The Weirdest Things I Have Ever Eaten

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

pink soup

Why is it so pink?!!


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

white icy soup

mmm soup slushie


First full day in Beijing: Sea Cucumber

Verdict: chewy

sea cucumber

Not as bad as I thought it would be


Wanfujing, Beijing: fried scorpions

Verdict: crunchy french fries


make sure you try one in Beijing!


Beijing Hutongs: thousand year old egg

Verdict: look on people’s faces when you eat it > weird taste 

thousand year old egg

I wonder if this is where Dr. Seuss got the idea for green eggs and ham


Beijing Pizza Hut: popcorn chicken pizza

Verdict: a fast food lover’s dream

popcorn chicken pizza

KFC and Pizza Hut should do a joint-venture


Beijing Korean Restaurant: a whole octopus

Verdict: Wasn’t expecting that one! (We asked for a knife to break it up)


How am I supposed to eat this?!


Beijing: chicken feet

Verdict: taste fine, but they still weird me out

chicken feet

I think it’s the toenails


Dali, Yunnan: breaded cow stomach

Verdict: not so great

breaded cow stomach

It was kinda gross


Lijiang, Yunnan: snails on a stick

Verdict: also chewy 


escargot on a stick


Shaxi, Yunnan: (Brain??) noodles (still not sure what it was)

Verdict: scariest looking meat I have ever seen, grossest meat I have ever eaten


I really wish I didn’t eat this.


Dunhuang, Gansu: donkey noodles

Verdict: like salty beef stroganoff sauce on plan spaghetti.. with tofu

Donkey noodles!!! -The white is tofu not donkey meat

The white is tofu, not donkey meat


Kashgar, Xinjiang: pigeon kebab

Verdict: a lot of bones

pigeon kebab

Where’s the meat on this thing?!


Shanghai: shrimp flan

Verdict: really weird.. and not in a good way

shrimp flan

Why, Shanghai? Why?


Everglades: frog legs and alligator bites!

Verdict: alligator > frog legs 

frog and alligator

Alligator is so good!


Taiwan: Stinky tofu

Verdict: absolutely horrible! (read about it here)

stinky tofu

A large batch of fresh stinky tofu



What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?? 



About Richelle

Expat, traveler, and spicy food lover, I've spent the last few years living in China and traveling around Asia. In my spare time I enjoy salsa dancing, exploring night markets and stuffing my face with street food.

6 comments on “The Weirdest Things I Have Ever Eaten

  1. 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.

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