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UNUSUAL FOOD

SANNAKJI HOE

The traditional Korean cuisine gives us several strange ways to taste the food. If you usually enjoy living unusual experiences, you should eat SANNAKJI SOE. It consists of a live small octopus called NAKJI that has been cut into small pieces and served immediately. Korean cooks usually season it with sesame or sesame oil but...you still feel the little pieces squirming on your plate...and on your tongue! That it is why you must be careful! Because the suction cups on the octopus arms can stick to your mouth or throat and you can become choked up!!

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sannakji ( By Alba Tard贸n)


Bugs

Entomophagy is a diet based on the intake of insects and is quite common in a lot of parts of the world such as Central America, South America, Asia, Australia and Africa, with the exception of Europe and North America. Main consuming insects are China, Thailand , India , Japan, Mexico , Chile, Uruguay , Morocco and Egypt as well as a lot of other tropical countries. It is very typical to find vendors selling fried grasshoppers, crickets, scorpions, spiders and worms on the streets of Bangkok and Thailand. Approximately 2000 million species of insects are edible according to FAO. Most of these insects are consumed when they are larva, but some can also be consumed as adults. Insects are high in protein and apparently consist of important fatty acids and vitamins. Various sources agree in stating that while the meat from domestic livestock has between 25 and 50 % protein in insects this figure rises to 75 % and are presented in more digestible state. http://www.moolf.com/interesting/top-ten-strangest-foods-from-around-the-world.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entomophagy (By Noelia Mu単oz)


Durian

It´s a tree of about 25 metres , native to Southeast Asia. It is marketed in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. Durian has a green and thorn carapace and the inside is yellow. It has an intense and pleasant taste, creamy texture and a very strong smell. Durian is probably the most polarizing fruit in the world. You either hate its smell or love it. The smell has been compared to everything from almonds to dirty gym socks. This fruit is usually eaten raw, although the seeds can be fried because they are edible. The seeds can used to prepare cakes or ice cream too. In Asia it is considered an aphrodisiac fruit. In addition, the root, bark and leaves are used in popular medicine. It itself contains high amounts of sugar, vitamin C and potassium.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ibm/10-of-the-most-unusual-foods-that-people-actually-5we9 http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durio_zibethinus (By Irene Ariza)


Kopi Luwak Kopi Luwak coffee comes from the Indonesian island of Sumatra, an area well-known for its excellent coffee. Also native to the area is a small civit-like animal that the locals call them luwaks.

These little mammals live in the trees and one of their favorite foods is the red, ripe coffee cherry. They eat the cherries, bean and all. While the bean is in the little guy's stomach, it undergoes chemical treatments and fermentations. The bean finishes its journey through the digestive system, and exits. The stillintact beans are collected from the forest floor, and are cleaned, then roasted and ground just like any other coffee. The resulting coffee is said to be like no other. It has a rich, heavy flavour with hints of caramel or chocolate. http://coffeetea.about.com/cs/kindsofcoffee/a/aakopiluwak.htm

(By MÂŞ JosĂŠ Chito)


SILK PUPAE

Beondegi, which literally means "chrysalis"or pupa in Korean, is eaten as a popular snack in Korea. Beondegi are often served by street vendors, as well as in restaurant and drinking establishments. Also they are sold in cans in grocery stores and convenience stores, but they must be boiled in water before serving. It´s not always sold in the market and is usually sold from street vendors, although it´s possible to buy the live variant for personal preparations.

Served boiled and seasoned, the pupae are good source of high quality protein. http://www.buzzfeed.com/ibm/10-of-the-most-unusual-foods-that-people-actually-5we9 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombyx_mori

(By Rocío Soto)


Balut Balut is a Philippines dish. It is known by some people as ' eggs with legs '. It consists of boiling fertilized eggs that contain an embryo of chicken (with pens, legs and other organs), and of consuming them directly from the rind. The eggs are savored for their balance of textures and flavors; the broth surrounding the embryo is sipped from the egg before the shell is peeled, and the yolk and young chick inside can be eaten. In the Philippines, balut eaters prefer salt and/or chilli and garlic and vinegar mixture to season their eggs. Nutritious and flavorful, it is a staple for people working late in the night or coming home in the wee hours of the morning.

It is also said that balut can boost male fertility and libido. http://www.wikihow.com/Eat-Balut http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balut_%28food%29

(By MarĂ­a Aparicio)


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