There are so many types of food around the world. Every country has its own unique dishes that you cannot find elsewhere. Here is a list of 8 exotic food around the world that might be worth a try:
- Balut, the Philippines
Balut is a popular street food in the Philippines. It is just like a regular boiled egg except for the fact that it contains a fertilized duck embryo inside. Although many people hesitate to eat it because of its appearance, the embryo supposedly tastes like chicken, and it is rich in vitamin C.
- Natto, Japan
Natto is a traditional Japanese food made from fermented soybeans. It is a typical breakfast dish, often served with soy sauce, karashi mustard, sliced chives, and rice. Although some people do not like its smell and slippery texture, it is a healthy dish that can help reduce cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Many Japanese restaurants use natto in ramen, rice bowls, and sushi.
- Cuy, Peru
Cuy, a traditional Andean entree, is a roasted guinea pig often served with potatoes, beans, and rice. It can be found in Peru as well as in Ecuador and Colombia. Cuy is roasted with seasoning made of garlic, cumin, salt, and pepper. It is said that cuy has a crunchy outer texture and soft meat inside.
- Gopchang, South Korea
Gopchang is a popular Korean cuisine that refers to grilled small intestines. It is first marinated with seasonings and then grilled as barbeque with other meat and vegetables such as onions, mushrooms, and scallions. Many people seek gopchang for its chewy texture.
- Morcilla, Argentina
Morcilla is a Spanish blood sausage stuffed with pig’s blood and other ingredients such as rice, onions, and spices. It is also a part of a Spanish ritual called la matanza, where families and neighbors gather to make chorizo, morcilla, and jamón. Although there are many variations of morcilla, morcilla de Burgos is the most well-known type, which contains garlic, sweet and spicy paprika, and oregano in addition to the regular stuffings listed above.
- Shark Fin Soup, China
Shark fin soup is considered a luxury dish in Chinese cuisine. It is often served on special occasions such as weddings and banquets. Although considered a delicacy, shark fin soup is currently banned in both China and the United States for the cruel way in which the fins are harvested.
- Cuisses de grenouilles, France
Cuisses de grenouilles is a popular French delicacy, whose name directly translates into frog legs in English. Although there are many ways this dish can be served, the most common way is breaded and fried. It is said that these fried frog legs have a similar texture to that of chicken.
- Haggis, Scotland
Haggis is a Scottish dish that reminds many of sausage. However, it is a sheep’s stomach stuffed with a sheep’s liver, heart, and lungs in addition to onions, pepper, and other seasonings. After the stuffings are packed into a sheep’s stomach, it is boiled and served with neeps and tatties, which are mashed turnips and potatoes.
Copyright Irene Jung 2019