Are you the sort of person who proudly lives to eat? Do you always prefer food over travel? Do you plan your day around meals? Or wait, do you decide what to eat for your dinner, when you’re lunching? Well, then this article is perfect for you. The next time you visit a destination, there’s a high chance you might encounter an unusual food museum. After all, food plays an integral part in a country’s culture and diet. So, in order to know a country better, you’d need to know the food the locals eat. Foodies, here are 6 unusual food museums across the world that will blow your mind.
1. Disgusting Food Museum In Sweden
Let’s tick off the most unusual food museum in the world, right off our list. And that’s Sweden’s Disgusting Food Museum. This one of a kind museum features 80 of the world’s most disgusting dishes. You can see, smell and even taste of the unusual food. From China’s wine filled with baby mice, Italy’s live maggot filled cheese to Guam’s spicy rabbit heads, you will be spoilt for choice. And that’s not all! The tickets to this museum are printed on barf bags to give you an outlet. This museum was curated by Dr. Samuel West to explore the cultural subjectivity of food and build a sense of wider acceptance of each other’s culture and cuisine. Do you have the guts to visit this museum?
2. Cup Noodles Museum In Japan
A bowl of instant noodles is not food. It’s an emotion. Right from preparing Maggi stealthily in college hostels to slurping it with bae on rainy nights, instant noodles has truly been the perfect food companion, we could ever ask for. Japan is home to the Cup Noodles Museum. This museum pays ode to Momofuku Ando, the inventor of the world’s first instant noodles in 1958. The Cup Noodles Museum is one of the most interesting museums in the world. Visitors can take a stroll along the Instant Ramen Tunnel filled with noodle packages from across the world. There’s also a fascinating Cup Noodles factory in the museum that lets guests curate their own cup noodles from scratch by adding a variety of flavoursome toppings.
3. The Museum Of Celebrity Leftovers In England
An English couple, Michael and Francesca Bennett run The Old Boat Store Café in England. One day, a celebrity photographer, David Bailey visited the cafe to eat a sandwich. After he left, the couple discovered his leftover sandwich. They preserved his leftover, and thus the Museum of Celebrity Leftovers came into being. Today, visitors can witness Prince Charles’s tiny crust of bread pudding, actress Mia Wasikowska’s wedge of zucchini, retired BBC weatherman Craig Rich’s pasty crust, to name a few of the 20 artefacts.
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4. Fries Museum In Belgium
If there’s one thing that’s super addictive, it has got to be french fries. The crispy hot potato treats, sprinkled with salt, paired with ketchup is a match made in heaven. Belgium has an entire museum dedicated to fries. Frietmuseum is the first and only museum in the world that pays tribute to potato fries. Founded in 2008 by Eddy Van Belle, this museum traces the history of the fry from Andean potatoes to hot Pommes Frites. The museum is housed inside Medieval city’s oldest building. Apart from sections of the museum informing guests about the history of the potato and the fry, there’s an entire area open for sampling and snacking.
5. Museum Kimchikan In South Korea
Jjajangmyeon, Bibimbap, Kimbap and the list of delicious Korean food goes on and on. But if there’s one thing that truly highlights Korean cuisine it is kimchi. The spicy fermented cabbage dish doused with garlic, vinegar, peppers, vegetables, seafood and other spices, is tradition and deliciousness on a plate. Museum Kimchikan in South Korea honours the humble kimchi. With a display of 180 different types of kimchi regional dishes, coupled with documentaries on the making of the dish, Museum Kimchikan is a one-stop destination for all things kimchi.
6. Dessert Museum In the Philippines
Did you ever wish you could be part of Willy Wonka’s chocolatey dessert filled world? Well, at the Dessert Museum in the Philippines you certainly can! This 12,000 sq feet museum has 12 deliciously decorated rooms promising you an experience that satisfies all your sugar cravings. From a Donut Room filled with Homer’s favoured pink icing doughnuts, vibrant Bubblegum Room, fluffy Cotton Candy Room, a cutesy Alice in Wonderland type, Tea Party room and more awaits you here. Click Instagram worthy pictures and let your imagination run wild here. When it comes to India, here are some of the most interesting museums in our country that you must add to your wishlist.