Top 10 Weirdest Food Delicacies

The Top Ten
1 Balut (Fertilized Eggs)

A Filipino dish. It's an egg with a little baby bird in it.

The appearance is disgusting, but the taste is great.

2 Fugu (Puffer Fish) Fugu is the Japanese word for pufferfish and is also a Japanese dish prepared from the meat of pufferfish. Pufferfish are deadly and if the fish is prepared incorrectly it can lead to death (in fact there are numerous deaths reported in Japan each year from the consumption of this delicacy). One pinhead... read more

Fugu is pufferfish, the ultimate delicacy in Japan. Fugu can be deadly if not prepared correctly. Pufferfish contains the poisonous toxin tetrodotoxin, which is 1,250 times stronger than cyanide. You could end up paralyzed and eventually die from asphyxiation because there is no known antidote.

It can kill you. No way am I ever eating that.

3 Bird’s Nest

Bird nests made predominantly out of saliva that are used in Chinese cuisine. These nests are mostly added to soups, but also to other dishes.
Price - about $2,500 per kilogram in Asia.

$2,500? Gee whiz, that's a lot of money! I could use that money for house payments instead... but where's the fun in that?

4 Fried Tarantulas

A delicacy for tourists in Cambodia. Tarantulas are fried whole - legs, fangs and all. They are seasoned with salt, garlic, and chili. They're said to taste like a combo between chicken and cod.

I really hope people eat this only out of national tradition.

5 Live Octopus

A raw dish consisting of live octopus typical in Korea. It's called sannakji. Live octopus is cut into pieces, lightly seasoned with sesame oil and served immediately, the tentacles still squirming on the plate.

6 Casu Marzu (Maggot Cheese)

Sardinian cheese riddled with insect larvae. The cheese has to be eaten when the maggots are still alive because when they are dead, it is considered to be toxic.

It was banned for health reasons, but can still be found on the black market in Sardinia and other parts of Italy.

Why would someone willingly eat maggots?

7 Blood Tofu

Chunks of jelly-consistency pig blood. But duck, sheep, chicken, and cow blood are also used in China. It looks like chocolate chunks...

8 Century Eggs

Quail or duck eggs preserved in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, and quicklime for a long period of time - weeks or months. The yolk has a strong odor of sulfur and ammonia, reminiscent of rotten eggs.

They are served at special occasions in China.

9 Escamoles (Insect Caviar)

A Mexican delicacy. It's the larvae of ants that are found on the tequila plant.

10 Bat Soup

Bat Soup is the national dish of Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia. Yup, bats in your soup.

The Contenders
11 Kiviak

Absolutely disgusting Greenland delicacy.

12 Penis Fish

It's a worm usually served raw with salt and sesame oil in Korea.
In China, the worm is stir-fried with vegetables.

13 Shirako

Shirako in Japanese means "white children", but refers to the sperm sacs of either cod, angler fish, or pufferfish. Looking like white blobs of goo or miniature brains, they are said to have a sweet custardy taste. Yum.

14 Rocky Mountain Oysters
15 Hakarl
16 Tuna Eyeball
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