Moose noses and Yak penises? Delicious!
Joking aside, there are some seriously freaky foods on our little blue planet, so we’re taking the time today to do some figurative world traveling to find some of the absolute strangest. And from China to The Philippines, we’ve got a few that will turn your stomach.
If you missed our earlier feature, check it out. Otherwise, jump in below!
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Up for some sperm sacs? Of course you are! This… delicacy… is known as “white children” in Japan. What looks like pale goo blobs are actually the sperm sacs of angler, puffer, or cod fish. They’re apparently “sweet.”
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Most of us have eaten many parts of any given animal—and who really even knows what’s in our hot dogs—so perhaps it shouldn’t be too surprising that some Canadians have turned to the nose of the moose for their sustenance. The noses are de-haired, boiled with onions and spices, and then sliced and covered in a broth that congeals into a jelly. Yum?
Cheese is amazing. Let’s just get that out of the way. But here’s a variety that may actually give you pause—Casu Marzu out of Sardinia. It’s sheep milk cheese, but the trick is, it contains live insect larvae. Cheese fly larvae causes the cheese to decompose through their digestive action. Oh, and the larvae can launch themselves up to 15cm. Ugh.
Why have a regular ole chicken egg when you can have a fertilized duck egg? The embryo here is actually partially developed (see above), which is definitely gonna freak out a lot of people. Feathers, bones, and “savory liquid.” Yuck.
This one may not be as odd as it seems at first blush. We eat blue/bleu cheese, after all—which contains cultures of the mold Penicillium—so why not apply the same principle to corn? In Mexico, they embrace “corn smut,” which is a fungus that adds huge blue-black growths to the corn. Translated, it apparently means “sleeping excrement.” That’s good to know.
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Served in the Guolizhuang Restaurant of Beijing and also known as “Dragon in the Flame of Desire” (lolz), this is exactly what it sounds like. A penis. A Yak penis, to be precise. Bon appétit!