Globally Unique: 10 Crazy-Looking Foods Around the World


This dish of live octopus is crazy-looking because the dish moves, or squirms, rather. 

There are a host of outrageous-looking French fries, ice cream sandwiches, pizza toppings, and bloody marys in America, but what about the rest of the world? Here are 10 foods that look so captivating that you’ll probably stare at them for a while before you actually try a bite.

Globally Unique: 10 Crazy-Looking Foods Around the World (Slideshow)

To find the items on this list, we recalled interesting-looking foods we’ve written about in previous articles, such as 6 Fruits You’ve Never Heard Of or How the World Tops Its Burgers, and consulted with our Cook channel editor, who was able to recall a few wild-looking foods she had come across in her culinary education, such as European spit cakes. What are those, you ask? Flip through our slideshow to find out.

While some of these foods are local delicacies that probably don’t look too outrageous to the people who have been enjoying them for centuries, others were invented for the distinct purpose of attracting attention (and Instagram photos). A lot of these foods are ones you’ll have to travel for, either because American chefs just don’t have the same skills Austrian chefs do when it comes to making Salzburger nockerl, or because you can only get this one particularly insane ramen burger at a fast food chain in Japan.

Have you tried eating any of these foods? Would you try eating any of these foods? Know of any crazier-looking foods that we can add to this list in the future? Let us know by tweeting @thedailymeal or leaving a comment below.

Blooming Onion (USA)

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The blooming onion, popularized as the "bloomin' onion" by the Outback Steakhouse chain, is a dish consisting of one large onion cut to resemble a flower, battered, and deep-fried. It is the mother of all onion rings. We have a few recipes here.

Century Eggs (China)

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When served, century eggs look more like large, gaudy pieces of jewelry than something edible. Also called thousand-year-old eggs, this dish consists of eggs preserved in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, quicklime, and rice hulls, which causes the yolk to become dark green or grey. They are eaten in China, Singapore, and other East Asian countries. It's just one of many ways people around the world enjoy eggs.