20+ Bizarre Food Dishes From Countries Around The World…

One of the great things about food is that it’s served in a number of weird and wonderful ways around the world. Whenever I go on holiday, I make a point of trying the local delicacies – no matter how strange they are. I think that one of the best ways to gain an understanding of a different country is to try its food. It gives you a real sense of the place you’re visiting and the people who live there. So if you’re planning on taking a trip abroad anytime soon, then you might want to bear these dishes in mind…

The strangest food I’ve ever eaten overseas is snake. I was visiting a night market in Beijing, China, and decided that I might as well try one of the bizarre foods on offer. After all, I was thousands of miles away from home, and I’d no idea if I’d ever return. Eating snake was as disgusting as you’d expect it to be! I also made a point of eating scorpion at the night market, and, believe it or not, it just tasted incredibly salty! However, some of the dishes on this list are even more bizarre…

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From animal genitals to eyeballs to fins, it’s safe to say that us humans will, quite literally, eat anything. What’s more is that you might think only far-off lands serve bizarre dishes that make your average American recoil in horror, but you’ll be surprised to see that the US has also made it onto this list…

The US and Scotland have always had a good relationship, and the country’s capital, Edinburgh, is a must-see for any Yanks in the area. But what most Americans don’t know is that the Scots regularly eat a very bizzare food that has to be seen to believed…

1. Haggis

Haggis consists of the innards of a sheep, coupled with oats and spices, held together in a sheep’s stomach. In Scotland, you can visit a “chippy” and indulge in a haggis “supper”. If you do, you’ll be served a haggis that’s been deep fried along with a generous portion of fries. It might sound disgusting, but it’s actually quite delicious!

People love tequila, and it’s a staple of many a wild night out. But what few Americans know is that in Mexico, they drink it very differently. This food is tequila’s bizarre cousin, and if you want to drink a shot of it, you’ll have to be willing to eat this as well…

2. Mezcal Worm

Contrary to popular belief, there’s no such thing as a tequila worm, but in Mexico mezcal is made using a worm which it is later served with. Supposedly it enhances the flavor of the drink. You can see why this food isn’t popular in the us, but when in Mexico…

It might be unusual to consume a worm, but this country eats something that’s a lot stranger. My mom used to joke about it when she told me stories about a frog who was scared to go to France because he didn’t want to get captured and turned into this particular dish…

3. Frog Legs

Frogs’ legs are a common food in France. You can even see their feet in the above picture! It doesn’t look very appetizing, but it is a traditional dish that’s been described as tasting like chicken. If frogs’ legs do, they’re definitely something us Americans would like to try…

Whilst most Americans could probably see themselves eating frogs’ legs, this food is one which would make most of us feel very nauseous. However, what we regard as being a family pet is seen as dinner in Peru…

4. Guinea Pig

It might be hard to recognize from the above picture, but that’s a guinea pig. They’re a traditional food in Peru. In the same way that we farm cattle, they farm guinea pigs for exactly the same reason. It’s not for everyone, but different cultures must be respected…

The process of animal slaughter is a cruel one. There’s no denying that. Shortly after my aforementioned visit to China, I stopped eating meat altogether. But even if you’re a meat eater, you’ll be hard-pressed to morally justify this particular dish…

5. Shark Fin Soup

Shark Fin Soup is a delicacy in Japan. However, it’s made in the cruelest possible way. Sharks are taken out of the water whilst they are still alive, and their fins are chopped off. Once their fins have been removed, the sharks are then chucked back into the ocean where they bleed to death. It’s a popular dish at weddings because couples use it to show off their wealth…

This is another bizarre food that’s guaranteed to chill most Americans to the core. Whilst most of us would probably say no if we were served a guinea pig for dinner, there’s very few of us who’d think eating this particular animal was a good idea…

6. Dog

Horrifically, the Chinese eat dogs. I’ve not included a picture of dog meat because I doubt there are many people who’d like to see that. Dogs have been eaten in China for thousands of years, however, the practice is slowly been outlawed around the world…

Eating a scorpion is something I’d never do again. A one-off moment of madness. But shockingly this particularly creepy crawly is also served as a dish in Cambodia. How many thousands of dollars would it take for you to take a bite?!

