The world is full of different cultures that are rich and varied.
Many cultures eat foods that are indicative of their surroundings. While they might seem strange to us, they’re perfectly regular to someone else, and we shouldn’t judge. However, there are some cases where particular foods are just bizarre. Here are six examples of delicacies that are just a little too bizarre.
You have to feel sorry for the monkeys of Indonesia. Many Indonesian restaurants serve deep-fried monkey toes as a snack in the same way we’d eat chips, and eaten straight off the bone. Even though there are calls for the banning of using monkeys for food, deep-fried monkey toes are still fairly common. Some dishes give you a real top-to-toe plate, serving monkey brains as a side.
We stay with Indonesia for our next peculiar food, which is the intriguingly named Paniki. Paniki is actually smoked bat. Although Paniki can be found elsewhere, it is particular centric to Tomohon, a small town in the North Sulawesi Province. Smoked and barbecued fruit bats are something of a treat for the populace of the town.
Also known as ‘Rocky Mountain Oysters’ in North America and Canada, Criadillas in Mexico and Spain are, to put it bluntly, bull’s testicles. When it comes to the slaughter of animals for food and by-products such as leather, it’s not uncommon for everything to be used. This is certainly the case here. Even though the bull is probably not in a position to worry about his loss, you can’t help but wince at his predicament.
Yep, you’ve guessed it, snail caviar. It seems this remarkable luxury food is sweeping Europe and Japan with its popularity, undoubtedly fuelled by those eager to try something new. Unlike caviar from the sturgeon fish, snail caviar has a thin shell, that when bitten into releases the fluid of the egg. Hmm… I’m sold!
There’s nothing wrong with a good, solid boiled egg. Unless there’s an actual duck foetus inside. A common street food in the Philippines, balut is offered still in the shell. Believed to be an aphrodisiac (“oh, you ate a duck foetus? That’s so sexy!”), balut is often eaten with salt, vinegar, chili and garlic, in a mixture for seasoning.
The world of coffee production is full of exotic flavours and fascinating varieties. Perhaps none is quite as surprising as the Kopi Luwak variety, one of the most expensive coffees in the world? Its price is dictated by the fact it has a very low production rate. Why is this? Well, it has to pass through the digestive system of the Asian Palm Civet first. These civets a mammals who eat coffee berries because they love the fleshy fruit. The beans in the fruit are processed by the civet, as enzymes soak into the beans. When the beans are sifted, dried, roasted and brewed the coffee is surprisingly sweet.
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