Top 10 Most Gross & Disgusting Food


It may come as no surprise to learn that, due to limited resources, many citizens of poorer countries are forced to eat whatever they can get their hands on. However, when it comes to gross foods, not all are born from utter necessity. You’d be amazed to learn what disgusting things many people eat by choice. And, while some foods can be identified as gross with a simple glance, others aren’t as easily spotted until you learn about their ingredients.

10. Casu Marzu

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Sometimes referred to as ‘maggot cheese’, casu marzu is a Sardinian cheese made from goat’s milk. But what makes this food so disgusting is the way it’s prepared. Early in the fermenting process, the larvae of cheese flies are introduced. Over a period of weeks, the larvae hatch and begin feeding. As the cheese’s fats are broken down, a special flavor is produced which many consider to be delicious. When the time comes for human consumption, many people meticulously remove the maggots. However, some leave them in, believing that they add an extra flavorful punch.

9. Balut

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If someone placed balut on your plate, you might think they were serving you a hardboiled egg. That is, until you cracked it open and a fully intact duck embryo spilled out. Balut, considered a delicacy in many Asian countries, is produced when fertilized duck eggs are placed in warm sunlight. After about eight days, the eggs are held up to the light and checked to ensure that the budding embryo is ready. Then, the eggs are cooked and served with a dash of salt and a few squirts of lemon juice.

8. Potted Meat

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Potted meat is not some strange foreign delicacy. In fact, this inexpensive meat product produced by Hormel is available at most any North American grocery store. However, when it comes to grossness, this well-known product rivals anything you’ll find in a third world country. A check of the ingredients listed on the label is proof enough: mechanically separated chicken, beef tripe, partially defatted cooked beef fatty tissue, beef hearts, water, partially defatted cooked pork fatty tissue, salt, and less than 2 percent: mustard, natural flavorings, dried garlic, dextrose, sodium erythorbate, and sodium nitrite. Yummy!

7. Fermented Salmon Heads

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Referred to as ‘stink heads’ by people who won’t eat them, fermented salmon heads are a traditional Alaskan delight. After the heads are lopped off, they’re buried in the ground for at least a few weeks. As you’d expect, during this time the heads begin to rot. Before they have a chance to disintegrate completely, they’re dug up, mashed into a sort of pudding and served cold in bowls.

6. Jellied Moose Nose

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This gross food is also enjoyed in the northernmost of the United States. Preparation is relatively simple: first, the moose‘s nose is removed. Then it’s boiled for a bit until the hairs become loose and can easily be plucked free. After a few spices are added, the meat is boiled even longer until it disintegrates into a gelatinous mass. Finally, it’s sliced and served chilled.

5. Bat Paste

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This delightful dish is considered weird even in the few Asian countries where it’s eaten. First, a live bat is forced into a vat of boiling milk. Then, once it has reached optimum malleability, the bat is sliced into fine bits, mixed with various herbs and spices and mashed into a pulpy paste.

4. Hasma

In China, many people consider hasma dessert the perfect punctuation to a great meal. This disgusting dish is basically the fallopian tubes of frogs. Sold in a dried shrunken form, these amphibious reproductive organs are able to swell up to 10 to 15 times their dehydrated size once they are rehydrated with water. Afterward, a bit of sugar is added to give them that special sweetness most people desire from a dessert.

3. Haggis

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A traditional Scottish dish, haggis is really nothing more than a type of sausage. However, this particular sausage is comprised of a sheep’s lungs, liver and heart. Many describe haggis as resembling stuffed intestines more than sausage. However, although they admit it looks unappealing, Haggis-lovers swear that those who are brave enough to taste it will come running back for more.

2. Cockscomb

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If you’ve ever seen the floppy red mass resembling an upside down glove on the top of a rooster’s head, then you’ve seen a cockscomb. Once served as a garnish along side many traditional French foods, cockscomb is still used as a common ingredient in many Italian dishes and sauces.

1. Black Pudding

This dish is comprised largely of blood drawn from pigs, cattle or sheep. However, it doesn’t become blood pudding until the blood is allowed to coagulate, a filler of oatmeal, barley or sweet potato is added, and the entire mass is brought to a boil. During the cooking process, a delightful skin is produced atop the goo. While some like to remove the skin before plunging their spoon into the pudding, others enjoy its chewy texture and prefer to eat it last.

By Ryan Lawrence

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  1. I can’t believe you put in potted meat as the token American food, instead of chitlins (chitterlings): Boiled pig intestines which smell atrocious from a thousand feet away – outside. If you’re lucky, picking out the visible bits and repeated soaking got most of the partially-digested food and pig poop out of the tiny folds.

  2. I have been told that haggis, with bits of smoked bacon mixed in, battered in Guinness tempura and deep fried is amazing! Haven’t tried it myself though.

  3. Vegan here.

    I think most of the food that people consider “disgusting” simply reminds them TOO MUCH of the fact that they are indeed eating murdered animals.

