Nightmares on Foodie Street

December 4, 2019

Before you read this post, ask yourself some hard hitting questions. Do you love food more than anything else in the world? Would you call yourself adventurous? A risk taker? A real culinary daredevil? If you answered, “Yes, yes… a thousand times, yes!” then here are 10 dishes to put your adventurous streak to the test.

Chicken Feet

Believe it or not, this gnarly dish is actually a delicacy in parts of East Asia, the Carribean, South America and South Africa. Sounds like the perfect food for someone with a foot fetish, no? 😉

Tuna Eyeball

These giant eyeballs look like the stuff of nightmares, but are a popular delicacy in Japan. Ironically, we had to squeeze our eyes shut as soon as we saw this image.


Hákarl or the rotting carcass of a Greenland shark (or any sleeper shark) is a national dish of Iceland. Cured and then left to dry for months on end, it smells a lot like cleaning products because of all the ammonia it contains. (Which, coincidentally, is something you’ll need a lot of once you’re done gagging in the loo.)

Stink Bugs

True to their name, stink bugs stink to high heavens and need to be soaked in warm water to steep out the stench before being eaten. The Mexicans still love them, though, and either eat them alive (yum) or with their tacos. As for us, we’re giving these creepy-crawlies the stikneye.

Century Egg

Not exactly a century old, but they are pretty old and rotten. These greenish-brownish eggs boast a pungent flavour, along with a slimy texture *gag* Connoisseurs of century eggs claim they taste just like hard-boiled eggs, so long as you eat them while holding your breath. All we can say is don’t hold your breath waiting for us to try them out.


Revenge is a dish best served as ant larvae and pupae aka escamol. Sounds disgusting, but kinda looks like the Mexican version of bhel.


Balut is basically a developing duck embryo that’s boiled alive in its shell and eaten whole. A popular street food in the Philippines, it’s best enjoyed with chilled beer. (Excuse us while we go find a bucket.)

Cobra Heart

The Vietnamese prefer to gulp it down in a shot glass (while it’s still beating). Gordon Ramsay wasn’t too psyched after trying it. You think you’d have the heart for this?

Suddenly, lauki and tinda don’t sound so bad, do they?

Ever tried any of the above dishes or anything else that tastes, looks, sounds equally weird? Tell us in the comments below.

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