The most expensive cooking ingredients
White truffles are fungi that only grow and live in a small number of areas in the Piedmont region of Italy. In addition, it only grows for a very short time, now shorter due to climate change.
White truffles cannot be grown in a greenhouse or copied. Besides, only pigs or dogs know where this fungus is. Scarcity has pushed the price of this material to thousands of dollars.
The Oldest Hamburger
It was a hamburger bought by David Whipple, who lives in Utah, in 1999. So far, it still looks like it’s just been peeled.
David shared, he bought and kept this cake to prove to his friends that there are a lot of preservatives in snacks to keep them fresh for a long time and look delicious.
The most expensive spice
Saffron is the name of a colorful and flavorful spice extracted from the stigma of the saffron flower. Each saffron plant usually produces only 4 flowers, and each flower has only 3 stigmas, ie each plant only gives about 12 stigmas. To make 1 pound of Saffron (453g) requires 75,000 pistils. That’s enough to know how much effort it takes to make this spice. Therefore, the best kind of Saffron can be sold for 15 USD/g (equivalent to 300,000 VND/g).
The most dangerous specialty
The meat of puffer fish (Fugu), a Japanese specialty, is delicious but also extremely dangerous because it can contain tetrodotoxin – a deadly neurotoxin. Therefore, the business of this fish is strictly controlled in the country of cherry blossoms, in the US and even banned in European countries.
The chefs who can safely prepare this dish must be professional chefs with many years of experience and must undergo a very rigorous training process. The fish liver, which contains the poison and is also the most delicious part of the puffer fish, has been banned from processing since 1984.
The rarest dish
Bird’s nest has long been favored as a nutritious and expensive food in China for thousands of years, in which, bird’s nest soup is the most popular specialty. These small nests are made by swiftlets of South Asia with their saliva.
Because the harvesting of bird’s nests is extremely dangerous because it is made in coastal caves, which are difficult to access, each cup of this soup costs from 30 to 100 USD and 1 kg of bird’s nest is up to 10,000 USD.
The Most Expensive Pizza
Pizza Louis XIII is an 8-inch (about 20 cm) diameter pizza created by chef Renato (of Italy). To make a Louis XIII pizza, it takes three chefs to work in 3 days.
The Louis XIII pizza is chock full of imported ingredients, including caviar, lobster, and salt hand-picked from the Murray River. Therefore, its price is 12,000 USD/piece (not including tip).
The hottest chili in the world
Carolina Reaper is one of the hybrid chili peppers belonging to the group of ornamental peppers (scientific name is Capsicum chinense). They were recognized by the Guinness World Records as the hottest chili pepper in the world in 2012 with an average Scoville heat reaching 1,569,300 SHU, and can go up to a maximum of 2,200,000 SHU.
The chili pepper was originally named “HP22B” and was bred by Ed Currie, who runs the PuckerButt Pepper Company in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The capsaicin content (the substance that gives chili peppers their spiciness) is considered to be close to that of standard American pepper.
This chili variety was recorded by the Guinness World Records in 2013. Before that, the title of the hottest chili pepper in the world belonged to the Trinidad Moruga scorpion chili pepper.
Fruit has the most horrible smell
Durian is a fruit with a thorny outer shell, quite similar to a jackfruit, the inside of the fruit is very soft, succulent, and rich in nutrients. It is truly a specialty. Whether you love it or hate it, you have to admit that this fruit smells completely different.
Even some people who can’t eat durian think that its smell is like the smell that makes people vomit. Even the smell of durian was rated as 3 times more terrible than a mixture of rotten eggs, stinky shoes, feces and vomit combined.