Ranging from still-beating animal hearts, to wine made from snake’s venom, some of the strangest and most revolting foods in the world are also often thought to be some of its greatest delicacies. The following Top 5 weird and disgusting foods are only but a few of the many disgusting dietary disasters offered up by other cultures, from Greenland into Asia.
5. Durian Fruit
Which fruit largely resembles a curled-up hedgehog, can weigh up to around seven pounds or so, often bludgeons passers-by with its thick, sharp spikes, and smells almost identical to a rotting corpse? Why, none other than the “king of fruits”, the durian!
British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace briefly described the taste of the durian fruit in his 1856 account On the Bamboo and the Durian of Borneo. “A rich custard highly flavoured with almonds gives the best general idea of it,” Wallace wrote, “but there are occasional wafts of flavour that call to mind cream-cheese, onion-sauce, sherry-wine, and other incongruous dishes. Then there is a rich glutinous smoothness in the pulp which nothing else possesses, but which adds to its delicacy.”
While there is some light dispute regarding the durian’s rather unpleasant stench, one thing is for certain: I won’t be trying this fruit any time soon.
Ever eaten a handful of worms? Me neither. But that’s exactly what I picture a mouthful of sannakji to be like.
It’s a simple dish, really; just take an entire live octopus and cut it into several tiny, bite-sized morsels, then season it with a dash or two of sesame oil. What makes this dish so very lively, though, is that it continues to keep on squirming(!), long after being chopped up into bits. How’s that for fresh fish?
Remember those squishy alien egg toys? Yeah, they creeped me out, too. Well, this is kind of the same thing, only, instead of an alien, it’s a duck fetus, and its meant to be eaten, not played with.
Not only are you eating the partially-developed embryo of another animal, this particular Asian treat was featured on the television series “Fear Factor” in 2002. And here I thought regular store-bought eggs were gross!
This one almost made me gag, and for good reason. To prepare kiviak, or kiviaq (as its more traditionally spelled), one must first hollow out the body of a seal, then proceed to fill its carcass with nearly five hundred whole auks. (An auk is a type of bird, in case you didn’t know.) That means beaks, skins, feathers, bones, feet…everything.
The body is then typically “seal”ed (See what I did there?) with a few quick stitches and some grease. But the worst thing, perhaps, about this Inuit “Turducken from Hell” (as described by LiveLeak.com) is the fact that the whole thing is then left to ferment for over seven months.
If you aren’t vomiting yet, then you, my friend, are a trooper.
1. Tong Zi Dan
Not necessarily the most disgusting -but most definitely the strangest- of all the foods mentioned here, Tong Zi Dan is, in fact, Chinese for “Virgin Boy Egg”. And no, I’m not kidding.
But wait! There’s more! These eggs are even boiled in the urine of prepubescent Chinese boys, all typically under the age of ten-years-old. To make matters worse, some of the urine is even collected from school toilets. Why anyone would eat these is a mystery to me, especially since I’ve never liked eggs myself. But that just goes to show you how much of a difference culture makes
So, are the foods listed here delicacies, or monstrosities? You be the judge. Just remember that no matter your opinion, someone, somewhere could be eating all of these tonight. (Even if the thought is sickening!)