    Eating eggs? Fine.
    Eating chicken? Fine.
    Eating an underdeveloped chicken embryo? OMG ARE YOU SICK???!!!!

    Grow up and realise that by eating a neatly cooked steak you are still eating dead flesh, just like you would if you were eating cow tongues, or sheep’s liver, or rooster’s heads, or anything else from this “omg so disgusting” list.

  4. I enjoy eating blood pudding even though I am aware of how they have to coagulate it. Often they put lots of flour into the blood from a pig in most cases and mix it up. It tastes good fried although would fall to bits on the grill. Good with bacon or seasonings

  5. Leif Lechuga Arildsen on

    Black pudding and white pudding (kidney) is nice for a real breakfast.
    Haggis is not as bad as it sounds, it just feels like it has small pieces of rubberband in it..

    Nether my ex. wife nor my current wife would eat it. My ex. wife told me to eat black and white budding at a separate table.


    • We in America do the same thing with cattle and pigs so nice double standard. Kill yourself. And you should actually because ignorant people like you with that kind of ethnocentrism really are just fucking stupid.

  7. Out of the 10 listed as the most disgusting, I have only tried 9, Balut, which is really popular in Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines. For some reason, I like how it tasted like! Well, in my country (Japan), the most disgusting foods that I could think of are maybe, Shiokara (??) and Natt? (??), though both are my favorites!

  8. Emma Pfirrman on

    McDonalds!? GROSS!? I live in America. McDonalds is a place that all Americans know and love. Really gross foods eaten are: dead HUMAN BABIES, monkey BRAINS, chocolate covered COCKROACHES, pig BRAINS, a cow PENIS, a STILL beating heart of a COBRA, AND THAT IS JUST THE BEGINNING!!! By the way my last name is pronounced FEAR-MAN. a lot of people say it wrong.

    • Leif Lechuga Arildsen on

      Do all Americans love McDonalds?
      I highly doubt it.
      We don’t ever do to McDonalds, we go to In-n-Out a couple time a year, but that is magnitudes better than McDomands.

  9. One of the best things about being an adult is that you don’t have to say “yuck” to all foods other than peanut butter and jelly sammiches.
    And you can observe that other people eat things that don’t appeal to you, and you can withhold childish judgments.

    Just wait, you’ll see.

  10. Oh God, all these people are so delusional. It’s clotted BLOOD, ugh so vile! And no, I don’t eat rare steak or any steak for that matter.

  11. In my hole life i never ate cows poo and that’s what my mum makes with our food.YUK!

  12. Not gonna lie, black pudding isn’t that bad if you eat it in sausage form- I guess you could call it blood sausage.

  13. who cares what its made of or looks like! the taste is all that matters! dont make fun of food cuz it looks gross! taste it!

  14. Haggis fine. It neither smells bad or tastes bad. Everything nicely chopped up so it’s fine.

    Black Pudding/Blood Sausage I do not like at all. I think the bat or chicken embryo is worse. Blood Sausage is just sort of the texture is worse than the taste which tasted like blood. White pudding is supposed to be the same thing sans blood. Wish I’d had it instead.

    • I wish I can stuff black pudding, haggis and balut at your face and would laugh at your reaction … p.s. those 3 foods are in my top20

  15. I wonder how many of these the author has tried. Haggis is awesome (like he said it’s realy just a sausage- and most sausages you have NO idea what went into them), and Black pudding is fine.

    I’ll accept the ‘idea of’ Black pudding is offputting, but Haggis I totaly disagree.

    • It’s not just taste, it’s what your putting In your mouth. Sausages are meat stuffed in intestines. okay, that might be gross, but…………………………..point taken. I’m still not eating it though.

  16. I love potted meat. Tripe and beef heart are both delicious. Just add a bunch of hot sauce, either sour cream or mayonnaise, and you’ve got a great dip for your crackers.

  17. Peter Boucher on

    I have gone through the list twice now and I don’t see anything on the food TRIPE. Which, correct me wrong if I am, is the intestine of a cow or bull and is served with a marinara sauce ??

      • Peter Boucher on

        Thank You Scream. I knew it had something to do with the stomach area. I used the word intestine for lack of a better word. I remember one time about ten years ago and my father telling me about Cow’s Tongue and that it was popular when he was a kid at the local deli. I saw it for sale once at a supermarket and bought it on impulse. I bring it home, then I realized that I had no idea as to how to cook it. I got on the phone and called the head chef of this upscale restaurant and he said “boil it for one hour per pound, take off the membrane and slice it up and serve” The tongue weighed 3 lbs. So needless to say, I was confined to my kitchen for 3-4 hours………LOL. Thanks again for the info.

  18. I live in indonesia and they eat balut in some places here. They also enjoy eating goat testicles. it’s called Torpedo. No. I have never in my life ate those. And I don’t plan to. Thank you.

