Yucky or what? Thailand's 13 most totally and utterly repulsive dishes
Live shrimp, fermented oysters and red ants. Even Thais have trouble stomaching some of the country's most notorious delicacies
By Mark Wiens 16 June, 2011
Not all Thai food arrives at the table with a seductive appearance and sensational aroma. In fact there are quite a few dishes that not just foreigners but many Thais gag at the thought of eating.
But as disgusting as the majority may find them, even the most horrifying of dishes have devout fans who consider them a delicacy they fantasize about daily.
In honor of these culinary mavericks, here's a list of the most repulsive Thai dishes out there.
1. Goong Ten
Always wanted to know what it feels like to have tiny shrimp dance the cha-cha in your mouth? Try goong ten. With a name that literally means "dancing shrimp," you'd better believe this dish is alive.
A frenzy-filled salad, goong ten is mixed in a metal bowl while the transparent little shrimp attempt in vain to wiggle their way to freedom.
Why some people love it: I'll be the first to admit that a spoonful of the dancing critters is both entertaining and delicious. After taking a bite, the shrimp rupture with saltiness and climax with a pleasant crunch.