Gastronomic Adventures: 25 Weird Cuisines from Around the Globe



Budae-jjigae is the Korean soup dish which is a fusion of common soup ingredients in Korea and scavenged foods from US bases. It had a period of "illegality"; as spam smuggling was punishable by death under President Park in the 60s to the 70s.

12Loco Moco

Loco Moco

A 'Loco Moco' is a traditional Hawaiian cuisine. There are many variations, but the essential loco moco consists of white rice, topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg, and brown gravy.



The Japanese dish of Oyakodon which is made with chicken and eggs translates to “Parent and child in rice bowl.”



The Ortolan is a bird that was formerly eaten in French cuisine. The process of preparing it included trapping it in a dark box so that it would eat more thinking it was night, before drowning it in brandy, roasting it, and then eating it under a napkin, done to "shield ones self from God."

15Ants Climbing a Tree

Ants Climbing a Tree

There is a Szechuan dish in Chinese cuisine called "Ants Climbing a Tree" because the bits of ground meat clinging to the bean thread noodles evoke an image of ants walking on twigs.

16Mizu Shingen Mochi

Mizu Shingen Mochi

Japan has a type of dessert called a Mizu Shingen Mochi and it looks like a giant raindrop and tastes quite like a giant raindrop.



Milt, which is the seminal fluid containing the sperm of fish, is considered a delicacy in Japanese and Korean cuisines.

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'PagPag' is a type of Filipino cuisine eaten by poor sections of society that recycles old food garbage waste into new dishes.



Basashi is a Japanese dish, consisting of raw, thinly sliced horse meat that is dipped in soy sauce and garnished with ginger and onions. It is considered a staple bar food in the region.

20Engagement Chicken

Engagement Chicken

There is a dish called "Engagement Chicken" which is served with the intention of getting your boyfriend to propose.

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