For a citizen of a country which has a menu full of bizzare food such as: raw beef with raw egg yalk, fermented milk, juice from cooked fruit, duck blood soup, fermented cabbage, sausage from pig’s blood or bread spread with pig fat similar to butter, I thought nothing would surprise me anymore but every time I visit a new country, I’m happy to be wrong. Below you can see a list of things that shocked my eyes or nose but made my taste buds jump for joy.
Kiwi Poo, Kiwi Wee… (New Zealand)
Chocolate coated raisins, peanuts and stuff. But why?!
Maqluba (Ramallah, PNA)
During my student exchange in Germany, I was lucky to have neighbours from all parts of the world in my dormitory. Without much thought, we decided to prepare a Polish-Palestinian dinner. The boys prepared maqluba, typical dish of the Arab Levant. The name of the dish translates from Arabic into “upside-down”. To put it simply, it’s rice, aubergine and chicken or beef cooked together in a huge pot and then inverted onto a big plate.
Brioche con Gelato (Ragusa, Sicily)
It’s a hot July morning and you’re sitting in a little Italian cafe surrounded by Baroque architecture. Next to you, there’s a couple playing piano four-hands preparing for a competition. You order a typical Sicilian breakfast and get a sweet brioche bun stuffed with a fat smear of ice cream. Isn’t it a paradise?
Mpanatigghi (Modica, Sicily)
A crispy cookie that you can eat only in Modica. It is filled with almonds, sugar, chocolate and… beef!
Cipolle di Giarratana
I was speechless when saw a basket full of these ones in my friend’s kitchen. The onions that are bigger than a cat’s head are typical of town of Giarratana in southeastern Sicily. My friend’s mom roasted them with garlic and we ate it cooled down (usually I eat onions raw in salads or hot in stews or soups). Imagine the look on the faces of security control guys at the airport when they saw them in my backpack!
Chicco was also incredibly shocked that a Human took a picture of him with something awkward next to his head,
but he just continued being awesome.
Birramisù (Ragusa, Sicily)
A tiramisu for adults with beer instead of coffee.
Hematogenas (Vilnius, Lithuania)
One morning during Baltic countries trip, I went to the mall and bought everything that contained chocolate. I chose a swing on a playground and felt so carefree with so much sugar in the pocket. One of my treasures was a nutrition bar popular in Russia which contains huge dose of iron. The primary ingridient is cow’s blood. Umm, no.
Piejura (Riga, Latvia)
My couchsurfing hosts in Riga cooked all possible Latvian dishes for me even though it was over 30 degrees outside.
One of the treats was a superb cooling dessert: cold sweet bread soup with raisins.
Crocodile pizza (Australia)
Tastes like dry light chicken meat mixed with fish.
Dal Bhat (Kathmandu, Nepal)
Dal (lentils) bhat (rice) is a meal popular in Nepal, India and Bangladesh. It consists of rice, vegetable and meat poured with lentil soup and mixed with hand. My first evening at my hosts’ place and I wasn’t prepared to eat with fingers at all! Lucky for me I took hand disinfectant. How cool was that!
Black sesame soup (Hong Kong)
It was my first night of trying Hong Kong tastes and it turned out awesome right away! The soup was warm and sweet. Eating it in a dark side street full of strange people and things made it even more exciting!
The durian (Hong Kong)
Probably I don’t have to write much about this fruit with most repelling smell of all. Durian is banned from airline cabins, hotels and public transportation. Hate it or love it, I actually liked the soft texture and sweet creamy taste!