SYDNEY- While much of the fun of traveling revolves around new experiences,
even the most adventurous explorers may draw the line at trying certain
Proving that one man's winged rat is
another man's pricey appetizer, members and editors of travel Web site
VirtualTourist.com (www.virtualtourist.com) have come up with a list of
10 of the world's most unusual foods. Reuters has not endorsed this
1. Pig's Blood Cake; Taiwan
Taiwan, pig's blood cake is sold on a wooden stick and eaten like ice
cream. Easily found at street markets, it's a sweet treat generally
made from pig's blood and rice.
2. Live Octopus; South Korea
calamari which is dead and still, octopus in South Korea often arrives
at the table alive and moving. Connoisseurs of the dish say it's best
to eat quickly.
3. Grasshopper; Uganda
during the rainy season and eaten cooked or raw, these are a perennial
favorite. Sold with or without wings and legs, they are easily found at
the local markets.
4. Pigeon; France
considered a dirty street animal by many, this poultry dish is an
expensive and much-loved delicacy that graces the plates of some of the
country's finest restaurants. Considered to have a robust flavor, it
still struggles to gain culinary acceptance in much of the world.
5. Durian; Malaysia
Malaysian hotels put up signs banning the durian. The ultra-strong
aroma of this spiky fruit may turn off tourists, but many Malaysians
love its doughy taste.
6. Lutefisk; Norway
in lye, this gummy fish takes days to prepare and is described as one
of the most vile-tasting foodstuffs ever created. In spite of this
less-than-tasty reputation, it remains hugely popular in this part of
7. Grubs; Australia
white, high-in-protein snacks are actually the larvae of moths and an
important insect food of the desert, once a staple in the diets of some
8. Snake Wine; Vietnam
to have medicinal properties, this strong cocktail is best downed
quickly. Not only is it made from snake blood, it's bottled with a
snake inside and occasionally other creatures, like scorpions.
9. Donkey; Italy
and eaten much like prosciutto, this sandwich meat can be found — and
accidentally ordered — fairly easily in the country's bars.
10. Ostrich; South Africa
in cholesterol and considered healthier than other meats, the ostrich
is becoming more and more popular all over the world. Everything from
ostrich burgers to omelettes made from the bird's eggs are turning up
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