“Food” preparation around the world: a video round-up

Every savvy traveler knows that meals that are considered taboo (pets), weird (ingredients that are still alive), or gross (insectia, specific animal innards) at home are likely what’s for dinner elsewhere in the world. Even if the food or dish isn’t unappetizing by our standards, its means of preparation is often spectacle-worthy.

Thus, the following collection of videos, all devoted to the creation of specific regional delicacies from around the globe. Check them out: next time you down a shot of mezcal or snack on some fried grasshoppers, you’ll understand that someone, somewhere, put a lot of hard work into their preparation. Bon appetit!

In Mongolia, where food and other resources are scarce, innovation is crucial:

Making noodles is an art form in many parts of the world, including Xian Province in northern China:

A boss iced tea vendor in Thailand:

Too tame? Witness a testicle (from unidentified animal species; most likely goat or sheep) cooking competition in Serbia:

The “Holy Grail for [beef] head tacos,” in Oaxaca…

Cooking up grasshopper in Zambia:

Preparing maguey (a species of agave, also known as “century plant”) for mezcal in Mexico:

Brace yourself for the most disturbing food prep yet, courtesy of the United States: