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10 Bizarrely Named Dishes Around the World

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If you read “head cheese” on a menu and had never heard of the dish before, would you try it? With a name like that, you might get the wrong idea. But the naming of this European delicacy isn’t totally deceptive.

10 Bizarrely Named Dishes Around the World (Slideshow)

It’s made, not with cheese, but rather by skinning the head of a sheep, pig, or cow to make a gelatinous meat dish. It does have a little something to do with cheese, however: the name comes from the word fromage, a Latin word for the process of molding and pressing cheese or other semi-soft substances that became synonymous with cheese itself. Forming various kinds of meat from a pig's head using a mold is called fromage de tête, meaning “pressed head,” but when English speakers first translated the name from French, they translated it as “head cheese” and the name stuck.

Despite how bizarre the name of a dish may seem, many of the dishes on this list are quite tasty.

The Italians named the pasta dish “code di topo” after mouse tails, because the pasta shapes looks a little too much like them. “Bubble and squeak” is an English dish of mainly fried potatoes and other vegetables, but in the eighteenth century, it was made of fried meat and cabbage. The dish is named for the sound the meat and cabbage made when fried together, bubbling and squeaking at the same time. Imam Bayildi — which translates to “The imam fainted” — is one of Turkey’s best-loved dishes, made of eggplant stuffed with onion, garlic, and tomatoes, and cooked in olive oil. There are several stories of how the name came to be, but the most common version says that a Muslim priest, or imam, fainted with pleasure upon tasting the dish.

We’re not sure why some of these dishes were named as they were, but we’re happy that in most cases, the names aren't literal.

Buddha Jumps Over the Wall

Otherwise known as shark fin soup, this Chinese delicacy is said to be named for its ability to tempt even vegetarian monks to come out of their temples and eat it.

Stinking Bishop

The name says it all: this cheese is stinky. It gets its name from Stinking Bishop pears (named not for an odiferous clergyman but for a plant breeder named Bishop, who reportedly had a nasty temper); it is washed in perry (pear cider) made from this variety as it matures, lending it its foul odor.

See more dishes from around the world with really bizarre names.

Haley Willard is The Daily Meal's assistant editor. Follow her on Twitter @haleywillrd.


10 Delicious Eggplant Recipes From All Around The World

Eggplants are simply amazing! They&rsquore extremely delicious, easy to work with and, most of all, they&rsquore the epitome of versatility! There are (literally) countless delicious recipes with eggplants out there, from all over the world. Think of the Greek &lsquomelitzanopita&rsquo, a delicious eggplant pie, or the Italian &lsquoparmigiana di melanzane&rsquo (eggplant parmesan) &ndash all these recipes are bursting with flavor and they&rsquore super easy to make, even if their name sounds fancy and complicated.

Eggplants have been a staple vegetable for hundreds of years and, in case you don&rsquot have some strange and unpleasant eggplant allergy (apparently that&rsquos a thing!), I urge you to try some new recipes today! I know that eggplant is oftentimes underrated, but trust me, you will start loving it once you try one of the recipes below.

And because I want to offer you some inspiration from all over the world, I put together a list with great vegan eggplant recipes that are both quick and extremely delicious! You will find here 10 of my favorite eggplant recipes that I prepare every time I&rsquom in the mood for something flavorful and easy. From roasted eggplants to casseroles, burgers, and salads, these recipes will provide just the inspiration you need for your next meal!

Click on the linked titles in order to access these delicious quick & easy vegan recipes for when you&rsquore not in the mood to cook! You will find here many simple and delicious recipes created by me that I totally recommend trying.


Coastal Vacations Sunrise

As Anthony Bordain would testify, one of the most exciting things about being lucky enough to travel the world is sampling truly authentic local food. Region to region, culinary traditions vary dramatically, reflecting the people, their passions, landscapes and cultures. Sampling the cuisine is one of the best ways to get an understanding of local life. Seek Retreat has compiled a list of some of the world’s most popular dishes from all corners of the world – places you’ll almost certainly want to venture after reading this. But just in case a world tour on your schedule right now, we’ve dug up some of the best authentic recipes to bring the flavors of the world to you. So ready your taste buds for some of the most exotic taste sensations on the planet and get cooking our Top 10: Signature Dishes from Around the World.

Compiled and written by Nicole Muyingo

1) Spain: Paella
Having pawed over most of Spain’s favorite national recipes, I still couldn’t resist the beloved Paella. The culinary equivalent of ‘having it all’ – what could be better than your favorite meats paired with the freshest Mediterranean seafood? Paella can be a tricky, time-consuming dish to prepare, but put the time in and you’ll find it’s definitely worth the effort.

2) Brazil: Feijoada
Grab yourself a Caipirinha! It’s the perfect accompaniment to the rich flavors in this, Brazil’s most popular signature dish. Named after the Portuguese word feijão, meaning beans, this traditional peasant dish is a rich mélange of meats and beans, cooked low and slow in a flavorful broth. Feijoada is usually served with shredded kale or collard greens, streamed rice and an orange slice. Popular weekend fare in Brazil, it’s traditionally shared by friends at daylong gatherings that focus on heart-warming food and spicy gossip.

3) Italy: Fritto Misto
Seeking out the best homemade pizza and pasta while traveling in Italy is a must, but if you want to delve a little deeper into the culture try ordering the not-so-famous but just-as-delicious national favorite Fritto Misto. This iconic Venetian dish demands the freshest local catch so net yourself the best seafood in your area and get creative!