    • So many ignorant westerners (mainly European) posting here. Just because you eat some of these foods regularly doesn’t mean they aren’t disgusting. Andrew Zimmerman has a hard time eating a hotdog but finds moose nose jelly delicious. You have to take it into perspective how disgusting other cultures would find some of the things we consume. This list would be considered biased not “racist” but i find it neither. (Though i find everything on this list personally disgusting) Finally, just because blood pudding is called something else where you live doesn’t mean that’s its only name so if i see another post stating that im gonna strangle a brit.

  19. Note that cod is the source of the 11th and 12th most disgusting foods: Cod sperm (japanese, 11th) and lutefisk (Norse, 12th).

  20. Here is one for you that I always enjoy and always get peculiar looks when I do this…..A Hot Dog…..Here are the main things that most everybody put on their Hot Dog : Mustard, Ketchup, Relish, Chili, Onions, Grated Cheddar Cheese, Sauerkraut. etc., …….Me ? I put Mayonaise on mine. After all, what is a Hot Dog essentially……ITS BOLOGNA !! Its just that it comes in a smaller casing. Give me a BEEF Hot Dog (not a Hot Dog processed from CHICKEN, PORK or TURKEY) a BEEF Hot Dog and eat it uncooked. Why ? BECAUSE ITS BOLOGNA !!!! Trust me, I earned my degree in Culinary Arts from the University of New Hampshire. Want to have a real eye opener ? Take a class on Sanitation and Food-borne illnesses, that will wake you up. It certainly did for me !!!

    • While not even in the same category of inedibility of living fly larvae cheese or tortured bat paste (what is it about the asians and their “the path to flavor is torturing an animal before killing it” thing.)
      cold hot dogs? Blech. Of course balogna is fairly nasty as well. so there you go.

      I do like me some haggis and black pudding though.

      • Peter Boucher on

        @ oliver. I was in the US NAVY and went to Scotland twice. I had Haggis and found it to be good, but not to die for. I also had black pudding in of all places France and that I enjoyed. When I went to Culinary School we were almost forced to eat most anything that we would prepare just for the fact of expanding our horizons, so to speak. The one food that I could really put a dent into are stuffed grape leaves from Greece. There is a supermarket near me that sells it by the pound but its expensive, but then again, I had to make them one time in School and you talk about time consuming. It took forever to make a batch of about 50 – 60.

  21. Eskimo Ice Cream didn’t make it? Creamed whale blubber with raw fish and berries not gross enough? Think Crisco consistency and appearance with a far worse taste.

    And while I do think Blood pudding is disgusting and I would NEVER eat it, it doesn’t deserve the number one spot, and hagiss most definitely didn’t even deserve to be on the list. There are types of sausage sold in South America with ingredients that make hagiss look like prime steak cutlets.

  22. Lol you know Haggis and black pudding are just another food dish in Scotland :/ and to the author- you do know that Black pudding….isnt…pudding? You have it in a fry up, you don’t eat it with a spoon! 😛

    Food in the highlands is very meat based, simply because back in ye olden days exotic foods like fruit just didnt grow here, and everyone (except royalty and nobles etc) was poor so they just didnt waste food, and ate whatever was available to them. it seems perfectly normal to me to use up the whole animal, cows heart is pretty good, I’m not too keen on cows tongue but my friend is, anyone else use pigs trotters as stock for soup? Very yummy! I’ve been to America and all the food is coated in a layer of grease…..

    • Fish fermented in caustic acid and left to ferment for six months and is the traditional Christmas dish of Norway in which 20% of the population eat that. Mmmmmmmmm, doesn’t that sound just tasty ? And if you don’t wash the utensils that you have created Lutefisk in immediately and leave them overnight, You would have a better chance at using a jack hammer to drill through solid concrete. Try this experiment. Take a glass of coca-cola and drop a human tooth into it and wait 48 hours. Guess what, tooth is dissolved. Isn’t that just wonderful to think about !!!!

  23. Haggis – disgusting ? Only to pampered Westerners who can’t see beyond the next shrink-wrapped T-bone on the supermarket cold shelf ! I don’t think it deserves to be on the list at all, let alone at No. 4.

    Likewise, black pudding shouldn’t be on the list – though Scottish black pudding is the best IMHO.

    Balut – only at No 9 ??? My wife is Filipina and even she doesn’t eat it. As one Filipino described it to me “It’s best eaten in a dark cinema while holding your nose”. The only time I saw my wife eat balut was when she was pregnant and she ate as many as she could get her hands on !

    If you want to see a photo of balut you will never forget, look up “Filipino Cuisine” on Uncyclopedia.

  24. Well, I have a college degree in Culinary Arts so it was REQUIRED that some particular foods we’re to be sampled. And this list forgot a BIGGIE. Its a traditional dish called LUTEFISK. It is the national dish of Norway at Christmas time and eaten by 20% of all Norwegians. It is cod that is skinned and scaled and left outside to dry. It is then dipped in water for one week and then fermented in Caustic Acid (aka Lye) for weeks. It is then put back in water and then boiled. It has the consistency of Jello and is very odd tasting. And lets not forget about another cuisine. How about the 1972 plane crash in the Andes Mountains with the South American Rugby team aboard that was the inspiration for the book “Alive”. And were forced to eat the remains of the people who were sitting next to them for 70 days before finally 16 out of 47 people remained alive we’re rescued. It gives breasts, thighs and legs and whole different meaning. Read the book someday and if you are capable of reading the book in one day, Good Luck to you trying to get to sleep at night. I couldn’t for days and eventually threw the book away because of its constant reminder….

