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Insect larvae, rotten fish and meat, bats and giant marine worms are among stuff that is difficult to imagine to be eaten. In fact, the most popular delicacies and exotic dishes in the world are made of the most unexpected ingredients. In addition, these shocking dishes have lots of fans who are willing to pay huge sums for a bird's nest soup and bats. Some exotic delicacies are quite expensive and can be tasted only in gourmet restaurants. Other dishes, such as fried spiders and locusts, are quite inexpensive and have long been a popular street food in many countries. All of these culinary delights are united by the only one feature. They differ with frightening appearance and often share a disgusting smell. The only way to try the most shocking food in the world without consequences is to squint, swallow quickly, and immediately forget what you have ate.

Boiled Bat in Lutukina Restaurants, Fiji

In many Asian countries, a soup of bats remains a popular delicacy. There are numerous fans of this exotic treats in the Fiji Islands. The main feature of the dish is to cook whole bats. The treat is also served to the table with an uncut animal. The price of this delicatessen is quite high, so not everyone can enjoy it.

Boiled Bat in Lutukina Restaurants, Fiji To prepare the dish, chefs have to work hard. The thing is that the meat of the bat has a strong and rather unpleasant odor. To get rid of it, carcasses of bats are long soaked in a special sauce of chili and garlic. This exotic delicacy is quite common in Vietnam, where there are many ways to cook bats. Animals are caught in the numerous caves and then delivered to the restaurant, where chefs cook real culinary masterpieces.

Bats are not only added to the soup. They are also fried, and then served to the table with a spicy sauce. A special exotic supplement to the dish is a glass with the blood decanted during cutting a bat. Such dishes may seem simply awful for many Europeans, but in Asia they have a lot of fans. In Asian restaurants, if guests feel uncomfortable, it’s always offered to cut the carcass of a bat to make the dish not so scary. The treat is sure to appeal to all fans of spicy dishes. Experienced gourmets say that taste of bat’s meat is very similar to chicken. Next - Eye of Tuna in Naha Restaurants

Eye of Tuna in Naha Restaurants, Japan

Eye of Tuna in Naha Restaurants, Japan In Japan, the most popular national food can plunge into shock residents of other countries. That’s an eye of tuna. In contrast to the meat of one of the most valuable fish in the world, its eyes are very cheap. You can buy these items literally in any Japanese supermarket. Tuna eyes differ with impressive size, so at first glance it’s difficult to get how to eat this huge items with relish. Complete article

Balut in Siem Reap Restaurants, Cambodia

Balut in Siem Reap Restaurants, Cambodia Cambodia is also famous for its exotic dishes. Many experienced travelers say that locals eat just about anything in this country. One of the most famous national delicacies of Cambodia is balut. This boiled duck egg looks no different from the usual. However, the main secret of delicacy is hidden inside the shell. Locals cook eggs, inside of which there is already a full-fledged chick. Not every adrenaline-seeker is courageous enough to eat it. Complete article

Surstroemming Pickled Herring in Pitea Restaurants, Sweden

Surstroemming Pickled Herring in Pitea Restaurants, Sweden In Sweden, locals also have their own unique national delicacy called surstromming. That’s a fermented herring that is usually canned. Herring slices in marinade look quite appetizing, as well as meals cooked of it. The main feature of the daunting delicacy is a suffocating smell of rot. As a tin-opener pierces the lid of a can, an awkward odor spreads around. Complete article

Casu Marzu Cheese in Sassari Restaurants, Italy

Casu Marzu Cheese in Sassari Restaurants, Italy Many fans of cheese head out to Italy in search of new taste sensations. So, it’s not surprising that in this country you can try one of the most horrible kinds of cheese, Casu Marzu. This cheese is produced in Sardinia. The name can be literally translated from the local dialect as a rotten cheese. This spicy variety became famous all around the world, because blocks of cheese are inhabited with hordes of insect larvae. Complete article

Sannakji Live Octopus in Seoul Restaurants, Korea

Sannakji Live Octopus in Seoul Restaurants, Korea Fans of exotic seafood definitely have to visit Korea, where they can taste a lot of incredible dishes, including sannakji or live octopus. This dish is considered one of the most expensive delicacies in Korean restaurants. You can’t taste it everywhere. All restaurants that offer guests a dish have large aquariums in the room, where young octopuses swim. Guests can choose an animal for a dinner. Complete article

