7 Ugly Things that Taste Better than They LookSeptember 27, 2018
- Adee de LeonWords
Gorgeous food never fails to make people salivate. After all, isn’t that why most of us go to this website? But sometimes, not even beautiful photography (or masterful Photoshopping) can make certain foods look tantalizing. And then, there are those that look like crap, but give a whole new meaning to the phrase, “Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it!”
Look at that foul creature, and tell me why anyone would eat it. It looks like something a psychopath would keep in an aquarium along with his victims.
Although they’re rare (and ridiculously expensive), truffles look like cancerous growths in the ground. Those who like them enjoy their distinct flavor, which can’t be found in any other fungi. And those who don’t like truffles say that they taste like dirty mushrooms soaked in kerosene.
Who doesn’t love baked tahong? I can eat a whole tray of the stuff, but underneath all that butter, garlic and cheese lies something that looks part alien embryo and part lady bits. So slurping on one in front of your female date could result in a night to remember (or one you’d desperately want to forget).
4. Okoy (Baby Shrimp Cake)
Okoy isn’t exactly what most people would call ugly. But I used to think of it as a bit grotesque. I mean, come on people, it’s a mass grave of baby shrimps! It’s one thing to decapitate a large crustacean to get to its delicious brains, and another to annihilate an entire shrimp clan in one or two bites.
The durian has a nasty reputation for smelling worse than used undies. But its outer appearance also inspires the same sentiment as its smell: you don’t want to be hit hard by it. However, its unique flavor is something I’ve developed a taste for (even though its smell makes me want to puke). To me, it tastes like milky langka-vanilla ice cream with blended pistachio nuts. To others, it tastes like something they’ll never put in their mouths ever again.
6. Laing (Gabi Leaves in Coconut Milk)
Laing just looks plain gross. It’s how I imagine a vegetarian alien’s vomit would look like, which is why it took me until the age of 20 to finally try it. And by God, I couldn’t believe how insanely good and addictive it was! Not eating it sooner is now one of my life’s biggest regrets. If I ever wind up on death row, this slimy dish would definitely be part of my last meal.
Many people enjoy this cesspool of vinegar and fish, and Pepper.ph even made a recipe for it. However, unlike Laing, this is one dish that I’ll never, ever love. But I guess one man’s love for Dinuguan is another one’s disgust for death-black offal blood stew.
Initially, revolting grub is like that ugly but funny kid in class who eventually becomes your best friend. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of giving them a shot, and letting them grow on you. And I’m sure there are plenty more out there, and that I could make this list go on for years, if I tried. So, save me the effort and just tell us about your favorite eyesore-inducing eats in the comments below!