If you are tired of turkey, why not try something a bit different this year and go for festive food from another country. Here are our picks of some of the more unusual treats to try this year:
Possibly the most unusual choice is in Japan. Here, the holidays are celebrated with none other than KFC. It is customary to order a bargain bucket or two, which due to it’s popularity, has to be ordered around two months in advance! Marketing for the Christmas bucket has been so successful over the years that it is now a custom for Christmas Eve. You will see some of the Japanese dressed up as Colonel Sanders complete in Santa suit!
In Lithuania, more is more with a veritable smorgasbord for the festive feast. Traditionally, 12 dishes are served up, once for each apostle. A fast takes place over the holiday season where no meat, eggs or dairy products are to be consumed. Instead, herring with carrots or mushroom plays a central role, or dumplings stuffed with sauerkraut.
Over in the Philippines, purple rice in the order of the day. After the church service on Christmas Eve, people lines the streets to get hold of this sweet treat. Made with rice called pirurutong, it is a mixture of black and white rice that when combined, appears purple. Served up with butter, sugar, and shredded coconut on top.
South Africa serves up an appetising dish of fried Emperor Moth Caterpillars whilst in Greenland, a combination of raw blubber and fermented birds is served up straight from the seal for a very special feast.
So if you fancy something new, you can take your pick (just don’t invite us round for dinner!)