A quick sniff around the internet and it becomes pretty obvious that we in Scotland are spoiled for choice when it comes to eating out. The central belt in particular is crammed with a fantastic range of obscure and exquisite ethnic diners and delis. Yet even when sitting down to consume the finest Chinese or best Brazilian food in town there’s still a part of us that feels Scotland is missing something.
Haggis has long been mocked for its unusual and unattractive contents. And all this time we’ve let the world get away with it when they’ve been tucking into an even odder foodstuff. Head Cheese is a pate made from the inside of an animal’s head. Mercifully brains and eyeballs aren’t generally added.
Civet crap coffee
Civet’s are basically handsome ferret-like critters that eat coffee beans. After they’ve pooped out what their bodies can’t digest, what’s left of the coffee beans are harvested. These once used coffee beans are then sold at a premium around Vietnam for humans to recycle. Apparently they’re delicious and a good cup can fetch eye-watering prices.
When you’re about to enjoy a good boiled egg, it isn’t uncommon for friends to joke that you are in fact eating an unborn chick. While this is blatantly bullocks, if you actually wanted to eat an unborn chick you actually could. Well in the Philippinesyou could anyway. Balut are fertilised duck embryo’s which are cooked and eaten out of their shell. While they may not look great, they apparently help improve your sex drive.
Ever wondered how long a living thing would last trapped inside your stomach? Well now you can find out! Shirouo are tiny fish which can are eaten alive in a very select few Japanese restaurants. Locals apparently prefer not to chew these little guys but let them wriggle down their throats alive and kicking. Bizarre and cruel it might be, but there are few eating experiences as unique.
All this dead stuff is obviously great, but no crazy culinary experience would be complete without pudding. And pudding in this instance should be the weird Durian fruit. They look like lethal spiked coconuts but taste more like raspberries. Not much weirdness here then . . . except there is. Durian fruit smell like rot, damp sweaty clothes and the lingering pong of a not so distantly banished jobbie. Yum yum.