I’ve eaten a lot of weird things on my travels. When I moved to China, I decided that I’d force myself to try anything once. Because of this, I’ve tried some really weird things. Here’s a list of all the weirdest things I have ever eaten (with photos of course).
Seoul, Korea: pink pickled soup
Verdict: strange and salty
Seoul, Korea: white icy soup
Verdict: felt like someone threw a handful of snow in my soup.. and I still don’t know what those white chunks are
First full day in Beijing: Sea Cucumber
Wanfujing, Beijing: fried scorpions
Verdict: crunchy french fries
Beijing Hutongs: thousand year old egg
Verdict: look on people’s faces when you eat it > weird taste
Beijing Pizza Hut: popcorn chicken pizza
Verdict: a fast food lover’s dream
Beijing Korean Restaurant: a whole octopus
Verdict: Wasn’t expecting that one! (We asked for a knife to break it up)
Beijing: chicken feet
Verdict: taste fine, but they still weird me out
Dali, Yunnan: breaded cow stomach
Verdict: not so great
Lijiang, Yunnan: snails on a stick
Verdict: also chewy
Shaxi, Yunnan: (Brain??) noodles (still not sure what it was)
Verdict: scariest looking meat I have ever seen, grossest meat I have ever eaten
Dunhuang, Gansu: donkey noodles
Verdict: like salty beef stroganoff sauce on plan spaghetti.. with tofu
Kashgar, Xinjiang: pigeon kebab
Verdict: a lot of bones
Shanghai: shrimp flan
Verdict: really weird.. and not in a good way
Everglades: frog legs and alligator bites!
Verdict: alligator > frog legs
Taiwan: Stinky tofu
Verdict: absolutely horrible! (read about it here)
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten??
6 comments on “The Weirdest Things I Have Ever Eaten”
Good one! Makes me think of all the things I’ve tried in China.
I’ve had the blood tofu before, probably just ate one piece. I don’t have a problem with the texture of plain white tofu, but blood tofu, well, not a fan.
Stinky tofu – wasn’t very tasty but I remember it for mostly being too spicy and just not very fresh anymore (I blame that on the restaurant).
Frog legs – I thought that those weren’t too bad, but I’ve heard these have to be spicy, otherwise they don’t taste good.
Chicken feet – same verdict as yours, taste just like chicken, but it’s so hard to eat them with all the tiny bones (and the nails!).
So you haven’t tried snake meat yet? Tried it once, was okay, not as bad as I thought it would be.
We once had pig’s brain in a hot pot, I tried a little bit but that was already more than enough – I neither liked the taste nor the texture (obviously people do eat pig’s brain in certain areas in Austria too, have never tried it before though).
The tousand year old eggs aren’t too bad imo if prepared well – but my husband says I should stay away from them because they are contaminated with heavy metals.
That’s about all I can think of, I probably forget some things though.
Thanks for the suggestions! Would you recommend the fried snake on Wanfujing, or finding it in a restaurant?
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