Unusual Foods Around the World
Every country in the world has its own unique cuisine. Food is a big part of culture, so when you’re travelling it makes sense to sample what’s on offer. You might not eat fried frogs’ legs at home, but when you’re in France it’s all about tasting the local flavour. While River Belle is your best online casino option no matter where you are, the food you’re eating should differ from place to place. A lot of it’s delicious, but there are some very unusual delicacies that you might need to mentally prepare for. Here are a few of our top recommendations.
Biltong in South Africa
We’re starting you off gently, because this might sound a little strange but it is completely delicious. To make biltong, any kind of red meat, including venison, ostrich and beef, is dried and cured using vinegar, salt and spices. Different spices are used to create various flavour profiles. The resulting biltong is delicious as a snack on its own, and it also adds a real rib-sticking quality to stews.
Beetles in Thailand
Water beetles are one of Thailand’s most popular street foods, and are prepared by frying the little creatures in chilli, garlic and oil. Often, other creepy crawlies like grasshoppers and silkworms are also tossed into the pan. High on protein and liquorice flavour, apparently.
Haggis in Scotland
Minced sheep’s organs – the heart, liver and lungs specifically- are mixed with oatmeal, suet and onions, and seasoned with salt and spices. Then, to make it a real treat, the whole lot is cooked in the animal’s stomach. This may turn you off a little at first but try to keep an open mind; this is Scotland’s national dish. The traditional accompaniments are turnips, known locally as “neeps”, mashed potatoes and, perhaps mercifully, a whiskey sauce.
Shark Burgers in Trinidad
If you decide to try a shark burger when you’re on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, ask for it like the locals do, and order a Shark-and-Bake or Bake-and-Shark. You’ll find this staple food all along Maracas beach, where you can enjoy the deep-fried shark meat atop flatbread and accompanied by coleslaw and tangy sauces.
Guinea Pigs in Lima
Honestly, it tastes like rabbit. Guinea pigs are cooked in hearty casseroles, or roasted whole for extra succulence. If you can get over looking at its little cooked face on the serving dish, sometimes even wearing half a cherry tomato as a little cap, these little piggies are very palatable.
Yak Butter Tea in Lhasa
This is one of the exotic foods we would try, and since it’s always served to guests it would be rude not to! The Lhasa district in Tibet is cold, and being at the high altitude of 3,656 metres means yaks are in plentiful supply. Their milk is also used to make cheese, and the butter that it produces provides the calories you need to deal with Tibetan temperatures. Po cha, as the drink is known, is made with black tea, melted butter and salt. After vigorous stirring, it becomes foamy and has a cheesy taste.
Chicken Feet in South America
You can also find chicken feet in East Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and Africa, but we though South America deserved a special mentioned here. Chicken feet are pretty gelatinous, but after being breaded and fried or served with spicy sauces they can turn into surprisingly moreish morsels. In countries where most of the population needs to eke out as much nutrition as they can from their livestock, eating chicken feet makes sense. On top of that, their high collagen content will keep your skin looking youthful and your joints working properly. There’s no downside!