10 of world’s most unusual foods

It may look like chicken, but in Taiwan you can never be sure...
It may look like chicken, but in Taiwan you can never be sure...
While much of the fun of travelling revolves around new experiences, even the most adventurous explorers may draw the line at trying certain foods.

1. Pig’s Blood Cake (Ti hoeh koe); Taiwan

In Taiwan, pig’s blood cake is sold on a wooden stick and eaten like ice cream. Easily found at street markets, it’s a sweet treat generally made from pig’s blood and rice.

2. Live Octopus; South Korea

Unlike calamari which is dead and still, octopus in South Korea often arrives at the table alive and moving. Connoisseurs of the dish say it’s best to eat quickly.

3. Grasshopper; Uganda

Caught during the rainy season and eaten cooked or raw, these are a perennial favourite. Sold with or without wings and legs, they are easily found at the local markets.

4. Pigeon; France

While considered a dirty street animal by many, this poultry dish is an expensive and much-loved delicacy that graces the plates of some of the country’s finest restaurants. Considered to have a robust flavour, it still struggles to gain culinary acceptance in much of the world.

5. Durian; Malaysia

Some Malaysian hotels put up signs banning the durian. The ultra-strong aroma of this spiky fruit may turn off tourists, but many Malaysians love its doughy taste.

6. Lutefisk; Norway

Marinated in lye, this gummy fish takes days to prepare and is described as one of the most vile-tasting foodstuffs ever created. In spite of this less-than-tasty reputation, it remains hugely popular in this part of the world. Lutefisk is one of the oldest Norwegian Christmas traditions. Some say it’s the original Christmas dinner! 

7. Grubs; Australia

These white, high-in-protein snacks are actually the larvae of moths and an important insect food of the desert, once a staple in the diets of some Aboriginals.

8. Snake Wine; Vietnam

Said to have medicinal properties, this strong cocktail is best downed quickly. Not only is it made from snake blood, it’s bottled with a snake inside and occasionally other creatures, like scorpions.

9. Donkey; Italy

Sliced and eaten much like prosciutto, this sandwich meat can be found — and accidentally ordered — fairly easily in the country’s bars.

10. Ostrich; South Africa

Low in cholesterol and considered healthier than other meats, the ostrich is becoming more and more popular all over the world. Everything from ostrich burgers to omelettes made from the bird’s eggs are turning up on menus.



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