The most unusual dishes of the world
1. Menudo (Mexico)
Although some of you probably the ingredients of this soup are nothing amazing, not all people would be willing to try beef stomach. Menudo is a traditional Mexican soup, which Mexico enjoys great popularity and is often prepared on special occasions. The dish is also widely known as a hangover cure.
Menudo is made from the stomachs of cows with onions, cilantro, oregano, chili peppers and corn. For its preparation requires 7 to 10 hours, as the stomach should be boiled very long, so that it becomes soft and tender. Some may wonder do the stomach can really be delicious? But if you add all the other ingredients and simmer on low heat for a couple of hours, the result will be simply incredible.
The stomach becomes so tender that melts in your mouth, add more corn tortillas to dip in the soup, and you get the perfect lunch. The origin of this soup is little known, however one can guess that in Mexico, when he stabbed the bull, wanted to use all parts of the carcass for cooking, including stomachs. This dish you can find in many Mexican restaurants.
2. Kiburu (Tanzania)
This is probably the easiest soup of the entire list,which is prepared by Chagga tribe living at the foot of mount Kilimanjaro in East Africa. This tribe survives on agriculture and pays more attention to the cultivation of bananas and coffee.
The tribe leads a simple life, so preparing simple meals: soup to kiburu made of sweet bananas, beans and dirt…. All the ingredients are mixed with water to obtain a soup, and here may be added the branches of trees. The dirt makes the soup salty and gives it an “earthy” taste.
3. Soup (Tanzania)
This soup is something like a Mexican soup of Menudo, so as to make it, you used different parts of animals. The soup, as is clear by the name, translated as “soup”.
Danzansky variant of this dish is prepared for Breakfast, it is unusual and made from lung, heart, liver, goat head and cow stomach, sometimes from the innards and tongue. Sometimes the soup is done on the basis of the hoof, then it is called “supu ya makongoro”. This dish is traditionally like to eat for Breakfast in Tanzania, and it also saves you from a hangover.
4. Soup of rooster testicles
This soup is very similar to our chicken noodle soup except that it is made not from chicken meat, and rooster testicles. Testicles and boil vegetables until tender. The eggs have a creamy consistency inside, they are very soft, somewhat similar to tofu but with a firm skin, like sausage.
Some compare them with boiled eggs that has the taste of custard. The testicles appear to have good side effects, for example, they positively affect the skin of women and increases male potency.
5. The bird’s nest soup (China)
One of the most expensive soups on the list – the bird’s nest soup prepared from the nests of sarangani. This Chinese soup is a real delicacy and can be eaten in some restaurants for 30-100 dollars per serving. Kilogram of bird’s nest costs about 2 thousand dollars.
Actually this soup is made from bird saliva duct, from which the birds mainly consist of their nests. The nest is dissolved in water, the soup reminds me a little jelly. These nests prepared in China since ancient times, mostly in the form of soups.
Salangane build their nests in caves, and do it the male birds. For the construction of a nest takes about 35 days. Birds weave the threads of their saliva in the form of a bowl. They say that the dish has a positive effect on human health, in particular, helps to treat asthma, increases libido, strengthens the immune system.
6. Soup from the placenta of deer (China)
In Shanghai, China, you can try soup from the placenta of deer, which can bring health benefits to enhance sexual power, cure kidney, improve skin condition and boost vitality. Into the soup, added mushrooms, flowers, chicken, but the main ingredient is the deer placenta, which is quite stretchy and long to chew.
The placenta is similar to a bag body of a female organism that attaches the embryo to the uterus of the mother during pregnancy of most mammals. Through the placenta the blood passes from the body of the mother to the embryo, which gives him oxygen and nutrients, and expels the by-products. After birth the placenta out of the mother’s body.
7. Soup of cod sperm (Japan)
This soup is prepared from the milt of cod fish, and love him in Japan, where he received the name of the soup shiruko. Sperm – sacs with sperm of fish, boiled in water until, until you achieve a soup with a creamy texture, almost like custard.
“Shirako” means “white children”. The dish is cooked mainly in winter, it is believed that it can increase the potency, if you eat it in a certain amount. Some Oriental restaurants prepare this dish as something special to impress clients.
8. Soup of bats (Palau)
This soup may be, would not be so horrible if its main ingredient (bats) at least cleared of fur. On the Islands of Palau in the Pacific ocean, apparently, the scarcity of edible animals, so the locals are not averse to bats. On the Islands inhabited by several species of bats, those that eat insects and those that feed on fruit.
The latter are cooked in coconut milk with ginger and other spices for several hours. In some restaurants you can even choose male or female before the poor mouse alive thrown into boiling water. Many gourmets who have decided to try this masterpiece of culinary art, claim it great, however, if you do not pay attention on his hairy head sticking out of the plate.
9. Soup made from tiger penis (China)
There are many soups made from genitalia of animals, but this soup is the most rare and expensive of all. Indeed, for cooking need to kill at least one tiger that China is punishable by death.
Soup made from tiger penis for many centuries was the special dish of the Asian cuisine (probably why the tigers are so few out there today), as the tiger penis, believed to Asians and possesses mystical properties of Viagra!
Dried penis of a poor cat is soaked in water for weeks and then cooked on low heat the whole day with spices and drugs, sometimes together with tiger bones. One serving of this soup can cost $ 400. Despite the fact that the tigers are trying to protect, their body parts still seep into markets, but most products which are sold under the guise of tiger penises, actually is the sinews of deer or bulls.
10. Blood soup (Vietnam)
And finally, the strangest soup our list, which not dare to call soup. This is a traditional dish in Vietnamese cuisine that is made from raw blood (usually blood of a goose), poultry offal, peanuts and herbs.
This soup is frozen and the blood becomes thick, it is eaten chilled before the blood will lose its jelly-like consistency. Presumably, the soup gives strength not only to someone who eats and who cooks it. Soup lost popularity after in Asia has become rampant bird flu. And still, many Asians continue to eat it without fear of becoming infected.
+ Bonus: Soup No. 5
Soup No. 5 also makes the list of the most bizarre soups on the planet. It is prepared in some regions of South-East Asia, and it consists of onions, carrots, beef broth, penis and testicles of a bull. This soup has gained popularity also because of its aphrodisiac properties.