Thailand

Take look at a few behind-the-scenes photos from the Thailand episode of Bizarre Foods.

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10. Santiago, Chile

10. Santiago, Chile

You'll think you've discovered culinary heaven in Santiago — great wine, beef and the freshest seafood. 960 1280

  

9. Barcelona

9. Barcelona

Barcelona is home to the West's most innovative chefs, including gastropreneurs Juan Arzak and Ferran Adria. 960 1280

  

8. Los Angeles

8. Los Angeles

LA is one of my favorite places for authentic Korean food, classic steakhouse dinners and fast-food restaurants. 960 1280

  

7. Sicily, Italy

7. Sicily, Italy

Sicily's cuisine is a blend of techniques influenced by Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, French and Spanish. 960 1280

  

6. Mexico City

6. Mexico City

Mexico is one of the most diverse countries. The food is no different, and you'll find it all in Mexico City. 960 1280

  

5. Paris

5. Paris

In Paris, food is an art form. Cooks care about the quality of the ingredients to create culinary masterpieces. 960 1280

  

4. Bangkok

4. Bangkok

Bangkok's street-food scene is legendary. Few meals have topped what I've found at Khlong Toey market. 960 1280

  

3. Beijing

3. Beijing

Beijing is all about the night markets. One of my favorites is Donghuamen — a serious place for street eats. 960 1280

  

2. Tokyo

2. Tokyo

Tokyo is home to elegant fine dining, cheap noodle shops and some of the weirdest feats in the culinary world. 960 1280

  

1. New York City

1. New York City

I love NYC street food. Its vibrant street culture is home to some of the best mobile food imaginable. 960 1280

  

A crocodile's bite is 10 times more deadly than the bite of a great white shark. 960 1280

  

In Papua New Guinea, restaurants serve crocodile meat with turmeric to create a tasty stew. Some people believe eating croc meat can cure asthma. 960 1280

  

Monitor lizards grow up to 9 feet long. A single bite can cause an allergic reaction that could lead to death. 960 1280

  

A female monitor lizard can carry 30-40 eggs. The eggs are usually boiled in water and eaten as a treat in the Philippines. 960 1280

  

In the Philippines, monitor lizard meat is usually cooked with coconut milk and chili. Filipinos believe eating the meat can help treat heart and liver problems. 960 1280

  

In 2008, a small village in the Philippines became deathly ill after eating the cooked flesh from hawksbill turtles. The turtles eat a variety of toxic sea sponges. 960 1280

  

Despite the health hazards, several villagers continue to eat the meat from hawksbill turtles. 960 1280

  

In Thailand, a cane toad's skin is covered with alkaloid, a poisonous venom. The venom can enter the body through a cut or by eating the toxic critter. 960 1280

  

Cooks must be skilled to prepare a dish with poisonous cane toad as the main ingredient. In Thailand, some locals deep fry the toads in garlic. 960 1280

  

A Vietnamese man skins rats after boiling them in hot water. Rats can carry a bacterial infection called leptospirosis that can liver and kidney failure. 960 1280

  

Three thousand tons of rats are consumed in Vietnam each year. 960 1280

  

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Andrew calls this photo, "Land of the Smiles." 960 1280

  

Go ahead, try it! These are fish stomachs ready to be sampled. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern watching the fish stomach process. 960 1280

  

Crab curry and local greens at the water village. 960 1280

  

Zimmern eating with the sea cicada hunters. 960 1280

  

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