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World's Strangest Breakfasts
They may sound strange to
you, but these breakfast menu items are part of the local flavor.
Diseased corn may not be the
first thing you crave in the morning. But travel to Mexico and
that’s what you’ll get if you order huitlacoche with your eggs.
To the locals who enjoy them
regularly, huitlacoche and other breakfast ingredients are just as run-of-the-mill
as a stack of pancakes doused with syrup. And sampling these foods is a great
way to explore the local culture—huitlacoche, for example, is considered
a delicacy in Mexico. (It’s also packed with protein and minerals.)
Sometimes the menu item is
something familiar, but comes with a twist. Take porridge. If you order up a breakfast
bowl of porridge-like congee (slow-cooked rice) in China, brace
yourself: it comes topped with a century egg. Though it’s not actually 100
years old, the egg has been aged for weeks (or months) until it takes on the aroma
of ammonia and sulfur and has a gelatinous texture.
When in Scandinavia, you can
treat yourself to a bowlful of its version of yogurt: filmjölk.
The creamy substance is made in much the same way as yogurt—by fermenting
milk—but the resulting flavor of this variation resembles a cross between
buttermilk and sour cream. It’s often topped with cereal.
But hey, let’s be real. You
don’t have to go overseas to find some strange noshes; there are plenty right
here in America. Head to the mid-Atlantic, for instance, and you won’t have a
hard time finding scrapple—leftover scraps from a pig that are boiled, minced,
mixed with cornmeal and seasoned, and then fried up for your eating pleasure.
Read on to see our list of
strange breakfasts from around the world. And go on, the next time you
have the chance, be adventurous and try them.
You might find yourself pleasantly surprised.
What’s the strangest
breakfast item you’ve come across during your travels? Share your experience by
posting a comment below.