Challenge Your Palate

Challenge Your Palate

FRIED SPIDER
CAMBODIA

A delicacy popular in the Cambodian town of Skuon, fried spider is prepared by marinating it in sugar and salt, and then frying it in garlic. Supposedly, it has more meat on it than a grasshopper, but also has brown slime in the abdomen, which consists of innards, eggs, and excrement. You may get a tingling feeling when you eat it.

BALUT
PHILIPPINES

Should you ask yourself how much you really want to know about the eating habits of your fellow humans, you’ll be shocked by this one. This fertilised duck egg with its partly developed embryo within is boiled alive and then eaten from the shell with salt, chilli, and vinegar. You’re supposed to crunch down the rest of what’s inside – feathers, bones, everything.

HAKARL
ICELAND

Rotten shark may sound disgusting, but if the Greenland shark were eaten in its fresh form it would be fatal. By allowing the shark to ferment and decay, the fish becomes edible, if you can get past the ammonia odour and foul fishy taste. Most first time diners involuntarily gag, and it’s recommended that the fish should be chased with a shot of local spirit.

WASP CRACKERS

JAPAN

Humans have bizarre food choices, so strange that you may question your existence. This is one of them. Wasp crackers are in fact, biscuit filled with wasps. Imagine chocolate chip cookies, only the choco chips are replaced by insects. Moreover, the digger wasps in the cookies have a pretty nasty sting, so, eat at your own risk.

ESCAMOLES
MEXICO

It may look like a grain salad, but this meal is actually made up of ant larvae. Frequently called insect caviar, escamoles are considered a delicacy in Mexican cuisine and its consumption dates back to the Aztec civilisation. Surprisingly pleasant, these little larvae are crisped up with butter or deep-fried and have a nutty taste.

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