We as Pakistanis are known for three things all around the world, our love for cricket, tea, and food!
We enjoy spicy, delicious, fresh hot dishes and crave for street food delights such as Pani puri and chaat.
However, not all dishes are appealing! Some of them will blow you off your feet the wrong way and will leave you in shock!
We’ve compiled a list of the weirdest food dishes from all around the world you would not dare to eat!
1. Century Egg – China
Do you recall the feeling you feel when you want to hurl after you smell rotten egg? Imagine eating one, which is 100 years old! Just kidding! The century-old egg is a dish from China. It is stored in a mixture of quicklime, ask and clay for a few months. This makes the yolk turn dark green even black at times while the whites turn brown. People say it smells of ammonia!
2. Wasp Crackers – Japan
As you’ve guessed by its name, the Wasp Crackers are chocolate chip cookies like doughs filled with the main ingredients, wasps! However, the digger wasps have a nasty sting, so if you ever think about trying one, all the best to your tongue!
3. Witchetty Grub – Australia
If you thought the first two items were disgusting, try the Witchetty grub! Sounds like an exclusive witch, right? The larva can be eaten raw or cooked, as per preference. The skin becomes crispy like a roasted chicken, while the consistency reminds one of the scrambled eggs. In case if you were wondering, the main ingredient of the dish is large, white, wood-eating larvae of several months!
4. Escargots à la Bourguignonne – France
Escargots à la Bourguignonne is just another fancy name for snails! Well, these snails are cooked in white wine, garlic, parsley and butter in their shells. According to those who have tried this dish, its consistency is similar to rubbery clams. PS. If you ever travel to Hong Kong, you can buy the cheap salt version of the same dish!
5. Stink Bugs – Africa
Stink bugs are said to be the secret ingredient of many dishes to give them a crunch, sort of like an apple. They are prepared through boiling, after which they release pheromones in an attempt to survive. It stings the eyes like onions, but it is what it is.
6. Marmite/Vegemite – Australia/UK/New Zealand
Marmite is yeast extract, which is a by-product of brewing beer. It is slurry and is found at the bottom of barrels. It looks like a sticky brown paste similar to melted brown sugar with a salty flavor. It is usually spread on toast or is eaten with some cheese.
7. Locust Biryani – Pakistan
While we have covered some international dishes that might have grossed most of you out by now, let’s mention a national one too! Locust Biryani! Locusts are cricket-like insects that swarm mainly where agriculture is grown.
In Pakistan, these little buggers have caused a lot of chaos for ruining agricultural stock. On the plus side, they are nutritious and are the alternatives to chicken and beef for those who can’t afford it.
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