Some of the Strangest Food You Could Encounter Around the World!

Travelling is full of adventures. Exploring unknown places, meeting new people and challenging your limits. But above all: eating strange things in strange lands. If you’re not trying at least one new edible thing every time you go somewhere new, why even travel at all?

Now, as I’ve now learned, many people see it as a challenge to try the world’s most unusual dishes. I’ve paired up with The Secret Traveller to point out some of the world’s most adventurous eats!

Ready? These are not for the faint of heart of the faint of stomach, so let’s do this:



Unsurprisingly, you’ll find a few insects on this list. While a lot of us will run away in fear of large insects, some people are happy to eat them up as a nutritious snack. In Cambodia, the popular insect is a tarantula. Once they’re skewered and fried, they’ve got a crunchy – but also juicy – texture. That’s a sentence I bet you never thought you’d be reading today


In Iceland, locals are known for their love of seafood. But one dish arguably takes that love a bit too far. Icelandic fermented shark, known as hakarl, goes through a lengthy preparation process before the final dish is served up. The shark is gutted and buried underground for up to 12 weeks. During this time, it starts to rot – and yes, that’s a good thing, because it’s then filleted and hung up for even longer. We’re talking months at a time. Unsurprisingly, the end result is sour and smelly and full of flavor. Really, there’s probably a reason most people have seafood fresh.

Century Egg

Yet another delight that’s left for ages to mature and develop in flavour is a century egg. Although the Telegraph clarifies the name is somewhat misleading, as they’re only preserved for a few months, it’s still plenty of time for the egg to turn green and brown. I think I’d still prefer my eggs sunny-side up?


Maggot Cheese

Yes, you did indeed read that right. Next up, we’ve got a sheep’s milk cheese that has, hold on to your breakfast, live insect larvae inside it. Found only in Sardinia, it apparently has a questionable legality – but if you ask around, I’m told you’ll find it easy enough. Although you might regret your decision to try this strange food. You’ve got to be careful because, as the Secret Traveller says, the maggots can leap up to 15cm. And they leave a strong aftertaste.


We did say insects would crop up more than once. Grasshoppers are eaten in loads of different places around the world – Uganda, Thailand and the UK, for instance. However, for the latter, they’re hard to find and tend to be chocolate-covered. Elsewhere, they’re deep-fried and sold in huge quantities. It’s not unsurprisingly to see those used to eating grasshoppers eating whole handfuls at a time.

Rocky Mountain Oysters

Don’t be easily deceived by the adorable name. In Canada, these aren’t just regular oysters. It’s a slang term used for bull, pig or sheep testicles. Typically coasted in flour and a touch of seasoning, they’re deep fried and served with a dipping sauce. The taste isn’t actually that bad – if you can get past the thought of what you’re eating.



Last but not least, we’ve got one of the world’s riskiest dishes: the pufferfish, or fugu, must be prepared correctly to remove the toxic parts – which, according to experts, is more poisonous than cyanide. Somehow, it’s still a popular and expensive delicacy in Japan, where well-trained chefs know how to cut up the deadly fish. And if Homer Simpson can get through it, I’m sure you can too.

What strange foods have you tried around the world or have always wanted to eat? Share your experiences with us in the comment below!