  25. I love black pudding and haggis! I have Casu Marzu and Jellied Moose Nose in my fridge! Don’t, whatever you do, eat cockscomb! I hate it! I ate it once in college, nearly threw up afterwards!

    • Won’t refrigeration kill the larvae in the Casu Marzu? Or did you refrigerate it after hatching? Just curious.

  26. chicken mcnuggets are grosser than most of these dishes. Mechanically separated meat is disgusting.

  27. Black pudding, fried is absolutely delicious, it’s like a mix between hash browns and bacon!

  28. Agree that these food are gross but they are not limited to third world countries. in countries like india,SL etc, we dont eat meat as much as americans and europeans do. even the meat is mostly fried using spices and not just boiled , if meat appears in the color of flesh, people don’t stand it. pig and beef are hardly consumed by us, it is likewise for cheese too. in our book, the grosseset food are avilable in mcdonalds, KFC, etc.

  29. third world country products? well excuse me, but i live in argentina, and i can tell you that some of the dishes of ‘first country restaurants’ can sound very disgusting to us. and also we have here one of the bests meat in the world. to sad that the best part goes or exportation.
    but do you really think china is still a third world country? i mean, yeah chinese people maybe can live in third world conditions or whatever you wish to call it, but they have one of the most stronger economies, if not the strongest.

  30. Come on, you seriously think that Black Pudding is more disgusting than a duck embryo? Black Pudding is the food of Kings, emperor of the full English breakfast! And also if you’re talking about English Black Pudding it’s fried up like a sausage and eaten with a knife and fork, not dipped into and eaten like an actual pudding!

    Haggis is also delicious, in my opinion it’s far better to eat offal than throw it in the bin!

  31. Dingleberry on

    Haggis and Black Pudding are DELICIOUS! Bury market black puds and new potatoes….HOLD ME BACK!!

    A grilled lamb/pork chop with the kidney attached, chicken livers and bacon, steak and kidney pudding, liver and onions, tripe and cabbage and a beef heart sandwich!

    What a wasteful nation we have become! Granted this isn’t the prime cut, but the nutritional value of liver etc is exceptional…it’s price marred (thankfully for us heathens!!!) by the snobbery that surrounds kobe, prime and choice that the populus demand!

    Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!


    • Uh… liver is terrible for you. I don’t think Haggis is disgusting personally, but think about it. The lungs and the Liver do what? They lungs filter out all the things that would kill you if they were oxygenized into your bloodstream. The Liver filters out all the fluids that would kill you if they were allowed into the urea which travels through your blood stream. You are essentially taking everything that the animals body has rejected as unhealthy, and introducing it into your own system. It’s like taking the oil from your car, filtering out all the oil until you have only the black dust and flakes from engine wear, and then putting that back into your car’s oil filter… it’s terrible for you.

  32. you neglected to add corn smut to this list or rather Ustilago maydis which i believe roughly translates to disgusting black pustules or something along those lines

  33. “…as resembling stuffed intestines more than sausage”

    What the heck do you think the coating on a proper sausage is? I have news for you: proper sausage IS stuffed intestines.

    I’m also surprised to see black pudding, haggis and meat paste on the list. All are available in the UK (though our meat paste doesn’t seem as gross as yours) and I don’t consider any to be gross. They’re all very tasty.

    • I COMPLETELY agree. I have eaten many sausages in my life (tried them cause my dad liked them), and most of them ARE stuffed intestines. And I have tried haggis before too, and I must say that it is wayyyyy better than the garbage you call mcdonalds.

  34. Subhankar Das on

    I think food must not be judged by its looks!!!!If it tastes great it is good then!!!!Guys first try a food then comment on it!!!Don’t just show disgust towards a food just because it looks unfamiliar!!!

  35. Subhankar Das on

    Well!!!!I never tried Black Pudding but I tried a food called Blood Fry which is made by coagulating goat’s blood & then frying it with a paste of spices including chilly and garlic paste!!!And its taste was delicious!!!

  36. funny how he mentioned food in the third world as being gross

    well food in most third world countries is FAR BETTER THAN AMERICAN FOOD

    haggis and black pudding are not that nasty


  37. What the Hell is wrong with humans? If it exists, someone, somewhere will try to eat and/or have sex with it and/or get high from it.

    Here’s a tip: rat-poison is delicious, gets you super-high, and makes sex great!

    • Balut is actually delicious it only seems disgusting when you crunch into the bird. 🙂 But when I ate it I dipped it in vinegar and put some salt on it very very tasty.