7. Fried Spider

It’s something straight out of a horror movie, but in Cambodia, fried spiders are a local delicacy. Just looking at this picture is making me retch! I wonder if they taste salty like scorpions?! One thing’s for sure, you’d have to be pretty brave to eat one of these…

Have you ever smelled a rotten egg? It’s disgusting. Isn’t it? Well, this dish is one that looks horrific, but according to various sources is actually very delicious. It’s hard to imagine looking at this picture. I think I’ll pass…

8. Century Egg

Century eggs are also a Chinese delicacy. I know what you’re probably thinking and the answer is no, they aren’t actually fermented for a century. The process is only for a few months, but it’s easy to see where these eggs got their name from…

This truly is a blood-curdling snack. I’d probably scream if it was served to me. But if you’re native to either China or Japan, then you’ll know that this is a delicacy. I’d rather have a plate of deep-fried haggis any day…

9. Tuna Eyeballs

The fact that people eat tuna eyeballs is shocking enough, but what’s even more shocking is their apparent flavor. They’re said to taste very sweet which is the last thing you’d think of when looking at this picture! The dish also has its health benefits and is beneficial to a human’s eyesight thanks to the high content of omega-3.

Sometimes when we hear what a food is called, we know that eating it probably isn’t a great idea. I should have known that when I was stupid enough to try snake, even if it did make for a good story. But this food truly has a repulsive name…

10. Stink Bugs

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, people actually eat stink bugs. They’re a popular snack in Africa. You’d think that with a name like ‘stink bug’, they’d taste truly horrendous. However, they’re so popular because they taste like apples apparently!

Most red-blooded Americans will probably look at this dish and think it’s tasty. If I still ate meat, I might be tempted myself. This supposedly delicious food is native to Australia. Can you guess what animal the meat comes from?!

11. Kangaroo

To be fair to Australians, they have got a lot of kangaroos hopping around their country so it makes sense that they’re a meal. But it’s not just Australians who enjoy kangaroos. It was reported that in 2010 kangaroo meat was sold from the land down under to 55 other countries!

Remember I said that the US would be on this list? Well, here it is, and with one of the weirdest dishes too. But then again, this animal is a bit of a pest in the US, so I guess someone was bound to eat it eventually…

12. Southern Fried Rattlesnake

Rattlesnakes are a common pest that are turned into a delicious meal in many states. It’s definitely not for everyone. But looking at this picture, if you were presented one of the bites on the main part of the tray, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d been served popcorn chicken…

If you needed further proof that the Chinese have some unusual culinary options, then this dish will provide it. This food is something that I passed on when I was at the night market in China. It just seemed like too nice and innocent an animal to eat…

13. Starfish

Starfish are, in my opinion, beautiful creatures. But in China, they’re viewed as being just like any other seafood, even though they typically aren’t regarded as one. What’s more is that they’re supposed to taste quite similar to a crab’s brain, so maybe it’s something you’d like to eventually try…

This is a part of an animal that we’d expect vampires to eat, and if you’re ever seen the movie Queen of the Damned, then you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. In Vietnam, this food’s eaten whilst it’s still technically functioning…

14. Cobra Heart

Corba hearts are served whilst they are still beating. That means they’re cut out of a live snake. Just like shark finning, this is a particularly cruel way of obtaining something to eat. I doubt there are many people reading this who’d like to eat a heart which is still beating…

For any alcohol lovers out there, this a dish that you’ll probably want to try. It’s extremely unusual, but if you’re a fan of liquor and seafood, then it could potentially be your ideal meal. This is something that I could see being served around the world…

15. Drunken Shrimp

As this name of this dish suggests, drunken shrimp are, well, drunken shrimp! However, as tasty as this potentially sounds, the shrimp being served are still alive, so like a number of other dishes on this list, it’s a very cruel one…

There are some animals which shouldn’t be eaten, and this is definitely one of them. These animals are too majestic and intelligent to be food, but, unfortunately, they are in a number of countries INCLUDING the US…

16. Whale

Despite the fact that whales are endangered, and whaling a particularly cruel process, they are still eaten in various countries. It’s not something that any reasonable person would want to eat either. In fact, it’s dangerous as the meat is known for having a high mercury content which can drive people crazy!

