Thought I’d give some examples of the weird and wonderful culinary treats we’ve come across so far. I’ve already posted the strange, but cruel ‘live scorpions on a skewer’ on Fb, but here are some others:
Various bits of cow spread out on the floor and a lovely selection of pig’s trotters in the Huimin Jie (Muslim Quarter of Xi’an, China).
Also in the same market, these girls thought me very strange taking a snap of them patiently crumbling unleavened bread into bowls ready to fill with a broth of intestines and tripe. If you fancied a roll up after that delightful meal, there was a guy specialising in just that.
Pre-packed pig’s heads in Beijing just along from live terrapins in a box ready to go. A menu outside a restaurant with what looks like a vegetarian pig trotter dish.
The restaurant in Beijing where the house speciality was duck, which Aoife wanted to try. After our Malaysian friends had feasted, there were a couple of choice cuts left. I asked if Aoife could have them. It was only as she was about to tuck in to the second piece that I realised it was half the duck’s head. Ooops…..
Some specialities of the Beijing Night Market. The guys on the stalls think it’s hilarious to wave insects on skewers at hapless tourists. The joke never seems to wear thin!
Either let the guy in the Chinese supermarket catch your fish for you or alternatively, catch your own in this famous Dotombori restaurant in Osaka.
For those with a sweet tooth, candyfloss from the market in Xi’an and an upmarket, but still ridiculously cheap patisserie in Beijing.
Drinks – a Shanghai Starbuck’s Green Tea Latte (not as tasty as it sounds), possibly alcohol or perhaps various solvents in a Beijing supermarket and these wonderful vending machines all over Japan where the drinks in red come out in heated cans of coffee, tea etc.
Poor Seamus came a cropper when we visited a café in Shanghai where you chose your ingredients and they cook them up for you. It’s only when we got the bill that we realised that it was called ‘The Spicy Wok’. Saw the largest piece of Parmesan brought to a table in Kanazawa, Japan and a usual pictorial guide to where to eat in your local department store in China.
The freshest looking fish in a Japanese supermarket.
A cafe in Toyama, Japan where they only served omelettes filled with rice, plain or curried.
and finally, some delights from our dinner tonight at the B&B. Unfortunately wasted on us, but so well presented nonetheless. Caroline, you didn’t take a photo of the snails……