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For the most part, the world of culinary arts is an appetizing and fascinating world that delights our senses with delectable dishes. However, not every chef's dish is worth digging into. From eggs soaked in urine to burgers that taste like human flesh, chefs all over the world are pushing the limits of what people are willing to eat...by making their dishes as unappealing as possible.
1. Cannibal Burgers.
If you ever wanted to have a Walking Dead-themed BBQ, then this burger is for you.
In 2014, British freelance chef James Thomlinson got the idea to create a burger that tastes just like human flesh. He wasn't kidding around either; Thomlinson did extensive research to make his burger taste as much like human meat as possible.
His research involved reading a 1931 book called Jungle Ways, in which journalist William Buehle secured a piece of human flesh and gave a detailed description of what it tasted like. Moreover, Thomlinson researched an account by Issei Sagawa, a Japanese man who murdered and consumed a female Dutch victim in 1981. His research was so in-depth that Tomlinson started to become disturbed with what he was doing.
Despite how uncomfortable the research made him, Thomlinson carried on with the recipe. He eventually crafted a recipe that consisted of pork, veal, chicken liver and bone marrow to give that authentic human taste. He later gave away his burgers to celebrate the UK launch of the fifth season of The Walking Dead. It's pretty safe to say what Hannibal Lecter will want at his Memorial Day picnic.
2. Feces-Flavored Curry.
You've probably heard the tired culinary insult of "this tastes like crap." Well one Japanese restaurant is serving a dish that not only tastes like feces, but is meant to taste like it.
Tokyo restaurant Curry Shop Shimizu serves a curry dish with a special blend of flavors meant to taste like human feces. The dish was designed by executive chef Ken Shimizu, and is served in a bowl shaped like an asian-style squat toilet.
Shimizu's inspiration for the dish came from his former career as a pornagraphic actor. According to Shimizu, the first film he did was a fetish film similar to 2 Girls 1 Cup in which he had to consume human feces. He apparantly looked back to his previous career in order to construct the flavor, and did so by combining ingredients like green tea and cocoa powder. As Kotaku said: "...if there is anyone who knows what that tastes like, it’s him!"
3. Virgin Boy Eggs.
All the way in the city of Dongyang, China, a delicacy has become extremely popular among chefs: boiled eggs. These aren't your ordinary boiled eggs though, these eggs have been boiled in urine collected from elementary school toilets.
The eggs are officially known as "virgin boy eggs," and they have become a delicacy in Dongyang. These are eggs that are both soaked and cooked in the urine of young boys (preferably under 10 years old). Vendors all over the city sell them, and they are considered to be culturally significant to the region.
While most people would be more than willing to pass on this dish, the chefs in Dongyang insist that the dish's medicinal purposes are worth the unorthodox preparation. According to them, the eggs have the ability to prevent ailments such as heat strokes, fevers, and fatigue.
Schools in the area are more than willing to participate in this method of cooking, and provide buckets in the boys' restrooms for vendors to collect at the end of the school day. It certainly is one way to get kids involved in culinary arts...
4. Fried After-Birth.
Some couples celebrate the birth of their child with a party. However, one British family decided to go the extra mile and eat the placenta.
The placenta is an organ used to transfer nutrients from the mother to the baby during gestation. Once the baby is born, the placenta is also expelled from the womb, as it serves no purpose after the baby's birth. On the contrary, many believe that the placenta still contains vital nutrients that promote good health after labor. Some women convert the nutrients into capsules while others blend the organ into a smoothie. Even famous celebrities like January Jones and Alicia Silverstone have admitted to eating their own placenta for the health benefits.
Back in 1998, British celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall decided to cook up one couple's placenta with seasonings and garlic. The preparation of the dish was televised on England's Channel 4, and was considered a controversial television event at the time. The meal was later covered on BBC Four's TV's Believe It Or Not (see below).
5. Semen Cocktails.
A "semen cocktail" may seem like a gag drink you'd make at a bachelorette party, but the real thing does exist out there.
In 2013, bartender Paul Photenhauer created a book entitled: Semenology - The Semen Bartender's Handbook. Inside the book were recipes for drinks containing actual human semen. Such recipes included the Macho Mojito, the Heavenly Cognac and the Prostate Passion. Photenhaur claims that consuming semen is no stranger than consuming eggs or milk, and that adding semen in his recipes is a "personal touch."
Fortunately for Photenhaur, his book was a success, earning a 4.0 out of 5 star average rating on Amazon. For those of you looking for more semen-inclusive recipes, Photenhaur has another book on Amazon called Natural Harvest. This book has recipes like Man Made Oysters, Roasted Lamb with Good Gravy and Pungent Aioli. Perfect for your next friendly get-together (with benefits).
6. Human Genitals with Mushrooms and Parsely.
While Photenhaur makes dishes with human semen, one Japanese chef made a dish out of the organ that produces it.
Mao Sugiyama, a self-described asexual, decided to take his beliefs to the extreme and offer up his own genitals at a banquet for the price of $250 per plate. While most asexual people would never even dream of doing something like this, Sugiyama chose to express his asexuality in this manner.
After undergoing a surgical procedure to remove his penis, testes and scrotum, he kept them in a freezer for two months. before serving them to an exclusive banquet of five people. He used button mushrooms and parsley in the meal, and the event attracted many onlookers.
Unfortunately for Sugiyama, the Tokyo police soon launched an investigation over the event's legality (though it was later declared legal). To add insult to injury, diners at the event called Sugiyama's dishes bland and rubbery. But hey, least he got a lot of publicity out of it.