Around the world in 15 bizarre eats

Around the world in 15 bizarre eats

Musement takes you on a tour to discover 15 of the world’s most unusual culinary specialties!

Food is a wonder. Sometimes, it can get us in the mood for some loving while other times, it can pique our curiosity. From skewered tarantulas to cheese teeming with live maggots to one of the world’s priciest coffees, Musement takes you to every corner of the globe in search of the strangest eats, which are, at times, as beloved as they are shocking!

1. Barnacles, Portugal

Even if they look sort of like mini dinosaur feet with one protruding claw, barnacles are a juicy fleshy crustacean. Especially popular in Portugal and Spain, they’re generally caught in the high seas where they’re found clinging to an underwater rock.

2. Fried Tarantulas, Cambodia

You may find it hard to believe, but it’s said that this essential Cambodian street food tastes a little bit like chicken.

3. Shirako, Japan

So sushi, ramen, and matcha are no secrets to you? You say you really like Japanese food? Then you have to try shirako, a seminal fish liquid and culinary specialty that won’t leave you indifferent.

4. Casu Marzu, Sardinia

Do you find the aroma of Camembert or Roquefort a wee bit too strong? Wait until you catch a whiff of Casu Marzu! This Sardinian sheep cheese, whose name literally means “rotten cheese,” contains larvae weaving throughout its core that are intentionally added during the ripening process.

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🇮🇹Un antico detto sardo dice che se condividi l'immagine di una forma di casu marzu ti porta fortuna: amore, felicita', salute e denaro! 🇺🇸A traditional sardinian quote says: If you share a picture of a casu marzu ( traditional rotten ( and delicious) chese you’ll get good luck: love, happiness, health and money! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #sardegna #sardinia #sardaigne #cerdeña #marianoaresuphotography #moodsandfood ➡️ #sardiniart #immaginidisardegna #focusardegna #sosbattormorossardegna #thehub_nuoro #likes_nuoro #foodporn #casumarzu #sardiniancheese #sardiniancheesearoundtheworld #foodphotography #foodphotographer #morethansardinia #rottencheese #morethansardinia_food #istintosardo #ajòasafesta #lasardegnavistadavicino #welcometosardegna #fromages #pecorino #ig_sardinia #italiemagazine #lanuovasardegna

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5. Insect Tacos, Mexico

In Mexico, you not only can stuff your tacos with beef, chicken, beans or rice but also with insects! Officially, there are 504 species of edible insects documented mostly in central and southern Mexico, so there are plenty of options!

6. Kopi Luwak, Indonesia

In Indonesia, civet cats, or “luwaks” to locals, are fond of coffee cherries. After eating the fruit, they release the intact coffee beans with their droppings which are then used to make one of the world’s most luxurious coffees: the kopi luwak. (Kopi is Indonesian for “coffee”.)

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. . GREEN BEAN Biji kopi mentah Tapi yang di foto ini belum dikupas kulitnya. Meskipun beberapa hari ini intensitas hujan lumayan sering, tapi tidak menyurutkan kami untuk memberikan hasil green bean terbaik. Setelah selesai tahap pengeringan ini kita kupas kulitnya sampai bersih, kata pakar kopi kalau biji kopi ini sudah sempurna keringnya, tandanya pas digigit sekeras mungkin tidak akan patah atau terbelah (hasil kupasan di slide 4). Nha jadi setelah pengupasan selesai tidak sedikit yang mendiamkannya dulu dan baru diproses roasting atau goreng saat pesanan datang. Di beberapa daerah masih pakai cara goreng manual tradisional, pakai bara api, wajan besar yang terbuat dari tanah liat, seperti yang kalian lihat di slide ke dua. Tapi itu tidak mudah, karena tangan kita tidak boleh berhenti membolak-balikkan kopi supaya hasilnya rata sempurna, lengah dikit aja sewak sedul alias blentang blentong warna kopinya, sebagian udah gosong sebagian lagi belum. Dan untuk sekarang ini kebanyakan sudah pakai alat. Jadi suhu dan lainnya bisa diatur hanya sesekali kita pantau untuk menjaga kestabilan olahan,ini pun tidak setiap orang bisa. #coffee #kopi #greanbean #kopiluwak #arabica #robusta #roasting #gorengkopi

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7. Haggis, Scotland

The idea of eating stuffed ewe’s stomach is not very rousing in and of itself, but if the stuffing is comprised of lungs, heart and kidney fat, which is the case for haggis, you’ll really need to muster up the courage to taste it. That said, it can’t be all that bad if it’s Scotland’s national dish.

