When it comes to food, everyone has their favorites. But much of the influence on the foods we eat every day comes from the region in which we live. While it’s true that certain tasty foods have been adopted by countries all over the world, others are yet to be discovered.
Popular dishes that have been recreated in countries other than the ones they originated in include spaghetti and meatballs, pizza, hummus, sushi, crepes, cheeseburgers, pierogi, and jambalaya, just to name a few. If you’re craving something outside of the box, check out the following list of bizarre foods we bet you haven’t tried yet.
Frog Sashimi from Tokyo
Served with frog that is still alive, a Tokyo restaurant is serving up sashimi made from a frog’s live beating heart. The restaurant that serves this dish intends to improve virility by cutting open the frog right in front of you and serving its heart. The rest of the sashimi is chopped up chilled and raw seafood. In other words, you’ll be eating cold and uncooked frog flesh.
In other parts of Japan, live seafood may be enjoyed in the sashimi preparation. While fish are typically used, other sea life such as shrimp, octopus and lobster may also be eaten alive. The fish is usually cut open without being killed and served with the heart still beating. The mouth typically still opens and closes.
Eskimo Ice Cream
Ice cream sounds like a delicious treat, right? It depends on who you ask. Eskimo ice cream is made of reindeer fat. It may also include a mixture of other animals such as seal or moose, fish, dried salmon eggs, or berries. Eskimo ice cream is served creamy and cold just like traditional ice cream. Although the traditional Eskimo ice cream is not made with sugar or any sweetener, many modern versions of Eskimo ice cream are.
Traditionally, Eskimo ice cream was made with berries, whipped fat, salmonberries, cranberries, blueberries, and cloudberries in addition to tundra greens, fish, and animal oil or fat. The meat and fish usually included reindeer tallow, whitefish, and walrus or seal oil. If you go to Alaska today, you may find recent versions made to be tastier with milk, sugar and Crisco.
Durian Fruit from Thailand
Also known as the forbidden fruit due to its smell, durian fruit is made of four seeds that are covered with a creamy flesh. Durian fruit is so smelly that it is illegal to carry one in public throughout many airports in Southeast Asia. You can enjoy durian fruit by breaking it open and eating the flesh.
Durian fruit is considered to be the king of fruit to many people in Southeast Asia. It is a large fruit that is covered in thorn husks. It can grow to approximately one foot long and 6 inches in diameter. It typically weighs in at 2 to 7 pounds and has a greenish brown color.
Blood Pudding from Europe and Asia
If Dracula had a favorite food, blood pudding would be it. Also known as black pudding, blood pudding is made from cooked animal blood and fillers such as potatoes, fat or grains. It is typically served with fried eggs, tomatoes, bacon, sausage, potatoes, and toast. Black pudding is a type of blood sausage that is common in Ireland. Generally, it is made with pork blood, pork fat or beef suet. It usually has large amounts of oatmeal added to it.
Head Cheese from Europe
Don’t let the name fool you. Head cheese does not contain cheese. Head cheese is made by skinning the head of a pig, cow, or sheep and then removing all its organs. Then the head is cooked in water. Once the head is tender, it is chopped up and added to a cooking liquid. When it’s cool, the mixture looks like a gelatin that can be served on sandwiches or salads.
Khash from the Middle East, Turkey and East Europe
Khash is a dish made of cow’s head and feet. Other cow parts may be included in the dish, including the stomach. The dish is made by cleaning and depilating the cow’s feet. Then they are stored in cold water to get rid of the smell. Once they are odor free, the cow’s feet are boiled in water for several hours until a thick broth is made and the meat and bones have separated. The dish is served hot and spices are added according to one’s taste. This dish is often served with vodka or mineral water.
Tuna Eyeball from Japan
Although tuna eyeball doesn’t need much explanation, the cooking process may. Tuna eyeball can be found in Japanese markets for around a pound. The taste is said to be similar to squid. The eyeball is packaged with surrounding fish fat and muscles, which add to the flavor of the dish. Cooking methods include boiling and then seasoning to taste.