Destinations Magazine

7 Reasons Backpackers Are Not Worried About Horse Meat

By Nico @atravellersday

Crazy Food

I’ll be the first to admit that like many of you out there I’ve probably ended up mistakenly eating horse meat thinking it was beef at some point over the last few years. It’s not something that I ever meant to eat, which got me thinking about some of the crazy foods that I’ve intentionally put in my stomach as I’ve traveled the world and learnt about crazy things (like cargo cults). So here’s a list of the craziest things I’ve eaten.

crazy foods

Indiana’s Favourite: Monkey Brains
Right up there at the top of the list of crazy foods I’ve eaten has to be monkey brains. This wasn’t served on a plate, but like Indiana Jones, I was expected to eat it straight out of the skull. Despite the fact that it made me feel a bit like a cannibal, the brain was pretty tasty; think pâté.

Man’s Best Friend: Dog
I personally prefer my dogs to be wagging their tails and humping my leg than diced up and thrown into the cooking pot, but I’ve had this South East Asian speciality a couple of times. It’s a firm favorite in parts of Indonesia and Vietnam. However, I wouldn’t recommend it (the meat is gristly and full of fat)!

eating cat

Garfield and Chums: Cat
Cat is a delicacy in the highlands of Peru and as I was in the area and cat was on the menu I thought I’d see what it tasted like. The meal was actually more rice than cat as the meat was cut into very small pieces. From what I remember it was a bit chewy, but nowhere near as bad as dog.

eating guinea pig

Ever Childs Favourite: Guinea Pig
Oven cooked and served whole, Guinea Pig is a delicacy and not a pet for Indigenous Peruvians. The meat is crunchy and delicious, though there isn’t much to a guinea pig. It’s a bit like eating the crackling from a pig.

eating cobra

Slithery Surprise: Cobra
Snakes scare the crap out of me, so I was only too happy to have my revenge. There are a number of restaurants that specialise in cooking snake as well as serving glasses of snakes’ blood. Although I wouldn’t recommend snakes blood, the meat is actually quite tasty.

eating cowskin

Like Chewing on Old Boots: Cow Skin
The fact that you have to cook it for 2 hours before it becomes tasty tells you a lot about how easy cows kin is to eat. However, I can tell you that it’s quite a delicacy and its actually part of one of my favorite Indonesian dishes, not something I ever expected myself to say!

eating ostrich

One Massive Chicken: Ostrich
Like a giant Turkey that can run fast, Ostrich was always going to be tasty. I actually had an ostrich burger in England, so this isn’t even particularly exotic meal. Just goes to show that you don’t have to travel far from home to try crazy foods.

What’s the craziest food you’ve ever eaten?


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Video: Climbing The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite

    Video: Climbing Nose Capitan Yosemite

    Thanks to the recent speed record set by Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell, there has been a lot of talk about The Nose route on El Capitan in Yosemite recently. Read more

    The 19 June 2018 by   Kungfujedi
  • Paper Fix | Pop-up Card

    Paper Pop-up Card

    greenhouse pop-up card | terrain Read more

    The 19 June 2018 by   Ofpaperandthings
  • Finding Your Own Yoga

    Finding Your Yoga

    by NinaKitchereeIf you carefully read the Yoga Sutras cover to cover and learn about what the eight-fold path really entails, you would realize—and maybe you... Read more

    The 19 June 2018 by   Ninazolotow
  • Bad Fruit is Bad


    Yesterday I wrote about the wind, meaning, the Spirit, blowing where it will. I wrote of how we can't see the wind at the time but we can see its effects. One o... Read more

    The 19 June 2018 by   Elizabethprata
  • Supermarine Seafire F.XV

    Supermarine Seafire F.XV

    @ Oshkosh, WI July 2010 My first Seafire sighting, seen at 2010 Oshkosh Airventure.  The number of articulating bits on this aircraft are certainly impressive. Read more

    The 19 June 2018 by   Htam
  • The Eyecicle • Temperature Cooling, Anti-Aging Beauty Device

    Eyecicle Temperature Cooling, Anti-Aging Beauty Device

    Facial massagers have become a popular beauty buy of late and even though they have been around for years and used in many a facial treatment, they have become... Read more

    The 19 June 2018 by   Kellilash
  • Karakoram Summer 2018: Individual Expeditions to Keep an Eye On

    Karakoram Summer 2018: Individual Expeditions Keep

    Yesterday we shared a few updates from the Karakoram about the current status of a few teams that have already started to arrive on their respective mountains. Read more

    The 19 June 2018 by   Kungfujedi