These Have To Be 5 Of The Strangest Japanese Foods Ever

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These Have To Be 5 Of The Strangest Japanese Foods Ever

Steeped in centuries of history, Japanese cuisine is typically based on rice, fish, pickled vegetable, and vegetable cooked in broth. The culinary tradition places a heavy emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients.

In recent years, Japanese food has become popular worldwide. But just because your local version of Japanese food doesn't mean you've had the "real deal". True Japanese food might look totally bizarre to our western eyes.

Don't believe us? Just take a look at these 5 unique Japanese dishes that seem completely unbelievable to Western audiences.

1. Dancing Squid Bowl Dish

This is a dish which features a squid which writhes and dances on your plate. No, it's not actually alive. Strangely enough, the salt in soy sauce causes it's muscles to move as if it were some kind of zombie, even after it's been dead a while.

2. Raw Horsemeat Dish

Going by the name "Basashi", this dish is made up of slices of raw horsemeat.

3. Natto

"Natto" is a fermented soybean with a strong smell and slimy texture. It's usually paired with soy sauce and can even be eaten for breakfast.

4. Inago no Tsukudani

This dish is made by boiling locusts in a sweetened soy sauce. Crunchy, yet satisfying.

5. Shirako

"Shirako" is actually sperm from fish, mollusks, and certain other water-dwelling animals. It can be served cooked or raw. This one is not for the faint of heart!

Via Wasa-Bi

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