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Seven Unique Foods From Around the World

by Onflames on 06/09/07 at 4:04 pm

Like the old saying ‘you are what you eat’, every person is also a product of his local surroundings. These wild and exotic foods of the world represent extraordinary types of local delicacies that will cause you to wonder and ponder over the different cultures that enjoy these curious and uncommon dishes.

If you think that the home cooking you eat can be peculiar, come check out these curious foods:

Mollejas (ARGENTINA)

This food from Argentina is made from the Thymus gland of young calves, and is served especially with lemons!

Reindeer Steak (CANADA)

How about trying out a little bit of reindeer meat from Canada, for a change, eh?

Nopales (MEXICO)

If you are in Mexico and want to eat something local but vegetarian, try out their special cactus salad.

Kim Chee (KOREA)

Want to go veggie in Korea too? Then just try out some of their fermented cabbage. It is very sour and actually tastes a lot like vinegar.

Ika Sashimi (JAPAN)

In Japan, besides eating the food, watch out for its preparation, because the live squid is normally kept in a tank underneath the table at restaurants. Upon the arrival of a customer, there is a special ceremonious “Squid Dance” performance by the waiters where the live squid is cut up in front of you, then taken for cooking.

PATATJE OORLOG (HOLLAND)

The English translation of this dish from Holland means “war chips”. They are fried potato chips served with mayonnaise, tomato ketchup, garlic sauce and peanut-butter. It apparently gets its name because a war breaks out in your stomach when you eat it!

FUFU (GHANA)

People in Ghana simply relish this local dish made up of beaten yam fried in groundnut oil, and eaten especially with peanut butter

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IcyCucky

Sep 6th, 2007

Another good one, OnFlame…

Onflame

Sep 7th, 2007

Pardon me for the mistake and thanks IcyCucky

Morgan

Sep 7th, 2007

Your articles are really well written and informative, Onflame.

Sandra Petersen

Sep 7th, 2007

Very interesting article with great photos. I am ‘Stumbling Upon’ this. Really liked this.

Onflame

Sep 7th, 2007

Thanks for letting me and all the viewers know this, Dennis.

a.king

Sep 7th, 2007

another interesting and informative article!

Darlene McFarlane

Sep 8th, 2007

Dennis, I enjoyed your comment. The difference in foreign foods can be very interesting and this one made me think of lunch…I am off.

Thanks for posting

Onflame

Sep 10th, 2007

Hi everyone,

Thanks for all the wonderful comments. If you liked my article, feel free to post the link to it anywhere.

Thanks,
Onflame

Lucy Lockett

Sep 12th, 2007

That was very good!

Bart van Herk

Sep 13th, 2007

re: “patatje oorlog” (war chips)

Not named so because a war would break out in your stomach, but because the visual aspect of the dish reminds the orderer of corpses after a bombing with blood, guts and other body contents spilled out.
Another name for the same combination is “patatje doodgereden hond” (chips ‘run-over dog’) which should tell you enough.

Bart van Herk from Holland

Darlene McFarlane

Sep 14th, 2007

I do love Japanese food but I think I would pass on the one you have mentioned here. I would like to be there to watch the special ceremonious “Squid Dance” performance though.

Good job.

gaby7

Oct 17th, 2007

Agood and well written artilce. the pics are fabulous!

nora

May 11th, 2008

THIS IS STUPID

karour

Nov 18th, 2008

this page is so cool but the squid and the fried yam kinda grossed me out

AbenaC

Jun 4th, 2009

You are a little incorrect about the fufu. The fufu itself is made of starchy things, either a type of yam or cassava and plantain together. The starchy things are boiled then pounded, past the point of mashed potatoes, until they form a sticky ball. It isn’t fried and we don’t eat it with peanut butter. Fufu is served with various kinds of soups/stews. One of those is made with palm nuts, another with groundnut(peanut) paste, and another with tomato and garden egg(aubergine). The fufu itself has little taste (it’s not made with salt or anything), but the soups are delicious and spicy.

We do have fried yam, but those are like thick potato chips and are served with ground hot pepper and onions. Also delicious.

kysk

Oct 21st, 2009

the food was gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooodddddddddd

Missbelgium

Apr 6th, 2010

I love Patatje Oorlog!! But it was slightly different in Maastricht (Holland) where I used to go and eat it (5 minutes from my folks’ home in Belgium).
It was fries with a sate-sauce (like a Thai peanut sauce) and some sweet mayo. No ketchup or garlic sauce in our version.
Try it! It’s really really good!

olivia

Aug 16th, 2010

I am sorry, fufu is not beaten yam fried in groundnut oil. You have to research and get someone to teach you before you bring to the internet the wrong information. Fufu is made from cassava, plantain and cassava (of a certain proportion), cocoyam, yam etc that is pounded in a mortar with pestle, the kind that one has to turn around with the hand as you pound it.
If it is not your culture just ask first.

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