I always say I will try any food at least once. This unfortunately has come back to haunt me in a few instances. Today’s post will go in depth about 7 bizarre foods I have eaten. Most of them were pretty disgusting, but a few are actually really delicious and I highly recommend trying them!
It was a tipsy night out on Khao San Road and we stumbled upon a nice lady selling scorpions. My friends suggested I try one and there was no way I could turn down the opportunity to try a scorpion for the first time. The Thai lady fed me the scorpion and the taste was really crunchy and dry. I highly suggest having a water or beer ready to wash down the scorpion! You can watch the Video Here!
(The look on her face is priceless!)
#2 Live Octopus (Sannakji)
In Korea, a traditional dish of live octopus is quite common and can be found at every fish market. You start by picking out an octopus, then you bring it to a restaurant and the octopus is cut up and served immediately, while it’s still moving! Eating live octopus in Korea was quite intimidating, but it actually wasn’t too bad. The taste was quite underwhelming and the texture is quite chewy. The octopus is still moving and the tentacles are sticky, so make sure you chew a lot before swallowing. Sannakji is normally served with oil and goes down great with soju or beer.
Kangaroo is the national symbol of Australia and one of the few countries in the world that actually eat their national animal. Kangaroo’s are overpopulated, so hunting Kangaroos is actually quite popular. Regardless of your views of eating these cute animals, Kangroo meat is healthy and extremely lean! Kangaroo meat can be bought at every major chain of grocery stores in Australia.
#4 Silkworms (Beondegi)
Korea has made the bizarre food list a few times and Silkworms definitely deserve to be on the list. In Korea, Silkworm pupae are normally boiled or steamed and in my opinion, taste disgusting. Most expats will agree! (Keep reading to see the worst tasting food I have ever eaten)
Throughout Australia, there are a lot of dangerous animals. One of the deadliest is also one of the tastiest! I tried Crocodile pizza at The Australian Heritage Hotel in Sydney. I would highly recommend trying it out on your visit down under.
#6 Frog Legs
Frog Legs are normally considered a French or Chinese delicacy, but can also be found in the South and of course my home state of Missouri! The thought of frog legs might seem unappealing, but they are extremely appetizing. The first time I tried frog legs was in a famous Missouri restaurant called Lamberts, which is located in Sikeston, Missouri. Lamberts is certainly worth checking out and is home of the thrown roll! (Yes, they throw food to/at you).
I decided to save the worst for last! This is by far the most disgusting thing I have ever eaten. It might look appetizing, but don’t be deceived! Hongehoe is traditional Korean food made from fermented skate fish. It is normally served with Kimchi (Fermented Vegetable) and bossam (a pork dish that I also don’t really care for, but at least it’s edible). Hongehoe, literally checks off all the things that make you want to gag. 1st the smell is horrendous! It smells like amonia and stinky fish. 2nd. The texture is like chewing into cartilage, it’s extremely hard and chewy. 3rd. The taste. Oh man the taste is something I have never experienced before. It is truly unique. I can’t wrap my head around why people would ever eat this horrible dish.
What is the worst or most bizarre food that you have tried?