10 weird edible things in Asia you should try
Travelling is all about new experiences. Trying food that the locals eat is perhaps one of the best ways to experience the culture of the place you visit. The array of food items listed below may seem strange and bizarre to many but are considered to be delicacies in other cultures.Here are 10 weird edible things in Asia you should sink your teeth into while vacationing around the continent.
Balut is a duck egg with a 16-21 days old embryo that is boiled and eaten in Philippines. The embryo’s beak, wings and other parts are visible. The egg includes the embryo itself, amniotic fluid, the yolk and the egg white.
Fried tarantulas are quite common in Cambodia. They’re seasoned well and then deep fried till crisp. Most people eat the legs and the fleshy upper body but some people do take it to the next level by eating the abdomen that sometimes contains eggs.
This delicacy can actually be quite dangerous when not cooked correctly. In Japan, only licensed restaurants are allowed to serve fugu or the puffer fish since it contains todrotoxin, a poison that is a thousand times deadlier than cyanide.
4.Raw Blood Soup
This traditional dish in Vietnam is prepared simply with raw duck blood, chicken gizzards, herbs and a few toppings. It is usually refrigerated to allow the blood to coagulate so that it develops a jelly-like texture.
Beondegi refers to the pupa of silkworms. These are boiled or steamed, seasoned and eaten throughout Korea. It is a very popular street food that does require an acquired taste.
Bee larvae are eaten in many parts of Japan and China. It is usually cooked with soy sauce and sugar to enhance its flavor. The larvae itself is crumbly and slightly sweet.
7.White Ant Eggs
Food stalls throughout Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia serve termite or white ant egg soup. The soup includes a mixture of small baby ants, embryos and eggs. These eggs tend to be quite soft and they’ll pop in the mouth when you chew on them.
In Vietnam, the snake wine is made by placing a venomous snake inside a bottle of rice wine where it is left for months for the poison to dissolve. The wine is said to have several health benefits and is used as a medicine.
This Japanese dish is a sashimi made from live seafood like lobster, shrimp, octopus or fish. Fish is the most common seafood used. The chef fillets the fish and serves it fresh while the heart is still beating.
In Korea, this dish is known as Sannakji. The octopus is cut while it is alive, seasoned and served immediately while the tentacles are still squirming. Eating the tentacles can be quite a challenge since they tend to stick to the tongue, teeth and inside of the mouth.