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The Strangest Things You Can Eat At The Disgusting Food Museum  

Nathan Gibson
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The Disgusting Food Museum aims to bring together the most unusual foods from around the world in one exhibit. It's important to note that the museum does not display these foods for the purpose of ridicule, but to explore the concepts of disgust and other emotions through different cultures' cuisines. It’s certainly not the only museum to display grotesque attractions, but it is distinctive for focusing on what we eat.

Through 80 of the world’s strangest foods, the Disgusting Food Museum gives visitors the chance to explore meals they might never have imagined before, as well as those they may personally enjoy. What one person considers bizarre might in fact be a delicacy to someone else.

Balut
Balut is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Strangest Things You Can Eat At The Disgusting Food Museum
Photo:  Judgefloro/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Eaten primarily in the Philippines, balut is a duck egg with an unusual twist: it contains a duck fetus. These eggs have not only been fertilized, but have developed for about three weeks.

The partially developed chick is soft enough to be safely chewed, and the entire contents of the egg are meant to be eaten.

Bull Member
Bull Member is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Strangest Things You Can Eat At The Disgusting Food Museum
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China has plenty of foods and recipes that are supposedly ancient aphrodisiacs, including bull member. In restaurants, it's often served in a soup, but it's also sold whole in marketplaces.

According to those who have eaten it, the taste is rather bland. The meat is chewy and a bit rubbery, however, so some people may not like the texture.

Fried Tarantula
Fried Tarantula is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Strangest Things You Can Eat At The Disgusting Food Museum
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Eating a spider may be off-putting for some, but fried tarantula is a well-loved dish in Cambodia. During the reign of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s, the dish developed out of necessity, but it's remained a delicacy since.

The dish is prepared using a quick marinade made from sugar, seasonings, and chicken powder, then cooked in boiling oil for less than a minute. The tarantula is eaten whole and supposedly has a flavor resembling crab.

Cuy
Cuy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Strangest Things You Can Eat At The Disgusting Food Museum
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Cuy, or roasted guinea pig, is a Peruvian dish eaten primarily by farmers living in the mountainous regions of the country. Roasted guinea pig has emerged as a delicacy in Peru, however, and cuy is now a popular dish in restaurants throughout the country.

Like any other livestock, guinea pigs are bred and raised in farms. And due to the recent high demand, guinea pig farming has become a booming and profitable industry for many farmers. The animal is often served whole and is described as having a similar flavor to rabbit or pork.