The Weirdest Asian foods that make foreigners go... hmmm?

The Weirdest Asian foods that make us go hmmm?

Fried chicken butts

Served on a stick. A typical snack that you will find when walking around in a night market. Nothing is wasted and every part of the animal can be used and turned into something delicious. In this case, several chicken butts are skewered on a stick. Crunchy and delicious. 

Thousand-year-old egg

A lovely dark green yolk that has a creamy consistency surrounded by a dark brown translucent gel, which used to be the white part of the egg. In modern days, this is achieved by soaking the raw eggs in a solution of salt, calcium, hydroxides, and sodium carbonate for ten days. The egg is then aged for another several week while wrapped in plastic. 

Stinky tofu

This type of tofu surely resembles regular tofu on the outside with the difference that it smells like rotten meat or smelly feet, or garbage that has been fermenting. The popularity of this stinky tofu can be compared to the love of blue or stinky cheese. You either love it or hate it. In Taiwan, the stinky tofu can be fried, steamed, served in soup, and even barbequed. In Taiwan, Taipei, there is an entire boulevard dedicated to serving varieties of stinky tofu. 

Chicken feet

Chicken feet are common in several Asian countries such as China, Taiwan, Korea, and the Philippines. This part of the chicken can be used as a snack, a main dish or even to accompany beer drinking. The foot comes complete with claws and the eatable part is mostly the skin and tendons. Chicken feet consistency are quite gelatinous 

Giant Water Bugs

In South and Southeast Asia, these bugs are considered a delicacy. They can be found deep-fried in the night markets. In Vietnam, they are often boiled and then fried in their entierety. In Thailand, it is also eaten fried and with some nice chili sauce on the side.

Duck blood pudding

Duck blood pudding is popular in many Asian countries such as Vietnam, China, the Philippines, and Thailand. The title says it all. A bucket of duck blood is dried out to become a solid-like jelly. It is then cooked in a soup. It is slimy and when you bite, the juice explodes in your mouth. A local favorite.

Stinky hot-pot

Served in Taiwan, it is a combination of duck blood pudding along with meats and vegetables and a combination of sauces. It has a slightly sour taste to it due to the herbs used. The smell itself can be described as rotten and is again, the equivalent of blue cheese for those who love it. 

Live sushi

In many Asian countries such as Japan, China, Korea, and Taiwan, live animals such as snakes, octopi and fish are prepared in various ways so that they are still wiggling when brought to the plate. in Japan, they serve live sashimi where the chef makes a few specific cuts on the fish but it is still moving when brought to the table. Another type of live animal cuisine is eating octopus whose tentacles are still moving. This practice can be dangerous as the octopus has suction cups that can stick to a person’s throat while they try to swallow, causing them to choke.


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