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Thursday, November 01, 2007
The China Chronicles - Snack Street
Before we go through the Summer Palace, I think you need to experience Snack Street dear readers. Snack Street is an area near the Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing that runs every evening from about 7:00 - 10:00 PM. It's for snacks, but not just any snacks - Chinese snacks. Like US Fair Food - that also means everything comes on a stick. And I mean everything.

Snack Street - Beijing

Here we have silkworm pupae, a variety of scorpions, large grasshoppers, and crickets - just to name a few... Of course, for the more mainstream - there is fruit on a stick.


Scorpions anyone? I have no idea what the bug behind it is. It looks like a large mayfly without wings.


Here we have a bowl of stinky tofu, and I mean stinky, backed up by seahorses on a stick - YUM.


Always a crowd pleaser, the gey leathery looking sack is a sheep's stomach which is finely sliced and served with a hot chili sauce.


Mmmmmm - centipedes on a stick! Also silkworm pupae and more stinky tofu. The red meat is pigeon hearts I believe, and I have no idea what the thin, wormlike things are and am not sure I really want to know.


They do have some "normal" foods, like these giant crabs, although how you're supposed to eat this as a snack, I have no idea.


Ahhh - crabs on a stick! Still no idea how to eat them....


If that's not too hard to eat - try starfish on a stick!


How about some dessert? This actually looked appealing, some sweet tapioca like pudding in a pineapple, had it not been for the hairy, smelly, unidentifiable stuff next to it.


Bon Appetit!
posted by Broadsheet @ 3:58 PM  
4 Editorial Opinions:
  • At November 01, 2007, Blogger Zenchick said…

    Um...did you EAT any of that?!?!
    (and if so, what?)

  • At November 02, 2007, Blogger jwer said…

    I am a fairly adventurous eater, and yet: ew.

    Although honestly, it's more because I don't like crunchy inedible food; my mom made some Thai thing with whole shrimp in it, and I just can't eat shrimp still in their shells. It's like eating fingernails.

  • At November 02, 2007, Blogger Summer said…


    I consider myself fairly adventurous too, but there are limits to that, apparently!

  • At November 02, 2007, Blogger CindyD said…

    I've BEEN there! I got tofu on a stick... it was okay. My favorite street treat (and I can't remember if it was at that market) was the little hot potatoes covered in salt. While in China, I dreamt of lasagna and ice cream... for obvious reasons.

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