  38. ok ive read a few of the comments and ALL of those dishes belongs on this list! I am from south africa and we dont eat any of the above! the grossest food i can think of in this country is perhaps fish or sheep heads

  39. I love eating Balut! Haha.
    For me it tastes good even though I have to admit it’s very gross looking.

    • Sounds a lot like lutafisk, and how it’s prepared! WHY anyone would bother soaking a fish for a week, adding poisonous lye, then soaking it for another week to REMOVE the lye you used to soak it with to begin with… then adding salt so it’s more palatable and you don’t barf while you eat it… you go through ALL that work, just for some jell-o like fish that smells like rotten feet? What is the POINT?

  40. Congealed blood is also very popular in Chinese cuisines. Hasma is a delicacy- good quality Hasma is quite expensive. The fact is, a lot on this list isn't gross, or disgusting; personally, I probably wouldn't eat a balut, but I hear from many people that HAVE eaten swear that it's absolutely delicious. Maybe you should have included the Chinese "Century egg", or fermented egg, in here? It's delicious, but a lot of people find it queasy. Of the mentioned foods, the only ones I'd probably not try myself in the balut and bat paste. The others won't be my staple diet anytime soon, but heck, I wouldn't mind trying them.

  41. Libby's Potted Meat is not gross at all. My grandfather invented that food when he was producing Libby products. Its a family company, and I'm part of it.

  42. In Thailand we eat cats, they are really good, like a real gamey pork sort of. But so many wild feral cats have gotten out of control its open season on them year round.

    • Taylorxcatloverx on

      WTF? u eat CATS? ! HOW CRUEL
      thats why when i went to thailand i found no stray cats around there 🙁 btw i went to this place . where they keep dogs in thailand and they keep beating them to death till they r cooked 🙁 i dont know my brother says that , ITS SO CRUEELLLL :'((

  43. I was reading up on blood sausages and I came across your list. *retch* I don't think I'll be eating anything today. Thank you for this.

  44. Wow. come to think of it, I think i've eaten the black pudding before…and it was quite good :)..Though I thought it was tofu when i first ate it…

  45. What a terrible list.

    Haggis?!?! Really??? Compared to this list Haggis and black pudding are completely normal and also delicious. There is nothing disgusting about haggis unless you are 10 years old. Every one should give it a try, it is genuinely one of the most delicious and most unique tasting foods you will ever try but i am sure there are other disgusting sounding foods that are actually nice, open your mind.

  46. Won't consider balut as gross and disgusting food. It's nutrious. I'd rather eat it than any kind of American burgers.

      • Sometimes American burgers can be worser than everything in the list, you may never know what is in it. Hair, dump, bacteria …. and because I’m pilipino , my family doesnt eat the bones. Ps have you even tried it? adhd shut up and eat your food.

  47. Nice article! I'm happy to see that it's not entirely comprised of food from Asian countries and shows that disgusting, weird food can be found in any culture, even in European and American culture. I hate it when bloggers throw up a list of disgusting food and 5 of them is from Asia. Sure, Asians have some weird food but it's a little biased to fill up half the list with them. Well researched article!

  48. Lists like these are actually kind of racist. I mean, think about it: these foods are traditional. Although some of them may not be common today, at one point, they were considered normal. From the way the entry on Potted Meat was written, I'm assuming this is written from the point of view of an American. What do Americans eat? We eat quite a few meat products (including Potted Meat) regularly that contain God-knows-what. Hot Dogs are legally allowed to contain up to 2% "other." Bull testicles are eaten regularly in some areas of the US. Pickled Pigs' Feet are common in southern areas. And it's not just *what* Americans eat that could be considered disgusting, the portions are pretty crazy, depending on your point of view.

    I just wanted to put that out there. You can't go around calling other people's traditions "disgusting" without considering how "disgusting" you are to them.

  49. These are just good old fashioned traditional foods. Balut puts me off rather a lot but the rest are quite pleasant but can be an acquired taste.

    Also note that rooster combs are quite common in Chinese cuisine in southern areas of Guangdong.

    Anyone that turns their nose up at these foods is a spoilt brat and should just go back to Mickey D's. They deserve to eat that crap.

  50. i don't understand how so many people can eat these things….they look so gross !! balut and bat paste seem horible !

  51. My mom used to feed us black pudding while growing up. We call it blood pudding in Canada. I can't believe I used to eat dat sh*t. Ew.

  52. Black pudding is known as morcilla in Spain and is a very common food used in some of the most popular dishes like fabada or cocido. There are varieties with onion or rice instead of potato and it is used often in tapas.

  53. duck embryos are really common here in the Philippines. Every night vendors do sell their baluts along the city streets. I actually watched foreigners eating baluts as a dare and stuff…but i myself dont have the guts to have it tasted…

  54. I thought that Balut is only found here in the Philippines. Hmmm…now I know. Actually if you eat it, you would be surprised it tastes good. Poor chick though.

  55. You left out some Taiwanese favorites…

    Chicken feet… yes, worse than their combs because they walk around on these things. They are served with the claws still attached. There is relatively little meat on them so you basically chew on the orange skin, ripping it from the bones.

