Fried tarantula spider is a regional delicacy in Cambodia
Smalahove is a Western Norwegian dish made from a sheep's head
Sannakji is a raw Korean dish that consists of a live octopus
Some people are fearless when it comes to what they'll put into their mouth, but then again, food is all about being adventurous, right? How far would you go to explore? Here's a list of the most intriguing eats from every corner of the globe. Some of them might make you wriggle in your seat - you've been warned.
1. Fancy a Fried Spider? We'll Pass!
Tarantula belongs to the family of spiders. Fried tarantula is a regional delicacy in Cambodia. It is believed that the scarcity of food in the villages of Cambodia led to consumption of spiders.
Fried spiders are popularly eaten in Cambodia. Photo Credit: Imgur.com
2. Blood Soup
Chicken, duck or pig blood is popularly consumed in places like Shanghai, Poland, Philippines, Korea, Singapore etc. The famous Korean blood soup is made with ox blood and is often used as a hangover cure. Now, that's what we call a bloody good meal!
Ox blood soup is a Korean delicacy. Photo Credit: Pinterest
3. Duck Embryo
Balut is a duck embryo which is still developing. It is boiled alive and eaten in the shell. It is a popular street food in the Philippines.
The hint lies in the name. This Chinese delicacy is made by preserving duck, chicken or quail eggs in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, quicklime, and rice hulls for several weeks and sometimes even months - not for centuries as the name implies. The mixture turns the egg yolk into a dark green colour substance and imparts a strong smell. According to folklore, it derives its name from the fact that it has existed for centuries and was perhaps discovered during the Ming Dynasty in China.
No, this is not a Halloween joke. Considered as one of the most eerie mammals, bats are popularly consumed in various Asian and Pacific Rim countries. The fruit bat soup is commonly eaten in Palau. Fruit bats are considered to be a delicacy and are known to have a flavour similar to that of chicken.
Sannakji is a raw Korean dish that consists of a live octopus, cut into small pieces and served immediately. The bite-size pieces are usually still writhing on the plate while the person consumes them.
These treats are definitely not for the faint-hearted. With a variety of flavours to choose from, whole scorpions are skillfully encased in these candies. Dangerously sweet! These are believed to have been invented byLarry Peterman, founder of Hotlix Candy, back in the 1990s and today they offer a variety of insect-filled treats. Interestingly, the scorpions are baked before being set in translucent, flavoured syrup.
A favourite in Hong Kong, Singapore and China, this dish looks huge on that plate with the crocodile paw, claws and skin all together. It tastes somewhat like chicken leaving a soft and gelatinous feel on your palate.