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Delicious Delicacies: Do you know what you eat abroad?

Updated on July 11, 2011

It’s a wonderful thing to travel round the world. A lot of tourists are so friendly and are fortunate to meet friendly people in countries they travel to. Some even eat the food without really finding out what it is because it “smells nice”. Always, know what goodies are being served to you or you could be eating any of the following.

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First on the Menu – Silk Worms

I guess this is easy to spot even without your glasses. Silk worms is the main ingredient in a very popular dish in Korea. It used to be made with rotten baby worms, but now they use fresh dead male worms, which are fried in oil. I’m not sure if they are crunchy. Let me know if they are, if ever you are brave enough to eat some, but don’t bring any back for me.

Tasty Worms

Bull's Testicles ready for Frying

Second on the Menu – Bull’s Testicles

There is a place called Moldova (a small post-Soviet country located between Ukraine and Romania) that eats this. They are deep fried and called “Rocky Mountain Oysters”. So, if you are on holiday and the waitress mentions Oysters, remember it might not be real oysters but Bulls Balls.. There is also lamb and pig testicles which are popular for snacking. Mmmmh... Yummy and you can wash it down with a glass of wine.

Fried Rats


Third on the Menu – Rats

(Oh, you should see the look on my face as I type this bit) According to the research I did, rats were eaten in some countries due to starvation as was the case in North Korea. The ancient Romans used to eat it and some European Countries still do - definitely not in United Kingdom.. Then it became a delicacy. I honestly think people just use the word “delicacy” to make the food sound classy and easy to go down.

Shark Fin Soup


Fourth on the Menu - Sharks

Sharks are rich in oil. People practice shark finning, where fishermen slice off the fins of live sharks before throwing them back in the water to drown. The fins are dried and used to make soup in restaurants. Demand for shark fin soup has boomed in Asia - very popular on Wedding Menus. Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, A Campaign to ban shark fin soup is not having much influence on consumers of the popular dish, according to restaurant owners. However, I noticed a new campaign was launched last month, June 2011 in Taiwan called "Love Shark". Maybe, that will make a difference.

Poor Cat...


Finally, Dogs and Cats

There is a place in Africa that I hear eats dogs but the only dogs I have eaten are Hotdogs in bread. People in Vietnam enjoy eating dogs and cats. I have to admit it’s upsetting the way they kill them for food but you know what they say “one man’s meat is another man’s poison”


Vietnamese guys eating the Cat Delicacy

There are many more animals people eat – Elephants, Gorilla’s Turtles, Rabbits but I don’t want to post any more photo’s or go on about it, so that you don’t leave my hub with a bad taste in your mouth.

Wishing you “Bon Appetit” for when you go on holidays. (◕‿◕)


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    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      You should have seen how my face looked like when I read your hub! Arg....I don´t even eat a dogs meat which is eaten in the Philippines, too. I am always careful eating in a chinese restaurant because I heard that some chinese eats snake and Thais eat worms and many other insects. Great hub!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I think I just threw up a little in my mouth. Though... to be honest, I *did* used to pick up my house cat, feel her juicy hind legs, and salivate....

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      I think I would just have to starve! Those things sound terrible. I know they eat paddy rats from the rice paddies in Vietnam as my husband tried them once when he was a Vet and said they weren't too bad. It's not for me however, and I couldn't eat a dog. Very interesting hub.

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      Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Here in Cajun Country,Louisiana,we can't do too much criticizing,we eat Craw Fish,lol.;)

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      JP993 5 years ago from England

      That cat image is too much :(

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh my goodness, The poor little cats and dogs, but i feel the same way about eating a rabbit, squirrel, or a deer. The thought of eating a rat makes me sick YUCK,

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @Thelma - Aaawh, sorry Thelma. I wasn't aware that dogs were eaten in Philippines. Interesting to know.

      @Simone - I know... not to palatable to read but we need to be aware of what's going on round the world. Take care or your cat.

      @Pamela - Thanks for sharing your hubby's experience of eating Rats. I'm with you - I'd rather eat nothing. Glad you stopped by.

      @Mentalist Acer - Crawfish? That's supposed to be good, I think? Cheers. Thanks for stopping.

      @JP993 - Sorry JP. I gave it a lot of thought before including the cat photo and if it's or any help, there were more gruesome photo's of what Vietnamese peeps did to cats. I picked the least gruesome. Take care.

      @Ruby - Oh dear, I didn't know people ate deers....

      Hope I haven't put you off your meal today, but hopefully you'll be prepared for when you travel abroad. :)

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub and thanks for sharing and I vote up . Eiddwen.

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      Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      As an amateur chef, I have experienced many different foods. Some I enjoyed even with knowing what I was eating some not. I try to keep an open mind though about different foods.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      Lady E, This was so clever! You are too smart! This is a good motivator to FAST! Thank you for sharing I NOW KNOW what NOT to eat! If it looks remotely similar to any of the above whenever I travel I will certainly FAST! lol!

      In HIS Love, Peace & Blessings!

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      Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

      You certainly dished up a menu lol. Arrrrgh

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @Eiddwen - thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed it.

      @Dave Matthews - You are very brave. I don't have an open mind when it comes to food. lol.

      @DeBorrah - Lol. Just take my Hub with you. Thanks so much for stopping.

      @Hello Hello - Come and join me on the menu. It will be like the program "I'm a Celebrity get me out of here" where they eat all sorts. lol.

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      Oh Lady_E this is just so gross! It made me feel so sick reading about it and looking at those horrific pictures. Boy am I glad I am a vegetarian! You always find such amazing information. At least I know what to avoid now!! Voting up of course as I always do even though I may sometimes forget to mention it!

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Acaetnna - Aaawh, sorry about the photo's. I really wish I could be a vegetarian but then I keep on smelling bacon and sausages. Maybe I could do it Monday to Friday and eat meat the weekend.

      Best Wishes. :)

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      Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Lady_E: My way of thinking: As a person who has done quite a bit of travelling to many different parts of the world. One learns to at least try the different cuisines. If you do not know in advance what something is, you just might like the taste. True you don't know what you're eating, but when you're hungry and it tastes good, what it is shouldn't make a difference, so long as you do not get sick from it.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Dave - So true.

      Some people would eat food and say how delicious it is, until they get told "hey, that's a snake" then they spit it out and pull funny faces. lol

      Glad you stopped by. :)

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      Victor Mavedzenge 5 years ago from Oakland, California

      I will try anything but not dog or cat meat.They are just such adorable animals. Fascinating hub

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Cheers All a Dream - Me too. I see them as house pets. Glad you stopped by.

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      stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Wonderful hub. It is so interesting to see what is on the menu on some tables. I guess a lot of creatures could be lunch if we are hungry enough. Some people eat people . God Bless you dear heart, and happy Fathers Day to loved ones.

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      Hello stars439 - Thanks for stopping. It's so bad that some people eat others. I hope such things are no longer practiced.

      Have a beautiful weekend.

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