This is another environmentally cruel dish that you will struggle to believe is served in the US. If you see or hear of anyone eating this bizarre food, do the right thing and report it to the cops. This needs to be stopped…

17. Turtle Soup

Disturbingly, even though they are one of the most endangered species on the planet, people still eat turtles, and in some parts of the US turtle soup is a thing! It’s disgusting that people would eat an animal that’s endangered just for a bowl of soup…

This food looks disturbingly like something that Hannibal Lecter would eat, but it’s actually a delicacy in Japan and comes from an animal that the majority of us have eaten at some point in our lives. Most people just tend not to eat this part of the animal…

18. Shirako

Whilst it might look like animal brains, shirako is, in fact, the sperm sacs of fish. It’s certainly not a meal that everyone would want to try, but the sperm sacks are usually taken from species like cod which are commonly eaten elsewhere in the world…

It seems that a lot of countries eat the animals we associate with them, and Canada is no exception. But this particular dish is so bizarre that we can’t believe anyone would choose to eat this part of such a large animal…

19. Jellied Moose Nose

In Canada, as hard as it might be to believe, jellied moose nose is eaten. I guess they want to use every part of the animal after they’re killed for their meat which makes sense. However, this picture of a jellied moose nose certainly doesn’t look appetizing…

Italy is a country famed for gorgeous cuisine so it’s hard to imagine that anything bizarre would be made there. But you learn something new every day. This dish is certainly not one for the faint-hearted lover of Italian food…

20. Casu Marzu

I feel sick just looking at this picture of casu marzu. It’s basically rotten cheese. Yuck! But what makes this cheese so disgusting are the maggots which are served with it. This dish’s so horrendous that it’s actually banned in the EU at one point. No wonder!

On the subject of cheese, this is a cheese-like dish that would many any reasonable American retch. However, if you’re a cheese lover, or even just a culinary daredevil, then this food might be something you’d like to eventually try…

21. Escamoles

This food might look like rice, but I can assure you it’s not. Escamoles are in fact ant larvae! Apparently, it doesn’t taste too dissimilar to cottage cheese. But it’s also rumored to have a nutty taste to it as well. So if you’re willing to forget what it actually is…

If you drink alcohol, then it’s more than likely that you’ll have tried – and enjoyed – this drink at some point. This next food is a ingredient that you’ll be surprised is even used in food, never mind in alcohol…

22. Airag

Airag is a beer made from fermented horse milk, and in Mongolia it’s actually very common. Delicious! Whilst it’s certainly unusual, I’m sure there are at least a few people reading this list who’d be willing to give it a try…

This dish is English and originated in a place called Mousehole in Cornwall so let’s face it, it was bound to be on the freaky side. The English are known for their traditional pub fare, but if you visited and ordered this food, it would make you double take if you ordered it not knowing exactly what it was…

23. Stargazey Pie

Looking at this food, you can see where it got its name from. The fish look like they are staring up at the sky! So the next time you’re in England, if you want to try something unusual, this really is a bizarre, but edible dish that you could write home about…

This food is a part of an animal that’s generally considered inedible. But that’s not the case in Ukraine, and the only logical explanation I can think of for the existence of this bizarre food is the fact that it’s made in a country that has notoriously cold winters…

24. Salo

Salo is basically animal fat. Whenever Americans are served steak, they’re usually quick to cut off any slithers of fat which are left on it, but in Ukraine people eat the fat as a dish on its own. It’s not a dish for anyone who’s trying to lose weight. That’s for sure!

Last, but certainly not least, is probably the strangest dish on this entire last. Just when you think you’ve heard it all when it comes to bizarre foods, the people of Iceland step in with a weird dish that’s truly sickening…

25. Hakarl

Whilst a lot of countries on this list eat bizarre seafood, absolutely nothing compares to hakarl. It’s made from gutted and beheaded shark (yikes) which has been buried underground for a few months, then dried out for several more. Now that really is bizarre!

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