Have you ever been to a fancy restaurant where the prices look like phone numbers? I personally haven’t, but I’m gonna tell you a little secret about why the food there costs so much. Well, apart from the obvious “the chef has mad skills and this sirloin melts in my mouth”. Five-star restaurants often use S-class ingredients that are either incredibly delicious, extremely hard to find, or require a specific preparation technique… or all of the above, really. We’re talking delicacies here, and not just some rare wild boar sausage for $50 a pound, but, like, actual rare stuff.
Now, go get yourself a bucket, because you’re gonna need it for all that drool! Let’s see why these 10 crazy-rare delicacies cost so much, shall we?
At $600/kg comes our first contender – Matsutake mushroom. Native to Japan, these bad boys are basically a dying breed, as we haven’t come up with a way to cultivate them. Their number is constantly decreasing due to several insect species also wanting a piece of that shroom, as well as trees finding their way into the shaded areas, where the Matsutake mushrooms usually grow.
Kopi Luwak Coffee
Let’s not beat around the bush with this one. It’s poop coffee, I’m sure you’ve heard of how it’s made. And it costs $250-$1200/kg, even though it is produced in huge quantities in Indonesia, the Philippines, and in southern India. Kopi Luwak is currently the most expensive coffee in the world!
White Pearl Albino Caviar
Who could’ve though that fish “eggs” would cost around $9,000/kg? It’s harvested from the albino sturgeon, that lives in the Caspian Sea. Why so expensive, though? You see, the albino sturgeons must be about 100 years old to start laying eggs. Is it worth the wait? Let me know if you’ve tried it.
Swallows’ Nest Soup
Swallows are pretty common, so why do their nests cost $3000/kg in China? Believe it or not, these little bastards nest on sheer cliffs, making it almost impossible to reach them. Keyword here is “almost”. I don’t even want to know how many people have died trying to get those nests, which, by the way, are made entirely out of the birds’ saliva. It’s a high risk, high reward kind of situation.