Most people hunting foods that taste delicious with mouthwatering visual. However, there are also foodies who are on more extreme sides. They like foods that are considered extreme for others. Every culture usually its own strange, weird, or extreme foods that outsiders might feel a little bit queasy to even try. Extreme delicacies usually come with strange visual, weird taste, or even unusual cooking method. And if you feel brave enough, challenge yourself to try these extreme delicacies from around the world!
Balut from Philippines
For those who are not FIlipino, this food can be hard to even swallow. This food is a partially develop chicken or duck embryo boiled alive. To enjoy this food, tap a hole on the top of the shell. Slurp the liquid that has been added with salt and vinegar before. Then, enjoy the rest on your own risk. This is a special delicacy prepared and served during festival or other special occasions. With its rise popularity, many international are looking for this extreme dish and you can find it in most local Filipino restaurants.
Cobra Heart from Vietnam
Another delicacy from Asian country is Cobra Heart. This Vietnamese food is a little bit extreme because it is literally made from cobra’s heart. The extreme thing about this dish is that you eat it fresh from the cobra’s inside. The heart is cut off and dropped in a shot glass of rice wine along with snake blood. So you practically eat or you can say drink raw cobra’s heart. It is said that you will gain virility from eating cobra’s heart.
Medama from Japan
Medama means tuna eyeballs, considered an extreme dish you can find in Japan. Tuna eyeballs are considered one of the most popular delicacy for Japanese. They can be cooked in many ways such as boiled, fried, stewed or steamed. Most Japanese like to prepare tuna Medama by boiling tuna eyeballs in water and season them with sugar, soy sauce, mirin, and or sake. This dish is said to be high in omega 3.
Hakarl from Iceland
Hakarl is decomposed shark carcass, a dish invented by the Vikings during the time when they had to conserved food as much as possible. Hakarl is made from Greenland sharks that are known to be poisonous for human. Hence, the sharks are fermented for six to twelve weeks under the rock and sand to remove all the poison. The taste of fermented shark meat is easy to imagine. Oh, be aware of the strong smell that will assault your nose once it is served.
Casu Marzu from Italy
Casu Marzu means maggot cheese and is considered extreme food because well, it is probably the grossest cheese in the world. Pecorino cheese is often chosen as the breeding home for maggots. The larvae flies are digesting the fats of the cheese. This process of fermentation causes its taste to be unimaginable. This dish is known to be generations old culinary delicacy but declared illegal due to its norm of sanitation.