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Veres

veres

Originally was prepared from the blood drained from the pig’s cut throat. The blood was boiled until merely cooked and minced like meat, then it was added boiled pig organs also minced and pieces of boiled bacon. All the ingredients were mixed with salt, pepper, hot paprika and water from the boiled organs and after that the composition was packed inside cleaned pig intestines.

Criadillas

criadillas

Criadillas are bull testicles. As everyone knows, from the dawn of times eating manly parts of a slain animal was considered a source of virility. Still consuming such a dish takes a bit of the chart to taste for adventure. It is said they are very tasty but I guess it takes a lot of courage to take on the trial of trying them.

Silk Worms

silk worms

Typical Asian dish, Korean to be more specific, this food became popular all over the US and also in the great cities of Europe where the Korean restaurants became popular.

Initially containing rotted baby worms not reaching maturity, the recipe became more elaborate and started using mainly male worms “harvested” after dieing posterior the female fertilization. The worms are rolled through flour and bread crumbs and fried in palm oil and after that served with a sweet-sour sauce.

Donkey Penis

donkey penis

The latest trend in Chinese kitchen where anything eatable becomes fair game; this dish is something out of a horror movie. Setting apart the disgusting idea and considering only the presentation of this “phallic gourmet” dish, one’s stomach may turn upside down at the sight of something purple hanging in a Chinese meat store or presented on a lettuce platter at dinner.

Snake Blood

snake blood

Drained from slain king cobras in Thailand it is served as it is or mixed in drinks and is supposed to grant strange virility increasing and magical healing.

Scorpion Soup

Cooking Insects Scorpionsoup

Scorpion soup – as its name implies, is a soup made from scorpions. Preparing and eating scorpion soup can be a dangerous task as Wing Li from China recently discovered when he was stung by three as he tried to throw them in the pot. He was making the soup to help ease his rheumatism. Scorpions are eaten in the south of China. They are reared in ‘ranches’, mostly in people’s homes, then sold in the markets. Scorpions have a woody taste and should be eaten whole, except for the tip of the tail – though some recipes suggest that the venom in the tail is rendered harmless by cooking.

Raw Blood Soup

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Raw blood soup (ti?t canh in Vietnamese) is a dish made with raw blood of ducks or geese (sometimes pigs), with peanuts and herbs on top. This is the typical protein-rich breakfast of the country people in Northern Vietnam, but is very dangerous because of the H5N1 bird flu virus. This is made by taking fresh blood and sticking it in the fridge to gently congeal. Raw blood soup is a Vietnamese dish which is usually consumed while drinking alcohol and it is one that makes very little effort appeal to the taste buds of the non-Vietnamese diner. Usually you will find a few chopped peanuts scattered on top of your blood but that’s as far as it goes for fanciness. Blood soup has the oddest texture and tastes strangely metallic.

Human Placenta

350Px-Human Placenta Baby Side

Those who advocate placentophagy in humans, mostly in modern America and Europe, Mexico, Hawaii, China, and the Pacific Islands, believe that eating the placenta prevents postpartum depression and other pregnancy complications. A variety of recipes are known to exist for preparing placenta for eating in spite of the extended taboo against eating human body parts. Because a placenta is a temporary organ, it is considered by some to be excluded from the classification needed for cannibalism. Here is just one recipe I found on the Internet for placenta – it is a placenta cocktail: 1/4 cup raw placenta, 8oz V-8 juice, 2 ice cubes, 1/2 cup carrot. Blend at high speed for 10 seconds and drink. Or not.

Century Egg

Century Egg Sliced Open

Century egg is a Chinese cuisine ingredient made by preserving duck, chicken or quail eggs in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, lime, and rice straw for several weeks to several months, depending on the method of processing. After the process is completed, the yolk becomes a dark green, cream-like substance with a strong odor of sulphur and ammonia (AKA farts or rotten egg), while the white becomes a dark brown, transparent jelly with little flavor or taste. Century eggs can be eaten without further preparation, on their own as a side dish or chopped and used as an ingredient.

Hard-boiled eggs cooked in boys’ urine

Urine soaked hard-boiled eggs

Slaughtered rats for sale – Canh Nau village, west of Hanoi

Slaughtered Rats For Sale

Slaughtered dogs for sale – Duong Noi village, outside Hanoi

Slaughtered Dogs for Sale

Heads of slaughtered camels – Tamboal village market in Al Jazeera

Raw Camel Liver

Cobra meat

Cobra Meat

Turtle meat at a town market in Puerto Cabezas

Turtle Meat

A cook cuts pieces of roasted cats

Roasted Cat

A skinned frog is dropped into a blender to make a drink popular with working-class Peruvians in Lima

Frog Drink

Thai man drinks rice wine with fermented scorpion in Baan Niyomchai

Fermented Scorpion Wine

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