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Foreigners Describe Their Local Delicacies That Tourists Would Despise

Every country has their own culture, and with that comes different ways to dress, different religious holidays, and of course, different kinds of food.

That food can be amazing. Most people love Chinese food. I practically lived on dumplings and lo mein in college. Meanwhile, my mom cooked Indian food for dinner every day, which prompted my best friend to spend all her time at my house in high school.

However, this is not always the case. Sometimes, certain foods can be hard to take, even if they are delicacies in their country of origin. Sometimes it's because of the taste. Other times, it's because of the ingredients.

In India, everyone loves chaprah chutney, a kind of spicy fruit sauce that adds flavor to every dish. However, in English, the dish is translated to "red ants chutney." Yes, the reason is because it includes dried, crushed red ants. Even growing up in Indian household didn't prepare me for this dish. I still haven't tried it!

Chaprah chutney isn't the only foreign delicacy tourists would hate.

Curious about what else may count, Redditor begon11 asked:

"What is your local delicacy that disgusts foreigners?"


Not All Dessert Is Good

"mämmi. It's a Finnish dessert that is often eaten with heavy cream, and it looks quite literally like human feces."

– Hakuona

"The first time I tried it I was expecting something chocolatey and I got wet gooey rye bread. Was not prepared and was very disappointed."

– Deny_Everything_21

Why Do It?

"I find a lot of people struggle with the concept of beans on toast"

– Independent-Owl478

"I don't find it disgusting so much as baffling. Like okay, yes, that's a thing you can do. But why?"

– Kat-Sith

"It has to be a relic of war times or something. It has to exist because it’s crazy cheap and at e point was available."

– Atom-the-conqueror

Not Like Regular Soup

"The strained liquid of the contents in the small intestine of a cow, it’s poopy and sort of bitter. It’s added in a meat/organ/stomach soup."

– doodle_y

"I tend to avoid foods explicitly described as "poopy"..."

– nosuchthingasa_

"“This tastes like sh*t.”"

“"Thats because it is”"

– NovaThinksBadly

I Shudder To Think

"Not me, but in Romania we eat clotted duck blood like gelatin with bread it is so disgusting!!"

– Siempre7x3

"What a terrible day to be literate."

– HaithamAlMasri

"*rocks back and forth, hugging self*"

– crusticles

Slimy, Yet Satisfying

"Pan fried wasps"

– cepseudoestdejapris

"Crickets"

– BeautifulEssay8

"MUDBUGS"

– 0ldPainless

"Beondegi. It's silkworm pupae that's been roasted, boiled, or steamed. Yes, the larvae are still in there."

– McMadface

Umm...no

"trứng vịt lộn, it’s duck egg but is half developed into a duck so it has bones and a bit of meat but still has egg yolk and egg white"

– alameperson5623

Enough Said

"Hawaiian pizza"

– victinibel

Yummy Or Yucky

"Halva.

It's very much a love-it-or-hate-it food. I hate it. It tastes like sand cake."

– User Deleted

Not Everything Can Mix

"I mean it disgusts people from here too but.... mac and cheese with ketchup on it."

"Its actually pretty good."

– Additional_Cry_1904

"My brothers always did that. The heathens."

– Ok_Sheepherder_8313

Didn't Need To Know This Was A Thing

"Fermented shark"

– Severe-Town-6105

"Oof, I’m a pretty adventurous eater but hakarl was definitely the worst thing I’ve ever put in my mouth. My husband and I made the mistake of ordering it in a restaurant, so an entire little glass dish full of it came out. I hate food wastage so we ate almost the entire thing. Taste alone wasn’t so bad — surprisingly mild — but as soon as I breathed in, it was just pure, concentrated cat pee filling up my nose, throat, mouth. And it felt like every bite of food I had later that night smelled/tasted vaguely like it because I kept breathing out that aroma…"

– astraelly

Some of these don't sound so bad. Some even sound good. However, it's understandable why tourists end up hating a lot of these dishes.

We all have different tastes, but being so different is what makes life interesting!


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Things People Secretly Love But Would Never Admit To In Public

Reddit user sweet_chick283 asked: 'What do you secretly love that you would never admit to in public?;

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What makes us all unique is our passions and the things we love, whether it's singing in the shower, reading books, or listening to specific music artists.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where we are judged for our various tastes and interests thanks to social media, and it makes us consciously selective about sharing the things we love on the internet.

