There are several exciting elements to discover when visiting a new location. The weather, local life, landmarks, scenery and of course, the food. With each of these factors, we have to take the good with the bad, and sometimes the downright strange. This week, the #TTOT community discuss some of the weirdest foods they’ve ever tried when trying to get a, erm, taste of local culture. Some will shock you, some will amuse you, and some might just make your tummy rumble…
Weird & Wonderful Foods
Whether we like it or not, one of the best ways to experience how locals live is to try some of the foods they eat every day. But which ones from the #TTOT chat score highest on the weird radar?
A 1000 year old egg in Thailand
Fried grasshoppers in Uganda
Ants and bird foetus in Cambodia
Some potentially less ‘challenging’ examples include rice and rose-flavoured gelato in Florence, and Durian, a Southeast Asian fruit with an odour so strong that it’s banned on public transport! Kazakh horse milk also made an appearance. Well, if it’s good enough from cows…
Just Say No
As well as the strange, there’s the positively gross. @MagellanPR revealed that sheep eyeballs are chewier than you might imagine, while @makenewtracks warns us off a particular variety of Czech sausage due to its unsavoury resemblance to a dead limb. Then, there’s the old favourite, canned cheese, brought to us by the ever-inventive USA. At least it’s…convenient?
Other Tweeting travellers shared their experiences of not quite getting what they expected in an unfamiliar restaurant. @MalloryOnTravel’s ‘golden ice cream’ seems to literally be an ice cream cone with some rather unglamorous gold leaf plonked on top, while @makenewtracks’s friend had to make do with some sliced tomato in a plain burger bun after ordering a veggie burger in Thailand. Healthy!
A Pizza The Action
Ah, pizza. The perfect canvas for kooky and outlandish ingredients to run free. A winner from Thailand is a cricket and grubworm pizza, followed closely by Cusco’s alpaca and guinea pig variety. Then, for those with a sweet tooth, @Rosana_McPhee shared her experience of a Brazilian strawberry, chocolate and condensed milk topping. So wrong, but so right.
When it comes to taking some of the world’s most delicious local cuisine home, the #TTOT community are on the ball. @LadiesWhat shared a great tip – try and arrange a cooking class in each country you visit, so you can recreate your favourite meals over and over again. Some of the mouth-watering dishes that travellers are already bringing back to life include Tunisian shakshuka, Argentinian alfajores and Malaysian chicken laksa.
Can we tempt you to share your best, worst and most exotic dining experiences?