Museum full of food so disgusting it’s making visitors vomit

The whiff of fermented shark, sheep eye juice and bull penis is leaving people physically sick at the new Disgusting Food Museum.

But anyone thinking of visiting the newly-opened attraction in Malmo, Sweden may be relieved to hear that entrance tickets also double up as sick bags.

Among the dishes on display are a dead mouse in Chinese wine, maggots in cheese, grasshoppers and Vegemite.

There are also stuffed guinea pigs, dry turtle soup, soybeans fermented with bacteria, spicy rabbit heads and fruit bat soup.



But it’s the Icelandic fermented shark which "tastes like chewing on a urine-infested mattress" that is being dubbed the most grim.

Samuel West, curator of the Disgusting Food Museum, said: "Anthony Bourdain, the late TV personality, called it the single most disgusting thing he’d ever eaten, and I totally agree with him."

The collection of bizarre food is aiming to challenge perceptions of taste and help visitors contemplate why one culture’s abomination is another’s delicacy.

"Has anyone thrown up here at the museum? Yes twice." Mr West added.



"We had a pre-opening VIP party and somebody was, played around with a photo booth where we pumped some stinky smells in their face and take photos of them.

"Somebody vomited then and yesterday somebody vomited when we opened a can of fermented herring.

"But it’s okay to vomit because our entry tickets are not really tickets they’re printed on vomit bags so everybody carries around a little vomit bag with them in case they feel sick."

Grasshoppers, cooked animal skulls and other body parts, including an eyeball, are on display in pots or on boards.

European fare ranges from Iceland’s cured shark, Hakarl, to Sardinia’s Casu Marzu cheese, which is riddled with insect larvae.



There is Scottish haggis, made from sheep innards, and Sweden’s smelly Surstromming fermented herring.

Asian foods include the strong-smelling Durian fruit and stinky tofu.

The fruit bat soup comes from the sparsely populated Pacific Ocean archipelago of Palau.

Latin American dishes include Mexico’s Menudo tripe soup as well as Peru’s roasted guinea pigs, known as Cuy.

North America is represented by sweet treats Jell-O salad and root beer.

Visitor Daniel Johncock, from Adelaide, Australia, said: "When I first arrived I was sceptical but I really enjoyed it.

"I think it was fun to walk around and read about all the different disgusting foods around the world and it was fun to smell and see.

"Then it was more than just watching on Discovery. It was worth it, it was good."



Meanwhile, curator Mr West added: "There would be no disgusting food museum without Vegemite.

"It’s loved in Australia but to the rest of the world, meh, it’s disgusting.

"Then we have Musk Sticks. These things are very, very strange. It says Australia’s favourite Musk Sticks.

"We actually give samples of these at the museum and they taste like, they taste like soap."

Nichole Courtney, from Perth, was stunned to find Vegemite among the foods.

She said: "I think it’s really interesting because things like Vegemite which we find really normal at home, like we’d eat that every day for breakfast, are next to things like the shark that I couldn’t imagine tasting and I think it is revolting so it’s quite funny for us."

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