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Wacky Foods From Asia

Updated on May 19, 2009
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For some people experience the new and strange food will give its own sensation. When you visit a new country, you will probably won't miss their local and traditional food. Do you know, that people usually eat food that is common in their neighborhood. That's why when you traveling to some exotic countries you may find some strange and wacky food that you will never eat it before or even think to eat it. In some Asian countries insects like cockroach, grasshopper, flies, beetles, bees, and some locus are common to eat. Like in Thailand, you will find those strange insects as a snack in local markets. In Indonesia especially in the Eastern part, people used to eat bats as a medicine, they believe that bats could cure the asthma. But those foods are not as wacky as food below

Live Baby Octopus

Eating Baby Octopus For Dinner

Living Baby Octopus in South Korea.

People in South Korea used to eat baby octopus in a live condition. Yes..I assure you the octopus is still alive and they eat it with some sauces. Baby octopus is an expensive and fine food there it's about $10 for two pcs.  Korean people believe that eating live baby octopus will increase their health and stamina. I wonder why they don't just eat fruits or vegetables..:)
The baby octopus or in Korean is called sannakji is cutted up and serve with soju a Korean traditional wine and some kind of saseme oil. But eating live baby octopus could be very dangerous. You could be chocked by the tentacles because the tentacles are moving and writhing and sucking everything. The tentacles may prevent your respiratory in fact there was a man who nearly dead because of this food. People who has eaten this food said that the taste is more like jellyfish appetizer in some Chinese food but it thousand times more chewy. As for me, I would rather have this food cooked.

Eating Monkey Brain

Monkey Brain in China and Japan

Many years ago when I was a kid my mom told me a story about Japanese soldier that ate the monkey brain alive. She told me that the Japanese soldier catched monkeys in Kalimantan (Borneo) and ate the monkey brain. I thought it just a story that my mom had made up  but now I  found out that monkey brain is really some kind of fine dishes in China and Japan. Only now they eat it in a moderate way not in alive condition anymore. Many years ago monkey brain is served inside the monkey head and the brain is still has its pulse. Sorry if I make you lost your appetite. But it just fun to watch those wacky foods. Actually I don't have any guts to eat it.



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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi J, I don't understand what u mean, I never wrote that monkey brain is served in Korea. Please read carefully at my hub, I wrote : People in South Korea used to eat baby octopus in a live condition.

      Baby octopus or sannakji.

      And about monkey brain, I wrote it served in Japan and China.

      People in Cambodia also eat monkey brain :

      And there was a horrible story about how brutal they consumed the monkey brain here :

      I really think people should stop consuming the monkey brain, it's horrible.

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      7 years ago

      Hello? Did you read carefully about above comments? The monkey brain is never ever served in Korea. It is really expensive to have one monkey as your own, even it's very rare to see, probably only in the zoo. And it will be most probably coming from China or Japan or Indonesia. How come do you say it is in Korea? By the way, San Nackji is serving in Korea, if someone liked snail, you might like it, too. If you goole it, you will find it's done by Chinese, please get and correct information and share.

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      Niall 7 years ago

      Funny? There's nothing funny about having tables designed especially for eating monkey brains. What they do(and still do in Korea) is sit the monkey under the table, push his head up through the hole in the centre of the table into a special contraption which then chops the top of his skull off while he/she is still alive. Then the people proceed to dip their bread in his brains while he screams.

      It's a very sick thing to do. Sometimes I despair of the human race.

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      febriedethan 8 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi DeBorrah, Good to see you here, I'm glad if you like my hub, thank you :)

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago


      This was an interesting hub!

      I have learned some interesting things about various cultures and wacky foods. You have presented them in a funny, humorous way!

      Thank you for sharing.


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      febriedethan 8 years ago from Indonesia

      I don't think snail is a wacky food sir, I have tried the snail and it taste good :) People in France eat escargot (a kind of snail too right ?)

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      Bbudoyono 8 years ago

      How about snail ? Do you have any description about it ?

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      febriedethan 8 years ago from Indonesia


      thank's for stopping by, you're right those wacky foods are nightmare, but some people really enjoy them.

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      glassvisage 8 years ago from Northern California

      Great idea for a Hub! Wacky things are great to read about, and Asian food is definitely wacky! Ugh... monkey brains...