Food is considered an endless source of inspiration for people. However, the following dishes will scare you before you taste them due to their look and smell. Don’t be scared! The 10 following dishes are actually wonderful in terms of both taste and nutritional benefits.
  • TOP 10 SCARIEST FOODS BUT DELICIOUS AROUND THE WORLD
  • TOP 10 SCARIEST FOODS BUT DELICIOUS AROUND THE WORLD
  • TOP 10 SCARIEST FOODS BUT DELICIOUS AROUND THE WORLD

1. Durian Fruit

Despite being a fruit, durian can make people gag with its obnoxious smell. It is compared to “rotting flesh”, which is the reason why it is banned in public places in Singapore. The fruit has spiky skin and is hard to cut open. It tastes sweet and nutty, but to many people, especially the first-time triers, it is “disgusting”. The others find it appealing and even get addicted to its unordinary taste.

  • TOP 10 SCARIEST FOODS BUT DELICIOUS AROUND THE WORLD
  • TOP 10 SCARIEST FOODS BUT DELICIOUS AROUND THE WORLD
  • TOP 10 SCARIEST FOODS BUT DELICIOUS AROUND THE WORLD

2. Balut (Philippines)

Even a starving stomach may back down at first sight of the balut egg. It looks like a normal hard-boiled egg, but once cracked open, a tiny duck fetus with full body and limbs is revealed. Part of the yolk is still inside, along with a tiny bit of broth. When the egg is done boiling, it should be eaten straight away. The broth is sipped first, then the duckling and the solidified yolk is scooped out right from the shell. The egg part tastes like any normal egg, while the fetus tastes like chicken. Balut egg is most popular in Southeast Asia, especially in the Philippines, where it is said to “increase manliness”.

TOP 10 SCARIEST FOODS BUT DELICIOUS AROUND THE WORLD

3. Odori Don (Japan)

Oridon Don – also known as dancing squid rice bowl – is one of the most controversial dishes in Japan. This dish consists of a whole dead squid added on top of a bowl of rice or noodle. It stays still because its brain has been removed. But when soy sauce is squirted over, its tentacles begin to wiggle as if the squid is still alive. Many say it’s cruel and animal abusing as it seems like the soy sauce is torturing the squid, yet the squid is actually dead before being  served.

TOP 10 SCARIEST FOODS BUT DELICIOUS AROUND THE WORLD

4. Sea urchins
Sea urchins are invertebrates that can be found on ocean floors worldwide with a thousand varieties of sea urchin, but only a small proportion of these can be eaten. There are countless methods to eat sea urchins, both raw and cooked. If you’ve never tried sea urchins before and even if you have thought that you didn’t like it because it looks scared, you must definitely try it when you have chance. You could be addicted to its taste.

TOP 10 SCARIEST FOODS BUT DELICIOUS AROUND THE WORLD

5. Fermented skate

A whole skate is placed in a pile of hay or freezer within for days for the natural fermentation process to take place. After the fermentation, the skates are cut into slices and then eaten raw. This horror dish has a typical smell like urine and some compare it to a public toilet. However, it is one of the most popular dishes in Korea.

TOP 10 SCARIEST FOODS BUT DELICIOUS AROUND THE WORLD

6. Bat soup

Bats are part of the native cuisine in Thailand, parts of China, Taiwan, Guam and more even though they are regarded as notorious disease carriers. Fruit bat soup is considered to be a delicacy in these Asian and Pacific Rim countries. It is known to have a flavor similar to that of chicken. Bat is preliminary processed to remove fishy smells, marinating and then put in a nutritious bowl of soup for diners.

TOP 10 SCARIEST FOODS BUT DELICIOUS AROUND THE WORLD

7. Akutaq – Alaska

Akutaq is a Yup’ik word, meaning something mixed. Akutaq which is also called Eskimo Ice Cream can be made in many different ways. It can made with moose meat and fat, caribou meat and fat, fish, seal oil, berries and other Alaskan things. In many restaurants in Alaska, this kind of ice cream is one of the most expensive dishes on the menu.

TOP 10 SCARIEST FOODS BUT DELICIOUS AROUND THE WORLD

8. Tuna Eyes

Tuna eyes is a very popular dish in China and Japan but there are a lot people being scared when seeing this kind of food. The standard ingredients for cooking “Tuna eyes” is tuna eyes which remains the eyeball and the surrounding fat and only a few eye muscles are cut. Although the dish is rich in omega 3, DHA and of a high nutritional value which is good for eyes and brain, not everyone has the courage to try it because the eyes of tuna are processed as if it is still alive.

TOP 10 SCARIEST FOODS BUT DELICIOUS AROUND THE WORLD

9. Surströmming – Swenden

Surströmming, which is a  lightly-salted fermented Baltic Sea herring, is a specialty in Sweden. However, this dish can make people who are unfamiliar cannot bear it when they smell it. Surströmming is served with thin sliced bread, boiled potatoes or onions. Drinks used when people eat this dish are usually milk, Akvavit wine or beer.

TOP 10 SCARIEST FOODS BUT DELICIOUS AROUND THE WORLD

10. Stinky Tofu - China

Fresh tofu is marinated in prepared brine for only a day or two to be fermented. Although it has a smell like rotten garbage or smelly feet, those who have eaten this dish said they have a characteristic flavor and are good for health.

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