I ask these two Chinese friends, both young, wealthy, educated urban women, if they’ve ever eaten 毛蛋 — literally “hair eggs”, actually fertilized chicken eggs (i.e. a chicken fetuses) that simmer for hours in woks on Qingdao sidewalks:
“Oh, gross! We wouldn’t dare! No way!”
What about starfish (海星)? Do you eat starfish?
Earlier this week we were running around with some friends from Kunming and stumbled upon a starfish-eating opportunity that we couldn’t pass up. Click the first thumbnail to open the viewer. And read the captions; it’s like a little story…
For more Chinese food adventures, see:
- Dog food (the other kind)
- Don’t eat dog? We sure missed that memo…
- Dead puppies (don’t look, Grandma!) – menu included
- Free frogs
- What it’s like to eat BBQ’d silk worm larvae (蚕蛹)
- Know your edible northern Chinese insects
- Curiosity + China = way more than I bargained for
- Cross-cultural food: the feeling’s mutual
- Baijiu 101: “One does not simply… drink baijiu”
- Chinese Breakfast: Tianjin style!