These International Foods WILL Test Your Bravery

These International Foods WILL Test Your Bravery

One of the most exciting parts of traveling abroad is the food. Unfortunately, it can also be one of the most daunting things. There are so many new things to try, and while some look delicious, others...are a bit scary! We asked people who went abroad what foods tested their bravery. Here’s what they told us:  

Japan | Chocolate Covered Ants and a Sparrow

“I was scared of trying sparrow because of how it looked.” The sparrow ended up being “delicious” and while chocolate ants may sound scary, they just tasted like normal chocolate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Yui, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Sparrow from Japan.

Vietnam | Snail Fish Soup

“I loved it! Get past the texture, chew harder when it crunches, and find the flavor explosion.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Dana, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Snail Fish Soup from Vietnam.

Japan | Natto (Fermented Soy Beans)

“It’s the slime that gets you. It looks like phlegm and feels like phlegm.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ian, Northwestern University

Natto (Fermented Soybeans) from Japan.

India | Pickled Ghost Pepper, Cow tongue and Chicken liver

“Enjoyed  the ghost pepper and the pigeon. The cow tongue was hard to eat and the chicken liver had this weird aftertaste and it tasted grainy.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Neeshan,University of Wisconsin-Madison

Pickled Ghost pepper from India.


Cow Tongue from India.
Chicken Liver from India.

Spain | Octopus

“It had legit tentacles that still had suction cups and everything”

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Ryan,University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire 

Octopus from Spain.


Peru | Guinea Pig

“They are adorable but because their meats don't have cholesterol, it's pretty popular in Peru”

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Gladys, University of Wisconsin- Madison

Guinea pig from Peru.

Thailand | Lychee

“We actually got to go to a friend’s house and cut down the fruit.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sean, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Lychee from Thailand.

Despite being afraid to try strange new foods, these people did… and survived! Crazy right?! It’s important to try new things while traveling abroad and experiencing new foods is one of the easiest ways to do this. Trying the local food is a great way to become immersed in local culture. Food brings people together and can be an empowering experience as well. It’s never easy to do something that scares you even if it’s as simple as putting something in your mouth. By trying foods that scare you, you’re opening yourself up to new experiences, new stories and truly experiencing a culture.

Elisabeth Rusch

Elisabeth is a student at University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. She has a job at her university's library that she's mildly (aka wildly, incredibly, over excessively) obsessed with. When she's not working, you'll probably find her running, reading, or daydreaming about travel.