Of course, “weird food” is a bit judgemental. Often we Westerners or Europeans simply don’t realize how tastes and food have changed over the years. What we consider weird food is very often the type of diet that the peasants or the rich would eat. It was all dependant on what was seasonal and available. I mean after all they used to consider lobster and crab weird food until they became the food of the rich and none of us could initially afford it.
- Silkworm Larvae in South Korea
They smell worse than they look and they don’t look too appetizing but they taste surprisingly nutty. If you can get past the smell they taste surprisingly not bad. I wouldn’t say they are delicious but they are definitely a good source of protein and dirt cheap!
2. Chicken’s Feet — East Asia, Caribbean, South America and South Africa
Considering how many places it’s eaten, perhaps it’s unfair to deem this weird. Still, it’s made mostly of skin making it a little gelatinous in texture. They’re pretty tasty when flavoured properly, but the bones get on your nerves after a while.
Khash — Middle East, East Europe and Turkey
A pretty gruesome little dish made up of stewed cows feet and head. It was once a winter comfort food but is now considered a delicacy. I’m sure it’s fine, so long as you don’t mind that grinning skull staring at you through its cold dead eyes.
Tuna Eyeballs — Japan
Although it sounds nasty, apparently it’s rather tame, tasting pretty similar to squid or octopus. None of the gunk you’d normally associate with slicing up eyeballs then?
Bat soup, Western Africa
Bats are not only served in soups, but also grilled to a crisp and stir-fried with vegetables. The Toma and Guerze people of Guinea have been consuming bats since time immemorial, yet considering the fact that they also eat monkeys and rats one would assume the risk of diseases spreading is considerable nonetheless.