03 July 2010

7 Kind of Strange Food. Wanna Try?

1. Balut
A balut is a fertilized duck egg with an undeveloped embryo inside that is boiled and eaten in the shell. It is considered delicacies of Asia, especially in the Philippines where it is popularly believed to be an aphrodisiac and considered a high-protein, hearty snack. Baluts are mostly sold by street vendors at night in the regions where they are available. Regarded as an "exotic" food, baluts are often served as side dishes or appetizers in drinking (liquor) sessions. 

2. Sannakji
It consists of baby octopus that has been cut into small pieces and served immediately, usually lightly seasoned with sesame and sesame oil. The octopus pieces are usually still squirming on the plate. Because the suction cups on the arm pieces are still active when the dish is served, special care ought to be taken when eating sannakji. The active suction cups can cause swallowed pieces of arm to stick to the mouth or throat. 

3. Casu Marzu
An Italian sheeps milk cheese from Sardinia. It is known as "maggot cheese" because it is notorious for being full of maggots and the cheese is outlawed in the EU because of it. It can be found on the black market in Sardinia and the name itself means "rotten cheese". Similar to Pecorino, this cheese goes past fermentation into a stage called decomposition caused by the digestive action of the cheese fly larvae. The larvae are incorporated into the cheese on purpose, to achieve this higher fermentation and to break down the cheeses' fat. The texture is soft and gooey. The larvae appear as small white worms. These worms can launch themselves up to 6 inches, so diners hold their hand above the sandwich on which the cheese is often served to prevent the worms from jumping into their eyes. Sardinians believe this cheese to be an aphrodisiac.

4. Fugu
Fugu is the Japanese word for the poisonous puffer fish, filled with enough of the poison tetrodotoxin to be lethal. Only specially-trained chefs, who undergo two to three years of training and have passed an official test, can prepare the fish. Some chefs will choose to leave a minute amount of poison in the fish to cause a tingling sensation on the tongue and lips as fugu can be quite bland. Fugu contains lethal amounts of the poison tetrodotoxin in the organs, especially the liver area and ovaries, and also the skin. The poison, a sodium channel blocker, paralyzes the muscles while the victim stays fully conscious, and eventually dies from asphyxiation. Currently, there is no known antidote, and the standard medical approach is to try to support the respiratory and circulatory system until the poison dissipates.

5. Hakarl
Hákarl or kæstur hákarl (Icelandic for "fermented shark") is a food from Iceland. It is a Greenland or basking shark which has been cured with a particular fermentation process and hung to dry for 4-5 months. Hákarl has a very particular, eye watering, ammonia-rich smell and fishy taste. It is an acquired taste and many Icelanders never eat it, at least not without downing copious quantities of Brennevin to mask the flavour.

6. Rocky Mountain Oysters
This is a deep-fried testicles of a buffalo, bull or boar. Rocky Mountain oysters (also called Prairie Oysters) are well-known and regularly enjoyed, in certain parts of the United States and Canada, generally where cattle ranching is prevalent. The testicles are peeled, boiled, rolled in a flour mixture, and fried, then generally served with a nice cocktail sauce.

7. Bugs
The practice of eating insects for food is called entomophagy and is fairly common in many parts of the world, with the exceptions of Europe and North America (though bugs are apparently a favorite with the television show "Fear Factor"). It is not uncommon to find vendors selling fried grasshoppers, crickets, scorpions, spiders and worms on the streets of Bangkok, Thailand. Insects are high in protein and apparently consist of important fatty acids and vitamins. In fact flour from drying and grinding up mealworm can be and is often used to make chocolate chip cookies.

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--Azura's Notes: Yikes! I surrender, i cannot eat that!

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