05/15/2012 04:58 pm ET Updated May 17, 2012

13 Foods Served Either Too Early Or Too Late

A person's taste for one kind of food or another is usually determined by his or her cultural background, a fact that's clear in thousands of dishes across the world. What might be disgusting to one person might be the favorite of another.

It's important to keep this in mind when it comes to some foods that, by our admittedly Western-influenced estimations, are served up either too early or too late. We're talking about fish that's left to ferment for weeks (too late!) or fish that's served squirming and alive (too early!). Of course, just because something seems a bit out of your comfort zone doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a try.

Click through the slideshow below for 13 foods that, for some, are served either too early or too late.

Strange Foods Eaten Too Early Or Too Late