Scorpions and seahorses and grasshoppers, oh my?!
One can find all those items and more at the Wangfujing Food Market, one of the more well-known places to sample Beijing’s more unusual street food. For the not-so-brave, there is familiar fare, including dumplings (baozi) and fried prawns…
… but for the adventurous, get ready for quite the culinary experience.
Wangfujing is located in central Beijing, just east of the Forbidden City. At Wangfujing Station, either take exit A and cut through the Oriental Mall, or take exit C1 and head north up Wangfujing Street. There are also at least half a dozen buses that can take you there. The food stalls are open between 6 and 9 pm most evenings (although they were closed when we first attempted to visit! Admittedly, this was during the Lunar New Year holidays).
There was a side street packed with souvenir stands as well- but let’s be honest, we were there for the food.
I have to admit that she was right! They made for a crunchy, peppery, flavourful snack- although the legs take some getting used to. Jaye was less impressed (but to her credit, she did give them a fair go).
“Only in China!”, we exclaimed numerous times over the course of the evening.
What’s the weirdest food you’ve sampled during your travels?