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.