7 x Weirdest Travel Foods Around the World

When you travel far and wide, you come across the strangest foods. I’ve been to a lot of countries and even though I’m a vegetarian, I see some weird stuff passing around the table. Let’s check out 7 of the weirdest travel foods around the world.

1. Chicken Feet in Hong Kong, China
The first day I arrived in Hong Kong, these lovely..eh Chicken Feet were served at my table of DimSum. The guy next to me dared and ate a few. He told me the next day that he spent most of the night on the toilet. In China this is an absolute delicacy. They are fried and served hot or cold as a snack before dinner. To me it was one of the most disgusting things I had ever seen..

Chicken Feet Hong Kong
Chinese chicken feet, served on my table…awesome. (Bleh)

2. Shirouo no odorigui (dancing ice fish) in Japan
A friend of mine traveled through Japan and came across the most amazing restaurants. The Sushi is overflowing and taste fresher than ever. He was willing to try everything and usually he let the chef surprise him. 
It was when he stayed at a traditional guesthouse when he was served one of the weirdest travel foods he had ever tried. Shirouo no odorigui. Small, almost transparent, fish that swam in a bowl of water. The idea is that you dip them into soya sauce and then eat them alive. (yes, alive!) The fish “dance” in your mouth, which explains the name! My friend tried it, but told me he wouldn’t do this again anytime soon..

Dancing Fish Japan
Dancing fish

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My friends traditional Japanese meal with the dancing fish top right

3. Witchetty grub, Australia
When I backpacked through Australia, I was offered this nutritious travel food that the aboriginals eat as a snack. Witchetty Grubs are basically fatty larvae who you may recognize from The Lion King, when Simba meets Timon and Pumba. (I love that movie!) Anyway, I was walking though the outback and my tour guide dared me to eat one if we found them. I said yes. Thank god we didn’t find any.


Juicy Witchetty Grubs..

4. Balut, Philippines
I’m off to the Philippines in a couple of weeks and I am really curious about the food they serve there. I’ve been told that I will have a hard time coping as a vegetarian-going vegan, because they serve a lot of meat. But one of their infamous delicacy’s is Balut. So what is it? It’s an egg. Not bad right? Wait for it.. Balut is a fertilized duck embryo boiled in the shell. So you’re basically eating a baby duck. Enjoy! :-s

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Not for me!  (source: http://dustincolephotos.com/)

Did you know that insects contain more protein then beef, pork or chicken?

5. Snake wine, South East Asia
What about some wine tasting in Southeast Asia? Not common right? Well, they do have a very special wine on offer. Snake wine. This popular alcoholic beverage is believed to have important restorative properties in countries including China and Vietnam. They sometimes mix the alcohol with the snakes bodily fluids, such as blood. Salut!

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You want some Sssssssnake with that?

6. Haggis, Scotland
You may think that all the weird stuff come from the Asian countries. Not quite. In Scotland they eat something rather…disgusting if I may say so.
his mixture includes sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, onion, oatmeal, spices, and stock. This traditionally stuffed-into-a-sheep’s-stomach-dish, dates back to the 1400’s and is served as a main course on Robert Burns Day.

7. Fried Insects, Asia + Worldwide
When you walk around Khao San Road in Bangkok, you will see a dozen hotdog-like-stands, selling fried insects. Scorpions, Crickets, Larvae, Cockroaches and in some cases even Spiders (God help me). A few years back, people were shocked to see these disappear into someones mouth but times have changed. They now sell insects at trendy food markets and in some supermarkets all over the western world. I tried a worm croquet and a fried cricket once before, and believe it or not, it actually tasted pretty good. Good to know that insects contain more protein and less calories as beef or pork. If we would eat more insects and less meat, we could help mother earth a great bunch actually. This could well be the food of the future. Try it!

Food stall
Crickets for dinner? Not so weird after all

Are you brave enough to try these weird travel foods? I rest my case.
Enjoy your meal!

Love,

Elke

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This train station runs for just one girl.

Pretty cool. Your very own train. Well, kind of! The Kyu-Shirataki train station in Japan is open for just one girl.
This girl lives in Hokkaido, a Japanese island with a small population. Only 36 people live in her neighborhood but she is the only one of her age that goes to school every day.

Japanese train station open for one girl
Source: FACEBOOK/CCTVNEWS

“The train station basically ensures that Kana Harada is getting her education” 

Kana Harada is the only person getting on this train and runs twice a day for 35 minutes back and forth. Weird? Well, we think it’s great! Education is very important in Japan and this just shows that. The train basically ensures that Kana Harada is getting her education. 
The station was build in 1955 to take the children to school. So when she graduates in March 2016, the train station will shut down after all these years.
This is kind of sad but how amazing that the train is running just for her. 

She will be the last passenger on this train, ever.

Watch the video here:

Love,

Elke

Recipe » Japanese Tofu Salad

It’s been a while since we’ve posted a recipe but when we do post it, it’s gonna be good!
One of the new foodtrends of 2016 is to eat less meat or explore vegetarian and vegan recipes.
At Wander-Lust we always post recipes inspired by travels or countries.
This time we go Japanese! This vegan Japanese Tofu Salad recipe is so easy, you can be done within 15 minutes!
The ideal lunch for when you’re rushing but feeling like something healthy.

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Colorful ingredients from Albert Heijn

Ingredients for 2 persons:
» 1 firm tofu block chopped in small squares
» 2 carrots (grated)
» 1 zucchini (grated)
» 1 avocado » sesame seeds
» 2 tbs of sesame oil
» 1 tbs of rice wine vinegar (you can also use red wine vinegar)
» 1 tbs of ginger (finely chopped)
» 2 tbs of miso paste (available at most toko’s)
» 2 tbs of clear honey

flaxseed oil for the japanse tofu salad
Flaxseed oil is very good for you because of it’s Omega-3

Optional extra’s :
» 1 small can of Sweetcorn
» 1 tsp of Java sambal (hot!)
» 1 tbs of soy sauce

How to prepare:
Wash the zucchini and carrots and use a grater to create thin and long strings.
Cut the tofu in half and take some kitchen paper and press this onto the tofu to soak up the the water. If you don’t do this, your salad will be too moist!
Add the carrots, courgette and tofu in a bowl and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

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“This Japanese Tofu Salad is ready within 15 minutes!”

The dressing:
To create the dressing you firstly take 2 spoons of miso paste, 1 table spoon of sesame oil (I love this oil so I use a little more), the flaxseed oil and the chopped ginger. If you want you can use a garlic press for this! Add the honey for extra thickness and sweet flavors.
Mix everything until you have your finished dressing. You can add some Japanese soy sauce for a bit of salt but that’s up to you.
I love a bit of spice so I always add a spoon (or 2) of “Javaanse sambal“.
Finally, pour the dressing over your vegetables and steer. Easy peasy!

finished Japanese tofu salad

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Et voila, your healthy vegan Japanese Tofu salad!

Tip » Leave the salad in the fridge for a couple of hours so all the flavors can soak into the tofu.
You can keep the salad for 2 days if refrigerated.

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More meat free inspiration? Check my post about Vegans are Hot!

Love,

Elke