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10 Mind-Boggling Dishes You May or May Not Dare To Try

Updated on July 30, 2019

Every country in the world has its own food culture. Each one is unique and delectable that any individual who comes across it would like to have a taste. However, some of these places also have particularly strange dishes. Your curious nature would like to know what. Here is a list of ten peculiar dishes you may or may not dare to try.

Moving octopus at Hwal Uh Kwang Jang; Credit: Heather Platt
Moving octopus at Hwal Uh Kwang Jang; Credit: Heather Platt | Source

1. Sannakji

Sannakji is a Korean dish made up of live octopus served on a plate. This can be eaten in whole or cut into small bite-size pieces accompanied with dipping sauces, kimchi or alcohol. It has a slimy, chewy texture and the flavor is mild.

Other people declared that it is better than cooked octopus. The challenge is not letting the food escape while you’re consuming it. The place to look for it if you are interested is Seoul’s famous Noryangjin Fish Market. It is recommended that the person eating it should chew the pieces carefully to prevent choking or death.

Japanese Pufferfish - Fugu
Japanese Pufferfish - Fugu | Source

2. Fugu

It is a delicacy from Japanese pufferfish known as Fugu. Despite the fact that it has a highly toxic poison, the dish had been consumed by the locals for a hundred years. It is eaten all over the country and known in different names. The “Fugu capital” of Japan is Shimonoseki, a southwestern region of Japan’s Honshu Island.

The dish preparation is done by a licensed chef and is forbidden to be cooked at home. It is mandated that the Royal Family will not be allowed to eat this delicacy. The cuisine is highly favored despite the fact that it is pricey. Two of its popular dishes are Fugu Sashimi and Fugu Karaage.

Escargot - This image courtesy of Shutterstock
Escargot - This image courtesy of Shutterstock | Source

3. Escargot

Snail is called Escargot in French. Edible land snails are used in this cuisine. It is explained that only a particular type of land snails can be made into this dish. France, Portugal, Sardinia and Spain include this as hors d’oeuvre in their menu.

Escargot is a very expensive delicacy which is cooked with garlic and parsley butter. The snail is purged, killed, removed from their shells and cooked in French cuisine. It is stated to have nutritional benefits such iron, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus.

Thai Dancing Shrimp Salad
Thai Dancing Shrimp Salad | Source

4. Goong Ten

There is a region in Thailand where locals prefer to eat everything raw and Goong Ten is one of their dishes. It is a dish which means “Dancing Shrimp”. It is a living shrimp in translucent form waiting to be consumed.

The raw meat is given a great flavor because of the different sauces that is mixed with it. Fish sauce, chili, herbs and lime juice are often added to it. Sticky rice is often served with the dish. It could also be wrapped in a betel leaf. Restaurants do not cater to this dish but it can be eaten in a local Thai market or in a street vendor.

Adidas is Grilled Chicken Feet.
Adidas is Grilled Chicken Feet. | Source

5. Adidas

It is a term which actually means grilled chicken feet. An ice-cold beer is best to drink after eating this dish. There are times when the chicken feet is included in making the popular Filipino dish, Adobo. The name is based on the chicken’s three feet claws which suggest a resemblance to the logo of the German shoe company, Adidas.

The Department of Animal Science from National Chung-Hsing University in Taiwan has found in its research that the said chicken part possesses huge amounts of collagen, an essential protein which contributes to a healthy and young-looking skin.

Dinuguan is Pork's Blood Stew.
Dinuguan is Pork's Blood Stew. | Source

6. Dinuguan

This is a savory stew which consists of pork and pig blood. In English, this dish is called pork's blood stew, blood pudding stew or chocolate meat. It is prepared by simmering the meat or offal consisting of lungs, kidneys, intestines, ears, heart and snout into a gravy of pig blood with garlic, chilies and vinegar.

The term “dugo” is blood in Filipino where the name Dinuguan is derived. This is identical to the black pudding of Great Britain and the traditional blood sausage of the French called Boudin Noir. The only distinction is that Dinuguan is in the form of a stew unlike its counterparts.

Huitlacoche | Source

7. Huitlacoche

It is kind of difficult when you have just stumbled upon the word. The name is pronounced as whee-tla-KOH-cheh. It is a plant disease which grows on ears of corn as they ripen after the rainy season. A variety of soups, dishes, enchiladas and sauces are made with the use of Huitlacoche.

Some food specialty stores in Mexico sell this canned, jarred or frozen. It is explained that this corn fungus has more protein and lysine than regular corn. Normal kernels do not have essential amino acid than this Mexican truffle.

Kopi Luwak
Kopi Luwak | Source

8. Kopi Luwak

Civet Coffee is the other name for one of the most expensive coffees in the world. In Indonesia, the term coffee is “kopi” while “luwak” is the Asian palm civet located in Sumatra, Indonesia. The cherries consumed by the civet are digested and fermented. It will be released as poop after passing the intestines. The poop is gathered and the coffee cherries are taken out of it.

These coffee cherries are a matter of fact known as poop coffee. It is explained that the beans undergo an alteration during the process of digestion. The flavor is less bitter and it is almost fruity.

Crocodile Meat - Photo Credit: Jenchennifer via Creative Commons.
Crocodile Meat - Photo Credit: Jenchennifer via Creative Commons. | Source

9. Crocodile Meat

It is a widely regarded delicacy in Australia. The meat can be made into a dish with sliced mango and basil sauce. The skin on the other hand is made into belts, handbags or wallets. It is used as a substitute for pork.

The meat is high in protein, low in fat and cholesterol. It is not only delicious but it also good for your heart, lungs and blood circulation. It is known to cure asthma and coughing problems.

Rocky Mountain Oysters - Image Source: Roadfood
Rocky Mountain Oysters - Image Source: Roadfood | Source

10. Rocky Mountain Oysters

This strange delicacy also goes by the name of prairie oysters, mountain tenders, calf fries and cowboy caviar. Rocky Mountain Oysters are actually bull testicles which are popular in Colorado. It is said to be good for boosting the immune system. It is also declared to be a source of protein and zinc.

This dish is consumed in Colorado, Montana and Canada. Consumption of the delicacy is showcased in food festivals. Montana used to dedicate their world-famous Testicle Festival to the dish until 2018.


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