Top 10 Strangest Meals That You Probably Don't Ever Want to Taste

Tags: #BlackPudding ,   #Shirako ,   #Khash ,   #Balut ,   #DisgustingFoods

Alex O'Brien

Alex O'Brien

Last updated:  2020-11-16 18:09:05

We all know that through history, people have been eating everything they could find to survive. That's also why every country has its traditional food that is strange and unacceptable to others. But this article will not be about eating cats and dogs around Asia. This top ten will not be listing chicken feet, crocodile meat, frog legs, and snails, as we have something far more interesting and stranger. Prepare to be on the verge of vomiting while reading about the top 10 strangest meals around the world.

10. Black Pudding 

If you wish to know how to make a black pudding watch the video and start cooking

Originated from England and Ireland, black pudding is a type of blood sausage and one of the oldest sausage recipes. Way back, people have come up with the idea of using livestock's blood so it wouldn't go to waste. There's a lot of variation of this meal worldwide, mainly in the former British colonies. However, we'll stick with the original from the UK. To prepare black pudding, all you need is a livestock's blood, some cereals, and pork's fat. 

Adding spices like mentha pulegium is unique for the UK's black pudding.

You can eat this delicacy cold, fried, grilled, or baked, and it's available in grocery stores. Black pudding is full of proteins, iron, and zinc, so people often call it a superfood.

9. A Slice of Penis and a Slice of Testicles

Wanna make rocky mountain oysters from scratch? Watch the video!

Dragon in the Flame of Desire or yak's penis meal comes from China. Prepared from the yak's penis, it's considered to be an aphrodisiac. Firstly, the organ is steamed, then fried, and at the end flambéed. If you wish to try it, you should check out the Guolizhuang restaurant in Beijing. While there, if you are into penis dishes, you can try bull's or deer's penis.

From China, we are moving to Canada and the USA. Here you can try rocky mountain oysters, but we must warn you that this isn't seafood, but a deep-fried bull's testicles. This recipe is mainly created not to waste testicles after castration, as with many other old meals.

8. Southern Fried Rattlesnake

Making a southern fried rattlesnake. The video includes the skinning of the snake

A favorite and a bit deadly dish in the Southwestern United States is a rattlesnake. Like other reptiles, they often have salmonella bacteria, so wear gloves or wash your hands thoroughly while preparing it. If you wanna prepare it from scratch, firstly, you need to go out and catch yourself some rattlesnake, kill it, and skin it. 

Nevertheless, you can skip these three steps and buy rattlesnake meat from the grocery store. Secondly, season the meat, dip it in the mixture of milk and eggs, and then in the flour and breadcrumbs fusion. Finally, put it in the hot oil and deep fry it, and you're good to go. Some say that this meat tastes like an alligator or a fish. However, they all say it's a bit chewy. Oh, and this isn't the only type of snake meat that people eat.

7. Shirako 

Making shirako and tasting it for the first time!

Shirako or a cod's sperm sac is served both raw and cooked. Popular in Japan, it's considered an acquired taste by locals. The fish semen has an anti-aging effect, as it's rich with vitamin B.

Shirako texture depends on the preparation. Mildly heated sperm gets a more chewy texture like a runny soft cheese with a bit salty and fishy flavor. It's served as an entrée or as an addition to some meals, for example, sushi topping.

6. How About Some Worms?

Harvesting, preparing and eating a favorite snack in Zimbabwe, mopane worms

Mopane is a popular snack in Southern Africa, especially in Zimbabwe. A big fat worm full of meat tastes like chicken barbeque and is usually prepared by drying out in the sun or smoking. However, it's not unusual to soak them in the water and then cook them with the vegetables.

While in Africa they love their mopane worms, in South Korea, they enjoy beondegi or silkworms.

Beondegi literally means pupa or stage between larva and mature stage. However, boiled or steamed, beondegi are a favorite street food for Korean people. During the preparation, they are salted and seasoned. Add a bit of sugar, and you'll get a sweeter version of beondegi.

5. Let's Eat Some Bugs!

A great recipe for cooking grasshoppers, so yummy!

Sometimes we can't even imagine what people can eat, and one of these things are bugs. Just the thought of spiders gives some people chills, but in the Cambodian town of Skuon, a fried spider is a delicacy. Firstly the spiders are marinated in a mixture of salt and sugar before fried with the garlic - yummy!

Grasshoppers could be cute, and according to some people, they can even be quite tasty. Just add chilly, salt, and pepper, fry them, and your snacks are ready. And for the end, we have a boiled treat - stink bugs. Some people compare the taste with apples, but still, no thanks! 

4. Tuna Eyeballs 

Preparing the tune eyeball dish

Apparently, fish eyeballs are very nutritious and often eaten in Russia, Island, and in Norway. They stimulate brain cells and stave off memory loss since they contain DHA and EPA fatty acids.

Nevertheless, tuna eyeballs is a delicacy in Japan, and it's not an expensive meal. Some compare the taste to squid or octopus. However, when ordering tuna eyeballs, expect that someone will be staring at you from your plate.

3. Khash

Wanna know how to make a khash? Watch a video of making a traditional khash soup

In the Middle East, East Europe, and Turkey, when you order khash, you'll get stewed cows head and feet. It's considered a delicacy, but it's quite creepy when you get the meal with the skull and dead eyes staring at you. After one look at the poor dead cow's head, you might wish to change the order.

Khash is a typical winter dish, and it has some variation depending on the region. It's mainly made from cows, but some recipes include the sheep with optional sheep's or cow's stomach. Even though we think it's disgusting, it's up to you if you'll try it.

2. Goat Head Anyone?

Preparing a goat's head might be disgusting, but some say it tastes delicious

We are taking you to a scary part of the world, at Monterrey in Mexico. Joking aside, Monterrey has a big problem with crime, but that's another topic. Our interest is cabeza de cabrito, a meal scarier than the city. This is literally a cooked goat's head cut down in the middle. When you order cabeza de cabrito, you'll get the head, and you'll eat the cooked brain directly from it, as well as the tongue sticking out of the mouth. 

If you're lucky, you'll see a cook cutting the head with a saw and preparing a meal for you.

This is an interesting experience, and according to many, it's quite a tasty dish. Still, to us, it looks a bit too disgusting. This is even more repulsive than the previous one, as here we have the head and the feet all mixed up together. 

1. Balut 

A proper way to eat balut. If you are disgusted easily, you might wanna skip this video!!

Finally, our number one is the most stomach-turning and cruelest meal. Balut is a duck embryo boiled or steamed alive in its shell. A fertilized egg has an incubation period from 14-21 days before it's used as the meal's main ingredient. The longer the period, the more developed is an embryo, so this is a brutal way to kill little ducklings before they could spread their wings. Balut is served and eaten directly from the eggshell.

The meal originated from the Philippines and spread to China, Vietnam, and Cambodia, and today it's street food. We needed a bucket just looking at this meal's pictures.

Listing only ten strangest meals was a hard pick as sometimes we can't even imagine what people are willing to eat. We don't say that some of the meals on our list are not tasty, but for most, just a thought of eating them is quite horrifying. You may feel different, as, after all, the taste is unique to every person. Still, how about some nice Italian desert?

What was the strangest food that you have ever tried? Which of these meals would you try? Please write to us in the comment section, as we would be happy to hear your impressions.

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