8. Balut, Philippines

Hesitating between a chicken cutlet and an omelet for dinner? Why not go for a balut, a fertilized duck egg, steamed and garnished with a little salt?

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Nakakailang Balut ka sa isang upuan? Haha! Apart from enjoying different type of cuisines from the three different restaurants of @lascasasfilipinasdeacuzar, you also get to enjoy Balut within their vicinity. Adding more Pinoy culture on your experience. Check us out at! 📷:@whattoeatph ———- Follow us and drool as we feature the yummiest food in the Philippines! Follow our travel features @traversephilippines! Contact us for collabs, products reviews and special features! ———- #whattoeatph #thepharchipelago #traversephilippines #itsmorefuninthephilippines #pinoyfood #filipinofood #foodporn #foodgasm #foodstagram #foodphotography #eeeeeats #vscofood #foodgram #feedfeed #happytummy #igfood #huffposttaste #buzzfeast #forkyeah #buzzfeedfood #foodiegram #yahoofood #spotph #thefoodiestation #gourmanila #lascasasfilipinasdeacuzar #balut #penoy

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9. Stargazy Pie, England

A stargazy pie is a fish pie that’s traditionally shared for Christmas dinner. While not too jarring in and of itself, the aesthetic can be a bit shocking as the fish heads and tails protrude from the pie.

10. Witchetty Grubs, Australia

Consumed for millennia by aborigines in the Australian outback, witchetty grubs are fat white larvae with a delicate hazelnut flavor.

11. Cuy, Ecuador

If we consider it one of the most adorable pets in the world, “cuy,” or guinea pig, is a particularly popular dish in Ecuador. After all, you can use everything but the oink in the (Guinea) pig!

12. The Senenes, Tanzania

In Tanzania, Senenes are a kind of seemingly delicious grasshopper that is consumed just like sweets. They can be gifted just like a nice box of chocolates, and they’re particularly appreciated by locals.

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The beauty of senene season–senene is a type of bush cricket/long-horned grasshopper considered a delicacy in parts of East Africa–is having your loved ones who live in parts where senene is harvested sending you some so that you don't miss out on the season. As a Muhaya, from northwestern Tanzania, living in Dar es Salaam, come senene season, I receive senene in all forms. This particular batch of senene, given to me by niece Lucy, was some of the most delicious I ate this past senene season. Although, the wings and legs of these senene had not been removed (so made for a weird feeling in the back of my throat), they had been smoked, reminding me of back in the day when all the senene I ate would have stayed months over my grandmother's or aunts' hearth waiting for my Dad and his family to visit from abroad. Absolutely delicious! Go to (case sensitive), or click the link in my bio, to see more love-through-senene that I received this past senene season.

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13. The Tamilok, Philippines

Tamilok is a woodworm, or rather a mollusk, which lives in the dead wood of stagnant marsh water in the Philippines. While its glutinous appearance and provenance may mislead you into thinking it’s unappetizing, tamilok is actually refined and prized. Eaten raw, it has a slight taste of oyster and a woody fragrance.

14. Tuna eyeballs, Japan

Consumed boiled and sometimes even raw, tuna eyes are a particularly fatty dish that you can enjoy in Japan. You can even find them in supermarkets.

15. Hormigas Culonas, Colombia

If you are traveling to the Santander region of Colombia, don’t forget to sample hormigas culonas, or “big-bottomed ants,” with chips for am aperitif. This salty snack is particularly crispy and having tasted it myself, I can tell you the flavor is similar to salted popcorn.

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