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Top 10 Most Disgusting Foods

Updated on February 8, 2012
Monkey Brains (cuisine)
Monkey Brains (cuisine) | Source


Primarily consumed in China Monkey Brains are considered a delicacy. Historically monkey brains have been eaten raw and even directly from a live monkey however in this day and age they are primarily cooked and eaten as part of a prepared meal. The practice of eating monkey brains as cuisine has lessened over time possibly due to several species being endangered possibly due to modern times presenting more edible options to the populace.

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2. GAU JAL (cow urine softdrink)

In development however this is a real product and will be something that is mass marketed in India very shortly. Although this new soft drink will contain other ingredients it's majority ingredient will be cow urine. It will be marketed under the name Gau Jal which means "cow water," in english. Despite what many may think there is strong commercial financial backing for this product and many in India can't wait to try it out!

Casa Marzu cheese with live maggots
Casa Marzu cheese with live maggots | Source

3. CASU MARZU CHEESE (with live maggots)

Casu Marzu which actually means "rotten cheese" in Italian is sheep milk cheese that cotains live insect larvae or as we simple folk call them maggots. The larvae are added to the cheese initially and over time the cheese is brought to a point beyond normal fermentation where the cheese begins to break down or rot. The cheese can then be consumed still containing the live larvae.

For a time the cheese was actually declared illegal due to possible health risks however it has been declared a traditional food by the European Union as it has been made for hundreds (possibly thousands) of years. There still is controversy over consumption of the cheese as insect larvae are able to pass through the entire human digestive system alive and thus cause health problems.

Century Egg (rotten to perfection)
Century Egg (rotten to perfection) | Source


The Century Egg primarily consumed in China and other asian countries are quail, duck and other eggs that have been preserved for a period for later human consumption. Basically they are not refrigerated for several weeks to several months until the yolk becomes dark green while the white of the egg becomes brown.

Apparently at this point it brings out a flavor that people can enjoy. So while many may consider this to be a very rotten egg to others it may be a very tasty snack.

Bulls you know what
Bulls you know what | Source


Bull penis although primarily used to make dog treats is also consumed by humans. It is often called "Pizzle" and in other parts of the world "cow cods" (which makes little sense as cows do not have a penis). Occasionally bull penis can be consumed raw but is primarily used in soups, smoked, or ground into a paste that is sometimes added to alcoholic drinks.


Lutefisk is made from aged fish and lye. Prepared as a gelatinous dish it has a very strong odor and is primarily a food prepared in scandinavia(Sweden, Norway and Finland). Lutefisk must be prepared very carefully or the fish can literally turn into soap due to the high content of lye. Despite it's difficulty in prepartaion and powerful odor it is prepared and eaten by many.


Kumis is fermented mare (female horse) milk which once fermented has little lactose and thus can be an alternative for those who are lactose intolerant. Horse milk must be fermented in this way properly and consumed in moderation as it can be a very strong laxative. It is also mildly alcoholic when completely fermented.

Sea Urchin Gonads
Sea Urchin Gonads | Source


I've been told that this is best served live. Taking the live sea urchin you much break it open and remove it's gonads which are the edible part of the creature. Seemingly in most regions of the world where it is consumed it is raw not cooked. Some consume the gonads directly others use them in soups and as substitutes for butter and other sauces.

Canned Chrysalis
Canned Chrysalis | Source

9. CHRYSALIS (caterpillar larvae)

Primarily an asian dish Chrysalis is the stage that caterpillars go through when changing into a butterfly. These are often cooked while live and turn golden brown and then consumed. However as a marketed product that has a shelf life it is sold in cans after it is dead.


Rooster testicles can be eaten raw or cooked. I think the disgusting factor is pretty evident but many people like rooster testicles and they are considered a delicacy in certain parts of the world.

Rooster Testicles
Rooster Testicles | Source


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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Mrs. Menagerie - true these are some bad dishes :)

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      Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo

      Uuuugh! Yup, really, REALLY disgusting! But a good hub!

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      sgbrown - lol, it would be dunny if hubpages did have gross on the list! I wonder if it would be a good or bad in this case though? Thanks for reading and commenting :)

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      OMGosh! I had to skip a couple of those...I have eaten "Mountain Oysters", which is bull testicles. That really sounds gross when I type it! I have also eaten "Turkey Fries", which is turkey testicles. Both of these were breaded and fried when I ate them. They were both pretty good. Very interesting information. I wish I had not just eaten lunch though! LOL Voted up and interesting, since gross isn't on the list. :) :) :)

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      frogyfish - yep it's yuck to the max for sure!

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      frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

      Absolutely really really gross! You get a '10'. Yuk! ;-)

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      hazelwood4 - blood pudding, ewwww!!!

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      hazelwood4 6 years ago from Owensboro, Kentucky

      Oh, my, my, people eat some really disgusting foods. HE HE Have you ever heard of Blood Pudding? It is really gross too!

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      Veronica Roberts 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Haha This is an AWESOME hub! I would never try any of this, but it's quite entertaining to read about and see!

      Steve - you're brave!

      Definitely voted "up"!!

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      Jlava73 - lol, well it would be good to remember not to order these for sure.

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      Candle Hour 6 years ago from North America

      he he, well at least you tried it Steve LePoidevin, you have more guts than I do.

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 6 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      You are right, soooooo Gross. I'm printing this and putting in my suitcase in case I ever visit a place where any of these are so called delicacies. Thanks voted up of course. Too bad I can't vote "Must Read"

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      Steve LePoidevin 6 years ago from Thailand

      Since I live in China, I had to check this out! A couple of years ago, I had a culinary dish of stir-fried rooster testicles and bull penis at a local restaurant with some of my Chinese biker friends, so there you go :) It was the first and last time but it really wasn't that bad.