We know you like your food fresh but there is such a thing as too fresh! While most people balk at the idea of eating lobster because it's cooked alive moments before it's served, some people actually prefer their dinner to be alive and trying to escape from their mouths between bites.
Eating live food is considered a real delicacy in some parts of the world. Live-food connoisseurs actually believe the meat tastes better if the animal is still alive, partly alive, or taking its final breaths before you eat it. And it doesn't come cheap either: depending on the dish, and how difficult it is to subdue and prepare your entrée before it's served, restaurants around the world tend to charge you top dollar to sample these living treats.
Casu Marzu is a gourmet Italian sheep cheese packed full of maggots and worms that’s known for its soft and slightly acidic texture. It’s made when a fly lays its eggs on the cheese, the eggs hatch, and the larvae (or maggots) burrow into the cheese. The resulting cheesy-effect is both squishy-soft and tart (this happens when the bugs eat the fats in the cheese and excrete the remains). The aim is to eat the cheese with maggots intact and preferably while they’re still alive, or you’ll just be eating dead maggots, which is more than a little icky.
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On the tiny island of Guam, in the western Pacific Ocean, locals like to indulge in a little “kå'kå'du fanihidu fanihi”, a meat dish made with a fox or fruit bat in a coconut milk soup. The still-living bat is nabbed from the wild, rinsed off, and popped into a boiling vat of water, wings, fur, and head intact, and boiled alive before being served up with a dash of coconut milk and vegetables (if you’re lucky). You’re meant to eat everything except the bones and teeth. While the bat is technically dead (or in the final throes of death) when served, the abundant parasites and bacteria it contains are certainly not. There are some serious diseases that can be passed along to humans from this dish so eat it with care, if you choose to eat it at all!
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Eating live animals is not new for us. Many cultures eat live insects as a staple source of protein in their diets. In fact, scientist believe as the world's population approaches 8 billion people, we'll likely be eating insects a lot more to meet our growing food needs.
Throughout history humans have eaten dishes containing living animals in Medieval England chefs were constantly trying to outdo each other with the kinds of live animals they could bake into dishes.
These days many countries ban these dishes for ethical reasons -- it's considered animal cruelty or torture to have a chopped-up, but still breathing animal on your plate. Other countries are more relaxed with what's considered 'animal cruelty', particularly Southeast Asia where many of these dishes are seafood related.In Japan you can eat a fish dish that's chopped into pieces and arranged on your plate while the fish is still alive and breathing. China does its own version of the dish called yin yang fish where the body of the fish is flash-fried and is served alive and with the head still gasping for air. In Denmark you can still eat live insects, but this time they're flavored and used in a salad.
Some dishes are only for the truly brave, others just require you to suspend your inner cringe-response to eating a living, moving meal. Read on to see what kinds of animals are eaten alive around the world.