Weird exotic foods in southeast asia

Southeast Asia easily has some of the best foods we have tried amongst our travels. From Pad Thai, to Curry, to Mie Goreng, to Bahn Mi’s- we never left hungry! But did you know that in Asia, they eat a lot of other weird exotic foods that you have never even dreamt of eating? You can eat things like bugs and chicken feet like it’s candy. (It is served as a snack for most locals a well!). It’s is a total cultural thing (and partially physiological for us) but you might as well try them while you are there! You are exploring a different country so why not push yourself to try something new?

Here are some of the weirdest and nastiest Southeast Asia foods we came across while traveling.

1. Scorpion

scorpion - weird exotic foods

I thought these bad boys tasty like crunchy stuff with spices on it. Not bad (you can’t really tell by the look on my face though)! Found in China (Wangfujing Markets in Beijing), Laos, Thailand and Cambodia, these are the staple of weird Delicacies in Southeast Asia.

2. Balut

balut - weird exotic foods
Balut is a boiled duck embryo-feathers and beak and all. It is a popular Asian delicacy in the Philippines. This one is definitely hard to get past due to psychology. I think the more unrecognizable, the better. People say you can taste the feathers and beak. uh, No thank you.

3. Tarantula

Tarantula - Cambodia - weird exotic foods

Deep fried, these guys are found sold in street carts of Cambodia. Try to avoid the legs as they get stuck in your teeth.  Cute, huh?

4. Starfish

starfish - weird exotic foods

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Served on sticks, starfish is eaten in China, and very popular in the Wangfujing Markets in Beijing.

5. Grasshopper

fried-grasshopper

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We found these BBQ’d critters in Laos, Cambodia and China. And ya know what? They weren’t too bad! Just make sure you don’t eat the wings or legs- those also get awkwardly stuck in your teeth.

6. Baby mice fetus

Mouse Whiski Shots - weird exotic foods

Yes, you heard right. Baby mice fetus, found in Hong Kong, drowned in rice wine. You take a shot with the fetus in the shot glass. No chewing, unless you are a horrible person. However, it is said to prolong your life and some type of liver benefits.

7. Chicken Feet and Chicken Head

chicken head - weird exotic foods

chicken feet - weird exotic foods

Chicken feet are actually a delicacy in China. If made right, they are apparently very succulent and delicious. Maybe not for us (again, probably a cultural thing), but it is definitely a weird one.

8. Snake and Snake Bile

snake - weird exotic foods

Vietnam and Taiwan are renown for their snake experiences! Bile, blood, and even a live snake heart, this experience is not for the weak!

9. Kopi Luwak (Weasel poo coffee)

Kopi luwak coffee - weird exotic foods

We tried this coffee (and saw the unappealing process of it being made) in Ubud, Indonesia. We tried several types of [normal] coffee along with the thicker, um, darker poo coffee. Not bad to be honest!

10. Penis (any kind, but human kind)

eating penis - weird exotic foods

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There is a famous restaurant in Beijing called Guolizhuang RestaurantBison genitals, sheep nuts, the expensive tiger penis-you can go NUTS (see what I did there?) at this place!

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What sort of crazy weird exotic foods have you eaten while traveling?

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