“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, well the same goes for food we eat too. While some will consider the following food as delicacies, others find them downright scary and disgusting. With Halloween coming pretty soon, let’s go through 5 of these so-called “Scariest Food” in Asia.
1. Century Egg
Let’s start with something mild (yes, this is mild…). By preserving duck, chicken, or quail eggs in a mixture of salt, clay, ash, quicklime and rice hulls. After several weeks to months, the usual egg white we are all so familiar with will turn into a translucent brownish jelly, and the creamy yolk emits a dark greenish grey glow. Century eggs can be eaten without any further preparation. Served either on their own, or as a side-dish along with beancurd or porridge. Though some find the smell of the eggs pungent due to the presence of hydrogen sulfide and Ammonia, most Chinese will find them a real delicacy, serving them even in wedding banquets as part of an appetizer dish.
Regarded by most South-east Asians as the “King of Fruits”, durian is a widely popular fruit. From eating it fresh, to other gourmet creations like durian cake, crepes, gelato, even milkshakes, one can see the sheer popularity of the King. But of course, this “King” is also known for scaring people away with his “smell of rotting food”. This even led to the banishment of the King from some airports, hotels and public transport. There is even an urban legend that if you consume durian with alcohol, it will KILL you, though there is no actual scientific prove to that.
3. Snake Wine
Bottoms up! Made by submerging whole snakes into rice wine, this stomach-turning concoction is said to induce health benefits like curing far-sightedness, hair loss and even improve one’s sexual performance. Though venomous snakes are used, the ethanol content will help to denature the venom, rendering it inactive. Not just wine though, certain parts of China, Taiwan and Vietnam are well-known for their snake delicacies like meat and even blood wine.
4. Fried Spiders
Ready for the creepy crawlies? In Cambodia, fried spiders are a delicacy and a specialty snack sold mostly by street vendors. Its preparations are easy, the spiders are usually fried till crispy along with salt, sugar and garlic. Though most said that the taste is bland, the best seasoning is most probably arachnophobia.
5. Bat Meat
Finally, the main star of the post. They may be the pets of Dracula, but they are also superfood for people in places like Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. Known as the “Chicken of the Caves”, bats are widely hunted and consumed to being endangered. There are various ways to cook them, like stir-fry, roast or stew, though it is said to emit a strong stench while cooking. The scariest part for this, however, is the preparation process. From the beheading, to skinning and chopping it into pieces, imagination alone is enough to traumatize many…