French just know how to cook it. Maria from the Tigrest Blog. Richard decides to restore his 1937 Buick Racer to its Indy 500 roots, but setbacks threaten the project. Didn’t know some of these on the list was even a thing! Next time, you’re in Guanajuato or Central Mexico, you gotta give it a try! I ate birds nest yesterday though. Depending on the time of year a pound of percebes can range anywhere from €27 to €56 at the fish market with restaurants only serving to customers that call in and order a plate in advance. Jell-O Salad. Plus, the family prepare the land for winter. I don’t regret trying it, but these days, I do feel a little guilty every time I see a pet guinea pig. Tacos Envenenados. It contains electrolytes, which are minerals that include calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphate, potassium, and sodium, which helps your body restore what it may have lost through dehydration. For the last 50 years, from the humble cart that has certainly seen better days, the Choong family have been serving up some of the tastiest and moist salted roast duck. It was an experience I recommend to everyone, who visits Beijing. It really is the best hangover cure, ever. Yes, you read that right. But nothing to me was stranger than the time I ate grilled chicken buttholes on a stick in Taipei, Taiwan. What we did try, at a restaurant in Ollantaytambo near the Sacred Valley, was alpaca. The restaurant quickly diced it up for us, but we had to ask them to get the head out of our sight before we could bring ourselves to dig in. If your stomach can handle it, the flavour is supposedly quite tasty: sharp and delicate, and a little like shrimp. I tasted a few of its legs. That is an extensive list. We might not fully understand right now why people around the world eat everything on … During our trip to Paris last year, we couldn’t pass by the numerous little cafes offering escargot. This bizarre food is made from exactly what its name implies — a bird’s nest, a swiftlet’s nest to be exact! There's even a black market of stolen cheeses, but we didn't tell you that. A few of these things are not that unusual. The 15 Most Expensive Foods So be sure to put the cup up to your mouth and drink in these bugs when you visit South Korea. LOL. The Chinese are well known when it comes to eating weird foods. One of the world’s more unusual soups, Gaeng Kai Mot Daeng combines a mixture of ant eggs and partial embryos from the white ant, plus a few baby ants to add sourness. ... Finding a hair in your food is always yucky, but most people probably don't know that hair is used in some food … The Beijing markets are a mecca for weird food and some of the most unusual foods I have ever seen. This time around, I decided to take the road less traveled and venture into the unexplored.Welcome to the. When it comes to frogs, the legs are the only edible parts. lol not something I have tried but hoping to one day – great blog by the way love it. My kids, Lou Lou and Jaf, are self-pronounced kid-foodies whose motto when it comes to food is to try anything once and then form an opinion on it. One of the world’s most controversial dishes, shark fin soup retains a strong but shrinking fanbase in the Hong Kong food scene. However, I have to admit that I might rather prefer simple, boring sushi next time. Luckily, the waiter guessed our confusion (thanks for mass tourism, they are used to serving clueless visitors) and made a small demonstration of how to handle the little delicacy. One, the U.N. is sponsoring several projects aimed at alleviating hunger in several parts of the world by farming edible insects. Menudo. It was tough, chewy, and gross. It consists of traditional foods from the land, harvested for centuries for survival and prepared simply if at all. We ate 80% of the guinea pig, but we just could not get ourselves to like it. I’m sure you’ve tried Mozzarella or Mascarpone before. I’m still not convinced that it wasn’t a chicken haemorrhoid. Only this time, with alpaca. We were intrigued by the big black scorpions on the stick. And you know what? 5. Written by Rob at Stop Having a Boring Life. Whilst I was down there I tried gator bites. Weird Food of the world Maggot Cheese | Hormigas Culonas | Durian | Ant Eggs | Morcilla Blood Sausage | Exotic Foods: Balut Egg | Chapulines | Locust Bugs | Sannakji | Mondongo | Beondegi silkworm | Mopane | Rat | Brain | Escargots | Pequi | Frog Legs However, the wood-worms were entirely different. The insects are introduced to the cheese, which helps to break some of the cheese fats and makes it really soft. So brace yourself, as you’re about to see fish eggs that cost $34,500 per