As you may or may not know, founder and CEO of trip.me, Andre Kiwitz, is currently in Africa. He’s traversed the wild plains of Botswana, taken a wealth of remarkable photos of animals and even found time to attend the prestigious Adventure Travel World Summit in Namibia.
But, lest you all get too jealous, we here in the trip.me offices also demanded that he eat Namibia’s infamous dish, spicy Mopani worms. Take a look at how outrageously unappetizing they look.
Not one to disappoint, and being a hardened traveler and lover of unusual foods, Andre came through. Today he shared this video with us:
So this got us thinking. What’s the most unusual food we’ve eaten? We asked around the whole trip.me office and came up with a list of the team’s most adventurous culinary experiences that our respective cultures just aren’t used to.
Big-Assed Ants in Colombia
There are a fair share of interesting food options in Colombia (cheese dipped in hot chocolate, anyone?) that you can try, but the only one that I truly regretted trying was hormigas culonas, or fat-assed ants.
The truth is that the flavor itself isn’t actually terrible. If you’re a fan of nuts or bacon you’ll probably find the smokey taste of these little critters appealing. The problem is the look of the ants, the knowledge that they’re ants, and the aftertaste (or aftertexture, to be more correct). The sensation of little ant legs being stuck in my teeth is something I never want to experience again as long as I’m here on this earth. Pass me the lechona, instead, please.
Chicken Foot, Singapore
No Asian dish is complete without something a little bit “unique”. While exploring the bustling city-state of Singapore I had plenty of opportunities to try food with Chinese or Indian influences. By far the most unusual thing I found was a chicken foot, nestled nicely among some other spicy chicken parts, all dowsed in soy sauce. It tasted exactly how you might imagine it would feel to touch – chewy with a slight crunch.
I can’t say I’d recommend it for it’s taste, but everything should be tried at least once, right?… Right?
Dog Meat, Vietnam
When traveling in parts of China, Vietnam or Korea you’ll inevitably come across a roadside eatery serving unidentifiable meat, usually in a stew or soup. Heed my advice, dear traveler: it’s always best to ask (or do your best to ask) what type of meat it is. If you can point to or draw the animal, or look it up in a dictionary, do it! There’s a distinct chance that you may be about to chomp into a hunk of dog meat.
Just like I did.
Milbenkäse is a German cheese delicacy produced only in certain regions of the country. Cheese is all well and good, and generally cheese in Germany is particularly delicious, but there has to be a line drawn somewhere. Live mites is where I draw that line.
Milbenkäse is a cheese that has live mites crawling all over it, giving it a zesty edge that, frankly, I can do without.
Chicha de jora, Peru
Peru is world-renowned for it’s incredible cuisine, and rightly so. That doesn’t make it perfect, though.
Chicha de jora is a beer-like drink from Peru that is derived from corn. It involves the local Incas chewing on plant parts, spitting them in a bucket and leaving them to ferment. Needless to say, there was no warning about the saliva-induced flavors beforehand so I went full-throttle into this sour-beer not worried about a thing.
Deep-Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, United States
There are many oddities in cuisine all over the world, but surely nothing rates quite as highly for unabashed, unhealthy indulgence like deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?
Can I admit to enjoying this? No? Ok.
Dried Bull’s Penis, Sicily, Italy
When you think Sicilian food, you think fresh tomatoes, pizza, pasta and general delicious-ness, right?
Well, that might usually be the case, but should you get a hangover in Sicily the local recommendation doesn’t sound quite so good. To chase away the cobwebs and fuzziness of a night on the vino locals indulge in a rather unique delicacy: dried bull’s penis.
We’ll leave the picture out for this one, eh?
What’s the most unusual food you’ve tried on your globe-trotting adventures? Share with us in the comments!