Yes, there are little dead mice that actually swim at the bottom of a large bottle of wine. A more absurd sight for European eyes. Much worse, but still considered as such
Yes, there are little dead mice that actually swim at the bottom of a large bottle of wine. A more absurd sight for European eyes. Much hotter, but still considered a specialty from the Chinese south, the scent of the next exhibition is Malmö’s newest museum. Icelandic Gammelhai Hakarl (pronounced “Haukarrk”) smells really bad, every hair on the neck is, breath. Already at a distance from the stomach as subtly vile.
Here, in the former slaughterhouse of the port city in the west of Sweden, directly opposite the Danish capital of Copenhagen, to show Samuel West and Andreas Ahrens until the end of January 2019 80 dishes from all over the world. Disgusting food, depending on who you ask. It is not for nothing that the Museum of Disgusting Food is the Museum. The choice ranges from Frog Smoothies in Peru, to worm cheese from Sardinia, the so-called Hakarl or Bunny heads to bull’s penis or duck chicks cooked in eggs.
most of the 80 exhibits are original, regularly issued fresh, you can touch them, smell them – especially daring visitors can test for themselves how far their distaste for pushing the boundaries goes.
The fascination of disgust
like three young Chinese who traveled from neighboring Gothenburg to smell surströmming, a Swedish specialty, but also smelly pickled herring. “We only know this from Youtube videos and wanted to see if we could handle the smell,” they explain. Glass smell test: you can.
Looking at culinary horrors at second glance is much more than an olfactory challenge. “It’s a pretty one-sided Freak bi Show, we’d show here it’s just disgusting to eat,” says curator Samuel West. He learns every meal, also something of its history and its production. As for the Habushu snake drink from Japan, the only exception is the chilled and stitched snake. Later he dissolves into wine, quickly dies in an aggressive pose.
Kalebet Curator of the Samuel West Su Callu Museum. Goat stomach cheese.
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It is not only clean food, but also an exhibition of human cruelty. For visitors to think, says Samuel West, as he jumps between the exhibits around and touches, animates Smell and Taste. What do we actually eat? Where does it come from? And what is the impact of our eating habits on the environment?
Clearly, say West and partner Andreas Ahrens, humanity must reduce meat production. And they provide a more sustainable source of protein. Larvae, grasshoppers and worms are just as good to eat, but their production is not as harmful to the environment.
During a walk through the exhibition, it is not only necessary to sample from the nose using the numerous Smells, for example, on the Stinky Cheese Altar. Also, the emotion of disgust is explored and explained. Creators, it’s time to face your own limits. Visitors to see that disgust is different in every country. “Disgust is a cultural thing,” says Samuel West. You like the food, it’s great. Which of the delicacies can lead to another, however, fierce Shrike action.
for example, Root Beer: As a semi-American West it likes sweet concoctions. His Swedish friends cannot suffer. Salted licorice, for many Scandinavians a delicacy, however, for many other people in the world it is not at all tasty. It doesn’t have to be a floating sheep’s eye in tomato sauce.
A piece of bull penis? You can also cut in the Museum and try.
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pig brain, insect larvae, stinky durian
Western Fruit hopes that when people with the ambivalence of disgust, you may one day also be willing to accept insects as food. “I don’t expect any miracles,” he says. “But I hope the Museum will continue some of the discussions.”
On the tested Japanese brain, insect larvae, the stench waiting for the fruit on this day, the pig at the end of the durian, gammelhai or thousand-year-old eggs from China. The interest is great, and for the bravest visitors there is a part of the applause, even if some country discreetly bites into the bag for the sick. Stinky Gammelhai supposedly tastes a lot better than it smells.
Malmö’s Museum of Disgusting Food is open until the end of January, then moves to another city. Where it will be is yet to be determined. Samuel West reports on interest from Japan, China and Canada, but also from southern Germany.
DPA Date Updated: November 9, 2018, 8:02 a.m