You've probably heard the phrase, "one man's trash is another person's treasure", but rarely have you heard it applied to food. Whether or not you're an adventurous eater or a self-proclaimed foodie, you are likely aware that the food you love most in the world is disgusting to others, and vice versa. Dig deep enough, and things you would never even put in the category of edible are being served at a gourmet restaurant somewhere in the world.
Even in the countries or areas of the world where they are served, some of the foods are considered weird or unusual. In some cases, it's part of a daring spirit, while in other cases, the taste or tradition outweighs how weird it might appear now. We went out of our way to find the most bizarre and unusual food that would challenge even the most adventurous eater and perhaps will make you second guess calling out your roommate for his weird choice to combine ketchup with mac and cheese. Maybe the outrageousness of some of these foods will force you to try something new, after all, chances are you've passed up a dish that wasn't half as weird as one of these.
How many of the foods on this list would you be willing to try? What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?
15 Jellied Moose Nose
13 Casu Marzu
11 Snake Wine
9 Witchetty Grubs
7 Blood Clams
6 Soup Number Five
5 Deep Fried Tarantula
4 Century Eggs
3 Tiet Canh
2 Tong Zi Dan
1 The Sour Toe Cocktail
Asia has done a good job dominating this list, but leave it to Canada to present the grossest entry of them all. Served in the far reaches of the country, up north in the tundra of the Yukon, the Sourtoe Cocktail is the one alcoholic drink we would definitely turn down. With a legend going back to the 1920s, this cocktail includes a real human mummified toe. While you're not encouraged (or even legally allowed) to consume the toe, having it float around in your drink, only to be scooped up and used again is not our idea of a party. The Sour Toe Club where the drink is served actually has ten different toes that they've collected over the years (all by donations) - or so they say. They even have a catchphrase to help the whole thing go down smoother (or not): “You can drink it fast, you can drink it slow, but your lips have gotta touch the toe”. Back in 2013, the club ended up one toe short when a patron downed the drink toe and all - necessitating he pay a $500 fine, which he was more than happy to do.
Sources: True North Times, World According to Cheese, Rough Guides, Huffington Post, Toronto Star, Dawson City
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