4) Egypt: Ful Medames
Famously described as the rich man’s breakfast, the shopkeeper’s lunch and the poor man’s supper, Ful Medames is Egypt’s national dish. This humble bean stew is in fact eaten by Egyptians from every walk of life, throughout the day and is said to date back to the time of the pharaohs.

5) Japan: Tuna Maki
With 45,000 sushi restaurants in Japan, sushi wins hands down as the most popular cuisine in the country. It may not seem like home-cooking to us but the Japanese are just as content rolling their own at home. You may think you need to lock yourself away with a sushi-making guru for months to master the art but it’s far easier to prepare than you may think. Most seaweed comes with instructions but we particularly liked this instructional video. Once you’ve learned the basic maki-making techniques, you can impress your friends with exotic rolls that taste as good as any Japanese restaurant they may frequent.

6) Jamaica: Jerk Chicken
Made with Scotch bonnet pepper, one of the hottest chilies in the world, Jerk Chicken is not for fainthearted. The Caribbean version of bbq. chicken, Jamaican Jerk’s other secret ingredient is pimento (allspice to you and me) which is indigenous to the island. It’s the plant’s berries that give the chicken its unmistakable flavor. The traditional version of the dish is also slow-smoked over a fire made from pimento wood, but we don’t expect you to try that at home.

7) Mexico: Red Snapper Veracruzana
Who doesn’t love Mexico for its tacos, burritos and enchiladas? But when Mexicans from the south do ‘healthy’ their famous Red Snapper Veracruzana is their go-to dish. The name comes from its origin in the state of Veracruz, which is a long, narrow state stretching along the south of Mexico’s Gulf Coast. So, it’s perhaps not surprising that seafood figures prominently in this area’s cuisine.

8) Russia: Borscht
Borscht plays a central role in Russia’s culinary heritage as well as many of the Eastern European nations. Hot or cold, vegetarian or most popularly with sausages, served hot, Borscht usually contains heavy starchy vegetables including potatoes and beets, carrots or peppers. For the authentic experience, serve it as an appetizer with dark rye bread.

9) China: Yangzhou Fried Rice
Yangzhou Fried Rice is quick and easy to prepare, so grab your chopsticks and get ready to chow down one of Shanghai’s most popular dishes. It’s one of the most versatile dishes you can throw in a pan and have ready in minutes. Yangzhou Fried Rice can be paired with your favorite meats, fishes or vegetables and will literally be ready in a flash.

10) Lebanon: Baba Ghanouj
In Syria and Lebanon, Baba Ghanouj is usually served as an appetizer or side dish but this ubiquitous delight is now served, as part of a Middle-Eastern mezza plate, all over the world. Baba is the word for “father” in Arabic and ghanouj means soft, wanting affection or cuddly. Some believe that the word Baba refers to the eggplant as the “father of vegetables,” and ghanouj to the fact that anyone lucky enough to taste it will be spoiled by its smooth, creamy goodness. What’s for sure is that it’s never better than when it’s freshly homemade. .


Greece

After spending an unbelievable ten days following a Greek island hopping itinerary, we take any chance we can to remind ourselves of the fun and food we enjoyed. When we get a bout of travel nostalgia for Greece, we head out to a Greek restaurant and try some of our favourite foods from the trip.

We always begin the meal with saganaki – just like we did in at almost every meal in Greece. It’s a delicious piece of cheese that’s pan-friend in olive oil and served hot. It’s also perfectly delicious in every way. Cheese is always a winner with us, but the Greek saganaki is utterly divine. It is our appetizer of choice and it’s best served with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

The other Greek dish that we make sure to order is suvlaki. It’s common enough to find in most cities around the world and even in street food carts. Souvlaki consists of small pieces of meat and vegetables skewered and grilled. Vegetarian options also exist. They’re prepared with meat analogue or you can order a skewer of grilled vegetables alone. Suvlaki is eaten hot, sometimes still on the skewer and served with fries or in a pita. We had suvlaki in Athens and on every island we visited in Greece.

Our favourite drink, which we started every day with, is a frappe. It’s the Greek version of iced coffee that’s easy to recreate at home. The drink is simple, consisting of instant coffee, water, ice and sugar. It’s blended and can be found almost everywhere in Greece. It was what someone recommended to us on our first ferry and we drank them everywhere we went. Now we enjoy them in our kitchen at home and it takes us right back to Greece.


Our top 3 recipes from Africa

1. Grilled marinated chicken brochettes

Grilled marinated chicken brochettes (Shutterstock)

With a rainbow-spectrum of spices brightening up the markets and the scent of grilled meats and veggies wafting through the air, Morocco is clearly a country obsessed with its food.

These grilled and marinated chicken brochettes are a favourite with the locals - and as soon as you've cooked them for yourself, you'll see why.

2. St Helena's famous fishcakes

St Helena is famous for its fishcakes (Shutterstock)

Unsurprisingly, for an island off the coast of Africa, many of St Helena's dishes centre around fresh fish. Their tuna fishcakes in particular are a sought-after delicacy.

3. Ugali na maharage ya nazi

Ugali na maharage ya nazi: Tanzania's national dish (Shutterstock)

Ugali Na Maharage Ya Nazi - or coconut soup - is the national dish of Tanzania.

