People from different cultures all have widely different tastes and standard meals. Some cultures eat spicy food, while others keep it bland and simple. Still, even the most adventurous of eaters might find that Japan has some of the weirdest foods on the planet. Sushi is just the tip of the iceberg. From eating insects to devouring tripe, Japan’s recipes are certainly creative. Curious to find out what else they’ve concocted? Here are 25 Super Weird Japanese Foods.
From afar, Chirimen Jako may look like tiny noodles or rice, but they’re actually tiny white sardines. Usually, they’re dried out and eaten, but if they’re boiled in salt water, they go by the name “Kamaage Shirasu.”
Yuba is similar to tofu. After soymilk is boiled, the residue is taken and made into a kind of skin. That skin is called Yuba, and like tofu, it doesn’t taste like much.
Boasting a high amount of Omega-3 fatty acids, Ikura is considered a delicacy in Japan and around the world. It’s essentially red caviar or fish eggs from a salmon.
Shirouo no Odorigui
Most people want their food dead before they eat it, but that’s not the case for those that like Shirouo no Odorigui. “Shirouo” is a type of small transparent fish and “Odorigui” is roughly translated, “dancing while being eaten.” Provided with the squirming fish is a quail egg that you crack and pour the yoke into the bowl with some vinegar. Then, bon appétit.
Horse lovers may want to stay away from Basashi, or anyone who can’t stand to eat raw meat. That’s right, Basashi is raw horse meat. It’s usually served ice cold and can be dipped in soy sauce or Japanese horseradish.