10 Exotic Foods That Are Celebrities' Favourites
Image Credit: Snake wine in Thailand. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Celebrities, just like the rest of us, have their curious moments when it comes to food and when you have money to burn the options are limitless. They are not immune to the allure of bizarre and exotic food items that can both pique their curiosity and challenge their taste buds. 

While some of these culinary adventures may seem outlandish to the average person, celebrities often embrace the opportunity to explore unconventional flavours and cultural experiences through food. Let’s take a look at the intriguing world of celebrities trying bizarre and exotic food items:

Caviar ice cream: This decadent dessert combines the salty, rich flavour of caviar with the creamy sweetness of ice cream and a dash of white chocolate. The fishiness in a dessert is not for everyone, but it's definitely a unique and interesting flavour combination.

Chicken feet: This was popularised in India mostly by K-dramas, while it might induce an ick in most people, it is definitely a sight watching actors savour the usually spicy snack at food joints on the other side of the screen. Chicken feet are a popular snack in many parts of the world, especially in Eastern Asia and Latin America. They are high in collagen, which is said to be good for the skin.

Snake wine: Fancy a wine from a snake? Or rather a snake in your wine? Then this might just be up your alley. This is a traditional Chinese alcoholic beverage dating back to 1046-771 BC that is made by fermenting snake meat in rice wine. It's said to have medicinal properties, but it's also known to be quite strong.

Durian: This is a spiky fruit that has a strong, pungent odour that some people and animals (if you have been watching reels obsessively) find offensive. However, those who love durian say once you get over the horrid smell, you can enjoy Durian’s creamy, custard-like texture and the sweet, caramel flavour. Jessica Chastain had made Jimmy Kimmel try this exotic fruit on the latter’s talk show. She introduced the fruit to him saying- “It kind of smells like a garbage can right?”

Balut: This is a fertilized duck egg that is incubated for 14-21 days, then boiled or steamed. The partially developed embryo is eaten, bones and all. Balut is a popular street food in the Philippines and other parts of Southeast Asia. Take inspiration from Zac Efron who has tried this delicacy in the past in the Philippines, and try one yourself. 

Kopi LuwakThis is a coffee that is made from coffee beans that have been eaten, digested and pooped out by a civet cat. The civet's digestive enzymes break down the proteins in the coffee beans, which gives the coffee a unique flavour. Kopi Luwak is considered to be one of the most expensive coffees in the world. It is served in select places in Indonesia with a throng of celebrities having tried the coffee and vouching for its taste. 

Casu Marzu: This rare Sardinian (an Italian island) cheese is made with sheep's milk. Casu Marzu is dubbed the ‘world’s most dangerous cheese’ because it is known for its live maggots. No, you don’t eat the maggots, but it is the maggots that help to break down the cheese, which gives it a unique flavour.

PufferfishPufferfish, also known as fugu, is a highly sought-after delicacy in Japan, known for its poisonous flesh. Consuming pufferfish can be life-threatening if not prepared properly, requiring the expertise of a trained chef. The next time you are in Japan do give it a shot.

Haggis: This Scottish dish is made with sheep's pluck (heart, liver, and lungs), oatmeal, onion, spices, and salt. Haggis is traditionally cooked in a sheep's stomach. Hollywood stars, Justin Bieber and Karen Gillan have tried this delicacy and as per reports, they had relished it.

Tarantula: This large spider is often eaten in parts of Asia. Tarantulas are said to have a chewy texture and a slightly sweet flavour. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey and Hollywood megastar Angelina Jolie have tried this creepy crawly on camera. Both seemed to have liked it seeing How Ramsey said it tastes like crab meat and Jolie had the exotic spider with her kids.

This is just a small sample of the many exotic foods that celebrities have eaten or spoken about. Most of them are location specific and in case you have the chance to visit the countries these are indigenous to, we recommend trying them for yourself. While some of these foods may seem strange to us, they're all part of different cultures and traditions. And who knows, you might just find that you love one of them!