Eating Weirdness Around The Globe


Eating Weirdness Around The Globe

Traveling is about new experiences, right? No matter where you are, from Philly to Phuket, there is a local cuisine to try. Good, bad, repulsive, or even responsive, there are some things people put down which, itself, can easily be the experience you are looking for.

This BootsnAll article outlines ten wacky foods eaten around the world. Balut in the Philippines (an egg boiled and served just before it was due to hatch), a Sardinian bread now banned because of its larvae content, and fried Cambodian tarantulas top my list of “no thank yous.”

I can vouch for two on the list. Puffer fish is delicious, if you can get passed the idea of eating something 1,250 times more poisonous than cyanide (all removed, of course) and the live octopus in Korea, called Sannakji. It’s literally snatched from an aquarium, set on a plate, and served in all its suctioning glory. The charm of this food is more the battle than the taste, and it can truly be a battle. Chew well; it’ll suction itself to anything if you let it.

I’d also like to offer up another wretched delicacy I’ve indulged in, beondegi. This is steamed or roasted silkworm larvae, a hit with the Korean street vendors, and just as gross as it sounds.

Bon appetite!


Published on September 25, 2009

  • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/jonwick jonwick

    Matt, good find with the Vid. That's just about identical to my experience, although, I opted for a generous serving of red pepper paste with my squirmy friend.
    Bosintong…ah… I just can't eat Fido, sorry to disappoint you, Hal.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/TheExpeditioner TheExpeditioner

    I thought I'd add the above video as a sort of visual aid. Not to be culturally insensitive, but doesn't this smack of some sort of fraternity initiation task? That being said, I'd try it.

  • http://matadortrips.com/ Hal Amen

    Sounds like it's time for some bosintang for you, Jon.