Have you ever spontaneously and impulsively wanted to buy something with the title as ‘the most expensive in the world’? Let's just say you've come to the right place. We have crafted the top 10 crazy expensive foods from around the world. So get ready for a wild ride, this is going to take you places you have never imagined.
1. Birds Nest Soup
“It’s expensive, it must taste amazing!” Right? Well this one guys... I'm not too sure. Birds Nest Soup is made from edible birds’ nests, which are actually made from the birds' saliva that has dried and hardened. Yes, you read right -SALIVA! The nest, which is originally home to the swiftlet bird, is worth anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000 per kilogram. The reason for the hefty price tag is the dangerous and extensive process of retrieving the nests from mountaintop caves and cleaning them for consumption.
The nest then forms the main ingredient in the luxurious, Chinese-famous soup -a bowl of this yumminess will set you back around $30 to $100.
Not your average cuppa soup hey!
2. Densuke Watermelon
Who would have possibly thought you’d need to fork out $4,500 to buy a watermelon? Surely you're joking -turns out I wish I was. Densuke Watermelons are only grown in Hokkaido, Japan where they form an unbelievable black coloured rind and a sweet, crunchy red flesh.
Unlike the average watermelon, these are sold in auctions, selected stores and online -but hurry they are in high demand. Japanese buy these large fruits as they are considered a luxury item and use them when gift-giving - can you imagine waking up to a watermelon under your Christmas tree! Epic.
3. Kopi Luwak Coffee
Ah... what a blessing coffee is! Nowadays, it’s hard to find someone who doesn't love the rich, brew-tiful taste of coffee that is ultimately our saviour in the morning. But Kopi Luwak Coffee is not your typical expresso of choice. It is made from coffee cherries that have been eaten, digested and defecated by a civet cat (therefore, you may call this ‘cat poop coffee’). Its cost fluctuates between $250 to $1,200 per kilogram and is produced mostly in Indonesia and the Philippines. So if you're planning your Bali escape, feel free to try this traditional Balinese coffee and pretend that you are indeed unaware of your drinks previous production process.
Before you try this coffee, make sure you buy your Indonesian Rupiah in store or online today.
4. Casu Marzu
Heading to Italy? Forget about the gelato and the pizza and oh the heavenly pasta! Try out Casu Marzu! Or maybe not...
To put this simply… it is maggot-infested cheese. Absolutely disgusting, yes, but equally as dangerous and illegal. The cheese is made from sheep’s milk and comes from the Italian island of Sardinia, located in the Mediterranian Sea. The estimated cost of this delicacy is $100 per pound.
Whilst it may be obvious, this cheese comes with many health implications which ultimately resulted in its ban back in 1962. Though some dare-devils who lust for an authentic experience go to great lengths to indulge in this gooey, sticky mess.
5. Coffin Bay Oysters
Now for something a little closer to home… I introduce you to Coffin Bay Oysters, well you’ve probably already heard of them or perhaps even eaten one! But if not, these delicious oysters come from Coffin Bay, a town located in South Australia and will put you out of pocket by $100 per oyster, or $1200 for a dozen! This is mostly due to the fact they are grown in the water for around six years before they are sold. Now that’s a whole lot of money for a mouthful of slimy food!
But to your surprise, these delicacies have up to 10 times more meat than a normal size oyster -meaning you do get more bang for your buck! But you may actually have to chew this big, mouth-watering molluscs…
6. White truffles
White truffles (Alba truffles), which are significantly more expensive than black truffles, will cost you around $650 per 100gms. These pungent underground forms of fungus are abundantly found in Northern Italy where they grow alongside the roots of certain trees. The price of these bad bois is incredibly high due to their unpredictable growth habits along with the lengths required to locate and harvest them. Trained dogs and pigs are needed to sniff them out of the ground. (FYI.. Reason 56789 why dogs are amazing).
While this may be one of the more tasty food items on this list, it is also arguably the most expensive, with one customer splashing a low key $330,000 on a single truffle -in his defense, it was the largest uncovered in decades. I wonder if he would like to share?
7. Black Diamond Ice-cream
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! This delectable treat is worth every single calorie when your spending $817 on the one scoop of ice cream. You’ll be able to buy this summery delight at Scoopi in Dubai. The sundae is made from vanilla bean ice cream from Madagascar, saffron from Iran, black truffles from Alba Italy and 23-carat gold flakes and powder.
Not only can you keep the golden handcrafted bowl, the silver spoon is all yours as well! With that price tag, I hope your taste buds are tantalizing too!
We all know the delicious smell and taste of Indian curries, chances are they were made using the spice known as Saffron. The most expensive spice in the world (also known as ‘Red Gold’), is the tiny stigmata from a crocus flower. It takes upwards of 75,000 saffron flowers to make up one pound of spice, which will cost you around $1,030. Ouch!
Whilst many many little stigmatas are needed, to make things even harder, they only grow for seven days a year in autumn. Saffron -why are you so unrelenting? We need you for our curry!
9. White Caviar Almas
When times get tough, consider spending a third of your salary on the oh-so delicious, oh-so luxurious ‘Caviar Almas.’ This $25, 000 delicacy is hardly the simple fish eggs you see on the top of your sushi roll, it is actually a very complex, rich and authentic flavour of Iranian caviar. The caviar is produced from the eggs of an old (approx. 60-100 yr), rare albino sturgeon that swims in the Southern Caspian Sea. Sound appealing? If yes, you may need to book your next flight to London, as Caviar Almas is sold exclusively through Caviar House & Prunier.
Don’t worry if you can’t afford the full kilo, thankfully there is a cheaper option sold in a smaller tin for only $1,192! And in case you were wondering, the tin is made of 24-karat gold so you’ll be able to return home with a souvenir!
10. Taco at Grand Velas Los Cabos
The moment you have all been waiting for. Ranking number one is … (drumroll please)... ‘The world’s most expensive taco’ which is created at Grand Velas Los Cabos in Mexico and costs a whopping $25,331. Just to wrap your head around this price tag -in India, approx. INR 20 lakhs, you could buy a brand new Audi A1 car. But I guess you could also indulge in a once-in-a-moment taco?
The masterpiece is undoubtedly made with the finest, most expensive ingredients. Wrapped in a gold-infused corn tortilla containing langoustine, Kobe beef, beluga caviar, black truffle brie cheese and salsa made from dried morita chilli peppers,
Before you head overseas to eat these delicious, delightful foods (somewhat questionable), you’ll want to make sure you have enough money to afford them! As by the looks of it, you may need a little more cash than your wallet can hold. Come in-store today or check out our Travel Money Forex Card for all your foreign exchange needs!