Global gourmet is immensely wide and sometimes when you feel like trying it all, you may end up witnessing something that can lift-up your belief from the food in total. Where people who fond of travel tend to travel a lot and open to try every concoction present in the world, there are tons of things that may make you sick only by knowing about their key ingredient. If you have been living to eat only and consider your stomach strong enough to take anything or everything eatable in your sight, you should consider to rethink your claim as our world is filled with many bizarre things that are quite common to eat in the world and often have an awkward experience to those who tend to discover such surreal foods. To those who like to feed themselves with such an unpredictable and extremely surreal dishes, we have come up with the most bizarre foods around the world:
- Escamoles, Mexico
An edible larva as well as pupae of venomous ant species within their eggs prepared to be used as a stuffing between sandwiches, tacos and Omelets, Ecamoles is one of the most bizarre dishes of the Americas, and majorly tried by tourists taking flights to New Mexico City. Tasting like nuts with cottage cheese and butter, this exquisite dish may look awesome to locals, but when you have to try or cook it by yourself, you will find the dish quite a bizarre experience in the Mexico. A cultural dish that have been into existence since the age of Aztecs, Escamol is a must try dish if you can ignore the icky part of usage of Liometopum Apiculatum ants.
- Tuna Eyeballs, Japan
Tuna fish is among widely tried and loved fishes in the world and have been consumed by locals from across the world for a very long time. What if all you have is not the flesh, but the eyeballs of a fish in your platter? Would you like to give it a go? In Japan, this exquisite delicacy is a traditional gourmet and have been feasted by ample of locals as well as tourists taking flights to Japan from around the world who tend to taste almost everything existing on the platter. Used as a completely different entity in the fish markets of the Japan, Tuna Eyeballs are plucked before selling the rest of the raw fish out and are taken preserved to sell alone in local supermarkets. Prepared after boiling or steaming the eyeballs and seasoning them with soy sauce, this dish somewhat a popular choice among locals to have as a part of their meal.
- Crispy Tarantula, Cambodia
Who would have thought that one of the most disgusting and psychologically disturbing creatures on earth can be treated as a delicacy in any part of the world? The dangerous species of spiders, Tarantulas are considered as a crispy appetizers in the gourmet of Cambodia. Taste similar to crab, the deep-fried crispy tarantulas are something that can be found like a hotdog in the streets of entire Cambodia. A local snack for centuries, crispy tarantulas are now a hot favorite dish to try in the heart of Cambodia and quite popular among locals as well as global travelers stepping out of frequent flights to Cambodia from around the world. So, if you have the chance, would you try it?
- Balut, the Philippines
When it comes to bizarre foods around the world, a list is incomplete without introducing the traditional Philippine delicacy called the “Balut”. A spectacular delicacy that has earned its fame for being enough gruesome as well as bizarre in preparation, Balut is something that is quite a luxurious dish to have in the Philippines. Using the embryo of duck egg, this traditional dish is often tried after boiling the egg alive and popping open the hood of the egg and dipping the stuff inside in the sauce made of vinegar, chili and salt and crunching down on everything inside including the bones, feathers and rest of the stuff.
- Locusts, Israel
If you have been liking chocolates, then reading ahead may disturb your very soul as Vietnam has been the home of one of the most prominently bizarre dish that consist of a dream ingredient and an ingredient that has been icky enough to spoil your mood. Locusts has been a combination of fried locusts that are served after dipping down in chocolate and covering the disgusting creatures into something we have been savoring on since our childhood. A prominent kosher snack that has been crispy enough to forget French fries and leave you stunned by the blend of surreal tastes is something that can never been forgotten for being such a decisive and bizarre at the same time.
The definition of bizarre food for most of us may vary, based on the key ingredients of our traditional foods, yet there are some dishes that can unite us with similar thoughts and tastes and above dishes may make you wonder whether you would like to travel to the above destinations or not. Yet, if you have been judging the destinations by the dishes, you should consider to try something different as neither of the city or culture have everything revolving around these surreal dishes. So, next time you crave for something unusual or have a delight of visiting to destinations alike and wish to avoid such things in your plate, just remember the names and what they made of and you are good to go. And don’t forget to share your thoughts on the same in the comment section and considering Travelation as your travel partner for your journeys ahead.