More of a stew than a soup, this unusual dish of coconut and kidney beans will take you by pleasant surprise, and will certainly fill you up.


11 Super-Spicy Dishes Around the World

Many cuisines have embraced curry&mdasha general term applied to dishes simmered in a mix of spices that often includes cumin, ginger and cardamom. But the United Kingdom is actually home to the spiciest version: phall, a British take on Indian-style curry, jokingly named in reference to the word phallus (in other words, only someone "man enough" can eat it). The dish gets its heat from the (at least) 10 hot peppers (including Scotch bonnet and habanero) cooked into each batch. Photo: iStockphoto

Otak-Otak&mdashSoutheast Asia

Indonesians, Singaporeans and Malaysians feast on this spicy fish cake, traditionally served in a steamed or grilled banana leaf. What makes the finger food so spicy? Dried chiles are blended with minced fish, belacan (a dried shrimp paste), galangal (a plant root that looks like ginger but tastes like pepper), candlenuts (an oily seed similar to the macadamia nut), lemongrass, shallots and turmeric. Photo: Shutterstock

Criolli (Creole) Cau Cau&mdashPeru

Thanks to the aji amarillo (a.k.a. yellow chile pepper), Creole cau-cau is the spiciest version of this tripe and potato stew. ("Creole" in general refers to a mix of French or Spanish, African and indigenous American cultures there are also Italian-, African- and Chinese-influenced versions of cau cau.) In fact, aji amarillo is an important ingredient in many Peruvian dishes, from ceviche and salsa to causa rellena (traditional potato salad). Photo: courtesy of Pedro DaSilva/flickr

Griot with Sauce Ti-Malice&mdashHaiti

This pork shoulder dish has "Haitian hot sauce" to thank for its heat. Made with minced Scotch bonnet or habanero chile peppers, apple cider vinegar and a spicy pickled pepper garnish, the sauce was born, according to mythology, when a trickster named Ti-Malice slathered it on his meat to ward off a free-loading lunch-mate. But its spicy-tangy flavor only made it harder for the food thief&mdashand the rest of Haiti&mdashto resist. Photo: courtesy of Dawn Klinghoffer via First Look

Kimchi (seasoned and fermented cabbage), green onions, garlic, tofu, mushrooms and broth are the usual ingredients for this soup. But depending on how many red chile peppers are used, it can range from tolerable to tongue-scorching. Not only is the soup spicy-hot, it's usually served at just-below-boiling temperatures for an all-around sweat-inducing experience. Photo: iStockphoto

Pad Prik Khing&mdashThailand

This dish&mdashwhich is either made with pork and firm veggies or seafood&mdashgets its signature spiciness from prik khing curry paste, as does any Thai dish with the words "prik khing" (roughly translated as "chili ginger") in its name. But whereas the paste&mdashmade of dried red chiles, shrimp paste, onions, garlic, lemongrass, kaffir lime peel and galangal&mdashis usually only used sparingly in other dishes, it is the foundation of this signature curry. Photo: Shutterstock

Jamaican Jerk Chicken&mdashCaribbean

If you're eating Jamaican jerk chicken (or pork, shrimp, shellfish, etc.), then you're eating meat rubbed in the Caribbean's favorite spice mix. While it's usually made with pimento (allspice) and Scotch bonnet peppers (which really bring the heat), habanero, cayenne and jalapeño peppers may also used to achieve its distinct flavor. Photo: Shutterstock

Shrimp Creole&mdashLouisiana, United States

This popular tomato-based Creole dish&mdashfeaturing shrimp, celery, onions, peppers and garlic&mdashgets it spiciness from cayenne, also known as red pepper, but occasionally hot sauce is added as well. Creole cooking is not to be confused with another well-known cuisine in the region: Cajun, though the terms are often (mistakenly) used interchangeably. Photo: Alexandra Grablewski/Getty Images

Sik Sik Wat or Doro Wat&mdashEthiopia

Cayenne pepper and berbere, an Ethiopian spice mixture made with chile pepper, paprika and fenugreek, give these beef and chicken stews all their heat. Though the spice is very similar to what we know as red pepper paste, the unique mixture is distinctly Ethiopian. A variety of Ethiopian stews, including Sik Sik Wot are usually served atop Injera bread, a spongy crepe-like pancake that you rip into pieces and use to scoop up the food. Photo: courtesy of Michelle L. Chang/flickr

Sichuan Huoguo (Sichuan Hot Pot) is a distinctly spicy style of Chinese hot pots, which can be most closely compared to fondue. The dish gets its spiciness from Sichuan pepper oil (huajiao in Chinese) that's added to a broth, which is then heated at the table so diners can cook an array of raw ingredients such as beef, fish, tofu and vegetables, in it before eating. Photo: Travel Ink/Getty Images

Hot Wings&mdashUnited States

Hot wings are served at bars and pubs all over America. But while most eateries make their sauce using jalapeño or cayenne peppers, some restaurants go above and beyond. Case in point: Jake Melnick's Corner Tap in Chicago and Binga's Wingas in Portland, Oregon, whose cooks make their spiciest sauces with the bhut jolokia or "ghost" chile pepper, the hottest naturally growing pepper in the world. Photo: Thinkstock


A thread on the top 10 weird dishes around the globe.

