Five unusual delicacies to taste on your travels..!

Five unusual delicacies to taste on your travels..!

One of the joys of travelling is sampling local foods, wines and delicacies. Food is an important part of the cultural fabric in countries all around the world, so trying local dishes is one way to ‘live like the locals.’ Plus, who doesn’t love the excuse to eat? Some local delicacies are unintimidating – pizza in Italy, bratwurst in Germany or perhaps pavlova in Australia. But sometimes, the local delicacies might not be as appetising. The traditional foods offered in some places might even test your gag reflex…

Do you have the stomach for some of these delicacies?

Casu Marzu, Italy

Traditional Sardinian sheep’s milk cheese doesn’t sound too bad.  But what if I told you that the cheese was decomposed by insect larvae? Pecorino cheese rind is removed so that cheese flies can access and lay their eggs in the cheese. When the eggs hatch, they begin to eat through the cheese, while their digestive acids break down the cheese’s fats. When ready, thousands of maggots will be in the cheese. Casu Marzu is generally spread on Sardinian flatbread. For a brief time, the delicacy was banned by food and hygiene regulations. The ban has currently been lifted, with the cheese recognised as a ‘traditional’ food.

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Seal flipper pie, Canada

This bizarre Canadian delicacy is usually served around Easter time, during the annual seal hunt. Flipper pie is specific to the province of Newfoundland and is made from flippers of young harp seals.

Smoked bats, Indonesia

If you’ve booked fights to Bali, you might want to sample one of Indonesia’s delicacies – smoked bats. The bats are usually smoked whole and resemble little mice. Apparently, they have a similar taste to beef jerky!

Balut, Philippines

If you venture from Bali to the Philippines, you’ll also have to sample Balut, a fertilised chicken or duck egg holding a developing embryo. The egg is boiled, and then the embryo sucked out. Balut is a favourite snack of Filipinos – it’s also rumoured to be an aphrodisiac. Whether that’s enough of a temptation to try it is up to you!

Criadillas, Spain

This Spanish delicacy of fried bull testicles supposedly boosts the bravery and masculinity of the eater. The testicles are floured and breaded then fried and served with a spicy wine sauce. Sometimes Criadillas contain a number of animals’ testicles, such as those of pigs.

Wherever your travels take you, you’ll have the opportunity to sample the weird and wonderful delicacies of foreign lands. The question is, do you have the stomach for it?!

How adventurous are you? What’s the most bizarre foreign delicacy you’ve ever tried?

Thanks to cheapflights.com.au for providing us with this great, if slightly ‘icky’ guest post! 🙂

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  1. September 24, 09:36 #1 Aisleen Author

    Hi Simon, Thanks for your comment! I really don’t know how you could stomach hafl the stuff you’ve written about in your blogs! But then, I am a very fussy eater! I’m yet to try any of these dishes – the wierdest thing i’ve eaten is a grasshopper and I was very proud of that! 🙂

  2. September 23, 19:23 #2 Simon Fenton

    Hello,
    Just came across your blog and I’ve also written about unusual foods. I used to have balut for breakfast in Vietnam and loved it. Bear guts and chicken testicles weren’t great and dog is over rated. I’ve enjoyed various insects though.
    Here’s a couple of my food blogs:
    http://simonfenton.blogspot.com/2011/04/food-glorious-food.html
    http://simonfenton.blogspot.com/2011/04/i-hate-nuts.html
    Simon


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