We all have run across many strange Non-vegetarian foods. I thought it would be fun to put Weird Vegetarian Food on the list. Some of these you’ve heard about, others probably not.
1. Casu Marzu
Casu Marzu, perhaps the strangest vegetarian food of all. Although, honestly, you might not consider this one to be vegetarian.
Casu marzu is also known as maggot cheese. It’s so fermented that it’s actually beginning to decompose and is so soft that it turns into the liquid. At this stage, it contains live insect larvae.
Even better, the larvae are prone to jumping when disturbed and they can leap in the air about 6 inches. Watch your eyes when dipping a cracker in for another scoop! Some folks eat the larvae and some don’t.
Tempeh really does look like something weird related to seeds cake that nobody has any business actually eating. It is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that binds soybeans into a cake form.
It’s bumpy and also has spots of what appears to be mold. That’s because fungus spores from Rhizopus oligosporus are added and they cover it with their mycelium, leaving behind a fermented soy cake. Sounds Yummy, right?Actually, it’s pretty tasty and perfectly safe to eat, although it takes some people a while to develop a taste for it.
Also called “Wheat Meat” Seitan is made from wheat gluten. Basically, the starch in flour is rinsed away, leaving behind the gluten. When cooked correctly and seasoned, it becomes a nice stand-in for meat. Yeah well, it looks like MEAT after all, but Seitan has lots of different flavors, just like chicken can be hot and spicy as in chicken wings, or savory in a succulent Indian or Thai curry.
Kimchi also spelled kimchee or gimchi, is a traditional fermented Korean side dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings. I know it looks somewhat like Tentacles of Squid, but looks tasty isn’t it?
It isn’t always vegetarian, though. There are many different ways to make it, so it’s a good idea to read the label. Or you could get adventurous and make your own kimchi. It’s considered one of the world’s healthiest foods and is quite well-known for its pungency.
Mochi comes to us from Japan. It’s made from glutinous rice, which is pounded into a paste and then shaped. It’s commonly made into sweets, either confections or ice cream. But it can also be found in soup. Look for it refrigerated at natural food stores.
Durian is a fruit that’s so stinky when it’s ripe that in Singapore you can’t bring it into hotel lobbies or carry it on the subway.
The smell has been compared to rotten onions, vomit, raw sewage, and sweaty gym socks. All together in one neat package—Sounds Yummy! It’s a delicacy that requires a certain level of sophistication to appreciate fully, of course. It’s also so heavy and thorny that you can kill a person by lobbing it at his head!
Apparently, if you can get past the odor the taste is quite good. Some experts even say to hold your nose the first time you eat it!
At last, I could just say – “Keep Calm, Try and Enjoy the Food”