Kiviak, Greenland Inuit Fermented Seal dish
Kiviak (also called kiviaq) is the name of a Greenlandic Inuit dish which consists of up to 500 small seagull/auk birds fermented whole within a suture-closed freshly disemboweled seal. Oils are applied to the skin to prevent infestation by maggots.
The pelt (containing the whole seagulls/auks) is buried underneath a large, flat stone, seam-side up to prevent rupturing by the gases that evolve and contamination. The pelt is dug up about a half year later when fermentation is complete.
The sutures are then cut to reveal the fermented seagull or little auks. The fermented intestinal fluids are sucked out from the whole birds, or used as a sauce for other foods. It is said to taste similar to natto paste, or very mature cheeses.
Submitted by Lee Tantral
Take it easy eating this dish, as it killed explorer Knud Rasmussen.