Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The Weird Things People Eat Around the World

Half the fun of traveling is getting out and enjoying all sorts of foods you're not used to eating. A simple trip to the corner market or grocery store in a foreign land can keep you amused for hours.

However, aside from healthy and unhealthy diets, there is a totally different category of food which is slowly trickling through into mainstream cuisine. This is loosely referred to as "weird foods." Check out some other weird foods from around the world.

Tuna Eyeball (Eaten in Japan, China)



Beetles and Scorpions (Eaten in China)



Bugs (Eaten in Chicago, USA)



Casu Marzu (Maggot Cheese eaten in Sardinia, Italy)



Chicken Cartilage (Eaten in Different Parts of Asia)



Chittlins (Hog's Insides, Eaten in Southern America)



Codfish Sperm (Eaten in different Parts of Asia)



Crocodile (Eaten in China)



Horseshoe Crab Roe & Nast (Eaten in China)



Live Fish (China)



Dried lizard (Japan)



Pickled Snake Head Fish (Asia)



Raw Herring (Eaten in Holland)



Raw Octopus (China)



Rotten Soybeans (Asia)



Giant Water Bug (Eaten in Taiwan)



Raw Whale Meat (Japan)



White Ant Egg (Eaten in Bangkok)

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45 comments :

Marcela said...

GROSS

Piperpartners.com said...

That is some gross stuff! I am going to show my kids. You could add pickled pigs feet, but your list is pretty complete

QP said...

Wa,wait!
We don't eat Dried lizard in Japanese.But,there's culture of eating fish's Eyeball when eating fish boiled hard with soy sauce.
(I don't like Eyeball.) :P

Dovilė said...

In Lithuania we do eat boiled and roasted pigs legs, smoked ears. But more interesting thing is vedarai (it's not translatable). It's made of pigs guts which are washed and stuffed with mashed potatoes or cereal and spice. This dish is baked in the oven. It's an old authentic lithuanian dish.

小哈 said...

We Chinese don't eat many things listed here in real life. At least I had never see someone eating live fish.

We believed live fish are dirty cos many rivers and streams in China are polluted.

Anonymous said...

Dovilė- sounds alot like Haggis which we eat here in Scotland

Adam Sternberg said...

I've traveled worldwide and I've seen stranger things on menus than were on this list...most of which came from China. In Taiwan I saw restaurants where they would kill snakes right in front of your eyes, drain the blood and serve it in a glass. Then there was the Three Snake Wine (named because it had three dead snakes in it) which is commonly sold in China and then there was the all time worst...Penis Liquor, made from ground, bull penis. Blech.

Ashley said...

Crocodile isn't that weird...I've had alligator meat before, lol. It's really not that uncommon on the southeast coast of the US.

ReSeRVoiR DoGS said...

Crocodile are Eaten also in Australia.

Justin said...

dude.... where the rocky mountain oysters? from good ol' CO?

Anonymous said...

Another thing to add to the list: donkey's penis. The Chinese eat anything!!

Anonymous said...

chittlins is actually spelled Chitterlings. They are the intestines of the pig and are served in the Southern United States, but most people don't eat them because they stink so bad when they are cooked. You can buy them in buckets at Wal-mart.

Zed said...

I wouldn't buy any goshdurned food I could buy in a bucket at Walmart.
that's the grossest thing on here, food in a bucket at walmart. gross.

Anonymous said...

I live in Louisiana in the United States and I have eaten Alligator a lot, as well the other things that are eaten her that are "wierd" are Cracklin and Turducken, but they arent' gross.

Anonymous said...

yummy

Anonymous said...

Sometimes there's a difference between what is served in specialty and gourmet restaurants that happen to be in a certain country and what people actually eat.

Tycho said...

I love how you completely stole the article from http://www.trifter.com/Practical-Travel/World-Cuisine/People-Eat-the-Weirdest-Things.446653, you idiots. plagiarism is moronic. learn how to be REAL writers. you copied it word-for-word, picture-for-picture. good job.

Anonymous said...

Chittlins should be changed from "Eaten in Southern America" to "Eaten in some parts of South America"

First time I ever heard that, and I've been living there since 21 years ago.

Dina said...

We don't eat giant water bugs in Taiwan...
But the fish sperm and egg are really yummy!