    Chou doufu… take your run-of-the-mill tofu, let it soak a few hours in a broth of rotten vegetables, rotten fish, rotten shrimp, and brine that has been fermenting for 6 months. Then you fry it or barbecue it. I remember the first time I smelled, I checked the bottom of my shoes thinking I had stepped in dog feces until my roommate told me what was causing that smell. The taste is 100 times worse.

    Thousand-year eggs… these are eggs where the albumin has turned a translucent speckled brown and the yolk a grayish black. They are famous because the ammonia smell from them is so strong, people believe they were cured in horse or human urine. This is the real preparation for them (from wikipedia)…

    The traditional method for producing century eggs is a development and improvement from the aforementioned primitive process. Instead of using just clay, a mixture of wood ash, quicklime, and salt is included in the plastering mixture, thereby increasing the pH and sodium content of the clay mixture. This addition of natural alkaline compounds improved the odds of creating century eggs instead of spoilage and also increased the speed of the process. A recipe for creating century eggs through this process starts with the infusion of three pounds of tea in boiling water. To the tea, three pounds of quicklime (or seven pounds when the operation is performed in winter), nine pounds of sea-salt, and seven pounds of wood ash from burned oak is mixed together into a smooth paste. Each egg is then individually covered by hand, with gloves being up worn to prevent the corrosive action of the lime on skin. Each egg is then rolled in a mass of rice chaff to keep the eggs from adhering to one another before they are placed in cloth-covered jars or tightly woven baskets. In about three years, the mud slowly dries and hardens into a crust, and then the eggs are ready for consumption.

    • Boy oh boy….what you’re describing is like Chicken Mcnuggets in America. Try eating the hardcore food items from Iceland like Hakarl.

  56. You forgot one. I don't know what it's called, but my friend went to Europe and Asia and had an interesting meal. You go to a restaurant, they give you a live poisonous snake, you cut out its still-beating heart and eat it while it's still warm. Then they take the bowels, cut it open, pour the fecal matter into a shot glass, and mix it with alcohol. Then the restaurant grills the snake and you eat it.

  57. You forget one: Easy Cheese!!

    Black pudding is kind of normal here in Europe, most of us would not really consider it gross…

  58. It looks delicious 😀

    Maybe some of these are tasty, we'll probably never know.

  59. A Swedish dish closely resembling black pudding is called "blodpudding" in Swedish. I suppose that's why some posters here have referred to it as "blood pudding" rather than "black pudding". It's something of a children's favourite here in Sweden, probably because it is traditionally served with lingonberry jam, which is sweet. I can't understand how black pudding got to be #1 on this list. There's nothing inherently disgusting with blood, once it's cooked. RAW blood, on the other hand, is different. Supposedly it can cause vomiting in people who try to drink more than a little of it. Some kind of immune system reaction, I guess.

    • It's because the human body can't digest (human)blood.That is how they find intestinal bleeding,when you have a lot of black in your stool.Another reason human beings can't be vampires.What,did I just offend Twilight fans ? Sorry but it's true.

  60. Bat Paste, that's disgusting. Don't know if should like the black pudding or not. If I didn't know what it's made of probably I would but since I know the ingredients, HELL NO

  61. I have eaten balut. It actually tastes good but I leave the "chick" part because it's really gross. I eat the yellow part and it's really tasty. But I don't think I can try eating food number 6,5,4, and 2.

  62. ok I liked this post…. I have had haggis, served in a "traditional" scottish way which was with mashed potatoes and mashed turnips, and it was pretty good… no one else has mentioned that it is insanely spicy! at least to me it was at the time, but my mother never uses pepper in her food…. anyway i hear kemchi, korean cabbage, is dusgusting…apparently its left to rot for a time before it is packaged but I love it! its spicy and sour but i am a fan… served as kemchi pancakes is how i feel in love with it though it may be an acquired taste…

    • Don’t need to be rude about it.
      Please don’t say stuff like that
      It’s just plain idiotic and God is not very fond of it.

  63. Oh, BARF! I think haggis and black pudding are nowhere near as bad as the higher stuff. I've seen some other pretty gross stuff on Nat Geo – in one of the more rundown Asian countries, they liked to fry up little patties made of mashed-up sandflies, and also raw mince doused with bile. Dig in, everyone!

  64. Blood Pudding is delicious! and is not at all sweet. it's also not eaten with a spoon. It's just like sausage really. I don't see how its any grosser than what goes into regular sausage..

  65. This is a little bit sensational, and to be honest, rubbish. Haggis doesnt look or taste anything like stuffed innerds. It's just like a really yummy dark meat sausage/ mince. It also has oats in it, which you missed out, which adds to the yummy texture.

    Also there's no such thing as 'blood' pudding, its called black pudding! And it's amazing in a fry up, especially if you have a hangover!!!

    And the frogspawn probably isnt as bad as you're making it out to be. What the hell do you think eggs (unfertilized of course) are but exactly that! again, probably yum!!!

    get over yourselves and see what you could be missing, culinary wise and culturally.

