- The first weirdest foods is Fugu from Japan- Fugu is a Japanese pufferfish that contains enough poison to kill 30 people. The chefs who prepare this expensive Japanese delicacy must undergo years of training.
2. Fried Spider from Cambodia – Available throughout Cambodia, but a specialty in the town of Skuon, this creepy crawlies have been deep-fried in garlic oil until crunchy on the outside and gooey on the inside.
3. Prairie Oysters from Canada- Not oysters at all, these delightful weirdest foods is made from bull testicles and also goes by the name Rocky Mountain Oysters. Prepared sautéed, fried, or stuffed, the testicles are accompanied with herbs, spices, sauces, and dips for a real taste of cowboy cuisine.
4. Balut from the Philippines – Eggs are a common food throughout the world but in the Philippines, they take it one step further by taking a developing duck embryo and then boiling it alive while still in the shell. Typically eaten with a little seasoning of chili, garlic, and vinegar, all the contents of the egg are consumed including the visible wings and beak. A common street food, it’s often chased down with a cold beer—just crack, slurp, and bite.
5. Haggis from Scotland (read Mutura) – Considered Scotland’s national weirdest foods, this mixture includes sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, onion, oatmeal, spices, and stock. Traditionally stuffed into a sheep’s stomach and simmered, served as the main course. Typically eaten with tatties and neeps (mashed potatoes and turnips), it is often served with a dram of Scotch whisky to get it all down.
6. Sannakji from South Korea – this dish of live octopus is eaten either whole or in pieces depending on the size of the specimen. Served raw and usually only with a splash of sesame oil, it’s so fresh that the tentacles are still squirming. Suckers from the octopus can attach themselves inside the throat of the consumer causing choking or even death, which makes eating this mollusk a scary proposition.
7. Escamoles from Mexico- this dish is actually made up of ant larvae. Often called insect caviar. Eggs are harvested from the root systems of the maguey and agave plants, and the tiny larvae can be found in tacos, omelets, or just on their own.
8. Hakarl from Iceland- Rotten shark may sound disgusting, but if the Greenland shark were eaten in its fresh form it would be poisonous. By allowing the shark to ferment and decay the fish becomes edible—if the eater can get past the ammonia smell and fetid fishy taste.
9. Fried Brain Sandwiches from the U.S.A. – Made from sliced calves or pig brains that have been heavily battered and deep-fried, this dish was brought over by immigrants from Germany and Holland who were keen on eliminating any sort of waste. Heavy on the calories, this sandwich is typically served accompanied with mustard and pickled onions.
10. Casu Marzu from Italy- Creamy and soft, this sheep’s milk cheese sounds appealing at first but the fact that it contains thousands of live maggots is sure to put off all but the most adventurous eaters. This Sardinian cheese is made by allowing flies to lay eggs on the surface of Pecorino cheese that has had the top cut off to allow for easy access.
When the eggs hatch, the larvae eat through the cheese breaking down the fats and softening the usually hard middle. Strong and rich, the aftertaste of this pungent cheese lasts for hours.NB Photos are from 10 to 1