Just imagine the picture - you take an egg out of the fridge to make yourself an omelet, it falls, but does not spread. An under-formed chicken is born from it. The reaction of a normal person is not difficult to predict. The contents of the stomach can leave their usual place. But it is not for nothing that they say: "There is no dispute about tastes." A domestic cat is unlikely to enjoy the citrus fruits we are used to, and we do not understand all the charm of eating dead rodents.
As a result, what many feel disgusted with is an exquisite meal for some. But someone likes it! And if someone else considers a person to be a humane creature, you just need to familiarize yourself with what he goes to for the sake of preparing his unusual and not always tasty dishes.
Hakarl. This is the name given to rotten shark meat. The smell of this dish is reminiscent of those "incense" that is common in dirty public restrooms. And hakarl looks quite harmless - like cheese cut into cubes. But it is unlikely that an ordinary person will take such a dish and want to eat it. After all, it has an extremely dubious origin. Hakarl is essentially nothing more than the rotten meat of the Greenland great shark. The dish is a famous delicacy in Iceland, and no New Year or Christmas celebration is complete without it. It is believed that eating rotten shark meat will help a person become strong and resilient, like a real Viking. After all, a real legendary warrior had iron not only armor, but also a stomach.
Meanwhile, the tradition of cooking shark meat in this way makes sense. The giant predator contains quite a lot of meat, but it cannot be eaten fresh. It contains a large amount of urea and trimethylamine. But with rotting products, these substances evaporate. In the shops of Iceland you can buy ready-made hakarl, it is packaged like our calamari for beer. There are also two varieties of this delicacy - one is prepared from rotten muscles, and the second from a rotten stomach. When trying this dish for the first time, it is recommended to cover your nose. After all, a strong smell can completely kill the taste. Having tasted the hakarl, one can understand that it looks like a spicy white fish or a mackerel in Hebrew.
Kiwiak. This dish is a seal stuffed with gulls. Such a Christmas delicacy is prepared by the northern peoples living in the subarctic from Greenland to Chukotka. To prepare a kiwiak, you need to take one corpse of a seal, decapitate it, and shove dead, previously plucked seagulls into the stomach. Then the semi-prepared dish is immersed in permafrost for seven months. This is exactly how much the enzymes of decomposing birds need to thoroughly affect the intestines of a seal. At the end of the cooking period, kiwiak is dug up and solemnly eaten, glorifying the gods. This mixture of poultry and pinnipeds tastes like old and very spicy cheese. Considering the way the delicacy is prepared, this taste is also quite acceptable.
Balut. Few would agree to eat a duck embryo, and if it was also boiled alive? It's hard to understand what is special about such a dish. A duck egg is boiled hard-boiled together with an unhatched duckling. Gourmets are literally crazy about such a dish, eagerly licking their lips in anticipation. Perhaps the reason for this is the tender and tasty broth, maybe the shiny and blood-vascularized embryonic membrane. Or is the embryo itself so tender and fragile, and its bones so soft? We, perhaps, do not understand. But in the Philippines, balut has long been the most popular street snack and nothing bodes well for a decline in interest in this delicacy. Apparently, local residents are not afraid of duck abortions. The victims of this inhuman operation are easily identified as food.
Animal meat from the Red Book. It would seem that the Red Book exists for this, so that its representatives are not eaten in large quantities, putting the species under threat of destruction. Few people dream of trying, say, a grilled monkey. Only there are corners of the Earth where they have not heard of the Red Book. In black Africa, cunning Asia and in some places of both Americas, old-timers will not be able to surprise with the dishes of the now rare and protected animals. Hunters, serving gourmets, kill monkeys, leopards, elephants, and steal turtle eggs. Meanwhile, this directly affects the future of wildlife in this area.
Warthog booty. Not everyone will agree to eat obscene, albeit tasty, places of wild animals. But in Namibia, it is the butt of the maned warthog boar that is a favorite and rare delicacy. To prepare such a dish, you first need to catch the animal itself. Then he is gutted, his back intestine, along with the anus, is thoroughly cleaned of the remains of feces. Moreover, these places are not washed with water. The finished meat is then roasted over charcoal. It is very important not to overcook it, otherwise it will cease to be so tasty and tender.
Tincture on mice. There is an opinion that in China they eat a lot of things from which an ordinary European can simply throw up. In fact, not many Chinese are into exotic cooking. Only a couple of hundred million, which is not so important for this country. Among the local gourmets, there are those who like to drink alcohol on small mice. To prepare such a tonic drink, they take just born, still blind animals. They are drowned in rice vodka, where they are infused for a whole year. The mouse should be no more than 3 days old, it should not have fur yet. This tincture is very popular in Asia. For example, in Korea, even doctors prescribe it to their patients for almost any disease, from asthma to foot and mouth disease. Only now, will the taster of such a drink in his dreams go to mouse paradise?
Monkey brains. For many, this dish is just a tourist myth, many have seen it in a scene from the famous Indiana Jones. Meanwhile, there are many gourmets in the world who gladly eat raw monkey brains. But the fact that the brains of a live monkey are served in restaurants is hard to believe. The base for the delicacy can be purchased in some Asian markets. For example, in Cambodia, at the bazaar, you can buy a couple of kilograms of monkey brain. They will cook it on the spot, giving it a taste. And no one here will find such a dish strange or creepy.
