This is the common stereotype for Southeast Asian cuisine, something that is utterly ridiculous and flatly gross. But when we talk about European food, we never really consider the strange and unusual part of their culinary scene. Yeah, we eat organs and blood, but are we the only ones? That's why I've compiled a list of strange and unusual food you can normally find in Europe. Be warned.
Lappkok (Northern Sweden or Finland)
Lappkok is like this sort of dumpling or blobpalt made out of flour of wheat or rye and blood of a reindeer. This dish is usually eaten with the bone marrow of the reindeer. When you're traveling with little kids, don't mention to them what it's made of. They might think they're eating one of Santa's beloved animals.
The term translates to "fermented shark" because that is exactly what it is. The shark is buried in a shallow grave for 6-12 weeks then cut into strips, then hung to dry for several months. According to MiMi, "Hakarl is in fact a good approximation of the sound your throat makes as it contorts and constricts in a desperate attempt to regurgitate the chunks of dead fish." I guess the high ammonia content doesn't help by giving it a pungent smell.
Blood Pudding (England / Ireland)
This sausage version consists of the mixture of animal (usually pork) blood, spices, fat, oatmeal or other types of grains. It could be served in various ways possible- uncooked, fried, grilled, or boiled. This is also not exclusive in England or even in Europe. There's a different versions of blood pudding for every continent!
Casu Marzu (Sardinia)
Casu Maru translates to "rotten cheese." Well, with the thousands of live maggots thriving in it, how could you not call it rotten? The maggots act as enzymes that promotes fermentation which causes the fats to decompose. It's important that the maggots are alive because once they're dead, the entire cheese is considered too toxic for human consumption.