Remember that time you tried that really weird meal you wouldn’t have otherwise deemed as food? Of course you do, because unlike supermarket sandwiches and boring salads, truly weird foods stick in your memory.
That’s why a vital part of any holiday is to do something new, like trying a local delicacy. Even if it’s horrendous, you’ll have a great story to share when you get back home.
So, if you live on Aussie staples like Vegemite and meat pies, it’s time to get a little more adventurous. Here are five of the weirdest foods from around the world you can try on your next trip.
If you’ve ever been walking through a market in South-East Asia, wondering what that awful smell is, there’s a good chance Durian might be nearby.
This fruit is as prickly as a hedgehog and has a stench to make a skunk proud, yet the taste isn’t nearly as bad as you’d expect. As a fun trick, hunt out some Durian-flavoured sweets to bring back as a present for your friends at home – just don’t expect a thank you.
It sure sounds fancy, but it might surprise you to learn that Lengua is in fact cow tongue, a reasonably regular item on Mexican menus. If you’ve ever heard the joke about ordering a blue steak and it’s ‘still mooing’, then you’ll appreciate this dish all the more.
After trying it, most people say the taste ‘isn’t bad’ – so long as you can get your head around what it is you’re actually eating.
This food is basically what it sounds like (despite how weird that is). While not literally one hundred years old, these eggs certainly wouldn’t be welcome in most fridges at home.
They are quail, chicken or duck eggs preserved for several months in a mixture of ash, clay and salt, and available at a traditional Chinese eatery near you. A brown jelly replaces the egg white and a greenish cream sits where the yolk usually does, offering a potent smell and flavour not for the faint-of-heart.
Fancy some poison in your wine? Don’t worry, if the snake has been left in the bottle long enough, the venom is neutralised by dissolving into the beverage.
The wine itself is your regular rice wine, and this drink is commonly found in Thailand, although you’ll find tequila versions throughout South America.
They say that red wine is full of antioxidants and white wine often has light, fruity tones. Somehow we can’t imagine that snake wine would have much in common with these two Aussie favourites.
The good news is you’ll find this treat practically anywhere in the world, especially in street stalls across South-East Asia. Plus, they’re packed with protein, and we all know how important it is to ensure you get enough of this dietary essential while on holiday.
On the downside, there are a lot of legs and prickly bits to consider, so make sure you have your tooth floss on hand.
That’s our pick of edible adventures you can try on your next trip, but don’t forget to check out our list of three strangest cheeses you’ll ever taste. What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever tried?