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20 Nov 2014
5 Foods You Might Think Are GROSS!

 

People have different tastes when it comes to their favourite food. For some people, there is nothing better than a salty fish, and for others a sickly sweet chocolate cake is their ultimate delicacy. But across the world there are some meals that definitely have an acquired taste!

We’ve put together a Top 5 list that explores some of these gastronomical adventures. How many of them would you try?

 

 

1. Balut

 

If you like Chicken Livers, then this food might be for you! Popular in the Philippines, this meal is a duck embryo that is boiled alive just before it hatches, and eaten right out the shell with a pinch of salt.

 

 

 

 

2. Casu Marzu

 

Everyone loves cheese, right? Well, on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, they have a different way of enjoying this dairy product. The cheese is left for so long that maggots start breeding in the cheese! And yes, people love eating the cheese, maggots and all!

 

 

 

 

3. Fugu

 

In Japan, raw fish is part of a staple diet, rich in protein and low in fat. But a popular fish to eat is not the most easy fish to prepare!

Fugu is the deadly Puffer Fish, which is carefully prepared by cutting out the poisonous glands in the fish. Only specially trained fugu chefs are qualified to make this dish, and because of this it is quite expensive! Would you risk the poison to have this delicacy?

 

 

 

 

4. Hakari

 

In Iceland, a popular treat is pickled shark! Hakari is shark that is cut in to little cubes and fermented over time, because the fresh flesh of the Greenland Shark is poisonous. And the reason WHY it is poisonous is because the shark contains high levels of urea – yep – the same substance found in urine.

People say that the meal has a strong smell of ammonia, which is most definitely because of the urea. Shark snacks, anyone?

 

 

 

 

5. San Nakji

 

Another fishy meal that people either love or avoid entirely comes from South Korea. San Nakji is the freshest sea food you could eat, because it is alive just before it is put on the plate!

The squid is so cut up so recently that the legs are still squirming around your mouth while you chew!

It takes a bit of skill to swallow the tentacles, because they stick to your teeth and tongue as the squid suckers try and hold on, but the taste is apparently like oysters.

 

 

 

 

So how adventurous is your food tastes, would you try any of these meals? Take a look at someone eating San Nakji – or live squid – below to wet your appetitie!

 


 

 
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