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From deep-fried spiders to roasted guinea pig, there are certainly some interesting dishes on offer for travellers with a sense of adventure and a strong stomach. Here is our list of extreme cuisine from around the world.

Huhu grubs at the Wild Food Festival in Hokitika.
Huhu grubs at the Wild Food Festival in Hokitika.

For many people, eggs are a common breakfast option; scrambled, poached, boiled or fried egg are regularly on the menu, but would you consider eating an egg that was 100 days old? How about tucking into a plate of freshly-extracted beetle larvae?

These are just some of the unusual dishes on offer throughout the world and below you will find a few more of our favourites.

  • Photo © Mandru

    Century eggs, China

    Century eggs are considered a delicacy in China and as the name implies this dish is essentially a duck, chicken or quail egg that has been covered with a clay-like paste and left for approximately 100 days. After this period the yolk of the egg turns a dark green/black in colour and the white of the egg becomes brown. Certainly not a dish for those with a sensitive stomach!

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  • Photo © Kirt Kulac

    Crispy crickets, Uganda

    In Uganda the bush cricket is an important food source, providing fats and protein to the daily diet of the local people. Surprisingly delicious, they have been described as tasting like the yummy bits of crispiness that come off a joint of roast beef. Anyone for bush crickets?

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  • Deep Fried Spider, Skuon, Cambodia

    Deep fried spider, Cambodia

    In the town of Skuon in Cambodia, deep fried spiders are a delicacy. Eaten on a daily basis by the locals, these creepy crawlies are cooked with garlic and salt and are said to taste like a cross between chicken and cod. The abdomen is best avoided though as it houses organs and possibly eggs.

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  • Photo © Mila Zinkova

    Puffer fish soup, Japan

    The puffer fish has come to be known as one of the most notorious dishes in Japanese cuisine and is often served in a soup or raw. Side effects of consuming this dangerous fish include light-headedness, numbness of the mouth, intoxication and in some cases, even death. Coincidentally, the Japanese are also fond of eating bee larvae, fish sperm, grasshoppers and raw horse.

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  • A harp seal pup, Iles de la Madeleine

    Raw seal heart, Canada

    Eaten by Inuit communities in Northern Canada and the Arctic, raw seal's heart is served still warm. Part of an ancient Inuit tradition, eating the heart of a seal symbolises a successful hunt and this ritual has been practised for thousands of years. Seal heart is reported to be high in protein and seal meat is a good source of vitamins and iron.

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  • Roasted guinea pigs

    Roasted guinea pig, Peru

    In the UK, we are more likely to see these cute, furry animals running around someone's garden as their pet, but in Peru guinea pig is the national dish. Traditionally this meat is eaten roasted and can be served on or off the bone. If guinea pig is not to your taste, why not try alpaca, which is said to taste like a good steak.

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  • Huhu grubs, Wild Food Festival, Hokitika

    Beetle larvae, New Zealand

    At the Hokitika Wild Foods Festival in New Zealand, huhu grubs are one of the most popular dishes on the menu. They can be eaten cooked or pickled, and for those with a strong stomach you can even try them live, freshly extracted from a piece of radiata pine. Also on the menu at this unusual festival are chocolate covered beetles, live grasshoppers and bug jelly.

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  • Piranha, Los Llanos

    Fried piranha, the Amazon

    Throughout South America and, in particular, the Amazon Basin in Brazil, piranhas are often eaten. Simply cooked by frying them whole, everything but the head can be consumed and the taste is apparently similar to trout or perch. Freshly caught piranha is the tastiest but just be careful they don't make a meal out of you before you make one out of them.

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