We’ve all got a bucket list, whether it’s written down on a scrap of paper, typed up and categorised on a spreadsheet or just in our heads, we all have those lists of things we want to do before we die.
The activities on these lists can range from bungee jumping or swimming with dolphins to kissing a stranger on the street, but how often to you stop to think about what foods you want to tick off your lifelong to-do list? Below is a list of all the foods from all over the globe that we think you should try at some point in your life… how many have you tried already?
Often called ear shells or sea ears, abalones are sea snails that people like to eat. In California people like these sea snails so much they even put them on pizzas!
3. Baba Chanoush
5. Bird’s nest soup
6. Biscuits and gravy
Biscuits and gravy is a dish loved in America, especially in the southern states. Unlike biscuits in the UK, American biscuits are savoury and are usually served with a sausage gravy at breakfast, lunch or dinner.
7. Black pudding
8. Black Truffle
12. Chile Relleno
Eaten all around the world, it won’t be hard for you to get your hands on a nice bowl of chitterlings! If you’re wondering what chitterlings are, they’re pig intestines that are usually served in a broth… enjoy!
15. Clam Chowder
Believe it or not, crickets and other creepy crawlies are a great source of nutrients! Around south east Asia you will find these critters being served up with your choice of either a sweet or spicy seasoning!
19. Eggs Benedict
20. Fried Green Tomatoes
21. Fish Tacos
22. Fried Plantain
Served as either a snack, side dish or even a main course, friend plantain is loved all over the world, especially in Africa, where plantains are abundant. Technically there is no formal distinction between a banana and a plantain but the plantain has a taste that is distinctively different to the normal banana.
23. Frogs legs
Fugu, also known as pufferfish, is one of the most celebrated dishes in Japan. The reason fugu has become so notorious over the world is because this fish is lethally poisonous and if prepared wrongly can have dire consequences!
Gumbo is essentially a sort of curry but runnier that is more often than not served with pasta. Originating from Louisiana, gumbo is a much loved dish from the south and we’re sure you’ll love it too!
28. Head Cheese
30. Heirloom Tomatoes
31. Jerk Chicken
If you haven’t tried jerk chicken yet you must not be going outside, it’s everywhere at the moment and that’s not a bad thing. The chicken is prepared in jerk seasoning, which is a hot spicy dry rub, and then grilled to perfection.
33. Kobe beef
35. Morel Mushrooms
Paneer is a non-melting cheese common to South Asian cuisine. Unlike most cheeses, paneer is lacto-free and provides a great alternative to meat for all those veggies and lactose intolerant sufferers out there!
38. Philly Cheese Steak
Supposedly made famous by the UK’s very own Brick Lane Curry House, Phaal is probably the hottest curry you will ever try. This curry comes with a promise that if you finish off every last drop, you will be rewarded with a nice cool refreshing beer on the house!
40. Pineapple and cottage cheese
41. Prickly Pear
Oysters are a food that we often don’t try as we fear they won’t be cheap. Benidorm holidays and other seaside destinations often offer oyster eating lessons where, in most cases, you can eat as many as you like without having to worry about your wallet!
Ah Spam, the most infamous of all the lunch meats! Spam got its name by the sandwiching of the two words spice and ham together and has graced our tables since 1937. On average 3.8 cans of this questionable canned food is eaten every second in the United States.
46. Soft Shell Crab
47. Som Tam
48. Steak Tartare
50. Wasabi Peas
So there we have it, 50 culinary delights and wonders from around the world that you should try before you die. How many have already been crossed off your bucket list?