Eskamoles Ant Eggs in Mexico Restaurants, Mexico

Eskamoles Ant Eggs in Mexico Restaurants, Mexico Some Mexican national dishes are also able to plunge into shock, including such dish as escamoles, eggs of large black ants. Delicacy has quite an attractive look and is very similar to pine nuts. Escamoles is a very popular addition to taco. The most popular seasoning is the Guacamole sauce. The cost of exotic dishes is quite high, as gathering giant ant eggs is very difficult and even dangerous. Complete article

Bull Eggs in Sim-Sim Restaurant, China

Bull Eggs in Sim-Sim Restaurant, China A special place in the world of gastronomy is occupied by the meat delicacies. In China, the most popular dish is bull eggs, which were not considered exclusive for a long time. Dishes of them represent everyday food in many of the southern provinces of the country. There you can buy bull eggs literally at any small market. They’re cooked the same as any other kind of meat: cut up and then boiled, fried or stewed either on their own or with vegetables. Complete article

Hakarl Rotten Shark in Cafe Loki Restaurant, Iceland

Hakarl Rotten Shark in Cafe Loki Restaurant, Iceland The most famous and impressive delicacy in Iceland is hakarl, rotten shark meat. This delicacy is able to strike with its odor and appearance rather than taste. Rough viking meal is cooked the same way as long time ago. Greenland shark meat is cut and then hung on special wooden supports. Chefs have to wait patiently until it reaches the desired stage of decay. It is important to note that hakarl may be cooked of shark fillet or shark stomach. Experts claim that these two types of meat are very different in taste. Complete article

Dog Meat in Hanoi Restaurants, Vietnam

Dog Meat in Hanoi Restaurants, Vietnam Vietnam can be called a leader in the number of incredible and frightening dishes. One of the most popular national treats is a delicacy of dog meat. Particularly fastidious tourists should bear in mind that dogs for Vietnamese restaurants aren’t caught in the streets. They are grown at special farms and in the process of feeding the health of the animals is carefully monitored. The meat of properly fattened dogs is very gentle, nourishing, and beneficial. It tastes like a pork. Complete article

Gebul Sea Worms in Busan Restaurants, Korea

Gebul Sea Worms in Busan Restaurants, Korea Gourmets who love to taste rare seafood delicacies will like their rest in Korea. One of the most popular and delicious national dishes is a gebul, a marine worm. Worms are gathered at the coast; they are one of the most expensive seafood options. Marine worms are appreciated not only for unique taste, but also for amazing medicinal properties. In some provinces of Vietnam, marine worms are eaten raw and still alive, but the most popular restaurants serve a soup of sea worms. It is cooked with the addition of greens, herbs, and chili. The dish turns out to be very nutritious and wholesome. Complete article

Fried Tarantulas in Phnom Penh Restaurants, Cambodia

Fried Tarantulas in Phnom Penh Restaurants, Cambodia Cambodians also do not shun lavish gifts of nature. One of the most common options for street food in this country are fried tarantulas. Fortunately, because of the hot climate the country doesn’t experience the lack of delicacy. Large quantities of tarantulas are crawling everywhere. Once, local people have started to eat spiders because of the lack of other food. For many years, they coveted a dish so much, that even today it remains at the peak of its popularity. Complete article

Swallow Nest in Hong Kong Restaurants, China

Swallow Nest in Hong Kong Restaurants, China Those who prefer the most expensive and exquisite delicacies have to taste a soup of swallow nests in China. A special kind of nest of swifts - swiftlets - is used to cook a delicacy. These birds build their nests in a special way; they form them out of saliva, which tends to harden quickly. Birds build shelters in very remote mountainous areas where access is not easy even to common predators, not to mention a man. Complete article

Fried Grasshoppers in Bangkok Restaurants, Thailand

Fried Grasshoppers in Bangkok Restaurants, Thailand Those who have long dreamed to taste something new and different, will find it interesting to visit Thailand. Here, dishes cooked of insects are common and popular as nowhere else in the world. You can taste fried cockroaches with garlic, soup of caterpillars and termite eggs cooked in a special way. One of the most common sorts of street food are fried grasshoppers. Without exception, all dishes made of insects are valuable and affordable sources of protein. Complete article

Igunaq Deer Meat in Chukotka, Russia

Igunaq Deer Meat in Chukotka, Russia One of the most frightening and disgusting dishes in the world is igunaq. That’s meat of a rotting deer, seal or walrus. This kind of meat dish is widespread in some ethnic groups living in northern Russia: Khanty, Inuit, Nenets, Chukchi, and Nganasan. The method of cooking of this food is quite time consuming and requires special skills. Complete article
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