5 STRANGEST Japanese Foods | All5!. In this list, I'll be showing you 5 strangest Japanese foods.
Yeah, this one is a little disgusting and but the name is a bit misleading.
Technically speaking it's not actually fish S but rather the S sac of a fish.
Cod is the most popular S sac eaten but you can also eat the S sac from salmon, puffer fish and anglerfish.
It's not anymore just a Japanese dish, you can actually even buy it in America, where its called Milt.
The texture is slimy and it tastes creamy, mildly sweet and apparently has a hint of tofu about it.
Its frequently eaten with spring onions, leeks and a citrus dressing.
While it may sound disgusting, it is packed full of good nutritional value.
For example, it contains lots of vitamin B, calcium, potassium and of course protein.
4) Dancing Squid
You've probably seen a video of this somewhere on the internet.
It became a viral sensation because what seems to be a lifeless squid starts moving and dancing as soon as soy sauce touches it.
What actually happening here is an electrical response from the creature's limbs.
The squid is dead but still very fresh, so when the limbs come in contact with salt, it starts moving about.
For this to work the squid needs to be fresh, its brain is removed before cooking so it really is truly gone.
It's a weird, almost creepy dish, and something that would put me off from eating it.
Videos of this dish have gone viral and many people complained about animal cruelty since they couldn't believe the squid is actually gone.
This same thing happens with other creatures too, frog legs can move when in contact with salt, and in the early 1800's the same experiment was done with a fallen convict.
The Japanese do like their food to move around because this dish does exactly that.
Instead of dancing on your plate, this one actually dances in your mouth.
Shiro-uo is a type of translucent fish and when placed in the mouth it sometimes starts to move.
However, it doesn't move because of some chemical reaction, but rather because a lot of the time the fish is actually still alive.
So in this case, yes the fish is moving because it is alive.
The fish is mostly consumed when it is gone and used as a topping for rice.
2) Wasps, Hornets & Bees
Never in my life have I wanted to eat a wasp, hornet or bee, however, the Japanese have been consuming the insects for hundreds of years.
Even Emperor Hirohito was known to enjoy eating wasps and rice.
To catch the wasp's hunters smoke them out of their nests but to catch hornets is a little more tricky.
Hornets are basically wasps on steroids, their sting is extremely dangerous.
Hunters usually lure the Hornets into a large container of alcohol where they are left to ferment.
The end result is an alcoholic hornet juice that's actually very rich in vitamin c and protein.
The larvae of these insects are also taken and sold for numerous different dishes.
You can actually even buy wasp larvae in cans from stores, or even bee larvae in vending machines.
1) Square Watermelons
Square watermelons are normal watermelons but square.
There's really no difference.
How and why are they square?
Well, a Japanese farmer felt that normal round watermelons weren't very easy to stack, so he grew watermelons in a square glass mould.
The watermelons took on the square shape and that's how they were born.
However the actual quality of the fruit isn't very good, the moulding process diminishes the products quality.
So square watermelons are now mostly purchased as a decorative item.
They usually sell for hundreds of dollars each and that's given birth a to a whole new line of fruit.
They call it fashion fruit, which has been adopted by many countries around the world.
Companies are producing fruit in weird shapes just to sell as decoration.
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