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Crazy Foods to Try in China

by Andrew Melnick

Oct 19, 2019

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The food people eat is different everywhere in the world. Some people may think other cultures’ food is disgusting. Others are willing to try anything they come across. Here is a list of crazy foods to try in China.

 

Century Eggs (Pidan)

Century eggs are a Chinese delicacy originating from the Ming Dynasty, and they take seven weeks to five months to make. They are soaked in a saline solution made of clay or ashes, black tea, lime and salt. The yolk turns dark green and is creamy, while the white transforms into a dark-colored jelly texture. They do taste good, as long as you can get past the pungent smell.

 

Chicken Feet

They are usually served as a snack with alcoholic beverages, or as a main dish in several regions of China. They can be deep fried, then stewed and simmered in a sauce flavored with black fermented beans, bean paste and sugar. They can also be simmered with soy sauce, Sichuanese peppercorn, clove, garlic, star anise, cinnamon and chili flakes.

 

Spicy Frog Stew

This dish has texture somewhere between fish and chicken; it is swimming with green chilies and is spicy. Mixed with a fermented red cabbage, it has a sour taste. It is quite delicious. It is rich in vitamin C as well, so it is good to eat when you have a cold.

 

Snake Soup

It is most commonly eaten in Hong Kong, and is considered a gourmet dish. It is popular in the winter months to warm you up. The soup is served with snake shredded inside; it’s been said it tastes like chicken.

 

Stinky Tofu

This dish is a fermented tofu that has a potent smell. It is often described as the blue cheese of tofu. It is fermented in brine containing dried shrimp, mustard leaf, bamboo shoots and different herbs. It is either cooked in a pot, deep-fried or grilled. The taste is good once you get over the smell.

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