***WARNING: article may not be suitable for those who feel squirmy about blood or other weird animal parts.
Pigs blood probably sounds like some odd concoction used in a weird magic spell or something a starving vampire would eat out of desperation, but it’s actually something that many people consume. It’s an Asian delicacy that looks similar to tofu and has a brownish-red hue to it. Don’t let the red soup fool you, the pigs blood is actually the jelly-like blobs in the bowl below.
It is often served with a soup noodle dish, congee (a rice porridge) or even in a stir-fry dish. It is made by coagulating the blood and has a soft, silky texture with a bit of a bite to it. The taste is complicated to describe, but what I can say is it is definitely unique. It’s not bitter or salty, but perhaps a little sweet? Like many Asian dishes, I assume this was created as an innovative way to use an entire animal and prevent wastage. Many areas in Asia are poor, so they need to maximize the use of animal parts to “get their monies worth”. Personally, I have just learned over time to keep an open mind and avoid questioning what I am eating so I can enjoy it.
Other unique dishes that you won’t necessarily find at a local westernized restaurant? Chicken feet, balut (a fertilized duck egg), live wriggling octopus tentacles, bondaegi (silkworms), etc. However, oddly enough sometimes you can find liver and onions? Puzzling.
What’s the weirdest thing you ever ate?