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Cuisine Scene: Top 10 dishes not to try at home

Friday 9 August 2013

Cuisine Scene: Top 10 dishes not to try at home

1. Stuffed Camel
Listed by The Guinness Book of World Records as the largest item on any menu in the world, the recipe – a Babushka doll method of sorts - consists of eggs and rice being stuffed inside chickens, which are then stuffed inside a lamb, which is stuffed inside a camel.

2. Breast Milk Ice Cream
In 2011, an ice-creamery in London sold-out a flavour called ‘Baby Gaga’ made of expressed milk from 15 women who replied to an advertisement posted on an online forum.

3. Balut
A delicacy on the Philippines, Balut is a duck egg that is incubated until the foetus grows feathers and a beak – you can have your Balut aged anywhere from 17 to 21 days old. Oh, and it’s then cooked alive.

4. Tong Zi Dan
This popular Chinese delicacy is said to ward off illness and give the consumer energy. It’s simple to make too, all you need is a few eggs and the urine of a virgin boy to soak them in. Most popular in springtime, primary school teachers allow egg vendors to collect the liquid gold daily.

5. Lutefisk
The Norwegian dish is basically cheese ridden with larvae, which has been prepared in a lye solution - also used as a pesticide or to dissolve bodies, Breaking Bad stye. 

6. Pacha
Boiled sheep’s head is a traditional Middle Eastern dish. It is served with stuffed sheep stomach and bread soaked in the broth.

7. Kopi Luwak
Indonesian weasel-like animal, the Luwak consumes ripe coffee cherries that its stomach can’t digest. When it excretes the bean inside them, locals hurry to pick up the droppings and sell them. Kopi Luwak sells for about $50 a cup and is now allowed into Australia as long as the beans are roasted.

8. Fried brain burger
Currently available in America’s Ohio River Valley (where it’s heavily battered), and in Mexico (where it’s used in tacos and burritos), the sliced pig or calve brain has been making the rounds in the US since the late 1880s.

9. Bacon Milkshake
What do you get when you take New York City’s achin’ for bacon and team it with their love for its farm friend’s nipple discharge? A bacon milkshake of course. US takeout chain Jack In The Box was the first to start the trend last year and now a handful of retailers have jumped on the shake-with-bac wagon.

10. Muktuk
Traditionally eaten raw and by resourceful Eskimos, Muktuk is frozen whale skin and blubber. While blubber is an excellent source of Vitamin D, something those in colder climates lack, it’s also high in PBCs, an organic toxin used as a coolant in electric motors.


- Poppy Reid