Adventurous Foods from Around the World

When most of us think of going on holiday, we imagine warm, balmy evenings with a delicious meal and a glass of wine. From Italy’s laid-back, authentic cuisine to a delicious Spanish paella, many of us think with our stomachs when we’re planning a trip.

But for the more adventurous – those with strong stomachs and a willingness to try anything – the world is packed with unusual foods and delicacies that just might become your new favourites.

Buckle in (and loosen your belt) as we go on a tour of the world’s most adventurous foods.

Try a serving of shiokara in Japan

Why waste all the leftovers when you cook seafood? With shiokara, all those precious innards of various marine animals are mixed into a thick, slimy paste, added to a serving of rice, then left to ferment for a month.

The result is a flavour that’s not dissimilar to anchovies – if you can get over knowing the ingredients.

Chomp on some chapulines in Mexico

Eating insects is all the rage and nobody does it better than Mexico’s street vendors. Deep-friend grasshoppers are lovingly covered in a fresh, tangy lime juice that’s a surprisingly satisfying snack.

As the Food Republic reports, they’re a great way to break you out of your taco rut and liven up what you thought of as Mexican food.

Help yourself to hákarl in Iceland

While eating shark might not sound too adventurous, the traditional Icelandic dish of hákarl takes things a little further. Fresh shark is off the menu – hákarl sees sharks fermented, cured, and left out to dry (and rot) for as long as six months.

The result is exactly what you’d expect: a dish that is fishy and foul at the same time, appreciated by locals but routinely feared by visitors.

Feast on fried guinea pig in Peru

We all love guinea pigs – and when you’ve finished stroking one, head to Peru and throw it in the fryer or on the barbecue. Known locally as ‘cuy’, guinea pig is a big part of the Peruvian diet, with a flavour that’s not far from rabbit.

The bad news? Cuy is usually served whole, head and all, with its cute little legs spread out for easier detachment.

Crunch on a croc in Australia

If you’re looking for a cuisine that feels a little adventurous but doesn’t quite match the extreme of fermented fish, it’s time to head down under. It’s not that unusual to see a crocodile on the menu and we’d recommend a succulent croc burger.

As for the taste, it’s not dissimilar to pork – a little chewy, sometimes tough, but always surprisingly enjoyable.


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