Anonymous said...

Chittlins should be changed from "Eaten in Southern America" to "Eaten in some parts of South America"

He was refering to North America, not South America, you fucking fag spic-niggershit.

newman said...

i truly love this post and my quest for a differnet kind of lunch has been found!

keep up the blogging great psot and photos,

newman

Anonymous said...

at least have the decency to credit the original source(you know , the person who actually wrote this article). you gotdamed thieves!!!!!

Anonymous said...

plagiarism

Anonymous said...

i have never seen anyone eat bugs at a restaurant in chicago and ive lived here 17 years

Bela Black said...

That gave my stomach a nice bubbly on the verge of nausea feeling.

Anonymous said...

not everyone in southern america eats chitlins. GROSSSSS

Anonymous said...

what`s wrong with raw herring?

Anonymous said...

The raw herring is actually lightly salted so technically not fully "raw". It's eaten in Holland, Belgium and northern Germany as far as I know ... oh yes, and really tasty (especially with finely chopped raw onion).

Anonymous said...

mmmm.....yum!!!!!

Grimoire said...

But they didn't mention our sick swedish dish surströmming, which basically is rotten fish.

Kara said...

this shits good. what are you guys talkin bout. fish's eyeball is bomb. dont say u dont like shit if u never tried it. traveling the world and eatting different foods adventrous. get outta the house and stop eatting that damn mcdonalds.. search and see whats really in that food. u wouldnt be surprised... and hotdogs, we eat soo many of them a year. do u kno what are in hot dogs? if u did u wouldnt eat them.. and sausage.. oh my dont even get me started. bologna.. gross. start researchin.. please. ull never eat again.

Peter said...

I wish the Chinese would start eating each other!

Aeciris said...

Rotten Soybeans, also called Natto, is actually said to be not that bad you'd presume it'd be - ok, it smells strongly and behaves like molten cheese (looooong sticky threads), but it's nutricious, somewhat tasty and it saved the lives of many many japanese soldiers when they didn't fully dry cooked soybeans and wrapped them in rice mats due to reasons of time. Because of the heat and the moisture the beans began to rot. A brave officer told himself: "We'll die either way without food, so I'm going to try this and see if it can keep us alive". Since then it's considered food.

And, Peter, get a brain and USE IT TO THINK ABOUT WTF YOU ARE SAYING.

dnnya08 said...

hahah :-) ..great story..

Nanette said...

I tried guinea pig, osterich, and llama while down in peru. Normal everyday food for them. I highly recommend trying the osterich.

Anonymous said...

i'm definitely bringing my own food when heading to china , when it's finished I'm going back home

Most Searched said...

ug, how can people actuallt put that stuff in their mouths! I could see if you were on fear factor but come on..!

Sinesh@hotmail.com said...

To all the people who posted how bad a particular food is ---
if you were born in the said place maybe china or taiwan, you would probably be sitting in your chair typing this comment and while savoring your favorite bulls ball,snake fry or pigs intestines while sametime commenting how bad "other foods" are....

Dr. Stone said...

Weird that most of these disgusting so called "foods" are from Asian countries. People of the Asian race are repulsive animalistic "freaks". Who else would eat raw octopus, ant larva, abnormally large water bugs other than people of the uncivilized jungle? We don't have to eat live amphibians or fish anymore, we actually have cooked food that is processed now you idiotic imprudent jungle people!

Steph said...

Half of this stuff isn't true...

brooklynn said...

i eat cold raviolis :)

Anonymous said...

How is eating this stuff any grosser than eating other animals that wallow in their own filth? "EEwww.. you eat dried lizard?? Now please pass me a hunk of cow and some eggs straight from the underside of a chicken!"

Anonymous said...

its the southern part of North America you bozos

Anonymous said...

This is why people have so many diseases and then spread it to people that don't eat dirty gross things.

Hanny punjabi said...

Dr Stone pls dont stereotype Asians.. Im Asian and Im vegetarian... And we're not all bozos and morons who eat anything under the sun!! The sad thing is Its mostly upbringing and what is condidered normal to some May sound repulsive to others. Like i can't get overnight the fact how u guys eat bacon and sausages.. And ITS all the same, eating something with a face and a mother.. What difference dosen it make if its a cow or pig or even bats for taat matter,,