Weird Food & Strange Food from Around the World

Weird Food is a list of odd things that people eat. Every culture invents a food that is weird or disgusting to outsiders. These strange foods are cultural markers to show who’s a member (insiders like it) and who’s not a member (outsiders hate it.) Maybe a kid ate first it on a dare. They pass it on to the next generation. Then they nudge each other and laugh when outsiders gag.

For example, many cultures pride themselves on their foul-tasting local drinks, such as white lightning, pulque, chong, retsina, and so on. You’re accepted if you drink it. The complex food laws of the Middle East have more to do with distinguishing your group from neighboring groups than health concerns or sacred scriptures.

Strange Food doesn’t make it onto this list just because it is unpopular. Some people hate broccoli. So what? Weird foods get on this list because they are cultural markers. There’s stuff you like (such as Balut) (and you think is normal) that other people refuse to even allow in their house.


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