Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Are you in, for some spectacular foods that you must try before you die? I have few delicacies that you might think is not eatable, but they are infact interesting culinary delicacies. Some are mostly found in remote places.

For adventurous eater, here are best and most popular you can pick.

Odori Ebi.
This food can be found in Japan, mostly found in Tokyo. Odori means “living” or “dancing prawn.” It is a type of sushi that still contains live baby prawns that wiggle their antennae and legs as you eat them. Kuruma shrimp is mostly used. The prawn is dunked in sake to intoxicate it before it’s dipped into a special sauce and gobbled down. This dish is expensive because it must be quickly prepared and require a skilled chef to keep the shrimp alive.

Rooster’s testicles.
This is one of the best served dish in Taiwan. They look big, with thin veins and a tight plump texture, this is suitable for the daredevils. It is usually boiled and eaten simple and plain, but you can ask for spicy stewed or garlic stir-fried. Happy eating!

Chau taufu.
This is not just an ordinary tofu. You can find this, in some countries in South-East Asia (Indonesia, Taiwan, China particularly in Hongkong). Cahu taufu means stinky in Cantonese, and yeah, it is indeed stinky (literally). It smells like a 2 weeks old human dung that you can smell it from afar. Typically, it consists of tofu which has been marinated in a brine made from fermented milk, vegetables, and meat for as long as several months. The brine can also include dried shrimp, amaranth greens, mustard greens, bamboo shoots, and Chinese herbs. Served cold, steamed, stewed, or most commonly, fried and often accompanied with chilli sauce.

Fried Spider.
Popular in Cambodia. Cambodians first eat this in times of dark days in Khmer Rouge "killing fields". Refugees found out that tarantula can be fried and be eaten. This serves as their food in everyday basis during the war. But now, breaded in a mixture of MSG, sugar and salt, and fried in oil with chopped garlic until the legs turn rigid, at which point the meat in the abdomen is no longer runny.

Found in Japan. Dish prepared from the meat of pufferfish or porcupinefish. And not just a fish, it is a poisonous fish, that your life can be in the hands of the person who will prepare this dish. And because of this, it is know to be the most notorious food in Japan. Fufu contains lethal amounts of the poison tetrodotoxin in the organs, especially the liver and ovaries, and also the skin, that can paralyze your muscles while you stay fully conscious, and eventually dies from asphyxiation. Yeah, there is no known antidote for now, but still worth trying for...

And lastly,

Balut (egg).
This food can be found here in my own place, Philippines, commonly a streetfood. Basically it is unfertilized duck (or chicken) egg with a nearly-developed embryo inside that is boiled and eaten in the shell. Believed to be an aphrodisiac and considered a high-protein, hearty snack and often eaten with a pinch of salt, lemon juice, plus ground pepper. Okay, I haven't tasted balut, but i'll try some in the future.


  1. Oh my God.. I'm a veggie...

  2. hi jen..later i'll read ur blog at the office..i think thats interesting..i've got limited time now..what are those, eggs? hmmm

  3. @VJ i think you should stick being a veggie. you might never know when you eat outside, your eating something weird.

    @cathy sure. thnx pal. Its what you call balls haha...