10 bizarre foods you can only get on holiday
1. Deep-fried locusts: Thailand Deep fried locusts are very common in Thailand. A good source of protein, deep fried locusts are a delicacy seasoned with salt and pepper and served as a snack.
Thailand holidays are not the same without a little tasting adventure. Here’s a tip: add a drizzle of soya sauce.
2. Sheep’s brain: Egypt
This delicacy is rich in iron and protein which makes for great skin, hair and nails. The dish is popular across North Africa and the Middle East. Usually served hot with bread and extra seasoning, you can either have the sheep’s brain spiced with garlic, parsley and mixed herbs or with just plain salt and pepper. In Bedouin regions of Egypt sheep’s brain is served with scrambled eggs.
3. Curry goat: The Caribbean Islands
This is one of the tastiest bizarre foods. The curry goat dish is delicious. Cooked as a stew the curry is seasoned with tasty Caribbean spices and served with rice and peas. Holidays to the Caribbean are all about discovery - try Curry Goat alongside sweet coleslaw, fried plantain and sorrel punch. Low in fat and high in protein, goat meat is a healthy source of nutrition.
4. Fried frog’s legs: China
As well as being a popular delicacy in France fried frog’s legs are also appreciated in China. As a Cantonese cuisine Fried frog’s legs are normally dished up as a stir-fry with traditional Chinese style spices; fresh ginger, red chillies, oyster and soya sauce.
5. Snail soup: Morocco
This is a light and tasty dish, less of a soup and more of a broth, the snails are seasoned with traditional English herbs; thyme and sage. Once the snails have been washed thoroughly, they are boiled in the mixed herbs. The snail soup is served in a bowl with more snail shells than soup. The idea is you use a toothpick to pick out the snails and return the bowl back with just the shells. You are then usually served a bowl full of broth to follow.
6. Zaatar (sun-dried thyme and sesame seeds): Dubai
A popular dish in Dubai and neighbouring Middle-Eastern countries, Zaatar is completely meat and insect free. Holidays to Dubai offer a blend of exoticism and elegance, legend tells that Zaatar is good for the mind and the soul. Essentially, Zaatar looks like mixed seeds (usually served on a flat plate) the idea is that you drizzle olive oil on a piece of warm bread then add a dash of yoghurt and dip it in Zaatar. Usually served as breakfast, the dish is crunchy and 100% Middle Eastern.
7. Tarantula: Cambodia
Like fried locusts, tarantula is served as a (sweet) snack that is crunchy on the outside and meaty on the inside. The best way to eat tarantula is by peeling the legs first, though you might be encouraged to eat it as a whole - be warned the legs can jab at your gums... Don’t succumb to peer pressure!
8. Alligator tail: New Orleans, U.S
There is nothing scary about alligator tail, also known as ‘gator bites’. The dish is served as a snack or a starter. The meat tastes like chicken and because the gator bites are southern fried the texture will be very familiar to you – these tasty treats are usually served with a dipping sauce that is a mix of something sweet and spicy.
9. Kudu: South Africa
The kudus are a species of antelope. The kudu meat is lean and very healthy, often likened to venison. You can also find kudu biltong which is incredibly popular in South Africa. I highly recommend not seeing an antelope until you’ve tasted kudu otherwise it could be a very daunting food tasting experience!
10. Stinking toe (Tinkin toe): The Caribbean Islands, Jamaica
This fruit is delicious despite its unforgiving name. However, the name couldn’t be more fitting because the fruit is bizarrely shaped like a toe and once the shell is cracked it really does smell. However, remove the shell and you’re left with a delicious, sweet, highly addictive piece of fruit.