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Five Foods to Make You Puke

Published by BFGanley in Offbeat
March 30th, 2008

Good luck trying eat these foods. I applaud anyone who can eat them without puking.

  1. Durian

  2. Durian is a fruit native to Thailand. They general grow to be about the size of your average melon. They have a light green layer that is hard like that of a coconut. It has sharp spikes on the outside as well. When you cut the fruit open you can see its sectioned yellow flesh. The odor of this fruit is pungent, some people describe the odor to be like the smell or stinky feet, rotting flesh, or a high concentration of walnuts. The smell is so offensive that it is illegal to be eaten in many public areas all around Asia and there are signs to let you know!

  3. Stinky Tofu

  4. Tofu is made from the juice derived from crushed up soy beans. To make this juice into tofu you follow the same process that you do to make cheese. Essentially tofu is the cheese of the vegetarian world. But beware, this isn’t your normal everyday tofu, this has been fermenting for up to 2 years! Sometimes stinky tofu is eaten with the 2 inches of mold still growing on top of it. You could probably compare the taste of this Asian delicacy to that of a moldy piece of cow dung that has been left out in the hot and humid jungle for 3 years. Here’s what it looks like.

  5. Casu Marzu

  6. Casu marzu literally translates to “rotten cheese” in Italian. Believe it or not, this cheese is a delicacy in small parts of Italy. This cheese is actually so old that it has hundreds of maggots chowing down in there. This dish is so bad that the Italian government has made the sale of it illegal. But somehow it still fetches a high price on the Black-Market. I feel really bad for any child who was forced to eat this.

  7. Hakarl

  8. Hakarl is a dish that was discovered by a person literally dying of starvation. He was so desperate for food that he dug up a shark that he buried in the ground four months prior and ATE THE SHARK!!! This food is eaten on a regular basis in Iceland. It is said to separate the men from the boys because most can’t even keep it down. Today this dish is made by hanging the sharks in a giant shed for four months and letting them ferment that way, but don’t worry, they still have that same great taste.

  9. Balut

  10. Balut is eaten all over Central America and is a very common snack. But be wary, this food isn’t for you finicky eaters out there, this food is actually a half developed duck embryo, fermented or not fermented, DEPENDS ON PREFERENCE. Anyone who can keep this food down in their stomachs is a real trooper, I cant even imagine have all of that gooey guts and blood in my mouth. As I said though a whole lots of people truly enjoy this dish.

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  1. Rob Di Salvo
    Posted March 30, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    I have eaten Stinky Tofu when i was living in Thailand for about 6 months. It was in a soup I was eating for breakfast that I could ad anything to. The taste was so rancid that I had to run to the rest room to spit it out without puking. I never made it to the bathroom

  2. Ben
    Posted March 30, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    God those foods are gross, I wouln’t be alble to keep them in my stomach for more than a minute.

  3. Jackie
    Posted March 31, 2008 at 12:50 am

    Yummy… I want a dinner composed of all those GREAT foods.. I mean “maggot cheese”… can I have a grilled, maggot cheese sandwich??? Yuck!!!

  4. Sara from Sardinia
    Posted March 31, 2008 at 2:52 am

    Hi, I’m from Sardinia, the part of Italy when Casu Marzu is produced.
    I agree with you, is kind of an horrible food and I never ate it in my whole life, but I need to specify something.
    You wrote: “I feel really bad for any child who was forced to eat this.”
    Do you really think that here in Italy we force people (specially children) to eat or to do something? Maybe you think that we put our children through kinda “proof of strength” by forcing them to eat such a disgusting food? We don’t have no need to do that and no one is forced to eat something he doesn’t want to.
    I read this blog every day and I appreciate you very much but, please, be more accurate in describing other country’s uses, because you could give a wrong image of people.
    You have nothing to feel really bad about.
    Thank you,

  5. Leo
    Posted March 31, 2008 at 10:15 am

    I must disagree with the article on Balut. This is not eaten in Central America as stated. I’ve heard of it before through a friend who ate it in the Philipines. I’m from South America and I never heard of it until my friend went to the Philipines, a wikipedia search confirms this is a delicacy from Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philipines. We in South America don’t eat nasty “half baked” duck eggs. We like to eat roasted guinea pigs instead :-)

  6. intan
    Posted April 3, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    hi, i’m from indonesia. durian is a native fruit here in indonesian too. and it is not disgusting at all. some ppl that not used to the smell might found it offensive, but the fruit’s flesh is really delicious. it has buttery texture and sweet taste. but the thailand durian (monthong) is the best!
    try this delicious fruit before u judge it will make u puke.

  7. BFGanley
    Posted April 4, 2008 at 6:31 am

    intan, you are the first person that i have heard from that likes this fruit, that is great for you but the vast majority would puke their brains out from taking one bite of drian.

  8. E.M
    Posted April 10, 2008 at 4:14 am

    I would say great article, but im rather disgusted at the moment : ) nice job

  9. Posted February 27, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Hmm I also got a report from a yahoo!group that certain people are offended by the smell of durian. In Indonesia Durian is a popular seasonal delicacy, but it seems that not every foreigner could adapt to it. Nothing strange though

  10. gh
    Posted June 19, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    durian *is* good. it’s sort of like garlic custard would taste, maybe slightly fermented. it’s not a sweet fruit, it’s rather oily in texture, a bit like avocado. ( i grew up on typical midwestern u.s. food, nothing exotic.)

    i’ve brought it to classes of north american college students. some people didn’t want to try it because of the smell, just like some people are put off by the smell of blue cheeses. of the people who did try it, some liked it, some didn’t. nobody puked, not even a little.

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