by Anne Lyken Garner on 18/10/08 at 5:20 am
These days, we cannot escape the media hype about healthy eating and exercise. There must not be a person left on earth who isn’t aware of the foods that are healthy and those that aren’t (the fact that not everyone applies this knowledge does not escape me).
However, aside from healthy and unhealthy diets, there is a totally different category of food which is slowly trickling through into mainstream cuisine. This is loosely referred to as “weird foods.”
Most of this ‘weird food’ consumption began in China and other parts of Asia, but with the event of the recent Olympics games successfully held there, and the country’s increasing wealth and popularity, there is no little wonder, why this category of food is steadily becoming mainstream.
Here are just some of the various weird, and not so wonderful food that people in China and the rest of the world take pleasure eating.
Tuna Eyeball (Eaten in Japan, China)
Raw Herring (Eaten in Holland)
Codfish Sperm (Eaten in Various Parts of Asia)
Crocodile (Eaten in China)
Chittlins (Hog’s Insides, Eaten in Southern America)
Beetles (Eaten in China)
Raw Whale Meat (Eaten in Japan)
This practise is fortunately being phased out as we speak.
Salmon Roe (China)
Dried lizard (Japan)
White Ant Egg (Bangkok)
Live Fish (China)
Giant Water Bug (Taiwan)
Bugs (Chicago, USA)
Rotten Soybeans (Parts of Asia)
Horseshoe Crab Roe & Nast (China)
Raw Octopus (China)
Chicken Cartilage (Eaten in Different Parts of Asia)
Feel free to take your pick and let me know which one you like best.