  66. Haggis doesn't look or taste anything like stuffed innards. It's just like a really yummy dark meat sausage/ mince. It also has oats in it which you missed out adding to the yummy texture.

    Also there's no such thing as 'blood' pudding, its called black pudding! And it's amazing in a fry up, especially if you have a hangover!!!

    and the frogspawn probably isn't as bad as you're making it out to be. What the hell do you think eggs (unfertilized of course) are but exactly that! again, probably yum!!!

    get over yourselves and see what you could be missing, culinary wise and culturally.

    • “get over yourselves and see what you could be missing, culinary wise and culturally.”

      Thank you Kate! You’re a Gem!

  67. some of those do sound a bit disturbing…

    Rocky Mountain Oysters should be on this list too… — as they are buffalo or bull testicles

  68. All of them are gross, except of one. The blood pudding is delicious, (in Belgium they just call it blood sausage) and i'll eat it a lot if i'm there again!!

  69. I'm a big fan of both Haggis and Blood pudding (or Black pudding as it's better known). Nothing better than a cooked English breakfast with some black pudding to set you up for the day.

    As for the rest of them, I'd probably give half of them a try without a second thought. May not like them, but there are many 'conventional' foods that I don't like.

  70. Ignorance talking here. Anything different from your own insignificant and inferior culture and habits is considered disgusting. This is the root of racism and intolerance. TRAVEL, embrace different cultures, expand your horizons, and learn that what you think is right is actually horribly wrong.

    We are citizens of the world. Nations are stupid concepts.

  71. Spiffy McTankerous on

    If people actually went into the foods they eat every day; bugs, rodent feces. Some of the questionable ingredients on this list; kidneys, etc.. those things wind up in any and all your sausage and hot dog products. Many cold cuts start out as a hot liquidy meat juice which congeals in the skin, forming your "deli meat".

    If you're so disturbed by this stuff, you should become an organic vegetarian. I'm a veggie now and I really, really, really miss haggis. Och, January 25th just went past too!

  72. Paddy the Shark on

    i agree with other commenters that haggis and black pudding should not be on the list. the other things are disgusting because they are the parts of animals that shouldnt be eaten however any butcher will tell you that heart and lungs are as good a meat as any other part and how is eating blood any different from a rare steak?

    And as for the potted meat, i agree its disgusting inferior ingredients but if thats there then 90% of an average american persons diet could be too.

  73. blood pudding … commonly known as black pudding … is not disgusting. It is a misunderstood and under rated dish .. goes brilliantly with a full english breakfast 😉

  74. Wow – I had haggis and blood pudding (called black pudding in the UK) with my breakfast this morning. I had no idea that people would consider these as gross as, say, the fallopian trubes of frogs or rancid fish heads. Haggis is boiled in a sheeps stomach by the way.

  75. Phil E. Drifter on

    #8 Potted meat: you claim it's made by Hormel but the pic shows it's by Libby's! (I love hormel chili, and they make SPAM but I've never eaten that.)

    • Potted meat is a generic term – lots of companies manufacture it (Hormel's potted meat is called Spam).

      • Spam is a totally diferent product than Potted meat.It is surposed to taste like ham.For a bit of trivia,Hawaii consumes the most Spam in the world.Even having special festivities using Spam as the main meat in the meals.

  76. I love potted meat and blood pudding. There is also white pudding in Ireland when I went there. Both are delicious.

  77. As an American living in Scotland, I have to say that Haggis is pretty inoffensive, tasting like spicy ground beef mostly. Black Pudding just tastes like a sausage with a different texture, and is not bad.

    I mean, I eat each of them maybe once a year. Nothing I'd seek out, but not bad.

  78. Where I live we have a dish called scrapple, which is very tasty, but is made from pork scraps. It was originally a Pennsylvania Dutch recipe. People used to joke that it was made from whatever was swept up from the floor of the slaughterhouse. There's also a saying that scrapple contains "everything from a pig except the oink".

    It's probably not the healthiest thing to eat, but it's delicious.

      • Scrapple is delicious! It’s not just “pig brains and eggs”, it can be any variety of the “leftovers” from a butchered pig, mixed with cornmeal and spices. You fry it till it’s brown and crispy, and it’s deeeeelicious 🙂 It’s definitely a local thing. Here in Delaware, we have a yearly Apple Scrapple festival lol.

  79. In my country, (no it's not china lol) we eat Hasma (which is actually spelt Harshma).


    I've eaten harshma since young at weddings and as an expensive dessert (double-boiled harshma with snow fungus and pear sugar, yes it tastes really good).



    A/N, it tastes like bird's nest and soft white fungus by the way. From the look of the dish, you can't really tell it's fallopian tubes. To put a taste to the image, I'd say, it's incredibly bland. Tasteless. All the taste comes from the sweet soup.

    But still, I swear I'll never eat it again. Urgh.

  80. I love blood pudding though I would call it black pudding. I'm from Ireland and it's not at all sweet like the one mentioned above. It is delicious and I don't care what it is made from I love it.

