national food

‘Delicious’ National Dishes…

Here at hungryhouse we love food… reading about it, talking about it and of course eating it! A recent office discussion about weird food got us asking ourselves what does weird even mean when it comes to food?

Obviously different people have different tastes but we wanted to dig a little deeper to see quite how far taste can go.  In fact we ended up spending hours trawling the web looking at, or should we say squirming over, some of the most ‘interesting’ national dishes in the world.

And just because we might not go there, doesn’t mean these foods are not a delicacy or at least to some people’s taste, delicious! Here are some of our favourite finds:

1. Black Pudding, United Kingdom

British Black Pudding

British Black Pudding (image via)

Why not start with a little self-examination here; we Brits have some very odd eating habits. British food gets a bad rep from some, but that’s probably because they haven’t tasted the national delicacy that is… black pudding. A ‘delicious’ mix of blood and oatmeal, in sausage form! Definitely an essential addition to any full English breakfast!

Perhaps you prefer to stick to something a little more palatably British – you can’t go wrong with fish and chips!

2. Escamoles, Mexico

Mexican Escamoles

Mexican Escamoles ( (image via)

We’re used to our Mexican food coming in the form of yummy little tacos and over-stuffed burritos. That’s not really what they eat in Mexico (well not all the time anyway). Watch out for Escamoles, a seemingly innocuous looking national dish of white beans, which, on closer inspection turns out to be ant eggs! Apparently they taste like cottage cheese. Do you want a cracker with that?

Keep your sombrero on, you can order proper Tex Mex with no fear of an ant egg infestation!

3. Cuy, Peru

Peruvian Cuy

Peruvian Cuy (image via)

We may see guinea pigs as cute little pets scuttling around the garden, but in Peru these sweet little creatures are a traditional national dish, and about 65 million are munched annually. In fact, cuy provides a welcome source of protein to many indigenous Andean dwellers and, served with a side of rice and corn, is a staple of the nation.

4. Bosintang soup, Korea

Bosintang soup

Bosintang soup (image via)

Sticking to the family pet theme, dog soup is a Korean dish made by boiling dog meat with onion, leek and soy, and served as a thin broth. It’s found in at least 6,000 restaurants in South Korea. We would probably serve that with a crusty bread roll…

Still fancy Korean tonight? You won’t get any unusual dish surprises with this tasty menu

5. Tiet Cahn (Vietnam)

It may not be as popular as a steaming bowl of Vietnamese Pho, but Tiet Cahn certainly has its fans. The traditional Vietnamese soup dish contains very few ingredients and served cold, actually has the texture of jelly. The main additions are chicken gizzards and raw duck blood. With those powerful flavours, we don’t think much else needs to go in there!

Yummy Vietnamese Pho

Yummy Vietnamese Pho (image via)

If reading about Tiet Cahn has got you in the mood for Vietnamese, why not try something from our broad range of Vietnamese cuisine options!

We would love to hear your experiences of weird national dishes! What have you tried? And did you like it?

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Posted on: August 28, 2013 | by: Caroline

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