6. Fried Insects
It appears that South East Asians love their fried insects – spiders, crickets, scorpions, centipedes, worms – name it! Fried insects are cooked in hot oil with garlic and spices and then seasoned with salt and pepper. These exotic, crunchy things are regarded as aphrodisiac, high in protein and other nutrients.
Hakarl, or fermented Greenlandic shark, is one of those food items that were discovered out of necessity. Found in the icy countries of Iceland and Finland, Greenlandic shark is highly toxic when eaten fresh, but locals have found a way to make it both edible and tasty – by burying it in the ground for months and then hanging in the air to dry. If you get past the foul, putrefied smell, you’ll be rewarded with a sweet, nutty flavor and a fun way to deal with the extreme cold.