A museum in Sweden has put together what seems like the world’s most revolting buffet, with the aim of changing how people perceive food.
The Disgusting Food Museum in Malmö has complied around 80 of what they’re calling “the world’s most disgusting foods” to challenge the notion of what is and isn’t edible.
There’s fermented shark from Iceland and maggot-infested cheese from Italy, as well as Thai durian and cod sperm from Japan. Jell-O salad from the US makes an appearance, together with guinea pig from Peru and France’s foie gras.
According to curator Samuel West, the museum has roughly an equal number of dishes from Asia and Europe, with the rest from the Americas, Africa, and Australia. When divided by countries, however, China has the most number of entries.
Some of the mainland delicacies that make the cut are: stinky tofu, three penis wine, spicy rabbit head, century egg, bird’s nest soup, bull penis, monkey brain, and mouse wine.
Guests can smell or try many of these items with samples changing frequently, and the museum offers a group tasting experience that serves more and more challenging dishes as it progresses.
While this might sound stomach-turning to some, putting root beer next to fermented horse milk is meant to make people question why they think certain dishes are repulsive, and hopefully turn them on to more environmentally sustainable foods in the future.
“I want people to question what they find disgusting and realize that disgust is always in the eye of the beholder,” West said to The Washington Post. “Is it really that disgusting to eat a grasshopper or locust when you eat bacon? Or is it really disgusting to eat guinea pigs when you eat regular beef?”
[Photos via Disgusting Food Museum]