    I agree that the ordering of this list is a bit mixed up, maggot cheese and duck embryos would definitely be higher up on my personal list. That's some messed up stuff right there.

    I'm not exactly sure where my line of taste gets drawn but I know that black pudding is this side and embryos, maggots et al are waaaaaay over the other side.


  81. I'm quite fond of haggis myself, it has somewhat of a spicy flavour to it. I think its the fact that the ingredients in it are honestly stated (perhaps TOO honestly) that puts people off. After all plenty of people will gladly eat stuff like hotdogs that consists of that euphemism "mechanically recovered meat", which means it could be almost anything from the cow that you are eating.

  82. Blood pudding is not that gross really. It tastes sweet. They served it regularly at school here in sweden. I usually ate the other alternative though since I don't like sweet food.

    Also, I haven't tried haggis but the balkan version, diado is absolutely mouth watering. I get excited just thinking about it. It's about the same, guts and meat mixed together but then they bury it in the ground for a few weeks. You actually have to do it in specific places or else it won't taste right.

  83. Haggis is higher than maggot cheese and fermented fish heads? Seriously? Have you ever actually eaten haggis?

  84. Ugh. I have to say, I've tried Balut before and it tastes nasty. When I was younger, I had no idea what I was eating. Now I know….

  85. Ehm… Excuse me? Blood pudding, number one? That's the grossest you could find? I'm a vegan now, but when I was a child, I ate meat and blood pudding wasn't at all uncommon or considered "strange" (I live in Sweden), however, those other things on the list, I would never have touched! I suppose I think the grossest things anyone could eat would be human or cat. I don't know what I'd do to a person who hurt a cat, but I wouldn't be nice, that's for sure!

    • I’ve seen the vendors and their carts walking down the street selling balut in the Philippines, another thing they usually sell is BBQ’d chicken intestines on a stick…not bad at all in my opinion.
      Some people prefer their balut a bit older than 8 days (my grandmother).

  86. While I agree with most of these are very gross, having potted meat on there is a bit messed up. Granted the ingredients aren't great…but then similar items are inside hot dogs, frankfurters, and bologna. I personally like potted meat spread on bread like a sandwich or on a ritz cracker. Its also good on a fried egg sandwich. Should have another list of gross foods like bird's nest soup, which is made from a bird nest made from its spit, or some Asian dishes that use the penis of various animals, or foie gras. Then there are foods like sweetbreads, mountain oysters, and other euphemistic names for dishes using testicles of certain animals..

  87. EDIT = "It tastes like what dog food smells like and tastes rather bland" should read, "It tastes like what dog food smells like, BUT is rather bland in comparison."

    • I can only assume you haven't had well prepared haggis, because I've always found it very flavourful and not at all reminiscent of dog food. It's probably near the top of my list of favourite foods actually.

  88. While I am not a fan of haggis, my husband is, and having tried it, I can say that it isn't overly offensive. It tastes like what dog food smells like, and tastes rather bland. The major upshot is that it doesn't actually look like what it is. It's a heck of a lot better than the lamb's kidneys we get as a side dish every time we go to lunch at our uncle's house in Wales.

    Blood pudding is one of my favorite things, hands down.

    I am not a huge fan of offal, but I do believe that it shouldn't be discarded. It is edible, there are people that like it, and it's not bad for you. Why not use every part of the animal?

    That said, while there are some things on this list I would try for a laugh, I couldn't even begin to consider the maggot cheese or bat paste.

    • If you find Haggis bland then it was not a good pudding. A good haggis is very well-spiced, and has lots of flavour. Similar in taste to a black pudding, the local dish where my family originates (Lancashire).

  89. Ugh – these are ALL disgusting (and don't give me guff about, "It's there culture that approves of foods like this…") Most of this stuff is made of parts of animals that should've been tossed or fed to something on the complete bottom of the food chain.

    Another great list, nonetheless, but now what do I do about lunch? Maybe I'll do something REALLY crazy, like a hot dog WITHOUT mustard! 😉

    • People always used all the parts of animals (clothing?), and that includes all the "gross" bits. Otherwise you're just wasteful.

      On a side note, Haggis is the best dish I think I've ever had. What they put in it is jus'..

      I can't even describe it, but it's just like eating sausage meat, really. Only difference is its already in pieces when you cut it open.

      Truly amazing dish.

  90. I don't know which is worse, the duck embryos or the maggots. Thanks for ruining my lunch! And I thought calf's liver was gross. It's nothing next to these dishes.

  91. It would be hard to find any foods grosser than the ones Ryan found for this list. A great list, and one well written. Well done! Now I just have to find a way to get those images out of my head. Yuck!

    • Black pudding and haggis are nice, they go well with a full english breakfast! They really dont taste bad! I find they are more for the texture of the meal.

    • I ate jelled sheep’s brains in Iceland. They also have Hakarl there, which is putrefied shark meat.

    • I don’t know what it’s called, but in Taiwan there is a dish that is basically chicken bladder cooked while still holding some of the chicken’s piss. yuck.