An experience of street foods is one of the truly genuine ways to enjoy the cultural differences during a trip. However, you should be prepared to encounter strange meals that will require you to be very brave.
10. Casu Marzu (Sardinia)
Casu marzu is a dish enjoyed by the people of Sardinia. It is a meal of extremely aged cheese prepared by taking a traditional pecorino and having some local flies lay their eggs in it. The larvae munch through the cheese and then excrete it back into the cheese, apparently making for a uniquely soft texture loved by the natives.
Note: this cheese is recognized as the world’s most dangerous cheese, and is even illegal and banned by the European Union!
9. Wasp Crackers (Japan)
These are popularly snacked on in Japan and are most commonly mistaken to be chocolate cookies, but the reality is actually far from that! During baking, these crackers are filled with a handful of dead wasps which gives them their distinctly bitter and mildly acidic flavor.
8. Balut (The Philippines)
Balut is not a meal for the faintest of minds. It is essentially a fertilized duck embryo – which means you'll be served a duck fetus, complete with tiny facial features and all! Although this may sound revolting to the average person, Balut remains a staple snack in The Philippines where it is served alongside cold beer.
7. Cobra Heart (Vietnam)
Sounds unbelievable but you can actually enjoy the beating heart of a cobra in Vietnam! Even more interestingly, the specialty dish is accompanied by a thick glass of cobra blood. If you so desire, you can even have the venom served separately!
6. Haggis (Scotland)
Haggis is a native dish served in Scotland, and it is a mix of vital animal organs, including sheep's heart, liver and lungs. The organs are cooked alongside a savory combination of exotic spices, onions, oatmeal, salt and suet. But if you thought you could still stomach that, wait until you hear that the dish is served wrapped within an animal's stomach lining!
5. Rocky Mountain Oysters (USA)
This may sound like the most "normal" dish on this list, but that is actually far from the reality. This is not a meal of oysters but peeled bull, pig, or sheep testicles that are lathered with flour, deep-fried, and often served with hot sauce!
4. Winkles (England)
If you thought this list wouldn't include a dish from the UK then you thought wrong. In the West Coast of England, natives popularly love to eat tiny sea snails. The mollusks are boiled, and then typically served with salt and vinegar. Some people may choose to dip the meat in aioli, mustard or warm butter.
3. Mopane Worms (Zimbabwe)
This is a dish of mammoth-sized, bright and colorful worms. The wrinkly meat is best enjoyed fried, and tossed with a mix of tomatoes, garlic, onions, nuts, and chilies.
2. Beondegi (South Korea)
This is a meal commonly enjoyed on the streets of South Korea. The dish is essentially a handful of silkworm pupae, boiled and lightly seasoned. Taste testers say beondegi has a very savory and acidic flavor, with just a tinge of fish and nuts noticeable in the mix.
1. Deep-Fried Rattlesnake (Southwest USA)
The last mention on this list is a dish of deep-fried rattlesnake, commonly enjoyed in Southwest USA. Contrary to what you may expect a rattlesnake to taste like, this dish is said to have a similar flavor to popcorn chicken and frog legs, mixed with just the perfect amount of seasoning and spices.
Which other dish do you think should be added to this list?