7 of the strangest meals you’ll find when traveling Asia

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Traveling to Asia? You’re in for a treat, as some amazing experiences await you. Buzzing cities home to great nightlife, islands with some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and plenty of outdoor adventure from trekking in Thailand’s northern jungles to learning to dive in the region’s beautiful waters.

When you’re travelling throughout Asia, you’ll also find great flavour combinations and new tastes. Asian dishes can be delicious and hopefully you’ll have great culinary experiences. However, there’s no doubt you’ll also encounter some strange meals – including some of the following:

Cambodian tarantulas

In Asia, you’ll come across loads of different insects skewered, fried and served up to eager customers. It’s quite the challenge for travellers to see how brave they are (have a quick look on YouTube and you’ll see their reactions to the different flavours – including this guy trying grasshoppers).

For the really brave, tarantulas are a must-try in Cambodia. They’re surprisingly gooey and somewhat of a delicacy in the country.

Durian

Not all the strange food in Asia is meat. Durian, known as the king of fruits in South-East Asia, tastes sweet and creamy, but has the foulest stench imaginable. If you can get past the smell, it’s worth a try.

Gizzard soup

Most of the strange dishes in Asia are popular with locals – it’s just that travellers aren’t used to the different tastes. For example, the Japanese love gizzard soup. It’s a hotpot made from the intestines and stomach lining of things like cows, goats and sheep. Definitely not something that everyone will love.

Century egg

Next up, we’ve got a delicacy from China. Century eggs are duck of quail eggs preserved in a saline solution for months. The process gives a weird cream-jelly texture and tastes just like a regular egg – as Buzzfeed ask, what’s the point then? Perhaps it’s something you’ve got to try for yourself to see.

Pig’s blood cake

If all this food has left you craving some sweet, then how does pig’s blood cake sound? You’ll be able to find it from market stalls in Taiwan. The ingredients are pork blood, sticky rice and a soy broth – these are then fried or steamed and coated in peanut flour. It’s a popular snack.

Chicken blood cubes

In Asia, they don’t just use blood as an ingredient. It’s actually served up as street food in the Philippines where it’s solidified into cubes. Unsurprisingly, it’s kind of salty and has a metallic aftertaste.

Pufferfish

If you’re feeling brave enough to eat fugu, the Japanese pufferfish that’s more poisonous than cyanide, then head to Tokyo. The smallest mistake in the dishes preparation could been disaster for any diner – as such, highly trained chefs can charge a fortune for the delicacy.

What dishes have you tried in Asia? Share your experiences with us.

Hope you enjoyed this special guest post!

Lots of <3, Jess

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