5 strange food dishes that you might want to try (or not!)
Food, beyond just being a necessity, has become somewhat of an art. As South Africans, we enjoy simple food as long as it’s delicious. And who do they think they are kidding? Everyone knows that those guys on Master Chef have nothing on an authentic South African braai. If you’re interested in finding out just how easy we have it when it comes to food choices, here are 5 of the strangest food dishes in the world you might be brave enough to try (or not!).
It may look curiously appetizing and exotic but don’t be fooled. Haggis is a Scottish dish. It is a delicate mix of minced sheep’s heart, liver and lungs blended with onions and spices, nicely wrapped up and cooked inside the sheep’s stomach. Alternate restaurant anyone?
- Fried Spider and Snake Snacks
In South Africa, most of us see a snake and hit the highway! We know better than to play with some of the most deadly species of snake in the world. We also generally grab the first can of Doom from the cupboard when we see a spider. In places like Cambodia however, it is commonplace to order these creepy creatures from the menu. You could tantalise your taste buds with some fried spider and grilled snake on a stick. Did I mention that if you don’t really feel like spider or snake, you could also ask for scorpion as a substitute?
- Tuna Eyeball Soup
If you’re like most people, you like your food dead. The last thing you’d want is a pair of garishly big eyeballs staring back at you from your soup reminding you that what you’re eating was once a living animal. Well in Japan, it’s a little different. Tuna eyeball soup is a very popular delicacy. It is apparently a healthy source of nightmares for a week and a great way to get people to become vegetarian!
- Insect Sushi
Sushi, in its original form of raw fish, is still an acquired taste for many people. Insect sushi just takes it to the next level! A choice of caterpillar, a variety of worms and even bugs make this dish a real treat…. That is if you like the thought of legs running down your throat. (I personally wouldn’t bite them).
- Wasp Crackers
Those little black bits in the cookies could easily be mistaken for chocolate chips or raisins. They are actually wasps. (Dead wasps. No. Baked wasps… Doesn’t matter which way you put it, they’re still wasps). These savoury crackers are a healthy alternative to potato chips, sugary treats and biscuits and as a result have become really popular in Asia. Can anyone tweet #NothingBeatsBiltong?
Have you ever eaten something you would never eat again?
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