Due to it being Waitangi Day in New Zealand this upcoming February what better excuse than to check out all of the other interesting, weird and wonderful foods across the globe.
The traditional festival attracts many New Zealanders and international tourists from all over, the festival portrays the indigenous Maori culture (indigenous people of New Zealand) and more specifically their best local, ‘Maori kai’ natural foods, such as ‘Kaimoana’ food from the sea and ‘Kaiwhenua’ food from the land. The Maori behold a strong respect for their ancestor’s fertile land, they believe that from the soil comes food, the earth is the primary giver of life, so therefore the food is cooked in a traditional style called Hangi where it is cooked underneath the ground. The traditional Maori food was used mainly for specific events; however today tourists are lucky enough to now sample the traditional food in one of New Zealand’s many kai Maori festivals.
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Travelling to a different country is always great fun and tasting the local foods can be a novelty, however maybe if the foods consist of something a little different such as boiled bat then tasting a different countries food can turn into a terrifying experience. Trying all sorts of different foods when abroad can be exciting however sometimes trying the local delicacy could turn out to be a courageous step.
Hungry anyone? It’s known that one person’s delicacy could turn out to be another person’s nightmare. So here we go read on for a list of the top 6 most bizarre international foods from around the world:
1. St. Louis, Missouri, USA- Fried Brain Sandwiches:
This consists of a mushy textured sandwich made from fried calves brain; it is known to taste of very little on its own.
2. Bangkok, Thailand- Bugs anyone?
Entomophagy is known as the practice of eating insects for food, this is particularly common in many parts of the world. Insects are said to contain important vitamins and are high in protein. In Bangkok it is common to find shops selling insects such as cricket, spiders, scorpions and grasshoppers.
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3. Fiji- Boiled Bat:
To prepare this dish the bat is placed into boiling water until it turns soft. Secondly the guts are taken out and the skin removed. It is then either roasted or fried.
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4. Japan- Giant jellyfish:
In Japan giant jellyfish were known to invade the seas around Japan reducing fishing practices by damaging nets, thus when this happens it is now known that they eat the jellyfish to try and control the problem. They are preserved in salt and then cooked and turned into differing dishes such as jellyfish yoghurt, sashimi and jellyfish soup.
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5. Cambodia- A Hardboiled duck embryo called a Balut:
As a local treat Cambodians enjoy a duck embryo. To prepare this so called Balut egg the embryo in the egg is left to grow until the bird is just about to leave the egg. Just before this happens, when the embryo within the egg is just right, it is boiled and served with salt on top.
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6. Alaska- Eskimo Ice Cream:
Women were traditionally known to make the ice cream after there was a catch of a seal or polar bear. It would be made for celebrations and eaten as a snack or with a meal. The ice cream is known to locals as akutaq, it is a cold and creamy Arctic staple made from reindeer fat, fish, and berries but can also sometimes include moose or seal depending upon their availability. The Inuits enjoy sharing their culture as it fills them with a sense of pride. It is said that the choice of berries used for making the Eskimo ice cream is a lifetime decision, if you were seen making ice cream from other flavours then you were known to lose your social standing.
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By Stephanie Weise
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