The most unusual national dishes of the world

Gastronomic tourism is a fashionable and gaining popularity. And even if you go to a new country not to spend all the time in restaurants, getting to know any national cuisine is an integral part of immersion in foreign culture.

Today in the Top-10 presents the most unusual national dishes of different countries .Sometimes, to taste this delicacy, you need special courage. But the memories of this acquaintance with the local cuisine will certainly remain for a long time.


  • 10. Durian( Singapore)
  • 9. Guinea pig( Peru)
  • 8. Woodworm larvae( Australia)
  • 7. Virgin eggs( China)
  • 6. Lutefisk( Norway)
  • 5. Kasu-marzu( Italy)
  • 4. Balut( Philippines)
  • 3. Snake soup( Hong Kong)
  • 2. Chapulines( Mexico)
  • 1. Rocky Mountain oysters( USA)

10. Durian( Singapore)

Why this popular Asian fruit is not compared. His smell, according to different reviews, resembles a decomposing corpse, athlete's socks, public toilet. It is not for nothing that in Singapore it is forbidden to transport durian in public transport. But the true gourmets say that with corpses and rotten meat, the fruit has nothing in common. Truly developed taste buds allow you to feel a mixture of vanilla pudding and onions.

9. Guinea Pig( Peru)

These lovely little animals are happily served for dinner in the South American Andes. The syrup is baked, fried and cooked on the grill. They call the guinea pigs "kui", and to taste their meat resembles chicken.

8. Larvae of the woodworm( Australia)

Yellowish larvae dribbling with a sticky secret, long favored by local Aborigines. Although the migrants from Europe, they cause nausea, so you will not be able to taste the delicacy in Sydney and Melbourne. But they can be found during a trip deep into the continent.

7. Eggs of a virgin( China)

In the west of Zhejiang province, they came up with the strangest way of cooking eggs - they are soaked and then they boil in the urine of boys who are not yet 10 years old. Local argue that the dish favorably affects the circulatory system.

6. Lutefisk( Norway)

Quite a strange way of cooking involves soaking dried fish in an alkaline solution of caustic soda. After three days in such an aggressive environment, the fillets are soaked in water. As a result, the meat acquires a jelly-like consistency and a pungent odor. Use lutefisk after cooking - roasting, baking or cooking.

5. Kasu-marzu( Italy)

This cheese is almost impossible to find in a regular supermarket because of hygienic rules. But in local shops in Sardinia, Kasu-maru is sold to real gourmets. The main distinctive feature of cheese is the presence of larvae of cheese flies, which are involved in fermentation.

4. Balut( Philippines)

It is said that this delicacy tastes better than it looks. Balyut is a duck egg with a formed embryo. Eggs are cooked in the shell and served with salt, vinegar and seasonings.

3. Snake soup( Hong Kong)

Acid-soured soup with tofu, mushrooms and snake meat improves blood flow and warms in cold weather. They serve it only in traditional restaurants, where snakes are kept right in the main hall in special wooden boxes.

2. Chapulines( Mexico)

Under this exotic name are hidden familiar grasshoppers. Mexicans fry insects with salt and chili pepper, and then eat with pleasure as a crispy and spicy appetizer for beer.

1. Oysters of the Rocky Mountains( USA)

Naturally, there is no question of seafood in the mountains. Oysters of rocky mountains are called eggs of young bulls, fried in deep fry. This dish is especially popular with farmers in the season of spring castration of bull-calves. By the way, the original name for the dish of bovine eggs was invented not only by Americans. The French call it "white kidneys".