National delicacies are a source of pride around the world. In fact, it's a right of passage to try the local cuisine when traveling, but unfortunately, when it comes to the appetizing department, some foods are a lot more appealing than others.
From meats that really give a new meaning to the word raw to some seriously artery-clogging fare, us humans are a bizarre bunch when it comes to food. But we're also proud and will cast aside our better judgment in favor of national pride.
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Speaking as a Scottish native, I'm more than happy to deep fry anything - Easter eggs, pizzas, fish. If it fits in the frier, as fas I'm concerned, it's fair game. I'm also a fan of going out in my kilt and hunting down a fresh haggis for my dinner.
(Okay, that last bit might have been a lie - haggis are not wild animals. Or are they?!)
1. America: Deep-fried Oreos
Well, it turns out that Americans and Scots have something in common. This food is exactly what it says on the tin.
2. Sweden: Surströmming
This dish consists of canned fish that's been preserved in salt. Apparently, it's pretty pungent.
3. Korea: Soondae
This food has a cute name, but a less endearing appearance. It's sausages that are made from stuffed pork intestine with liver and its blood. If that sounds appealing to you, then you absolutely have to try haggis, or, better still, black pudding!
4. Denmark: Flæskesvær
This one doesn't actually look that bad. So what is it exactly? Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it's boiled and baked (in salt) strips of pork skin.
5. Israel: P'tcha
It might look like similar to tofu, but it's actually jellied calves feet. Delicious.
6. China: Century Eggs
As the name suggests, these are some seriously old eggs which have been preserved in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, quicklime, and rice hulls. Now I'm all for trying local cuisine, but I think I'd have to pass on this one.
7. Finland: Salmiakki
Despite looking like just licorice, this delicacy has a twist - it's licorice that's been made with a white powder that constitutes ammonia with either hydrogen chloride or hydrochloric acid. Probably not something Willy Wonka would want to make!
8. Netherland: Soused Herring
This dish consists of raw herring preserved in salt, and it's typically eaten by itself or with bread.
9. France: Frog Legs
Frog legs might sound disgusting, but apparently, they taste just like chicken.
10. Algeria: Kercha
This a sheep's stomach stuffed with leftover meat AKA the stuff that dreams are made of.
11. Malaysia: Butod
Ever fancied eating a live animal? If the answer is yes, then this could be the dish for you. It involves eating a live sago worm which is naturally accompanied by a number of sauces and other dishes.
12. Australia: Vegemite
This is definitely one of the tamer cuisines on this list. Vegemite is concentrated yeast, which is highly salty, and it's served on buttered toast.
13. Portugal: Arroz De Cabidela
What is that brown stuff I hear you ask? Well, it's blood. This dish is made of rabbit or chicken meat cooked in its own blood. There's also some salt and vinegar added in, presumably to make it tastier.
14. Sweden: Lutfisk
This is another fairly tame dish and consists of dried fish served with bechamel, peas, and potato.
15. Philippines: Balut
Ah! Now we are back to the good stuff. Here we have a developing duck embryo. Yikes! I'll pass on this one too.
16. South Africa: Mopane Worm
Yummy! A giant edible worm of the species emperor moth. Probably a good idea to chew this one thoroughly.
17. Barbados: Sea Egg
This is a sea urchin, and it can be eaten by fried, sauteed or raw with a sprinkle of lemon juice.
18. Ecuador: Cuy Asado
A grilled guinea pig. Yes, A GRILLED GUINEA PIG.
19. Germany: Zwiebelmettwurst
Raw mince on bruschetta, anyone?
20. Thailand: Durian
The smelliest fruit in the world. Those who have had a whiff have claimed it smells like rotten onions.
So there you have it - 20 insane delicacies from around the world. How do they compare to the weirdest fare from your home country? One thing's for sure, I'd rather eat a haggis than a developing duck embryo - no offense to the Philippines.