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8 Strange Food Dishes From Around The World

Holidays are always a great reason to try new things, whether that be different activities, experiences, local traditions or, of course, food. There are many unique and intriguing dishes available wherever you go, which is why we’ve put together this list of unusual cuisine you can get your chops on around the globe.

So, if you’re often tempted to try a delicacy or two whilst on your travels, read on and discover which corners of the planet offer some of the weirdest dishes you’re ever likely to taste…

Wasp Crackers, Japan

Yep, it’s exactly what you’re thinking it is. This, erm, tasty treat does exactly what it says on the tin and is quite literally a biscuit-style snack filled with wasps. It might look similar to a chocolate chip cookie, but this bit of grub doesn’t go quite as well with a cold glass of milk.

Fried Spider, Cambodia

Keeping up with the theme of ‘I didn’t even know that was edible’ nosh, Cambodian town Skuon have popularised this deep-fried food around the country, with locals and tourists alike. Marinated in sugar and salt before being fried in garlic, you’ll be hard pressed to find a stranger snack during your next holiday adventure.

Escamol, Mexico

Known amongst some as ‘insect caviar’, this dish is made from larvae and pupae of ants. Yum. Thought to taste like a nutty butter, its name reflects the fact that the feed is considered a delicacy in Mexico.

Escargots a la Bourguignonne, France

That’s ‘burgundy snails’ to us and you. This common plate has long been an old favourite over in France, flavoured with white wine, garlic, parsley and butter, and is known to taste similar to seafood such as clams and mussels. They’re often served as a starter in swanky restuarants. Fancy, huh?

Balut, the Philippines

Not one for the faint-hearted, Balut is a developing duck embryo which is then boiled and eaten from its shell, typically with a dash of salt, chilli and vinegar. A popular street food, people usually sup the savoury liquid first before munching on everything else inside. Everything.

Jellied Moose Nose, Canada

No, not the tasty chocolate dessert available on these shores – adventurous Canadians go all out with their nasal gastronomy by boiling moose noses with various spices. They’re then sliced and covered with a broth so it sets into jelly.

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When I found this pic by @art.napolean I had to investigate. According to @atlasobscura Jellied Moose Nose is the white meat from the bulb of the nose and the dark meat from around the face bones. The meat is cooked off and doused with broth and refrigerated until it is solid. It is then sliced like bread and served. This is a delicacy found in Northern Canada and Alaska. In the past indigenous hunters would hope to feed their family for weeks off one moose and that meant using the whole animal. You won’t find this in restaurants but if you are ‘lucky’ enough to be invited to a ‘Potlatch’ you may be served this flavoursome dish. This dish makes you cool when you drop into conversation at your next dinner party that ‘nothing beats the taste of moose snout’. #jelliedmoosenose #canadiandelicacy #travelcanada #travelalaska #adventurousfood #unusualdishes #culturaldishes #foodandtravel #traveltheworld #tastetheworld #adventuretime #adventuretravel

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Casu Marzu, Italy

Hailing from the Italian island of Sardinia, this dish is known as ‘rotten cheese’ and involves adding the larvae of cheese flies (yes, really) to Pecorino, which then hatch and burrow around. What’s then left is a hot snack that you can choose to eat with or without the maggots.

Hakarl, Iceland

Another not particularly for the squeamish, preparing this delicacy involves beheading and gutting a Greenland shark before placing it in a shallow pit, covered with stones, and left for a couple of months. It’s then cut into strips before being left for a few more months again.

The extensive prep time allows a long enough period for the poisonous internal fluids to be drained, present so the animal can live in cold waters, making it safe to eat.

Have you tried any of these dishes before? Or perhaps you have your own to add into the mix? Tweet @icelollyholiday and let us know!

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