Typically traditional cuisines of most peoples around the world include chicken, pork, beef and fish. Vegetarian cuisine is straightforward – the emphasis is on vegetables and alternative sources of protein.
Whatever foods different peoples consume, in most cases they look tempting and visiting a country we definitely want to try its taste.
But there are also some not just weird, but terrifying foods that in some countries are a downright delicacy! See what are the most disgusting foods considered delicious in their local soil and think if you would try them.
Octopus is part of Mediterranean cuisine and it is no surprise that many people eat it. But in Korea, octopus is served absolutely alive. The chef in front of your eyes will cut it into pieces and serve it, and you will watch the pieces still moving.
You'll have to be very careful not to choke on the suction cups on the tentacles, which are still functioning.
Tarantulas are a speci alty in Cambodia. Food shortages in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime are believed to have caused the population to seek alternative methods of sustenance.
They found them in the face of tarantulas. The locals fry the huge spiders in hot fat. They get crispy and everyone loves them. Some brave tourists are afraid to try the unusual delicacy, but would you?
Sashimi is a famous frog delicacy in China, Japan and Vietnam. The frogs from which it is made are specially bred for cooking. The disgusting thing is that the frogs are again brought alive in front of the customer, torn apart and served. The dish is eaten while the frog's limbs and heart are still quivering.
Insects are eaten in many parts of the world. They are usually sold in markets fried, roasted and alive. In countries where eating bugs is a normal thing, you even have the right to choose - in the markets there are whole stalls with all kinds of delicacies of this variety.
Fugu is a deadly type of fish that can kill you if you consume it incorrectly. It has been a speci alty in Japan for many years. In Japan, there is a special law that controls the preparation of fugu dishes. This fish is prepared only by certified chefs specially trained for this.
The dining ritual begins with the choice of the customer. He points to a live animal from a large aquarium-fish, seafood, or giant crabs-then the chef kills and cleans the animal in front of the customer.
The meat of the animal is served again while still moving. This dish is banned in Austria and Germany because of the insane cruelty to animals.
Balut is a Southeast Asian dish. The name is derived from a Filipino word meaning "wrapped". The dish is a fertilized chicken or duck egg containing a developed embryo.
The fertilized egg with the chick inside is boiled alive. The shell is peeled and the contents eaten. Just the sight of the almost mature chick of the Caucasian race gives them goosebumps. At least to most. You wouldn't want to try this dish!
Drunk shrimp is a popular Chinese dish. Newborn baby shrimp are dipped alive in a strong, concentrated alcohol that hypnotizes them and makes them make fluid movements. While eaten alive, shrimp perform uncoordinated wobbly movements.
Strange, but also in Denmark you can meet unusual dishes like this. One restaurant there offers chilled ants as a salad or appetizer. They crawl slowly over a lettuce garnish as they are frozen before serving. Thus, their movements are much slower and are easy to catch with the utensils.
Garnished with lemon grass.
Again in Japan you can meet this speci alty. The eels are, of course, swallowed alive. They are seasoned with a little vinegar to taste.
Kazu Marzu is a traditional cheese made from sheep's milk in Sardinia, Italy. Larvae are placed in it, which process the cheese, thus accelerating fermentation and breaking down the fats in it.
So it becomes juicy and soft. Abstracting from the thought that there were living budding organisms in it, you would probably enjoy its taste.
Eating sea urchins is once again a speci alty of Italy. Opening their shell is quite difficult. Chefs specialize in various techniques for opening the hard shell using tongs, scissors, spoons and other tools.
Believe it or not, these scary creatures that many people think of as vampires are a real delicacy in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Guam. The low fat content and high protein content of these bats makes them extremely he althy, according to the locals.
They are eaten grilled, fried, stewed with lots of spices to reduce the pungent smell of urine they give off.