Food: it’s a subjective thing. One person’s delicacy is the next person’s abomination. The everyday dishes some of us have grown up with and love are viewed by others as, frankly, horrifying.
It’s only when you begin to travel that you realise the true breadth of the world’s different cuisines, that you discover all the edible things that seem so strange and questionable to you, and yet are considered normal to everyone else. This is one of the joys of exploring the world: challenging your perceptions and challenging your tastebuds.
If you encounter any of the following dishes, you’ll have to do both.
San-nakji, South Korea
It’s not the taste that’s most challenging about san-nakji, the Korean dish of raw octopus tentacles with sesame oil and sesame seeds. Rather, it’s the look of it. And the knowledge of what it is. In san-nakji, the octopus is served so fresh as to be still wriggling. Diners are advised to chew quickly, lest one of the tentacles attach itself to the inside of your mouth and choke you. It’s… an interesting experience.