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Monday, June 29, 2009

"Worm cheese", anyone? ;) - Cazu Marzu, the "illegal cheese"

I'd probably fail as a Psycologist
Never in my lifetime will I ever, ever understand why anyone would find "Casu Marzu" appetizing
 (Image source: http://incontiguousbrick.wordpress.com/2007/07/15/grossest-food-ever-casu-marzu/)
The name sure sounds very classy - like some kind of a fashion designer brand
I have to admit that it can look "classy" too
Auckland-city.blogspot.com proudly presents the "Casu Marzu 2009 Winter Collection"
Giant meatball stuffed with rotten cheese and writhing maggots a la sashimi-style, served with fresh garden salad and maggot sauce
(Image source: http://blog.hotelclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/haggis.jpg)
Snowball-style Casu Marzu
(Image source: http://www.culinaryschools.org/cuisine/10-disgusting-delicacies/maggotcheese.jpg)
Nasty Casu Marzu impersonating as New York Cheesecake
(Image source: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3137/2752694625_0c3f59a12a_m.jpg)
The dangerous cheese impostor also take on the form of vanilla ice-cream
(Image source: http://www.channel4.com/food/images/mb/Channel4/4Food/ontv/FWord/series4/episode_6/gallery/f_word_episode_6_gallery_05--gt_full_width_landscape.jpg)
Hash-brown lookalike
(Image source: http://img2.photographersdirect.com/img/91/wm/pd2023677.jpg)
Thanks, Casu darling! You have just spoilt my appetite for quiches. Why do you have to look like my favourite food?
 Mash potatoes? OMG... what else can you be, Casu? You'll probably make Madonna jealous with your continuous image makeover
The moral of the story:
Remember to check your ice-creams and cheesecakes before putting them into your mouth next time ;)

Well, I probably won't be too worried about eating New Zealand ice-creams. The kiwis aren't famous for their appreciation of Casu Marzu.
But I probably would be worried about eating gelatos - Italian ice-creams
Casu Marzu is an Italian delicacy - originated in Sardinia, Italy
(Dang, I love gelatos...)
(Image source: http://img383.imageshack.us/i/maggotcheese2dg9.jpg/)

Excerpt from Wikipedia:
Casu Marzu (also called casu modde, casu cundhídu, or in Italian formaggio marcio) is a traditional Sardinian sheep milk cheese, notable for being riddled with live insect larvae. Although outlawed there for health reasons, it is found mainly in Sardinia, Italy on the black market. 

Casu marzu literally means "rotten cheese" in Sardinian and is known colloquially as maggot cheese.

Derived from Pecorino, Casu marzu goes beyond typical fermentation to a stage most would consider decomposition, brought about by the digestive action of the larvae of the cheese fly Piophila casei

These larvae are deliberately introduced to the cheese, promoting an advanced level of fermentation and breaking down of the cheese's fats. The texture of the cheese becomes very soft, with some liquid (called lagrima, from the Sardinian for "tears") seeping out. The larvae themselves appear as translucent white worms, about 8 millimetres (0.3 in) long. 
When disturbed, the larvae can launch themselves for distances up to 15 centimetres (6 in). Some people clear the larvae from the cheese before consuming; others do not.
The Washington Post included a Wall Street Journal article on casu marzu as one the "weirdest news" stories of 2000

I guess I will be forever curious about what Casu Marzu tastes like
I'll have to ask my Dad some day
 Wouldn't be surprised if he's tried them before
My Dad's a typical Chinese man who'd eat just about anything "that has a backbone"
No, wait a min... he's even ate stuff that don't have backbones!!!
- like fat earthworms (in Beijing), crickets, cockroaches (Thailand and Myanmar), dog meat (China) ... before he retired from the tourism biz. He probably had more culinary adventure in a month than most people do in a lifetime). Yucky yucky! Thank goodness he didn't persuade Mum to conduct some gastronomic experiments at home.


  1. Eeeks...so kanasai

  2. I tried this in Sardinia, my friend and his friends love the stuff