Strange Food You Can Eat From Around The World

A list of not so tasty foods that are popular around the world

After posting about 9 odd drinks you won't want to try, I thought I would construct a similar list but this time with food. Don't try and barf too much, will you?


Balut is a popular street food in Southeast Asia, particularly in the Philippines. It is a fertilized duck egg that is boiled and eaten directly from the shell. The embryo inside the egg is partially developed, with feathers, beak, and bones visible. While some people enjoy the unique taste and texture, others will find it repulsive just due to its appearance and the idea of eating a partially formed bird.

Casu Marzu: 

Casu Marzu is a traditional Sardinian cheese that takes fermentation to a whole new level. It is made from sheep's milk and left to age until it becomes infested with live insect larvae called cheese skippers. These maggots break down the cheese, creating a soft and creamy texture. The cheese is consumed along with the larvae, which can jump up to 6 inches when disturbed. Due to health concerns and potential risks of consuming live insects, Casu Marzu has been banned in many countries, but can still be bought in some!


Hákarl is an Icelandic delicacy made from fermented shark meat. The Greenland shark, which has toxic flesh due to high levels of urea and trimethylamine oxide, is buried underground for several months to remove toxins and allow fermentation to occur. The result is a pungent smelling meat with an ammonia-like taste. Sounds like a very acquired taste!


Surströmming is a Swedish dish consisting of fermented Baltic herring. The fish is caught in spring, salted, and left to ferment for several months in barrels until it develops a strong odor reminiscent of rotten eggs or sewage. Opening a can of surströmming releases an overpowering smell that can linger for days. Despite its pungent aroma, some people actually enjoy the intense flavor and consider it a delicacy.


Escamoles, also known as insect caviar, are the edible larvae of ants found in Mexico. These ant eggs are harvested from the roots of agave or maguey plants and have a nutty and buttery taste. While insects are a common source of protein in many cultures, the idea of consuming ant eggs may be a bit off-putting!

Stargazy Pie: 

Stargazy Pie is a traditional Cornish dish that features fish heads protruding through the pastry crust, as if they are gazing at the stars. The pie is typically made with pilchards or sardines and is said to have originated from a tale about a fisherman who caught an abundant haul during a storm. 

Century Egg: 

Century Egg, also known as thousand-year-old egg or preserved egg, is a Chinese delicacy made by preserving duck, chicken, or quail eggs in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, quicklime, and rice hulls for several weeks to several months. The process causes chemical reactions that transform the egg's yolk into a dark green or black jelly-like substance with an ammonia-like smell. 

Fried Tarantulas: 

In Cambodia, fried tarantulas are considered a delicacy and street food snack. The large spiders are marinated in garlic, salt, and sugar before being deep-fried until crispy. While some adventurous eaters may appreciate the crunchy texture and nutty flavor of these arachnids, I personally find the thought of consuming spiders too creepy to even consider.

Fried Brain Sandwich: 

A fried brain sandwich is a regional specialty found in parts of the United States, particularly in the Midwest. It consists of sliced calf or pig brain that is breaded and deep-fried before being served on a bun with condiments. Yum?

Have you ever had any of those delicious tasting food dishes?
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I am so thrilled you mentioned Stargazey Pie as I grew up around that area of Cornwall that it comes from (Mousehole)! I have never eaten it myself as I am allergic to fish and shellfish, but my family has (and still does). The other items on your list sound extraordinary, but I probably will never try any of them!
A Nerdy UK Girl said…
Thanks Molly. Not sure I would try it, but on a side note, I used to goto Cornwall most years on holiday and love the area. I don't know if you remember the old £7.50 holidays from The Sun? That was my childhood going to Cornwall and Devon haha! Such lovely places.

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