IMO, adventure eating isn’t any fun by yourself. And it’s not any interesting if the food isn’t “real” local food, meaning if it’s something locals made up just to freak out tourists but don’t actually eat themselves then I’ll pass. Unless it looks tasty. But I’ve seen æ¯›è›‹ (chicken fetus eggs) and starfish (and cicadas and silkworm chrysalises) in normal Chinese settings far removed from any tourism. I pass by piles of them every week in Qingdao. So when some undauntable foreign friends from Kunming visited us last week, it was the perfect chance to try them.
These things are common, but they’re also not a regular thing for most people, and a lot of people think they’re gross. Below the photos I’ve translated some of the reactions I got sharing a æ¯›è›‹-eating picture on å¾®ä¿¡ (aka WeChat, the Chinese answer to Facebook). Click a thumbnail to open the viewer!
Some å¾®ä¿¡ reactions:
[alarmed/dismayed/appalled] / [æƒŠæ]
No No oh myã€‚ã€‚ã€‚
[astonished] / [æƒŠè®¶][æƒŠè®¶][æƒŠè®¶][æƒŠè®¶][æƒŠè®¶]
Can even write Chinese, awesome / è¿˜ä¼šå†™ä¸æ–‡ï¼ŒåŽ‰å®³
This seems unhealthy! / è¿™ä¸ªå¥½åƒä¸å¥åº·ï¼
[alarmed/dismayed/appalled] / [æƒŠæ][æƒŠæ][æƒŠæ]
I’m terrified [supercilious] / çœŸæƒŠäº†[ç™½çœ¼]
[cold sweat] I don’t dare eat that / [å†·æ±—]ä¿ºä¸æ•¢åƒ
Isn’t this cruel? / [æ’‡å˜´][æ’‡å˜´][æ’‡å˜´]æ˜¯ä¸æ˜¯å¾ˆæ®‹å¿
[Strong] / [å¼º]
You really do this! I’ll ‘like’ it, but won’t imitate [awkward] / ä½ çœŸè¡Œï¼ç‚¹èµžï¼Œä½†ä¸æ•ˆæ³•[å°´å°¬]
[stunned][stunned][stunned] / [å‘å‘†][å‘å‘†][å‘å‘†]
James asks you: does it taste good? How’s the texture? / Jamesé—®ä½ ï¼šå¥½åƒå—ï¼Ÿå£æ„Ÿæ€Žä¹ˆæ ·ï¼Ÿ
[become weak] / [è¡°]
But some people do like them, like this woman, who snagged one today right in front of me while I was waiting for my lunch.
For more Chinese food adventures, see:
- Dog food (the other kind)
- Donâ€™t eat dog? We sure missed that memoâ€¦
- Dead puppies (donâ€™t look, Grandma!) â€“ menu included
- Free frogs
- What itâ€™s like to eat BBQâ€™d silk worm larvae (èš•è›¹)
- Know your edible northern Chinese insects
- Curiosity + China = way more than I bargained for
- Cross-cultural food: the feelingâ€™s mutual
- Baijiu 101: â€œOne does not simplyâ€¦ drink baijiuâ€
- Chinese Breakfast: Tianjin style!