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Written by Nell Alcantara

The travel experts at Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, offer this warning – The World’s 10 Most Extreme Eats is not for the faint of heart, or those with

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The travel experts at Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, offer this warning – The World’s 10 Most Extreme Eats is not for the faint of heart, or those with weak stomachs. From the world’s smelliest cheese to the most wicked garlic breath to the world’s worst eggs and most fattening treat, these food findings are cringe-worthy for some. However, the more adventurous culinary traveler may actually find them… umm … appetizing. As the French expression says: “chacun son goût” or “to each his own taste.”

From outlandish portions to dangerous dishes and sensory challenges, here are the first five extreme dishes from our list that will definitely test your appetite.

The world’s smelliest cheese – If you thought your dad’s Christmas stilton was bad, head to Boulogne-sur-Mer, near Calais, France, and grab a slice of the Vieux-Boulogne. This unpasteurized cow’s-milk cheese has been scientifically proven to be the smelliest tested — its scent not unlike a “farmyard.” Cheese connoisseurs insist it actually tastes great, though. Hmmm…

The world’s most poisonous fish – With its moment in the spotlight arriving after Homer Simpson’s run-in with a trainee sushi chef, fugu, or pufferfish, is a Japanese delicacy — but its organs also contain one of the world’s deadliest poisons: 1,200 times stronger than cyanide. To avoid this, the sashimi is only prepared by those who have undergone years of training, but until 1984 the dangerous liver was still eaten by some to give an extra “kick.”

The world’s most over-ambitious eating challenge – Ever since “Man vs. Food” came onto the scene, the world has been overcome by the competitive eating bug. However, we think The Duck Inn in Redditch, England, has gone too far. The inn offers the challenge of a whopping 150-ounce steak, which weighs about as much as a newborn baby, and is topped with mountains of onion rings and fries. Intimidating even for the most avid of meat lovers…

The world’s hottest curry – Many claim to have the world’s hottest curry, but when we found out the chef at New York’s Brick Lane Curry House wears a gas mask to cook the restaurant’s phall, we knew this was a winner. Made with eight Bhut Naga Jolokia chillies, which are also used in tear gas, this curry measures 1 million on the Scoville scale and has reportedly brought on profuse sweating, hallucinations and vomiting.

The world’s most arachnophobic snack – In Skuon, Cambodia, fried tarantulas are a local favorite that have turned into a tourist rite-of-passage — baskets full of these creepy-crawlies are now sold on the side of the road. Fried in garlic and oil until crisp, they taste like chicken (obviously), but the worst thing for travelers is probably knowing there are so many of these spiders yet to be eaten…

Rounding out this list of mind-boggling delicacies are: the world’s toughest cup of tea; the world’s most wicked garlic breath; the world’s most excruciating hangover; the world’s worst eggs; and the world’s most fattening treat.

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