MALMO, Sweden (Reuters) – The lifeless mouse in the Chinese wine positive seems to be nasty, and the maggots in the cheese are likely to put individuals off. But nothing is extra horrible to an unaccustomed palate than the Icelandic fermented shark. It’s the worst. Or so says the skilled.
A customer seems to be at the Chinese mouse wine, the place child mice are drowned and brewed in rice wine, at the Disgusting Food Museum in Malmo, Sweden November 1, 2018. REUTERS/Mikael Nilsson
“It tastes like chewing on a urine-infested mattress,” mentioned Samuel West, who, as curator of the Disgusting Food Museum, is aware of a factor or two about disagreeable victuals.
“It’s a fermented sort of rotten Icelandic shark,” he says. “Anthony Bourdain, the late TV personality, called it the single most disgusting thing he’d ever eaten, and I totally agree with him.”
From spicy rabbit heads to fruit bat soup, the assortment, now on show in the Swedish metropolis of Malmo, goals to problem perceptions of style and assist guests ponder why one tradition’s abomination is one other’s delicacy.
Some guests have a tough time of it.
“Has anyone thrown up here at the museum? Yes twice,” West mentioned. But, “it’s okay to vomit because our entry tickets are not really tickets — they’re printed on vomit bags.”
Grasshoppers, cooked animals’ skulls and different physique components, together with an eyeball, are on show in pots or on boards.
European fare ranges from Iceland’s cured shark, Hakarl, to Sardinia’s Casu Marzu cheese, which is riddled with insect larvae. There is Scottish haggis, made from sheep innards, and Sweden’s smelly Surstromming fermented herring.
Asian meals embody the strong-smelling Durian fruit and smelly tofu. The fruit bat soup comes from the sparsely populated Pacific Ocean archipelago of Palau. Latin American dishes embody Mexico’s Menudo tripe soup in addition to Peru’s roasted guinea pigs, often known as Cuy.
North America is represented by candy treats: Jell-O salad and root beer.
Australian customer Nichole Courtney mentioned she was shocked to return throughout Vegemite, her homeland’s sandwich unfold of concentrated yeast extract which is thought to divide opinion.
“Things like Vegemite which we find really normal at home, like we’d eat that every day for breakfast, are next to things like the shark that I couldn’t imagine tasting and I think it is revolting so it’s quite funny for us.”
Reporting By Reuters Television; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Peter Graff