In Dutch the saying “eten wat de pot schaft” means to eat whatever is being served without complaining. This is ever so relevant while traveling. Many cities and provinces I visited have their weird food specialities which I simply had to try once. Some items are grossly hyped and named next to the country’s greatest sights; you can get them at every tourist restaurant. Others are traditional dishes only served by grandmothers in small villages out in the countryside.
I haven’t tried some of the famously absurd food yet (like snake, monkey-brains or dog) but simply because I haven’t come across them on my path yet. Here is a list of 8 weird food and drinks I did try on the road.
1. Guinea Pig (Cusco, Peru)
2. Yak butter tea (Lijiang, China)
3. Fried maggots (& coffee) (Qingdao, China)
4. Spaghetti with Moose balls (Fairbanks, Alaska, USA)
5. Japanese roll cakes (Osaka, Japan)
6. iSnack 2.0 vegemite (Melbourne, Australia)
7. Deep fried crickets and other insects (Chang Mai, Thailand)
8. Gangnam Style pistachios (Seoul, South Korea)
These foods and drinks didn’t make it to the top 8 but deserve an special mention.
Hahah, great list! Although the Thai insects were probably one of the most disgusting thing I’ve ever tried. I can still remember the green bits popping from the inside…
Have you tried natto while in Japan? Many people hate it by I absolutely loved it! Would like to know your opinion.
Nice list. I’ve tried a lot of the things here, the insects go great with a cold beer but there’s NO way I’d ever try a maggot…something about those slimy buggers that make my stomach just turn! 🙂