As human beings we all have foods we turn our noses up at because of our culinary culture. What is weird for someone is the west might be a favourite for people in the rest of the world. In this blog we look at some of the most unusual foods from around the planet.
Shirako – Japan
This delicacy is made from Cod milt, which is more accurately described as the fish’s sperm sac. Cooked with a blowtorch, steamed or pan or deep fried, it is said to have a light fine texture similar to egg custard with a delicate slightly oceanic hint.
Balut – The Philippines
Known informally as “the egg with legs” Balut is a favourite snack in The Philippines. It consists of a fertilised duck egg, matured for 15 days in sand to keep it warm and then boiled and steamed. The contents are eaten directly from the egg with a chilli, garlic and vinegar dip or with salt.
Rocky Mountain Oysters – USA
This American delicacy isn’t made from oysters at all, but instead made from bull, sheep or pig testicles. The organs are peeled, coated in flour and deep fried. Sometimes they are pounded flat before frying. The dish’s roots are said to go back to the days of the cowboys and they are regularly served at festivals and sporting events.
Haggis – Scotland
This Scottish delicacy isn’t a tiny furry beast caught in the hills and eaten whole, it is in fact made from lamb. What part you ask? Well, pretty much every part! It consists of lamb heart, liver and lungs minced and mixed with suet, oatmeal onions and spices. Recipes can vary and include more parts of the lamb including eyeballs and testicles as well as some beef offal.
Guinea Pig – Peru
The popular pet has been a staple food in South America for centuries. These are usually roasted and eaten whole, cooked into casserole or deep fried. The meat is very high in protein and low in fat and has been likened to rabbit meat or the dark meat from chicken.
Tong Zi Dan – China
For this dish urine is collected from local boys and eggs are placed in it and soaked. It is then heated over a stove until the egg shells are cracked. The urine is then replaced with fresh urine and the process repeated again. When finished the eggs have a yellow hue and the yolks turn green. Yum!