4| Live Octopus
This video actually made us gag. Yes, that’s a live octopus, and yes, people are eating it still very much alive. It’s not for us to judge other people’s customs, but wow. We’ll leave it at that.
This Japanese dish looks, well, interesting. It’s made from the guts of various marine animals that are heavily salted and left to ferment for up to a month. It has a strong flavor; even natives are known to turn their noses up at it. Often, diners down a serving in one gulp, followed by a shot of straight whiskey.
2| Yin Yang Fish
A slight variation on the eating-fish-while-still-alive concept is seen with this ‘ying yang’ dish, which involves plunging a living fish into hot oil and frying it from the gills down. It’s widely considered to be a cruel practice, which has led to it being banned in Taiwan, Australia and Germany.
1| Casu Marzu
Casu marzu is a cheese that might gross out even the most seasoned connoisseurs. The Sardinian dish, which translates to “rotten cheese,” is infused with the larvae of a cheese fly and left to ferment to a stage many consider decomposition. As the larvae grow, they break down the fats in the cheese, making it very soft with a strong odor. Although some people remove the insects, which by the time the cheese is ready are small translucent worms, but many don’t. Check out Andrew Zimmern braving a few bites in this clip.
Bonus |Unlaid Eggs
See those orange balls? Those are unlaid eggs, or unfertilized eggs from butchered hens. Considered a delicacy by some, a 2007 New York Times article said they had a “deep, concentrated flavor, a hint of sweetness, but not overly rich.”
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