Pizzas in the United Stated are pretty tame; to find anything esoteric, you have to go a fine dining restaurant, and even then it’s usually just something with a funny sounding name topped with caviar. But way over on the other side of the world lies a world of some of the most insane pizzas you will ever lay your eyes upon.
I am, of course, talking about Japan, China, South Korea, and the rest of Asia. They have taken foods you would never imagine as being used on a pizza and turned them into signature items at various pizza chains across the country. Here are five of the most insane pizzas from Asia. Shrimp and Mayo Roll Crust
Recently, a Korean Pizza Hut concoction containing whole shrimp stuffed in cheese-filled pizza bites became a minor splash on the Internet. While this is indeed a crazy pizza, it has nothing on the Shrimp and Mayo Roll Crust pizza from Pizza Hut Japan. Instead of whole shrimp, the pizza uses shrimp nuggets that are injected with mayonnaise, as opposed to being surrounded by cheese. It’s quite possibly the nastiest thing I have ever heard of, and given the high fat content of not just the pizza, but the mayo as well, you’re guaranteed a bump in the waistline and a few days off your life once you’ve finished this bad boy. Triple Cheese Pizza
A lot of pizza restaurants use multiple cheeses on their pizzas to enhance the flavor. Cheddar, parmesan, romano, asiago, and, of course, classic mozzarella are often found on pizzas. But what about Camembert? Or emmental? If you don’t know what that last one is, you should probably look to Domino’s in South Korea, purveyors of the “triple cheese” pizza.
The pizza starts with a standard thin crust. Sounds simple right? Well, how about you slather on some cheddar? Sound good? Now on top of that crust place another crust and put on some Camembert. We’re not done yet! On top of THAT crust place a third and final crust topped with emmental. Presumably you can add toppings as well, but that much cheese is guaranteed to give you the food sweats!Shrimp Nude
The non-American chain (well, one can be found in LA) of Mr. Pizza, found in South Korea, continues the trend of using shrimp on pizza with its “Shrimp Nude” pizza. According to LAbite.com, a website that specializes in food delivery in the Los Angeles area, the Shrimp Nude pizza contains the following ingredients: Salsa sauce, mozzarella cheese, Cajun shrimp, mushroom, ground beef, corn, onion, bell pepper, olives, jalapeño, bacon bits, bleu cheese dressing, and cream cheese mousse.
While most of those items might not seem all that crazy (shrimp has become downright normal by now), it’s the moat of cream cheese that stands out as being distinctly Asian in its creativity. Either way, it looks like it would be a messy pizza to eat, and one can only imagine the combination of flavors found with each and every bite. Grand Prix
South Korea pops up once again with the Grand Prix, a pizza that forgoes your traditional pizza crust in favor of a giant cookie. Well, that’s not so absurd, right? Sounds like a breakfast pizza. Well, what if the cookie was sprinkled with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and raisins? Still not too bad, and actually sounds really tasty when you consider the blueberry dipping sauce it comes with.
Oh, it has toppings? Yes indeed. Shrimp (of course) and potato top the center of the pizza, ensuring a clash of tastes that just sounds downright nauseating. The toppings aside, Mr. Pizza has stated that it tastes “like a European soft cookie,” which I presume is a good thing. Crazy Crust Trio
That’s not its actual name, since it’s three different pizzas, but it seems appropriate given just how insane they actually are. Coming to you from Strawberry Cones in Japan are the Sausage Crust, Mochi Crust, and Cheddar Crust Sauce pizzas.
Sausage Crust: This pizza appears to be a standard crust filled to the brim with ground pork sausage. For low carb dieters, a crust made of meat is often a standard replacement for normal pizza, but this simply enhances the carb load by filling the crust with meat.
Mochi Crust: Mochi is a rice cake made from glutinous rice that is pounded into a paste. Sounds appetizing, right? Now imagine an entire pizza crust made of the stuff and you have an idea of what the Mochi Crust pizza is like.
Cheddar Sauce Crust: Another low-carb staple is a pizza crust made entirely of cheese. Egg and cheese are mixed together then baked to form a crispy, cheesy crust. The CHeddar Sauce Crust takes this one step further by using a cheese sauce that is molded into a ring and baked to form a ring of solid cheese.
But what about the toppings? Here’s where things get exciting (or horrifying). Each pizza, regardless of crust, are divided into quadrants, each with a unique flavor. They include:
1. 7-Veggie Variety: asparagus, corn, paprika, parsley, eggplant, zucchini, onions, and pizza sauce
2. Milakoreno: hamburger, bologna sausage, fresh tomatoes, broccoli, onions, mayo, parsley, and pizza sauce
3. 5-Cheese Variety: Camembert, Samsoe, Gouda, Steppen, Parmesan, fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil, parsley, pizza sauce
4. Fluffy Prince and ChikichikiTeri: Charcoal fire-grilled chicken, egg, parsley, mayo, and teriyaki sauce.
These pizza are only the tip of the crazy pizza iceberg, so if you ever find yourself on the other side of the world, keep your eyes open for some of the craziest pizzas known to man.
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