Escamole. Eating insects is already quite disgusting for many people, the same dish is generally the eggs of the Mexican giant ant Lyometopum. These insects build their underground cities between the roots of the agave. Collecting eggs from such ants is a rather unpleasant job. After all, they defend their property by biting painfully and even poisonously. The eggs themselves, in their consistency, resemble cottage cheese. It is customary to cook escamole dishes in Mexican villages along with tacos. Ant eggs serve as a delicate filling. The interest in such food of people is quite obvious - escamoles are very tasty. They resemble butter with a nutty flavor. Tourists in Mexico ordering tacos don't even know what they are eating.
Kasu Marzu. Of all the variety of cheeses, this one received fame as the most disgusting. Usually, finding a worm in a fruit or bread, the product is no longer hungry. It is better to throw it out. If the worm is found in the meat, then you will generally try to avoid such a store. But in Sardinia, people are not so squeamish. Here, Kasu Marzu cheese is considered a national treasure. This pecorino cheese is rotting and contains live maggots. The larvae feed on fats and proteins of the dairy product, instead releasing enzymes that bind the components of the cheese into a special sticky and sticky mass. When the cheese is ready to eat, it still contains live worms. Moreover, they also jump out of their usual environment by 10-15 centimeters. So the foodie should be careful to protect their eyes with glasses or even cover them altogether. Once in a person's mouth, Kasu Marzu cheese practically explodes the receptors. The palate and tongue begin to burn with fire. In Italy, doctors have officially announced that this delicacy is harmful to health. You can't find it on sale - the law prevents it. While marijuana is believed to be easier to find than Casa Marzu, no celebration in Sardinia happens without a ceremonial tasting of the wormy dairy product.
Shark fin soup. Compared to some of the previous delicacies, this dish looks quite appetizing, and not at all disgusting. But this soup is a real disaster for sharks. After all, Chinese soup made from their fins has become so fashionable that now the population of these predators is rapidly declining. At the same time, the method of killing sharks is rather cruel - they are caught, their fins are cut off, and the body is then thrown back into the ocean. There, the fish is already painfully dying, being unable to move fully. Today, two thirds of all shark species that live in the oceans are recognized as rare and endangered. With all this, the taste of shark fins is quite common. Gourmets are attracted to such a soup by the usual bragging. An unremarkable delicacy is extremely inhumane to nature.
Mine Luwak. In Indonesia, walk into a bar and get ready for what sugar and cream have to offer with an unusual coffee. And don't be surprised if you find out that the expensive drink is made from cat feces. After all, this is completely normal here. A representative of the feline, the viverra, lives in the local forests. The luwak civet species is known for loving to climb coffee bushes and eat berries there. In the stomach, the pulp is digested, and the grains themselves come out naturally. Indonesians collect the precious feces by selling seeds for $ 1,200 a kilogram. This coffee has a special taste, because it contains the enzyme civetin, which is contained in the gastric juice of the animal. Gourmets claim that the prepared drink has a long and pleasant aftertaste.
Whale meat sashimi. Although the whole world is fighting to preserve the number of whales, the Japanese continue to exterminate the sea giants. After all, people appreciate their meat - watery, soft, even if it smells like a goat. In Western culture, whales have not been used for food for a long time, but where do we understand the Asians. The Japanese make sashimi from raw whale. The dish is seasoned with wasabi, ginger or soy sauce. To the taste, such a delicacy resembles raw red fish, which lay in a warm place for several days. Well, you can imagine that you are eating the remains of Japanese submariners from an unexpectedly drowned submarine.
Audrey Ebi. The literal translation of such a dish is "dancing shrimp". This is also a Japanese dish; living marine life is also part of such a delicacy. Audrey ebi are young crustaceans of the Pandalus Borealis species. When they are put in the mouth with chopsticks, they begin to move there, tickling the tongue with their legs and antennae. It is believed that such sensations are very pleasant. According to an ancient Japanese recipe, shrimp is dipped in a special sauce before serving, the composition of which is kept secret.
Cutty Pi. And again, the person eats the embryos of the animal. This time, a delicious kid's embryo is brought into the food. In India, which has suffered so much from British imperialism, the descendants of mixed marriages between the locals and the British are in the position of outcasts. The masses try not to deal with them. So those are forced to form their settlements, creating their own culture, their own culinary traditions. This is how the Kutti Pi dish was born. It symbolizes the separation from both Eastern and European culture. This delicacy includes the embryo of a pet. Usually it becomes an unborn kid. In the list of all delicacies, this one is on a special account. After all, embryos are rarely cooked and eaten. This only happens when it turns out that the slaughtered goat is pregnant. Among the Anglo-Indians, it is generally accepted that kutti pi is very useful for women in position, this dish can also help those who have back problems or are sick with tuberculosis.
Bull penis. Among many cultures in the world, the animal penis is a recognized aphrodisiac. In many oriental restaurants you can find a delicacy based on the bovine organ of reproduction. And it is not at all necessary to go somewhere in China for such food. The dish is a broth in which the sinewy and tough pieces of a bull's penis float. And such a delicacy is inexpensive - only 6-7 dollars. True, the cunning Chinese make a fool of extreme visitors. Hardly anyone knows exactly what kind of bull penis should be to taste. So they put it in the broth, it is not clear what. True, our compatriots prefer to take vodka to such a dish to make it easier to swallow. And under it, you can eat anything.