We’ve all experienced some foreign cuisine at some point in our lives that differs a little from what we are use to. It can be nice to step outside the box for a change and try something different like sushi, sauerkraut, or fish eggs. However if you are up for a more extreme food adventure then you may want to try some of these terrifying foreign foods. Here are the top 4 most horrific and terrifying foods in the world.
This is a dish that comes from Italy, and is an interesting contrast to the usual delicious Italian cuisine. . Casu Marzu is sheep cheese that is filled with “cheese fly” larva. The larvas are translucent and can jump about half a foot in the air. As if that wasn’t enough the larva can pass through the stomach undigested, and sometimes can hatch in the lower intestines causing all kinds of problems. As if the larva weren’t enough the cheese itself seeps a pungent foul smelling liquid when prodded.
Dead Mice Wine
Considered as a healthy drink in some countries in Asia dead mice wine is exactly what it sounds like, dead mice in wine. The mice are taken when they are still babies and stuffed into the bottle of rice wine. They then ferment along with the wine creating that great dead mice wine flavor we all know and love. This drink is for the super adventurous type, but just be careful not to swallow one of the mice when you take a swig.
Our next dish on the menu of most horrific foods of the world is known as Balut and comes from Southeast Asia. Balut are basically incubated duck eggs boiled alive just as the fetus is beginning to develop. Be careful when eating one of these as you will most likely come across a duck beak, some feathers, and crunchy bones. Most individuals stray away from eating the duck fetus part of the egg, but if you’re up for it give it a shot!
People in Scandinavia have all kinds of great fermented fish recipes, and by great I mean terrible. I have personally tried fermented Herring in Sweden, known as sustrumming, and won’t soon forget the experience as the smell alone of the fermented fish was intoxicating. However the people of Norway have their own version of fermented fish known as Lutefisk. This is fish that is fermented in Lye, and riddled with larva. In conjunction with the fact that rotting fish taste horrible the lye solution in which the Lutefisk is situated in is extremely harmful and toxic. If you are adventurous enough to taste this dish be sure not to use expensive silverware or get any on your skin as it will cause chemical burns and dissolve your silverware!