National Delicacies That Seem Weird to The Rest of The World

Traveling across the globe, as thrilling as it is, it can be extremely flabbergasting too, especially when it comes to exposing your taste buds to the local cuisine. Sushi from Japan, Hotpot from China, Spaghetti from italy, Fois gras from France….sounds all too sophisticated….Well, you’ve got another thought coming up then…. Some countries have bizarre foods as their national delicacies….we have some listed for you….

Smalahove, Norway

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Smalahove is a Western Norwegian traditional dish made from a sheep’s head, originally eaten before Christmas. The name of the dish comes from the combination of the Norwegian words hove and smale. Hove is a dialectal form of hovud, meaning head, and smale is a word for sheep, so Smalahove literally means sheep head. Try if you will!

Basashi, Japan

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Basashi means horse meat sashimi – raw horse meat cut into thin slices. Yamanashi prefecture and other places where horsemeat is a local specialty; among these, Kumamoto prefecture is particularly known for its basashi as a local representative dish. Are you game?

Chapulines, Mexico

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Chapulines, are grasshoppers that are commonly eaten in certain areas of Mexico. The term is specific to Mexico and Central America. We dare you!

Durian, Thailand

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Durian is a Southeast Asian fruit that’s most popular in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines. Some describe as rotting socks, fermented garlic and onions, or just straight up barf, to me is the sweetest perfume known to man.

Cuy asado, Ecuador

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Grilled Guinea Pig, is a delicacy in Ecudor. This dish is specially made around the time of Christmas.

Sea egg, Barbados

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The sea urchin is commonly found in the waters surrounding Barbados, especially on the eastern and southern coasts. The golden roe is a delicious delicacy, enjoyed by Barbadians for many years. It can be enjoyed fried, stewed, sautéed, or even just raw with lemon juice.

Mopane worm, Africa

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Unlike their name, mopane worms are not worms at all, but the caterpillar of a species of emperor moth. It’s a delicacy in some parts of Southern Africa and considered a bush food in others. Volunteering or a dare?

Balut, Philippines

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Balut is a developing bird embryo (usually a duck) that is boiled and eaten from the shell. It originated from and is commonly sold as street food in the Philippines. Often served with beer, balut is popular in Southeast Asian countries. Ok…..definitely not!

Arroz de cabidela, Portugal

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Arroz de cabidela, which is essentially rabbit or chicken cooked in its own blood that’s added to the rice with water and a bit of vinegar. Never mind!

Frog Legs, France

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Frog legs are one of the better-known delicacies of French and Chinese cuisine. The legs of edible frogs are also consumed in other parts of the world, including Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and the Southern regions of the United States. In some regions as Brazil, Mexico and the Caribbean, many frogs are still caught wild. wOULD YOU BE ABLE TO?

How many have you tried…..or willing to try? 



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