Most Disgusting Food in Asia!
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10. Kopi Luwak or Civet Coffee are coffee beans that come from the POO of Civet (a cat sized mamal). And currently the most expensive coffee in the world!
The Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus), also called Toddy Cat, is a small member of the Viverridae family native to South and Southeast Asia.
9. Bird Spit! Bird’s nest soup is a delicacy in Chinese cuisine. A few species of swift, the cave swifts, are renowned for building the saliva nests used to produce the unique texture of this soup. The edible bird’s nests are among the most expensive animal products consumed by humans. The nests have been used in Chinese cooking for over 400 years, most often as bird’s nest soup.
8. Caterpilla Fungus. Found in China and also known as Cordyceps, it has been revered in the east as an aphrodisiac extraordinaire. It invades the brains of caterpillar larva and grows there eventually replacing native tissue with its own. Today it is actually cultivated so that it can be purchased quite inexpensively unlike many other weird culinary aphrodisiacs.
7. Grasshoppers – In Oaxaca, they sell “chapulines” (grasshoppers) as a specialty. They are supposedly saltier than anchovies. In Africa and Thailand, grasshoppers are fried in oil.
6. A balut is a fertilized duck embryo that is boiled alive and eaten in the shell.
Popularly believed to be an aphrodisiac and considered a high-protein, hearty snack, balut are mostly sold by street vendors in the regions where they are available. It is commonly sold as streetfood in the Philippines.
5. Rats – Taste like chicken? In North Korea they are eaten because there is often little else to eat in the villages.
4. Bats – In Indonesia, in the covered market in Jogjakarta, they sell smoked Bats. They’re only about three inches long, like skeletal brown mice. Supposedly it is supposed to taste like beef jerky.
3. Fried Spiders – Fried spiders are a regional delicacy in Cambodia. The spiders are a species of tarantula are the size of a human palm. The snacks cost about US $0.08 in the markets.
2. Snake Blood – You can find this in Thailand. It is served freshly-harvested from King cobras, either as a straight cocktail or a mixed drink, for prices ranging up to $USA 200. The blood is supposed to have medicinal and sexual powers.
1. Monkey Brain is a controversial foodstuff, often attributed to the Chinese, but also found in certain other countries. The practice of eating monkey brains has led to over-hunting in Indonesia, especially due to the unfounded belief that eating the monkeys’ brain can cure impotence.
Monkey brains are best eaten when they are still warm and fresh, well before they get pungent.