Curious to hear about people's personal desires under anonymity, Redditor sweet_chick283 asked:

"What do you secretly love that you would never admit to in public?"

These aren't really chores for the following Redditors.

Good Clean Fun

"Mopping, im a janitor and generally hate my work... but damn mopping is so good."

– MrDDog06

"When you have a great rhythm going it is something special. I get the same feeling while I vacuum, but won’t let my wife know I enjoy it."

– Bogus_34

Act Of Unwrinkling

"Ironing clothes. A dozen of them. Can’t explain how it relaxes me. I told one person and they looked at me like I’m crazy."

– eerie_white_glow

"My mum misses the days when dad would be out on a Friday night, my brother out with friends and me upstairs quietly playing PS1. She would pour herself a Bacardi & Coke and do the ironing while watching her TV shows."

"I'm sure she doesn't really miss it now that we've moved out and they've retired but it was her wind-down after a busy working week so I can see how people can find it relaxing."

– xdq

Our solo actions can spark joy.

Big Brother Is Watching

"pretending to be on the Truman show and whenever im in my house i act all inconspicuous so they dont know that i know that they’re watching me."

– Bec_121

"C’mon man, you’re not supposed to let him know. You signed a contract when signing up for live views. I’m reporting you."

– doeswaspsmakehoney

The Multi-Tasker

"Playing video games naked at home while eating cheese."

– thickening_agent

Releasing The Kraken

"I love the feeling when you've eaten good fibre and let out a solid long train log in the toilet. That feeling is heavenly."

– therapoootic

"Even better when it’s a clean wipe and not a poo crayon."

– TheWarmestHugz

Ultimate Comfort

"My (male 41) weekend routine is coming home from work, make hot chocolate, start a fire, dress in a ugly pink nightgown made for old ladies and watch forensic files."

– crazyloomis

Some people are obsessed with collecting things.

So Kawai

"Sanrio stationery stores. All those different multicolor pens, a thousand kinds of erasers, spiral bound notebooks galore... my kids sadly have absolutely no appreciation for this wonderland..."

– HavingNotAttained

It's A Staple

"Office supplies have a weird, special place in my heart ever since I was a kid. They don't even have to be 'cute' necessarily."

"Japan's legendary stationery stores is unironically a reason I want to go."

– _CozyLavender_

Not Caring Anymore

"The older I get the shorter that list gets. Not because I love less things, but because I don't care about hiding it."

– Bi-Beast

"YES!! I'm 53 now. I'm working my first job in public since 2006. Today is Halloween and we're allowed to dress up so I am sitting here waiting to go to work dressed as a VERY bad Wednesday Addams. My bf said I'd 'look stupid' because no one else will probably dress up and I'm like, 'WHO CARES!' My makeup looks horrible and not like I practiced, but I DO NOT CARE! I'm having fun with it anyhow and I don't care if my coworkers dress up or not. I'm bein' ME! :)"

– deanie1970

Honorable mentions start here.

The Savior

"Picking up worms from the street and sidewalks when it rains and moving them into the dirt so they don’t burn in the sun, every time it rains I do this."

– sky_kitten89

Hero Of The Moment

"Yoooo I scoot SO many snails and worms. I work as a tech/mechanic at an automotive shop, I had a peoject car towed to my house the other day and it was covered in snails. I saw them when the tow guy/coworker was unloading and I was like, 'oh! It comes with free snails!' and began moving them. He laughed then realized and said, '... Oh, you're serious. Uh... Okay.'"

"I don't care who knows it. These little things barely can look out for themselves, why shouldn't we if we can take a moment to help? I don't care what happens next, it probably doesn't matter overall but I can help this moment."

– chris14020

Why should some of the hidden desires mentioned above have to be secret?

Redditors opening up about some of these would make them a hit at parties–no shaming.

As a matter of fact, I'll totally be down for a Forensic Files viewing party where we all make hot chocolate, light the fireplace, and cozy up together in our respective pink ugly nightgowns for old ladies.

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We've probably all heard some variation of the saying "Truth is stranger than fiction."

Real life isn't just strange, it can also be downright ridiculous.

History is riddled with moments of absurdity.

So ridiculous that people have a hard time believing real life is, well, really real.

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