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.
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. BalutBalut 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.
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?
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
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 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
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)
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!