We all know how delicious and adorable Asian desserts can be, but what about the flip side to these desserts? You know there’s bound to be some odd concoctions and flavors out there, but would you be brave enough to give these a try?
1. Placenta Jelly Drinks (Japan)
The quest to stay young and beautiful continues among Japanese women. Placenta is believed to treat infertility, have anti-aging benefits, help with weight loss and even cure postpartum depression. So what poor animal does the placenta come from? Horse or pig placenta are commonly used in both drinks and beauty products.
2. Hasma (China)
This may look like white tapioca, but they are actually the fallopian tubes of frogs. They are dried and shrunken, but when added to water, they expand over 10 times their size. Sugar is added and thus, Hasma is created.
3. Octopus Ice Cream (Japan)
Surprise! There’s a chunk of octopus in your sweet vanilla ice cream! I’m sure the cold temperatures won’t make the texture of the octopus any easier to chew.
4. Chocolate Covered Squid (Japan) & Chocolate Covered Crickets (Thailand)
Perhaps dipping anything in chocolate would make it a great dessert or snack? I wonder if it would be similar to salty and sweet chocolate covered pretzels… Maybe I’ll just stick to chocolate covered peanuts and gummy bears.
5. Hot Grass Jelly (Taiwan)
Just imagine a hot version of shaved ice with a bunch of sweet toppings of your choice (mochi, sweet red bean, tapioca, peanuts, etc.) and instead of crushed ice, it’s grass jelly. Although it looks and sounds like an odd combination, to be honest, it’s not so bad!
Feature image courtesy of kotaku.com.