As you saw in my last post, I am a self-proclaimed picky eater. I think lots of different foods are just downright gross. But, what about the foods that are just weird, odd, or downright strange? Not just to picky eaters like myself but to most people in the world? Here is a list of 10 strange restaurant delicacies from around the world that make even the most adventurous foodies go “Wait, what?”.
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Americans are known for some of their crazy dishes. Most of these plates are over sized meals, strange combinations of two dishes or a twist on a familiar plate. The brain sandwich does not fit into either of these categories. Though this dish simply looks like an over sized hamburger, instead of biting into a juicy beef patty you’ll be biting into the brain of a calf. Ick. Some restaurants have switched to using pig’s brains as a precaution against mad cow disease but you can still get the calf brain at several mom and pop eateries in the Ohio River valley.
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Too many legs for me I can tell you that! These creepy crawlies are fried and seasoned with salt, garlic and chili. Foodies who have braved this dish say it tastes like a mix of cod and chicken. They also say there is a contrast in texture between the crunch of the outer shell and the soft meat inside. Some very adventurous foodies eat the entire thing, organs and all while others simply eat the leg meat.
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This dish, also known as Cuy Asado, simply features grilled guinea pig. Not one to show any rodent lovers that’s for sure. The dish can be served whole or cut up into bite sized pieces. Guinea pigs are often used for food in Ecuador and Peru, dating back to pre-colonial times. They often use a fermented corn drink to marinate the meat before cooking, but this can be substituted with beer. It is often served with rice, potato wedges and occasionally peanut sauce.
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Haggis is a dish served in Scotland that consists of a sheep’s heart, liver and lungs minced together with vegetables and spices. This is then wrapped in a casing, but authentic haggis is wrapped in the sheep’s stomach. According to the 2001 English edition of the Larousse Gastronomique: “Although its description is not immediately appealing, haggis has an excellent nutty texture and delicious savoury flavour”. Yeah, I’m just going to trust the experts with this one.
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I first heard about this dish when it became an inside joke at the office. HelpMeOrder Co-founder Peter Francis found an article about a bar that had their best dehydrated toe stolen. What? We then researched to find the Sourtoe Cocktail club served a cocktail with a dehydrated toe inside. We couldn’t believe it existed and even told the other HelpMeOrder co-founder Mina Michail at our next company meeting. To date over 100 000 people have joined the Sourtoe club by drinking the cocktail. I don’t think I’ll be joining that club anytime soon.