This fertilised duck egg, with its partly developed embryo inside, is boiled alive and then eaten from the shell with salt, chilli and vinegar. You’re supposed to tap a hole in the top of the shell, sup the savoury liquid and then crunch down the rest of what’s inside – feathers, bones and all..

3. White ant eggs soup, Laos

One of the world’s more unusual soups, Gaeng Kai Mot Daeng combines a mixture of ant eggs and partial embryos from the white ant, plus a few baby ants to add sourness. If your stomach can handle it, the flavour is supposedly quite tasty: sharp and delicate, and a little like shrimp.

Corn smut is a fungus that turns normal corn kernels into tumour-like growths covered in blue-black spores. To most people that’s a diseased corncob that needs to be thrown out to the Mexicans, it’s a culinary speciality. They call it huitlacoche (“sleeping excrement”) and enjoy the woody, earthy flavour of the fungus.

Glass of fermented horse milk, anyone? In Mongolia, this isn’t an unusual offer at all. They make a kind of beer called airag by taking a mare’s milk and letting it ferment into a fizzy, sour and slightly alcoholic liquid. It’s traditionally served chilled in a bowl-shaped cup dregs are supposed to be poured back into the main container.

Known as “rotten cheese”, Sardinia’s casu marzu is made from Pecorino that has gone bad – really bad. The larvae of cheese flies (piophila casei) are added to the Pecorino, hatching inside, burrowing around and digesting the fats. The result is a weeping, tongue-burning delicacy that you can eat with or without the maggots.

If you discovered a rotten egg, would you eat it? Someone in ancient China did, lived to tell the tale and now it’s an established delicacy. The eggs (also known as hundred-year eggs or pidan) are covered in clay, ash and salt for months, by which time the yolk is dark green and stinks of sulphur.

Na so dem go dey eat anyting. Small time now everybody go begin wash hand come cover nose and mouth upandan.

Assalamu alaikum Dan uwa
Ina wuni anyi sallah lfy
Dan uwa Dan Allah taimoko Nike so ka mun na kudi
Dan Allah ka taimaka

Assalamu alaikum
Ina kwana yayana
Ka tashi lfy
Dan Allah yayana ka taimaka mun ko yayane
Ko abunci da kyar muke ci
Amma kudin hayan yafi mahimmanci ayanzu
Ka taimekeni Dan Allah da manzonsa

Ki daina hada ni da Allah, na duba thread naki da post naki dukka, dukka roko kike a ciki. Kin San fa roko na da abu daya idan mutum yafara ba zai iya dainawa ba.

Mijin ki aikin meh yakeyi? Yayi karatu ne?

Kefa kinyi karatu ne? Kuna wani sana'a kikeyi ko aiki?

Ke da Mummymahdi monicker daya ne ko?

Ki daina hada ni da Allah, na duba thread naki da post naki dukka, dukka roko kike a ciki. Kin San fa roko na da abu daya idan mutum yafara ba zai iya dainawa ba.

Mijin ki aikin meh yakeyi? Yayi karatu ne?

Kefa kinyi karatu ne? Kuna wani sana'a kikeyi ko aiki?

Ke da Mummymahdi monicker daya ne ko?

There is mix up here, I didn't make this statements why am I receiving answer ! !and for me I remember its once I complained u didn't beg but u suggest u will include me in palliative. Am a widow while this one mention husband pls am a hard worker not a begger ? Some situations just pray u never witness it

There is mix up here, I didn't make this statements why am I receiving answer ! !and for me I remember its once I complained u didn't beg but u suggest u will include me in palliative. Am a widow while this one mention husband pls am a hard worker not a begger ? Some situations just pray u never witness it


As Anthony Bordain would testify, one of the most exciting things about being lucky enough to travel the world is sampling truly authentic local food. Region to region, culinary traditions vary dramatically, reflecting the people, their passions, landscapes and cultures. Sampling the cuisine is one of the best ways to get an understanding of local life. Seek Retreat has compiled a list of some of the world’s most popular dishes from all corners of the world – places you’ll almost certainly want to venture after reading this. But just in case a world tour on your schedule right now, we’ve dug up some of the best authentic recipes to bring the flavors of the world to you. So ready your taste buds for some of the most exotic taste sensations on the planet and get cooking our Top 10: Signature Dishes from Around the World.

Compiled and written by Nicole Muyingo

1) Spain: Paella
Having pawed over most of Spain’s favorite national recipes, I still couldn’t resist the beloved Paella. The culinary equivalent of ‘having it all’ – what could be better than your favorite meats paired with the freshest Mediterranean seafood? Paella can be a tricky, time-consuming dish to prepare, but put the time in and you’ll find it’s definitely worth the effort.

2) Brazil: Feijoada
Grab yourself a Caipirinha! It’s the perfect accompaniment to the rich flavors in this, Brazil’s most popular signature dish. Named after the Portuguese word feijão, meaning beans, this traditional peasant dish is a rich mélange of meats and beans, cooked low and slow in a flavorful broth. Feijoada is usually served with shredded kale or collard greens, streamed rice and an orange slice. Popular weekend fare in Brazil, it’s traditionally shared by friends at daylong gatherings that focus on heart-warming food and spicy gossip.

3) Italy: Fritto Misto
Seeking out the best homemade pizza and pasta while traveling in Italy is a must, but if you want to delve a little deeper into the culture try ordering the not-so-famous but just-as-delicious national favorite Fritto Misto. This iconic Venetian dish demands the freshest local catch so net yourself the best seafood in your area and get creative!