kilogram, and Sushi that could kill you! Oftentimes, escamoles are pan-fried with onion and chilli and eaten by themselves. From there, we got send to a nearby food kitchen in the market, where we sat down. I didn’t want to be rude and my curiosity won, so I decided to try a bit of it. They’re a big source of protein and the locals that we stayed with take their protein where they can find it. They were not cheap, but we decided to drop a few dollars and try it. Lifestyle. Kuddos to them all for trying, I wouldn’t even know where to begin with Percebas. From Lou Lou and Jaf at Pint Sized Gourmets. It takes quite a long time to cook to become tender, and there are a lot of bones, but there is no better way to warm yourself on a cool winters day. © 2019 Discovery Networks International. They seem to be all over the place, kind of iconic dish for the French cuisine scene. One of the most hydrating foods to eat is cucumber, made up of 96% water. 17 Canadian Foods That Will Make You Say “WTF" Pork spread? As seen in many of the wonderful markets throughout Malaysia, it was pleasing to see the vendor using the excess parts of the duck, and at a little less that one dollar, it is worth an early trip to Petaling Street. One night he took us to Shilin night market, the largest and most famous night market in Taipei. It turns out that insects are low in fat and high in protein and fibre. Thank goodness we’d ordered another dish as well so we could have another flavour palette and switch on and off with the guinea pig. Centipedes and beetles are the most common. Black tea from the local plantation, eggs, vegetables and fried hornets. It was an interesting experience. Like many countries, China has endured great famines. Here are 15 of the most bizarre world records about eating food that have ever been broken. We were trekking in Shan State, Northern Myanmar with another couple and a guide. Dustin dives deeper than ever and uncovers the largest obstacle of his career. When my Italian hosts were cutting a piece off, we could see the moving worms at the top of the cheese block. But it really looks like a guinea pig. Incredible how weird foods provide good nutrients. Therefore it's well-known that most non-Japanese people absolutely hate it for its sticky texture, awful smell and bitter taste. Demand for this dish in Hong Kong and China is apparently critically reducing the number of sharks in the oceans, causing critical changes further down the food chain. A steady, reliable, plentiful and renewable source of food… if you can get over the “yuk” factor. I’ve eaten escargot and crocodile but draw the line on insects, sheeps penis, and rodent. Plus, Josh smashes obstacles that stood in his way all season. I found the taste quite pleasing, but the texture is an acquired experience, especially the intestines that were “stringy” in places. You can find it canned in most supermarkets but old women cook it on the street in giant vats of a fragrant brow broth. One time, they brought us different types of cheese to try. Scratch this one off your must-try list and go hug a fluffy live alpaca instead! Hong Kong also has a wide range of unusual foods, which we have listed on our blog. One of the strangest is coppa di testa, also known as soppressata, which in English is called “headcheese”. Hunted sustainably and only by the Inuit population, it’s rare to get the chance to eat this food not being a local. Our dinner was communal and breakfast was in the open to the elements kitchen. I visited a big fish market with a friend, right in the centre of Seoul, which is full of aquariums and all kind of sea animals. Perhaps. The terms “gastronome”, “gourmand” and “epicure” define the same thing, i.e. It's late fall and the Browns kickstart their ambitious cabin build. We visited the place with a couple of other bloggers. I have read and accepted the Privacy Policy *. I’ve eaten quite a few weird foods on my travels- all manner of bugs in SE Asia, a horse burger in Slovenia. As the siblings race to finish their water system, Billy gets news that shakes the Wolfpack. Percebes are considered to be a delicacy in both Portugal and Spain and are a rare treat because they’re quite dangerous to acquire; local fisherman have to make dangerous dives to scrape the barnacles off the sides of cliffs that plunge deep into the water and are constantly hit by waves. In France, frog legs are popular but Namibians eat entire frog. We’ve travelled the world and tried a lot of weird food things…from black garlic in Japan, to snail soup in Morocco, but the most unusual food that we’ve tasted so far has to be, percebes, a rare seafood delicacy popular in Portugal.