Knowing how to eat right irrespective of the cost is the best way to keep healthy. Even astronomical prices grow fainter for someone with a gastronomical palate eager to savor mouth-watering delicacies. Check out some of the most expensive foods in the world.
The most expensive caviar is a type of Iranian Beluga called Almas. The luxurious Beluga caviar consists of eggs that are cut from the belly of the sturgeon fish, the oldest survivor of the Dinosaur era and native to the Caspian Sea. The caviar is usually served by itself on toast and needs very little embellishment. Beluga is usually handled with a spoon made of mother of pearl, bone or other non-metallic material, as metal utensils tend to impart an unwelcome metallic taste to the delicate and expensive roe. The eggs range in color from dark gray (almost black) to light gray, with the lighter colors coming from older fish, and being the most valued. Therefore the older the fish, the more elegant and exquisite is the flavor. A pearly white variety, called Almas, taken from a centennial female sturgeon, is the rarest type of Beluga available, with the prices reaching almost $25,000 per kilogram. The prized delicacy has aphrodisiacal and anti-aging qualities. Remember, all caviar has an extremely short shelf life, so if you’re able to afford it, make sure you eat it all!
2. White Truffle
The European White Truffle is one of the world’s most expensive and sublime foods. The Italian white truffle comes from the Langhe area of the Piedmont region in Italy. They are extracted from an open ground with the help of specially trained truffle hogs or more recently, dogs. These truffles are sold at an amazing price of €2,000 and €4,000 per kilogram ($1350 - $2700 per pound). White truffles are used sparingly while cooking because of their high price and pungent taste. They are generally served raw, and shaved over steaming buttered pasta or salads. While in the past chefs used to peel truffles, in modern times most restaurants brush the truffle carefully and shave it or dice it with the skin on so as to use most of this expensive ingredient. A few restaurants, such as Philippe Rochat in Switzerland, still stamp out circular discs of truffle flesh and use the skins for sauces.
3. Club Sandwich
Since the 19th century, the club sandwich has been a restaurant staple. But thanks to English chef James Parkinson, the von Essen Platinum club sandwich at the Cliveden House Hotel near London is also the world's most expensive sandwich at $197. Weighing just over a pound, the triple-decker delicacy is made of the finest ingredients , including Iberico ham cured for 30 months, quail eggs, white truffles, semi-dried Italian tomatoes and 24-hour fermented sourdough bread. It’s a must-try for food fanatics.
4. Most Expensive Pie
In 2006, a chef in northwestern England created the world's most expensive pie. Based on a traditional steak and mushroom pie, the dish includes $1,000 worth of most expensive Wagyu beef fillet from Japanese cows, $3,330 worth Chinese matsutake, two bottles of 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild at a cost of about $4,200 each, as well as black truffles and gold leaf. The pie serves eight with a total cost around $15,900, or $1,990 per slice, which includes a glass of champagne.
5. The Most Expensive Pizza
The most expensive pizza in the world, valued at 8300 Euros, can be tasted in Italy. With generous toppings of expensive caviar and lobster, the pizza has a diameter of 20cm.
6. Most Expensive Omelet
Featured on the menu at Norma’s restaurant in Manhattan’s Le Parker Meridien Hotel, it is hardly surprising that Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata, stuffed with cavier and lobster is claimed to be the most expensive omelette, which will set you back a total of $1,000. The 10 ounces of American Sturgeon cavier, which ordinarily sells for about $65 an ounce, is piled on top of the omelette along with the dishes main ingredients, the whole lobster, cream, egg and chives. Surprisingly, as per Marisa Zafran, Parker Meridien’s Director of Public Relations, “We actually don’t make much money on it, we sell it at about cost.” And, for those who want to taste the high-end omelette, but prefers not to eat their money, they can try the scaled-down version of the omelette, costing only $100.
7. Most Expensive Chocolate
At $2,600 per pound, Chocopologie by Knipschildt Chocolatier of Connecticut is the world's most expensive box of chocolates. The Chocolatier, opened in 1999 by Danish chef Fritz Knipschildt, also sells a decadent dark chocolate truffle with a French black truffle inside for a mere $250. But don't expect to just drop in and buy one on a whim . . . they're available on a preorder basis only.
8. Most Expensive Dessert
Off to something sweet now with one of the most expensive deserts in the world, served at Serendipity 3, a popular restaurant on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The $1000 sundae was introduced in 2004 and was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most expensive dessert. It’s made up of five scoops of the richest Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream, Madagascar vanilla, 23K edible gold leaf and one of the most expensive chocolates in the world, Amedei Porceleana.
9. Golden Opulence Sundae
Named Golden Opulence Sundae which comes covered in layers of chocolate with a 23 carat gold leaf adding to its appeal, this Serendipity’s sundae costing $1,000 has found place in the Guinness Book of World records as the most expensive dessert. Described to be a masterpiece sundae, it is made from Tahitian Vanilla ice cream with a dash of Madagascar Vanilla thrown in along with one of the most expensive chocolate Amedei Porcelana drizzled over in generous amounts. Further, almonds are bathed in gold and candied fruits sourced from Paris adds to the its hefty price tag.
Most expensive Kabab, ‘King of Kebabs’
This dish was initially comprised of a humbledonor, now includes saffron infused flat bread, milk fed lamb from the Pyreneesand edible Gold, bringing it in the category of extravagant food items. Further, lettuce salad, microcress and Barrel Aged Yews Feta Cheese add to the flavor. The Kabab’s key ingredients like champagne infused mint and chili sauce derived from the world’s most expensive chili and cucumber yoghurt doubles its cost. Estimated at a price of $1,225, the kabab comes completed with edible gold leaf garnish.
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