If you want to see something weird we all know Japan is the place to go. And I don’t know about you, but I thought that means weird adverts, TV shows and peculiar fashion. But I didn’t know the food in Japan is that weird. Perhaps I was never interested enough to explore Japanese cuisine past sushi but oh my god it’s weird. The things they eat and the way they look, as a European it’s honestly a bit concerning. I know it’s probably a delicacy, but if you saw these things outside of a restaurant there’s little chance you’d look at them and go “yeah, looks delicious, let me eat it”. Nonetheless here are some super weird Japanese foods. Enjoy!
1. Shirako Ponzu
It might look like brains but it’s worse than that. Shirako is a special Japanese dish, it’s basically a required taste, but it’s the sperm sacks of male codfish. They can be served raw or cooked.
2. Handmade Jumbo Grilled Shumai
These are some very weird looking dumplings and it’s hard to say what kind of meat in on the inside but you’ve got to admit it’s not a regular dumpling.
3. Congar Sushi
There’s probably a reason we mostly see sushi with salmon, shrimp. But this is sushi made with Congar eel. Would you call this appetizing? Or does this look more like something you’d eat only on a dare?
4. Negitan Bowl
These little meat parcels tied like little presents with a bow are actually made of beef. What a strange and unusual concept. But then again, it’s Japan, everything here would be unusual for most people.