Welcome back to our series documenting the wonderful sensory experiences awaiting expats across the globe. So far, we’ve had a look at expat sights and sounds. This week, we’re taking a look at some of the interesting delicacies on offer worldwide.
Food is at the beating heart of all cultures and it is a fantastic way to learn more about a region. While we might all relish the search for the most authentic pizzeria in Naples or the best Southern grits, there are some rather more intrepid edible delights to be sampled on your travels. Sticking to the mantra that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, we have taken an eye opening look at some of the most weird and wonderful treats to fill the expat plate.
Despite having the appearance of a bowl of rice, this Mexican dish is actually the larvae of a giant black ant. The ‘insect caviar’ is harvested from the roots of the agave plant and is most commonly served in a taco loaded with salsa and guacamole. Culinary adventurers are often pleasantly surprised by its nutty, buttery taste and melt-in-the mouth consistency.
This Japanese delicacy of puffer fish is famous around the world, but not for its taste. Fugu contains a lethal dose of the poison tetrodotoxin, which is 1,200 times deadlier than cyanide. The toxin is so dangerous that it can only be prepared by chefs who have spent three years in training and passed an official test. However, while it is dangerous, it is also quite bland (supposedly) so we’ll leave it to you to weigh up the advantages of tucking in!
While many people associate bugs and spiders more with fear than food, recent research has suggested that insects might actually become a staple part of the human diet in the future, as we are forced to look for alternative sources of protein. In Thailand, deep-fried critters are a popular snack and are to be found at street vendors all over Bangkok. It is the perfect place to go for a bout of immersion therapy. In case you are still feeling a little bit squeamish, just remember that they taste a bit like chicken; everything seems to at the end of the day.
What’s the strangest delicacy you’ve ever encountered? Were you brave enough to try it, and what did you think? Let us know in the comments below.