World's Strangest Liquors
Snake Bile Wine (Ruou Mat Ran or ruợu mặt rắn)
Description: Served at specialty restaurants all over Vietnam, this delicacy is prepared tableside by a handler who slices open a live cobra’s gallbladder and blends its bile with rice wine. Traditionally, the greenish-black mixture is served as an invigorating aperitif to subsequent courses made from the remaining parts of the snake. Men are strongly advised to ingest the drink, which allegedly endows virility and a host of other health benefits.
Where to Find It: In restaurants specializing in exotic meats all over Vietnam, including Huang Rung restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City.