Korean Dishes Reserved Only for the Brave
Many Asian countries have a long and interesting relationship with food – with an attitude of ‘waste not, want not.’ From chicken feet to live octopus, Korean food is no exception.
Most of the foods below are considered delicacies. According to our Korean sources, they are not generally consumed by most families on a daily basis. Rather, the strange and sometimes revolting foods are often eaten during celebrations and of course, once a few drinks have been consumed.
Steamed Silkworm Larvae (Beongdegi)
This dish is the Korean equivalent of buying street fries when wandering around the park or out for a day of exploring. The Silkworm Larvae is steamed with a variety of different spices and served in a small cup or bowl with the larvae juices poured out on top. While the taste is nothing special, the feeling of putting wet and juicy silkworms in your mouth and the explosion that follows are the reasons so many non-Koreans struggle to understand the attraction.
Chicken Feet (Dalkbal)
While chicken feet are served in many countries around the world, Koreans do it a little differently. They lather them up with mind-numbing spices and often serve them along with a large amount of alcohol. To eat them, pop one end in your mouth and scrape off the small amount of meat and spices coating the bones.
Fermented Skate (Hongeo)
Skate is a type of fish. However, it differs from most others in the way it urinates, passing it through the skin.Once fermented, it gives the fish such a strong and unique smell of ammonia that even the bravest of food eaters need to hold their noses and just swallow.
Live Octopus (Sannakji)
This dish is usually cut into small pieces and gently seasoned immediately before eating. Due to the fact that octopus tentacles continue to wiggle for a short time after death, it gives the impression of eating a live octopus. Be careful to ensure you chew thoroughly as many deaths have been caused due to tentacles catching on a person’s throat.