5 Unusual Foods from Around the World

One mans delicacy can be anothers worst nightmare. Here are 5 foods that you may or may not be pleased to find on your plate.

1. Balut

Balut is a fertilized duck or chicken egg with a partially developed bird embryo inside. The egg is boiled and then eaten right out of the shell! It’s often found in Asia, frequently in the Phillipines. They’re often served with beer!

balut photo

2. Sannakji

Sannakji is the name for a Korean dish that is made of raw, live octopus! The small octopus is cut up into pieces, then served immediately — and is still squirming on the plate!


One of the most interesting things about sannakji is that because the octopus is still moving, the suction cups on its tentacles can cling to the inside of your mouth or throat and create a choking hazard. Thus, people eating sannakji are advised to chew every piece thoroughly.

3. Haggis

Haggis is a traditonal dish of Scotland, and is contained in the boiled stomach of a sheep. The stomach is stuffed with the minced lungs, heart and liver of the sheep, along with onion, oatmeal and other seasonings.

haggis on a plate

It is traditional to have a glass of whiskey with your haggis!

Some speculate that haggis was created as a way to quickly use up the parts of a sheep that tend to spoil faster. You can find haggis in many Scottish supermarkets and restaurants.

4. Black Pudding or Blood Pudding

Black pudding, also known as blood pudding, is a kind of sausage made from cooked animal blood. Cattle or pig blood is most often used, and the sausage is commonly found in Europe or Canada as part of breakfast. Different varieties of the dish can be found all over the world!

black pudding

5. Criadillas or Rocky Mountain Oysters

These are known as Rocky Mountain Oysters in the US, and called criadillas in Spain and Mexico. They’re actually not oysters at all, and are actually bull testicles! They are often served deep-fried, as as an appetizer.

Rocky Mountain Oysters

These are most popular where castration of bulls for non-culinary purposes is common, such as the American West.

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