4) Egypt: Ful Medames
Famously described as the rich man’s breakfast, the shopkeeper’s lunch and the poor man’s supper, Ful Medames is Egypt’s national dish. This humble bean stew is in fact eaten by Egyptians from every walk of life, throughout the day and is said to date back to the time of the pharaohs.

5) Japan: Tuna Maki
With 45,000 sushi restaurants in Japan, sushi wins hands down as the most popular cuisine in the country. It may not seem like home-cooking to us but the Japanese are just as content rolling their own at home. You may think you need to lock yourself away with a sushi-making guru for months to master the art but it’s far easier to prepare than you may think. Most seaweed comes with instructions but we particularly liked this instructional video. Once you’ve learned the basic maki-making techniques, you can impress your friends with exotic rolls that taste as good as any Japanese restaurant they may frequent.

6) Jamaica: Jerk Chicken
Made with Scotch bonnet pepper, one of the hottest chilies in the world, Jerk Chicken is not for fainthearted. The Caribbean version of bbq. chicken, Jamaican Jerk’s other secret ingredient is pimento (allspice to you and me) which is indigenous to the island. It’s the plant’s berries that give the chicken its unmistakable flavor. The traditional version of the dish is also slow-smoked over a fire made from pimento wood, but we don’t expect you to try that at home.

7) Mexico: Red Snapper Veracruzana
Who doesn’t love Mexico for its tacos, burritos and enchiladas? But when Mexicans from the south do ‘healthy’ their famous Red Snapper Veracruzana is their go-to dish. The name comes from its origin in the state of Veracruz, which is a long, narrow state stretching along the south of Mexico’s Gulf Coast. So, it’s perhaps not surprising that seafood figures prominently in this area’s cuisine.

8) Russia: Borscht
Borscht plays a central role in Russia’s culinary heritage as well as many of the Eastern European nations. Hot or cold, vegetarian or most popularly with sausages, served hot, Borscht usually contains heavy starchy vegetables including potatoes and beets, carrots or peppers. For the authentic experience, serve it as an appetizer with dark rye bread.

9) China: Yangzhou Fried Rice
Yangzhou Fried Rice is quick and easy to prepare, so grab your chopsticks and get ready to chow down one of Shanghai’s most popular dishes. It’s one of the most versatile dishes you can throw in a pan and have ready in minutes. Yangzhou Fried Rice can be paired with your favorite meats, fishes or vegetables and will literally be ready in a flash.

10) Lebanon: Baba Ghanouj
In Syria and Lebanon, Baba Ghanouj is usually served as an appetizer or side dish but this ubiquitous delight is now served, as part of a Middle-Eastern mezza plate, all over the world. Baba is the word for “father” in Arabic and ghanouj means soft, wanting affection or cuddly. Some believe that the word Baba refers to the eggplant as the “father of vegetables,” and ghanouj to the fact that anyone lucky enough to taste it will be spoiled by its smooth, creamy goodness. What’s for sure is that it’s never better than when it’s freshly homemade. .


1. Tartiflette au Reblochon – France

French cuisine is renowned for its delicate flavors and sophistication. The French menu has an elaborate selection of vegetarian dishes. The Tartiflette au Reblochon is one of the French vegetarian dishes that are worth relishing. While the basic ingredients are just potatoes and onions, reblochon cheese and white wine lend the exotic French flavors to the recipe.

This dish appears on the menu of most French restaurants, and may even be available at a French specialty fine dining restaurant in your city.


100 Bizarre and Strange National Dishes from around the world

May 14, 2018 Nationalfoody

From Bizarre and Strange Animal feces to Bat Soup, these weird foods are served and eaten proudly all over the world, and some are even consider National Dishes.

1. Century Egg – China

A Century Egg is a duck’s egg that is preserved in a mixture of ash, clay, and quicklime for several weeks. This causes the yolk and white to become a dark brown jelly. This strange food has a pungent aroma of sulfur and ammonia.

2. Balut – Philippines

This Bizarre and Strange food is Commonly sold at food bazaars in the Philippines, Balut is a developing duck embryo which is boiled inside its shell.

3. Bat Soup – Palau

One of Palau’s culinary highlights is Bat Soup, a savory broth that includes a whole, cooked fruit bat. The fur is chewed and sucked on to get the full flavors of the bat.

4. Verivorst with Mulgikapsad – Estonia

A Bizarre and Strange food eaten at Christmas time in Estonia is blood sausage. Verivorst is made with fresh pork, pig’s blood, and barley grains. The sausages are eaten with Mulgikapsad, a type of sauerkraut which is cooked with pork.

5. Mountain Chicken Dominica

Indigenous to Dominica, mountain chicken is actually an edible species of frog. Mountain chicken legs are typically coated in flour and fried until golden brown. Dominicans pair it with boiled green bananas and yams. These are called provisions.

6. Surströmming – Sweden

Deemed to be one of the most disgusting foods in the world, Surströmming is also the smelliest. These fermented Baltic herrings are soaked in brine which prevents them from rotting completely. How Bizarre and Strange is this?

7. – Scotland

Scotland’s bizarre national dish is Haggis, a flavorful pudding containing minced sheep organs. It is traditionally encased in the sheep’s stomach and boiled in water.

8. Escargot – France

A unique food to try is Escargot. These are land snails which are cooked in a sauce made of white wine, herbs, and butter. They are always served in their shells.

