Everyone has their own reasons to travel and the best part of travelling is that it gives us the opportunity to explore the different cultures and history. Food tourism has always been an ‘it’ thing for most travellers, writing their experiences down on their blogs, making video diaries or just savouring the moment in pictures.
There are tonnes of dishes to be discovered by your taste buds around the world, and it’s only natural to be curious about them. But to pique your curiosity a bit further, we suggest bizarre foods. Of course, what seems to be bizarre to us may be normal to the locals and vice versa. The world is a complex place, so as a traveller, remember to be open-minded.
At first glance the Balut looks like any other harmless egg until you crack it open. Commonly found in most South Asian Countries, Balut can be bought as a street food in the Philippines. Balut is a fertilised duck egg that has been boiled. Yes, fertilised. So when you crack open the shell, you can see the entirety of the baby duck. Balut is meant to be eaten as a whole and is usually dipped in spicy vinegar.
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Popular among the Icelandic locals, Hakarl is a kind of fermented food made from the Greenland Shark. Poisonous when fresh, it is important to ferment the Greenland Shark for months before consuming it. Hakarl can be a bit too much for first time eaters as to any fermented dishes, but after you get pass the smell, the taste is nutty and a little sweet. It is a must try when you’re in Iceland.
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Sannakji, South Korea
Considered to be hazardous to consume, Sannakji is a challenge to eat. Sannakji refers to live octopus that has been washed and chopped into bite size pieces, eaten raw with a variety of dips for you to choose from. Eating Sannakji may be difficult because you have to fight the octopus while eating it, since it’s still very much alive. Caution is advised while eating this dish as the tentacles can get stuck in you throat and may choke you.
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Haggis is made with the sheep’s heart, lungs and liver together with onions, oatmeal and spices that is further mixed with the stock taken from the sheep’s stomach. All these ingredients are cooked inside the animal’s stomach. Though the preparation is slightly disturbing, Haggis is a savoury dish and is truly a bizarre dish that is worth the try.
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