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By Maya Wakabayashi and Zoe Avent
Food keeps you alive. You may not notice it but food is a big part of the human community. Asia has many unique food choices in different countries. Here are some of the most interesting foods from Asia. Also beware, you may be very grossed out and or surprised at what people eat.
Tuna eyeballs are a unique food in that they are often counted as gross from just looking at them. Many people say this dish tastes like squid.
Thailand-Jing Leed (Cricket)
In Thailand, Jing Leed is one of the most common insect snacks. It is usually seasoned and fried with Thai seasonings and sauces. They are about 1.25 inches to 1.5 inches long.
The fried spider is a delicacy in Cambodia. In fact, the fried spider is a very popular sight for tourists. Many people say the fried spider tastes like fried chicken. Does that make you feel better?
The Beondegi is a popular South Korean street food that is made with the silkworm pupae. It is usually served in paper cups with a toothpick and can also be found in Korean grocery stores sold in a can.
Southeast Asia-Frog Legs
Look closely. What do you see? Chicken wings or frog legs? Well let me tell you these are in fact frog legs. Either fried, grilled, stewed or baked these frog legs are a delicacy in some places including Southeast Asia and China.
China and Korea-Dogs
Dogs are very self explanatory. I know that if you have a dog as a pet, you may be extremely offended. I personally have a dog and just wanted to say that they are not eaten in the USA but they are eaten in China.
This dish is made by boiling a developing bird alive in it’s own shell. I have to say that this is a very rare thing to do and in my own opinion, this would not be on my list of favorite food list.
The Cobra that is about to be eaten is still alive at first but then, the Cobra is opened and the heart is scooped out and placed in a shot glass filled with the Cobra’s own blood. Sad and gross.
Laos-Ant Egg Soup
This dish originated in Laos which is pretty close to Cambodia and Thailand. It is known as one of the world’s weirdest soups. It is a mix of ant heads, snakehead fish, tomatoes and some garnish.
Mongolia-Fermented Horse Milk
This Mongolian drink is a very odd type of
milk. It is made from a Mare’s milk (mother horse) that is fermented (cooked) into a fizzy slightly alcoholic liquid then is poured back into the main container.
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