Top 10 strangest dishes

By Nikkie Sutton

- Last updated on GMT

Top food: fried rat is a popular dish in Asia (image credit: Nicolai Bangsgaard)
Top food: fried rat is a popular dish in Asia (image credit: Nicolai Bangsgaard)
From breaded chicken covered with cheese and sauce to fried insects, The Morning Advertiser takes a look at the weird and wonderful dishes from the UK and across the globe.

Chips and gravy

The popular meal is simple, yet effective. Chips and gravy can be consumed any time of day and can be adapted for the diner. Swap out the gravy for curry sauce or, add in cheese.

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This breaded cutlet dish originated in Middlesbrough and is a popular take-away option in the north-east.

The parmo is deep-fried breaded chicken or pork, slathered in béchamel sauce and melted cheese.


Battered Mars bar

Originating in chip shops in Scotland, this dish is an ordinary Mars bar, deep fried in a type of batter, commonly used for deep drying fish, sausages and other battered products.

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Bubble & squeak

Shallow-fried left over food may not be the first thing you think of for the ‘most important meal of the day’ but bubble and squeak is a traditional British breakfast dish, made from boiled potatoes and cabbage.

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Pork scratchings

A pub bar snack, pork scratchings are the perfect accompaniment to beer, wine, cider or really, any spirit when sat on a bar stool.

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Stargazy Pie

This Cornish dish is made with sardines, spices and shortcrust pastry. The unique feature of this meal is fish heads (and sometimes tails) protruding through the crust, so they appear to be gazing skyward.

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And the even weirder from across the globe

Tarantulas (Cambodia)

A delicacy in Cambodia, the vending of fried spiders as a speciality snack is a popular attraction for tourists passing through. 

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Scorpions (China and Thailand)

Similarly to tarantulas in Cambodia, scorpions in Thailand are also popular with tourists.

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Rat (Vietnam, China, Thailand and Laos)

Rat is popular in rural areas of Vietnam, China, Thailand and Laos not only because farmers have few sources of protein, but because it is regarded as "good meat", according to ABC News​.

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Maggot cheese (casu marzu) (Sardinia)

 Literally 'rotten/putrid cheese', casu marzu is a traditional Sardinian sheep milk cheese that contains live insect larvae (maggots).

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