9. Casu Marzo – Italy

Casu Marzo is essentially rotting cheese. It is eaten along with the maggots in the cheese, which jump when they are disturbed. This unique Bizarre and Strange food is actually outlawed but can be found on the black market.

10. Fugu – Japan

Fugu is a venomous (Toxic Fish!) species of puffer fish which is prepared for consumption by trained and licensed chefs in Japan. It can easily kill a human, but the best chefs are able to prepare it with just a trace of the venom which tickles the tongue but is not enough to do serious harm to the eater.

11. Rocky Mountain Oysters – North America

Although it is named after shellfish, Rocky Mountain Oysters are actually deep-fried bull testicles. To make this strange food, the testicles are peeled and coated in a batter of flour and spices before frying.

12. Kaestur Hakarl – Iceland

Sleeper sharks are poisonous if eaten fresh, so Icelanders allow the flesh to ferment naturally, before being hung to dry for several months. This disgusting food smells strongly of urine due to the high ammonia content.

13. Escamoles – Mexico

This unique food is the perfect filling for tacos. Escamoles are the larvae of a venomous species of ant. They are harvested from the roots of agave plants which are native to Mexico. It is said that Escamoles have the consistency of cottage cheese and taste like nuts.

14. Crispy Tarantula – Cambodia

Deep fried tarantulas are a popular snack in Cambodia and are sold as street food. This weird snack first originated during the Khmer Rouge regime, when starving Cambodians used spiders as a source of food.

15. Jellied Moose Nose – Canada

Jellied Moose Nose is a Canadian delicacy. Moose noses are boiled in a broth of spices, then the meat and broth are allowed to set into a jelly. This weird snack is eaten cold.

16. Airag – Mongolia

Airag is a popular Mongolian beer which is made by fermenting mare’s milk. It is fizzy and slightly alcoholic.

17. Gaeng Kai Mot Daeng – Laos

This unusual recipe calls for a mixture of fresh ant eggs which are cooked in a soup. It reportedly tastes like shrimp. Ant egg soup is a seasonal delicacy in Laos.

18. Kopi Luwak – Indonesia

This bizarre gourmet coffee is produced from partially digested coffee berries. The digested berries are collected from the feces of Asian palm civets.

19. Ikizikuri – Japan

Japanese chefs have found a way to keep seafood alive while still preparing it for consumption. This weird food is sliced, seasoned and served alive while its heart still beats.

20. Mannish Water Soup – Jamaica

This unique recipe calls for goat offal such as intestines, head, feet, and testicles. This is then cooked into a hearty soup together with vegetables and spices.

21. Stargazey Pie – England

This strange food is a baked potato pie which features whole sardines or pilchards which are strategically placed so that their heads poke through the crust to seem as if they are looking at the sky.

22. Ceviche de Criadillas– Peru

Slices of frozen bull testicles are included in this strange variation of Peruvian ceviche. This ceviche is uncooked but lime juice is added which renders the flesh edible.

23. Feseekh – Egypt

Feseekh is sundried fish which is soaked in brine for about forty-five days. Although this gross food is an important part of Egyptian culture, it can be deadly due to botulism bacteria.

24. Fried Octopus Ink Sac – Greece


Primarily served in Kalymnos, this weird food is considered to be a delicious Greek delicacy. The octopus ink sac is carefully removed and boiled, before being deep fried.

25. Mopane Worms – Zimbabwe

One of the most unusual foods in the world is Mopane Worms. These caterpillars are gutted and sautéed with garlic and tomatoes in Zimbabwe. They are also fried and eaten as a snack. what a Bizarre and Strange thing to eat

26. Caviar of Santander – Columbia

This weird snack does not refer to seafood but to ants. Hormigas culonas is a species of ant which are harvested after heavy rainfall. Toasted and salted, they are commonly sold in Columbian markets.

27. Feijoada – Brazil

This popular black bean stew contains less appetizing pig parts such as the feet, tails, and ears. It originated from the slavery era in Brazil.

28. Khash – Armenia

Khash is a hearty winter soup which traditionally contains the feet or head of cows and sheep. It is flavored with plenty of garlic.

29. Curiles – Honduras

Curiles are a type of clam which produces dark, iron-rich blood. In Honduras, curiles are seasoned and served in a bowl of their own blood.

30. Sannakji – South Korea

Flavored with sesame oil, live octopus tentacles are sliced into small pieces and consumed while they are still wriggling.

31. Crocodile Paws – Singapore

Singapore is known for the consumption of crocodile meat, the most popular part is the paw. This strange food reportedly tastes like sea cucumber when cooked in vegetable sauces.

32. Crack Conch with Peas and Rice – Bahamas

This weird recipe calls for the succulent flesh of a giant sea snail called queen conch. The shell is cracked to remove the flesh, which is then battered, fried and served with peas and rice.

33. Cobra Heart Shots – Vietnam

One of the most bizarre foods can be found in Vietnam. Here, live cobra snakes are killed for their blood and hearts. Fresh cobra blood and vodka are served in shot glasses, along with the beating heart of the reptile. How Bizarre and Strange is that?

34. Goong Ten – Thailand

Goong Ten is Thailand’s famous raw shrimp delicacy. Also called Dancing Shrimp, the small crustaceans are served alive and tend to jump and writhe in the serving bowl.

35. Palolo – Samoa

Every year, Samoans harvest these spawning coral worms from the sea. This bizarre food is fried with eggs, baked into bread, eaten with toast and is even enjoyed raw.

36. Drisheen – Ireland

A traditional variety of blood pudding, Drisheen is made from a mixture of cow, pig and sheep’s blood. This bizarre food has a gelatinous consistency and is usually paired with tripe.

37. Del, Jigar, and Gholveh – Iran

Roasted kabobs of heart, liver, and kidneys are one of Iran’s most bizarre foods and they are the most popular street food in market squares and food bazaars.

38. Blood – Kenya

Kenya’s Masaai tribe consumes fresh cow’s blood with milk. This strange food is a staple part of their diet.

39. Nsenene – Uganda

Nsenene are bush crickets which are fried and eaten in Uganda. This bizarre food reportedly tastes like popcorn.

40. Czernina – Poland

This gross food is actually a Polish soup which is made from goose or duck’s blood.

41. Bat curry – Seychelles

To prepare one of Seychelles’ most unusual foods, large flying foxes (a type of fruit bat) are soaked in vinegar and then cooked in a coconut curry sauce.

42. Huhu Grubs – New Zealand

These delicious larvae are endemic to New Zealand and are consumed raw or cooked. This weird food is specially prepared for the Hokitika Wild Food Festival.

43. Bird’s Nest Soup – China

This unusual food is a Chinese delicacy and is made from the swiftlet nests which contain a fair amount of flavorful bird saliva.

44. Huitlacoche – Mexico

This strange food refers to corn cobs which have developed a fungus. The diseased corn is eaten in soups or quesadillas and it is reported to have an earthy taste.

45. Rabo Encendido – Cuba

This strange food is a rich stew made from the tails of oxen.

46. Ackee and Saltfish – Jamaica?

Ackee is a bizarre fruit which is poisonous if eaten unripe. The yellow aril of the mature fruit is used in the preparation of Jamaica’s national dishes a savory stir-fry called Ackee and salted fish.

47. Turtle Jelly – Hong Kong

Made from boiling turtles in herbs for several hours, this bizarre food is considered to contain medicinal properties.

48. Pabellon Criollo – Venezuel

Although beef is the main choice of meat in this national rice and bean dish, Venezuelans also use capybara meat especially during Lent, as Venezuelans consider this large rodent to be a tasty meat substitute.

49. Chuños – Bolivia

This weird food is made by naturally freezing and thawing potatoes on blankets of straw for several days, then trampling them by foot to remove the skins.

50. Cuy – Ecuador

Roasted guinea pig or cuy is one of Ecuador’s most unusual foods.

51. Bread Soup – Latvia

The main ingredient in this bizarre food is stale rye bread, which is crumbled and cooked in a thick brown soup, together with dried fruit, spices and water.

52. Karoo Roast Ostrich Steak – Swaziland

The recipe for Swaziland’s national dish calls for giant slabs of fresh ostrich meat, which are marinated and flash fried.

53. Banana and rice – Somalia

Ripe banana slices are typically eaten together with cooked rice and pasta dishes in Somalia.

54. Kibbeh Nayeh – Lebanon

Lebanon’s national dish is Kibbeh but another variation of this bizarre food contains uncooked lamb and beef.

55. Caltabos – Romania

This unusual food is a Romanian sausage made from minced pig organs, particularly the liver.

56. Chaprah – India

This strange food is a savory Indian chutney which is made from dried red ants and their eggs.

57. Cow’s Tongue – Guatemala

Guatemalans prepare this bizarre food by cooking it in a stew containing olives, capers, and tomato sauce.

58. Spam Musubi – Hawaii

Spam Musubi is a nori-wrapped roll containing a slab of grilled Spam and sticky rice. Hawaiians invented this strange food due to the influx of Spam to the islands.

59. Pickled Herring Salad – Germany

One of Germany’s most unique foods is Pickled Herring Salad which is made by tossing the pickled herrings with onions, pickles, and sour cream.

60. Salo – Ukraine

White pork fat also, called Salo or lard, is one of Ukraine’s national dishes and it is eaten raw or cured.

61. Pig’s Blood Rice Cake – Taiwan

This weird snack is made from pig’s blood, rice, and spices. It is molded onto a stick before being boiled and coated in a mixture of crushed peanuts and coriander.

62. Stuffed Camel – United Arab Emirates

Also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s biggest meal, this strange food is made by stuffing the carcass of a camel with lamb, chickens, fish, eggs, and rice. The entire thing is roasted and served at weddings.

63. Kokorec – Turkey

This weird food is prepared by stuffing goat or lamb intestines with a combination of minced animal organs before roasting it. It is sliced and served on half a baguette.

64. Rosquillas – Nicaragua

This weird snack is a traditional Nicaraguan cookie which contains pig and beef lard.

65. Boiled Locusts – Iraq

Eaten predominantly by the Bedouin peoples of Iraq, female locusts are boiled, dipped in salt and eaten. This bizarre food reportedly has a flavor similar to green vegetables.

66. Bofe – Panama

This bizarre food is a savory mince of cooked cow’s lung.

67. Palusami – Kiribati

Palusami is Kiribati’s most bizarre food, which is prepared by wrapping taro leaves into a little package and stuffing it with coconut cream and onions. This is baked in a traditional earth oven.

