Freaky Friday: When delicacies take a turn for the worst

When it comes to trying new foods, keeping an open mind is of the utmost importance. However, there are times when so-called delicacies from other cultures are a tad too adventurous for one’s stomach and taste buds.

Here are five of the weirdest and possibly some of the grossest delicacies from around the world.

Shirako, Japan

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This is one delicacy I doubt I will be trying in a hurry. Shirako is the milt or sperm sacs of male cod. That’s right, this dish is served in both raw and cooked form all over Japan. This unusual dish can be served on top of rice, fried in tempura batter or even on top of custard. Ewww! Apparently, it is an acquired taste, a taste which I don’t want to acquire.

Black Pudding, Britain and certain parts of America, Africa and Asia

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What makes this an unusual dish? Well, black pudding is made from pork blood, with pork fat or beef suet and a cereal, which is usually oatmeal, oat groats or barley groats. I honestly don’t know why this is considered a pudding.  This very traditional food is loved by the same people who think biltong is gross…explain that one

Balut, the Philippines


Balut is a fertilised duck egg, with a partially developed embryo. (Thus why no picture). The egg is boiled and the embryo is eaten from the egg. Preferably with salt, chilli and vinegar. This is one of the grossest things I have ever heard of. I don’t mind roast duck, but an embryo, feathers and all?! That is just truly unnecessary and wrong!

Casu Marzu, Italy

What is wrong with people? Casu Marzu is literally rotten cheese, with a twist. This is a traditional Sardinian sheep milk cheese which contains… maggots. Yes, you read that right. It contains living maggots.

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The larvae are deliberately introduced to the cheese, which promotes an advanced level of fermentation and breaking down the cheese’s fats. In other words, it speeds up the rotting process. The texture of the cheese apparently becomes very soft, with some liquid seeping out of it (honk). Just imagine the smell?!

By the way, you eat the cheese with the maggots still in it.

Hàkarl, Iceland



This is a pretty rank meal if I do say so myself. What is Hàkarl? It is a Greenland Shark, which has been beheaded and gutted. The body is then placed in a shallow grave and covered with sand and stones.

The carcass is left there for two to three months, before being dug up, cut into strips and hung up to dry for a few months.

It contains a substantial amount of ammonia, so before eating it, you better hold your nose to avoid gagging and puking.

With the weekend upon us, be sure to tantalise your taste buds with some new delicacies.

And until next week….have yourself a Freaky Friday!!!

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