Many people live by the mantra “I’ll try anything just once”. Good decision. Travelling to Beijing is an experience of a lifetime. A wonderful busy city with so much culture to offer. Let us not forget the enticing street food and the sweet inviting aromas. Unfortunately, some street foods are not so forgiving and your “I’ll try anything just once” mantra works out against you. They say six is the number of the devil so here are six evil foods you should avoid:
It is amazing how people are afraid of scorpions as they crawl on the sand but find them a delicacy when cooked. The Chinese love to serve fried scorpion in vinegar. Some street markets like Donghuamen Snack located on Wangfujing Street serve some black deep-fried scorpions on sticks. For the Chinese, a fried scorpion is a delicacy. For you, not so much because it is horrifying just by touching or looking. It truly tastes crunchy and delicious but the monstrous look just doesn’t do you a service.
A plate full of giant larvae. Who would want to eat that? This is a common delicacy in many street food joints in China. Chinese people love it. However, it looks pretty gross for a foreigner and you get that feeling in your tummy by the sight of them. The sight it just the tip of the iceberg. If you choose to go ahead and place them in your mouth and chew, something creamy and tasteless explodes in your mouth. Too late to spit it out.
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Beetle are edible if you didn’t know. Beijing is full of exotic beetle delicacies. These dark beetles are fired in soybean oil and sprinkled with some local spices. The spices do add flavour to it but it is a definite no-no. Despite this variety of beetles being unique because they are only collected from the remote villages in China, they are not so tasteful to a non-Chinese tongue.
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Domestic house cricket
You’ve seen this cricket in the corner of your house during the rainy season. Now, imagine eating it. Crickets are the most common street foods in Beijing. They are served fried with some soya sauce or vinegar.
It is also known as a preserved or black egg. An egg is preserved in clay, wood ash salt and quicklime for a few weeks or months. As a result, the shell turns black while the yolk turns green. A delicacy for the Chinese but very disgusting for you.
As you travel to Beijing, it is important that you use google translator before making any food purchases. Don’t just be fascinated by the appearance. One man’s meat is another man’s poison.