Have you ever met someone who is not a foodie? We certainly haven’t! We love to love food, trying out new things and picking our favorite dishes to munch down on. Food connects people, not to forget it makes everyone happy, and nowadays it is not just a means of sustenance, it’s so much more than that. So while we enjoy our daily comfort foods (some mac and cheese or chicken soup on a cold day), there are some insanely expensive foods out there which people actually buy! How expensive, you ask? Allow us to tell you…
10) Matsutake or Mattake Mushrooms – $1,000
The $1,000 mushrooms happen to be the most expensive mushrooms that money can buy. These fungi usually grow on the ground but are hidden from view under fallen leaves and can be found in Japan, Korea, the US, Canada and Sweden. Being easy to harvest but very difficult to find, these mushrooms are so rare that the annual Japanese harvest yields less than 1,000 tons.
9) The Bagel at Hotel Westin, NYC – $1,000
The Executive Chef of Hotel Westin in New York, Mr. Frank Tujague created a bagel sandwich, which doesn’t sound like a big deal, until you get to know what they put inside the bagel; a little white truffle cream cheese, gold foil and goji berry jelly. What makes the bagel expensive is not the gold but the truffle.
8) The Zillion-Dollar Frittata with Lobster – $1,000
Omelettes are perhaps the easiest things to cook, but Le Parker Meridien Hotel’s Noma in NYC found a way to upgrade the humble dish; by adding Sevruga cavier and lobster claws to six eggs. There is also a less pricier version of the dish with less caviar which still costs $100. That’s still very expensive from an omelette, if you ask us. Noma has closed down since then, so unfortunately, we will never be able to savour the same frittata again.
7) Wagyu Ribeye Steak – $2,800
Wagyu beef is the mother of all beef, which specifically comes from Kobe in Japan. The meat is very high in Omega 3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, which are healthy for you. The cows in Kobe are given beer regularly and also enjoy massages from their caretakers, which makes the beef tender. For $2,800, the meat better be tender!
6) Samundari Khazana Curry from Bombay Brassiere – $3,200
At $3,200, the dish is aptly worded in Hindi to mean ‘Treasures from the Sea’. It has Devon crab, white truffle, Beluga caviar in gold leaf, Scottish lobster (gold coated, nonetheless), quail eggs filled with more caviar and abalones. We thought the list would never end!
5) Pizza Royale 007 by Domenico Crolla – $4,200
Mr. Crolla is known to make portraits… on his pizza. The chef deviated slightly from his niche creations and decided to create the Pizza Royale 007, inspired by James Bond movies. The 12-incher is filled with cognac marinated lobster, champagne soaked caviar, smoked salmon, venison and balsamic vinegar (vintage). To top it all off theres the 24-carat gold foil, which is edible. Because, why not?!
4) Densuke Black Watermelon – $6,100
The Densuke variety of black watermelons is very rare, as it grows only in Hokkaido, Japan. Usually, one cycle of harvest bears only a dozen or so fruits and the cost can go as high as $6,100. Those who have tasted it say that it’s crispness and sweetness is unparalleled.
3) Yubari King Melons – $22,872
Not just any ol’ cantaloupes you find in your farmer’s market or local stores, these fruits are so coveted that they have to be sold at auctions, all because of their unique proportion and sweetness. What we can’t believe is that someone actually paid $22,872 for ONE fruit!
2) Almas Caviar – $25,000
Iran get a shout out here for it’s rare caviar called the Almas caviar. The only store to sell this particular kind of caviar is one Cavier House & Prunier in London and its sold by the pound in a tin made entirely of 24 carat gold for $25,000. A small tin is also sold for $1,250, but that’s still out of out budget!
1) Italian White Trubble (Alba) – $160,406
As we know, truffles are expensive, but none more expensive than the white alba version rom Italy. These truffles are very difficult to cultivate, which would explain the huge price tag. Once, a large piece of white alba truffle, weighing 3.33 lbs, was auctioned off and bought by a gentleman from Hong Kong for $160,000.
Now that we have revealed the most priciest food available to man, which ones will you want to try out first?