68. Shashuka – Libya

Usually served for breakfast, this unique food is made by poaching eggs in a spicy stew made of tomatoes and dried meat such as lamb or beef.

69. Octopus Curry – Mauritius

Octopus tentacles cooked in a spicy curry sauce is considered to be the national dish of Mauritius.

70. Chorizo de Teror – Canary Islands

A unique food to try is Chorizo de Teror, a type of Canarian sausage which is strongly flavored with garlic and leads to an unavoidable case of bad breath.

71. Lap Lap – Vanuatu

This bizarre food is a type of baked casserole made from grated root vegetables. Some variations include flying fox, a large type of fruit bat.

72. Dormouse Goulash – Croatia

Another unique food to try is Gulas od Puh, a hearty mouse stew which is so popular in Croatia, there are dormice festivals held every year to celebrate this bizarre food.

73. Carbonnades Flamandes – Belgium

A bizarre dish served in Belgium is Carbonnades Flamandes which is a hearty stew made of beef and beer.

74. Smalahove – Norway

This bizarre food is a smoked sheep’s head which is boiled for several hours. Diners are served half a head and typically begin eating the eyes and ears first.

75. Boshintang – North Korea

This unusual food is a savory soup which primarily contains dog meat.

76. Rattlesnake – United States of America

Although venomous, rattlesnakes are one of America’s strangest foods. The reptile is deep-fried, baked, stewed or roasted on skewers.

77. Bear Meat – Finland

This unusual food is popular in Finnish cuisine. Diners can try this unique food in a variety of ways such as in meatballs, steaks, and burgers. Bear meat is also sold in a can.

78. Souse – Trinidad and Tobago

This bizarre food is made by pickling boiled chickens’ feet in a spicy broth of lemon juice, onions, hot peppers and cucumbers. Pigs’ feet are also made into souse.

79. Bajan Black Pudding – Barbados

This bizarre food is made by stuffing pigs’ intestines with a mixture of mashed sweet potato and pigs’ blood.

80. Lamprey Stew – Portugal

This strange Portuguese food is made by marinating and cooking sliced lampreys in their own blood.

81. Rooster Cockscomb – Spain

In Spain, this bizarre food is known for its arthritic and skin healing properties. The red cockscombs from rooster heads are either cooked into rice paella or in a stew.

82. Aqutak – Alaska

This weird snack is a type of ice cream that is enjoyed by Eskimos. Served cold, it is a mixture of whipped animal fats and berries. Fat from moose, caribou or seals are normally used to prepare Aqutak.

83. Kuyrdak – Kazakhstan

One of Kazakhstan’s most unique foods is Kuyrdak. It is prepared by boiling the organs (hearts, livers and kidneys) of horses, cows and sheep.

84. Tree Mutton – St. Kitts and Nevis

Tree Mutton refers to the meat of the Vervet Monkey. This bizarre food reportedly tastes like mutton when cooked.

85. Duruka – Fiji

Duruka are unopened sugar cane blossoms. This unique food is commonly known as Fijian asparagus and is usually curried, roasted over an open fire or consumed raw.

86. Mud Cakes – a Bizarre and Strange food of Haiti

This weird food, locally called ‘galette,’ is a small pancake made of clay soil, water, and sometimes salt or margarine. Newly made mud cakes are hardened under the sun and typically eaten by the poor.

87. Stir-Fried Hornets – Bhutan

This unique Bhutanese delicacy is prepared by stir-frying hornets with garlic and ginger.

88. Träipen – Luxembourg

Träipen is a type of sausage which is made with cabbage, minced pig’s head, pig’s blood and along with other offal such as lungs, kidneys, and tongue. It is fried and eaten with apple sauce.

89. Grilled Rat is a Bizarre and Strange food from East Timor

In East Timor, whole rats are gutted and cleaned of fur, then grilled over an open fire.

90. Baak Bpet – Thailand

Marinated in soy sauce and then deep-fried, duck beaks are one of Thailand’s most unique street foods.

91. Swikee – Indonesia

This strange food is actually a savory dish made with frog legs.

92. Langue de Boeuf – France

This unusual food is actually the tongue of a cow. It can be cooked in several ways, usually boiled or in a stew.

93. Kokë Quenji – Albania

This unusual food is served to the guest of honor at the dinner table in Albania. It is a whole, spit-roasted lamb’s head. The brains, cheeks, tongue and chewy cartilage are consumed with white bread.

94. Kitfo – Ethiopia
This bizarre food is raw minced beef which is seasoned with chili peppers and butter.

95. Elephant Soup – Burundi
This unusual dish is prepared by boiling sun-dried elephant meat into a savory soup.

96. Cazuela de Llama is another Bizarre and Strange food from Argentina

This strange food is an Argentinian casserole made with llama meat.

97. Puffin Heart – Iceland
A unique food eaten in Iceland is the heart of a freshly killed puffin. The bird is killed, skinned and sliced open. Most importantly, Icelandic hunters eat the heart while it is still warm.

98. Kiviak – Greenland
Kiviak is prepared by fermenting whole auk birds in a bag made of seal skin. The birds are covered in seal fat and left to ferment for 3-18 months. This bizarre food is served on special occasions and reportedly tastes like matured cheese.

99. Witchetty Grubs – Australia
These moth larvae are rich in protein and are largely eaten by the Aborigines people of Australia. They are eaten either raw or roasted and taste like scrambled eggs.



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