Chinese people eat centipedes
Disgust here, enjoyment there - special culinary highlights from China
From ICC editor Linda Schwarzl
Pig feet from Germany are very popular in China. This is particularly practical for manufacturers, as hardly anyone in Germany buys these products. In the following, other Chinese delicacies are presented, which western palates will take a bit of getting used to.
So much in advance: the author has not tried all of them. When I think of China, I immediately think of food! Six months in China, 8 kg heavier. What was that? Definitely in the delicious food, but not in the very special Chinese dishes. You may have heard of millennial eggs and stinky tofu, but here are a few other specialties.
At street markets, in restaurants, in supermarkets - China's food diversity is huge. And all of this without any imported food. The local dishes alone are so different that you can hardly imagine them. What fascinated me: My discoveries could be topped again and again.
Pig on a stick
I enjoyed jellied pork blood sausage on a stick with a peanut and spring onion coating in Taipei, Taiwan - well, not all of China, but almost. Was there at a single street stall. Conclusion: tasty, salty, interesting consistency.
Snake on a stick
Scorpions, snakes, millipedes, eels, cockroaches and various insects on skewers can be grilled on request - just looked at, not eaten. Seen at a street food market in Beijing.
First someone has to tell you that this is a snake. The taste was good, pleasantly spiced, with lots of little bits and pieces, quite unusual - then the hint from a Chinese friend "No, no, this is not fish ..." Aaaahja, eaten in a restaurant in Shanghai.
Noodles on intestines
Fine noodle soup with pork intestines, fresh coriander and chilli sauce. The soup was the tip on a major shopping street in Taipei, Taiwan. All small (children's) stools were occupied. Still, we got in line. After all, we knew from a friend that this should be excellent. It was also really tasty in terms of taste. Only the pieces of intestine were too tough for me.
Result after lavish feasting
As a Westerner, you would probably not even try many of the delicacies because you are put off by the sight, the smell or just the thought of what it is in front of you. But I would like to emphasize: A cultural exchange on the taste level is a pleasure. It is definitely worth being curious!
More on the subject:
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Chinese in Germany: hope and chicken feet in the cafeteria
Category: Chinese Cuisine, Chinese Culture, Chinese FoodTags: Business Etiquette China, China's Food Culture, Business Food China
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