For foodies out there, the phrase “food makes the world go around” is probably the best term to describe their relationship with food. And truly, food is one the most basic and most important need of any living and breathing creature. The questions, “where to eat?” and “what to eat?” may be one of the most asked questions in the history of mankind, especially for those who love not only home-cooked meals, but also eating out and discovering good restaurants. However, to be called a certified foodie, one must not only be able to correctly pronounce all names of foods, but also try and love all kinds of food – vegan foods, raw food, Asian food, European dishes and most especially the weird and exotic ones that can be found in various parts of the world.
Oh yes, these foods that you only thought exist in Fear Factor or the Amazing Race are actually some other countries’ delicacy. Some may even have been featured in the Lonely Planet to, no, not to gross out viewers, but to educate them about the culture and food of other nations. Yes, these seemingly gruesome and unthinkable dishes form part of a country’s identity, in the same way as say, visiting temples is a common Vietnam to do. Well, if you want to shed some pounds, you may consider looking at this feature to know what and how to eat to lose weight. You don’t even have to have some diet to do to lose weight if these foods are on your table everyday. Let’s see how tough your stomach is.
Are you ready to take on the challenge?
1. Cow’s Lips
Imagine scary spikes on flesh. A huge slab of flesh. Kinda like how a crocodile’s rough skin would protrude on human flesh. Yes, there’s a name for food that looks as horrid as that. It’s a cow’s lips. Enough for you to say, ah, a perfect thing to include on your what not to eat list. But despite its horrid appearance, cow’s lips, when braised and cooked with a variety of herbs prove to be a real appetizing dish. If you’re feeling extra gutsy, you may ask where to eat this yummy food in some parts of Madagascar and even Texas and California.
2. Chicharon Bulaklak / Pig’s Intestines
How would you like a crunchy appetizer to accompany your ice cold beer? Then let us give you a nice warm serving of chicharon bulaklak or more known worldwide as crispy pork intestines. Yes, they’re pork intestines cleaned, seasoned and fried to perfection. Bulaklak in the Philippines means flowers, and intestines, when cut into certain lengths and cooked, curl up and form like flowers, thus the name. This is a very popular dish in this Asian country and probably wouldn’t be included in the list of what foods to eat by health enthusiasts because of its high caloric and fat levels.
3. Beondegi / Silkworm Larvae
Silkworms aren’t only useful in weaving and creating wonderful silk for our clothes, but are considered such a delicacy in South Korea. The silkworm larvae are steamed or boiled and eaten directly, after being seasoned in specialty sauces. This is considered as a typical snack in Korea and are sold in various food carts around the area. Beondegi may be even categorized under food, organic because of the simplicity in preparing this dish. You want to be organic and healthy? Then try this crunchy delicacy that will surely give you a whole new eating experience as it introduces a myriad of flavors to your mouth.
4. Lamb’s Brains
India is not only known for its curry, roti and flavorful vegetarian food, but also for their dishes such as Lamb’s Brains. Insert Plants vs Zombies music here. Well, as the name implies, it’s really lamb’s brains cooked either with eggs or tomatoes or masala and is eaten with old favorites like the above-mentioned roti. And no, you don’t have to be a zombie to crave for this. Lamb’s brains have the consistency and texture as that of a tofu so it probably helps to think of it as such so as not to be revolted when you first try it.
Ah, one of the most popular exotic foods all over the world. Balut is actually a half-fertilized duck egg, so yes, the repulsion is quite understandable. Especially once you’ve seen the chick with its hairs and claws almost fully formed. Once you’ve gotten over the initial shock of it, it’s said to be utterly tasteful and a good aphrodisiac. The egg yolk is quite flavorful, and all-time fans of this really weird dish say that even the chick tastes wonderful. If it’s any consolation, it doesn’t really smell that bad for something quite stomach-turning.
6. Tuna Eyes
If it’s not enough that Japan sells and serves raw food, they also have this smashing hit aptly called Tuna Eyes. They’re literally tuna eyes, cut from the fish’s head. Asian food are really something, huh? Tuna eyes can be eaten raw, stop the heaving now, but if you want them more er, civilized, you may steam and dip them in soy sauce. What is vegan food compared to this street fare? The jelly-like substance surrounding the eyes is what makes this dish famous as people swear its utmost delectability. Ah, should you feel guilt upon seeing these eyes stare back at you while you eat them?
7. Soup No. 5
Don’t be fooled by its seemingly harmless name. Soup No. 5 is not an innocent food at all simply because it’s made from and with bull’s testicles and penis. This really tasty soup doesn’t have only some male genitalia swimming in broth, but also a mixture of intestines, ears and are you sure you want to hear the rest? This dish is usually eaten at lunchtime, and is served hot, so it doesn’t taste oily and disgusting at all. Where to eat? In some hole-in-the-wall eateries along the streets of the Philippines. It’s also known as an aphrodisiac so if you want some more action, it may be time to explore the wonderful ingredients that make up this soup.
If you’re probably a very picky and non-adventurous eater, you will lose weight when only given these weird dishes to eat for a period of time. No more diet to do, no more what to eat what not to eat option. You will not eat, if it means staying away from bull’s testicles or half-developed duck eggs. But to taste all the good things in life, one must overlook these foods’ eewww factor and just close your eyes and shoot that tuna eyes into your mouth. Remember, a foodie is not a foodie without at least trying one lamb’s brains in his lifetime.