If you’re looking for an interesting and exotic culinary experience, you should check out the street food markets in China. Here you will find all sorts of strange and delicious foods. From chicken feet to sea cucumbers, there is something for everyone. In this blog post, we will take a look at 50 of the weirdest but most delicious things that can be found at these markets. So if you’re feeling adventurous, be sure to add Chinese street food markets to your list of travel destinations!
Live Silkworm Pupae
If you’re looking for something truly unique and exotic, then look no further than live silkworm pupae! These little guys are still alive when you eat them and have a slightly crunchy texture. They’re often served with a vinegar dip and taste best when fresh. However they are also served deep fried and are said to be both crunchy and chewy. While not for everyone, those who are brave enough to try them often find them to be surprisingly delicious.
So if you’re feeling adventurous, be sure to give them a try the next time you’re exploring a Chinese street food market. You may just find that you’ve discovered your new favorite snack!
A lot of people who love Chinese street food would actually lick their lips when they hear the words crispy fried flying lizard. A popular dish at Chinese street food markets, this dish is made by coating a whole lizard in batter and deep frying it until golden brown and crisp. The result is a crunchy, savory treat that is sure to delight your taste buds.
Dipped in sauces or simply enjoyed as is, flying lizard is a delicious and unusual street food that is definitely worth trying! Not everyone might like this but it is definitely a weird but delicious dish found at Chinese street food markets!
Snake soup is a traditional Chinese soup made with snake meat and various herbs. The dish is said to have many health benefits, including boosting energy levels and aiding in weight loss. Snake soup is often served during special occasions or as a wintertime treat. While the thought of eating snake meat may not be appetizing to everyone, those who have tried it often say that it has a mild, slightly sweet flavor.
We would recommend giving this unique soup a try at least once! You might feel disgusted by it before you try it but once you try it you might ask for more.
You might not believe it, but roasted cat is actually a popular street food in China. While the thought of eating our feline friends might be repulsive to some, others find the meat to be quite delicious. It is usually served with the skin still on and is often garnished with onions and peppers. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to try something truly unique, then roasted cat is definitely worth a try.
Who knows, you might just find yourself becoming a fan! People who have a pet cat might get offended by it but sometimes you just have to respect the local culture and try the delicacies that they offer.
If you’re looking for something a little different, and a bit weird, then why not try roasted crocodile? It’s definitely a unique dish that you won’t find as easily in many other parts of the world. Crocodile meat is eaten in many other parts of the world as well, but it is usually very expensive and is not readily available however in china it is easily available in China on the streets.
The meat is typically roasted and has a chewy texture with a slightly fishy flavor. It is often served with vegetables or rice complemented by a delicious sauce.
Cockroaches are a type of insect that is commonly found in homes and other buildings. They are attracted to food and water sources, which is why they are often seen in kitchens and bathrooms. While most people are disgusted by cockroaches and do not typically consider to be a delicious food, some people in China enjoy eating them. Cockroaches are typically deep-fried until they are crispy. They can be eaten as is or added to other dishes for extra flavor.
Some people believe that cockroaches have medicinal properties and that they can help with various health conditions. Whether or not this is true, there is no denying that cockroaches are a unique and interesting food to try.
Sheep head is a popular dish in many parts of China. The head is cooked whole, and then the meat is picked off the bones. Sheep head is often served with a spicy dipping sauce, and it is said to be both delicious and nutritious. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try this unusual dish next time you’re in China? You never know you may just find your new favorite dish and it is something that you can easily find in your own local country as well.
Sheep is a very common livestock all over the world and is easily available. However you need to know how to cook it right to have the same experience as delicious street food in China.
Black and Moldy Tofu That Stinks Bad
Black and moldy tofu is a Chinese street food that is often described as stinking bad. The tofu is typically made from soybeans that have been fermented and allowed to rot, resulting in a black, slimy, and incredibly smelly product. Despite its unappetizing appearance and smell, black and moldy tofu is actually quite delicious, with a unique umami flavor that is unlike anything else.
If you’re brave enough to try it, be sure to get it from a reputable street food vendor who knows how to prepare it properly. Who knows, you might just find yourself hooked on this weird but delicious Chinese street food!
Pigeon is a common sight at Chinese street food markets, and while it may not look the most appetizing, it can actually be quite delicious. The bird is usually roasted or grilled, and its small size means that it cooks quickly and evenly. The flesh is typically very tender and juicy, and the skin has a nice crispy texture. Pigeon is often served with a dipping sauce or drizzled with soy sauce and vinegar.
To be very honest pigeon seems like a relatively more tolerable Chinese street food dish and it is actually eaten in many other parts of the world as well.
Balut: Duck Egg Embryo
A balut is a duck egg that has been incubated for 17-21 days before it is hatched. The embryo inside the egg is fully developed and can be eaten. Balut is a popular street food in China and other Asian countries. It is often served with a dipping sauce, such as chili or vinegar. Balut is a controversial food because some people believe that it is unethical to eat an unborn animal.
However, others argue that the duck embryo is not a sentient being and therefore it is not morally wrong to eat it.Whether you find balut delicious or repulsive, there’s no denying that it is a unique and interesting food. If you’re ever in China or another South East Asian country, be sure to try it!
Many people are scared of spiders and one of the most frightening spider species is the Tarantula. Tarantulas are a type of spider that are found in many parts of the world including Australia, South America and even China. They are considered to be a delicacy and are often fried before being eaten. Tarantulas are said to have a crunchy texture and a slightly sweet taste.
While they may not be everyone’s cup of tea, there are many people who enjoy eating fried tarantulas as a snack. If you have ever been scared of spiders then what better way to take your revenge than by eating them!
Sea cucumbers are a type of marine invertebrate that are commonly found in the oceans around China. They have a long, cylindrical body with leathery skin and small, tube-like tentacles. Sea cucumbers are often used in Chinese cuisine, where they are typically boiled or stewed. While some sea cucumbers are eaten raw, most are cooked in order to make them more palatable. When cooked, sea cucumbers have a slightly crunchy texture and a mild, earthy flavor.
They are often used as a garnish or added to soups and stews for extra flavor and nutrition. Sea cucumbers are a good source of protein, fiber, and vitamins A, C, and E. They also contain a variety of minerals, including iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. While they are often considered to be a delicacy, sea cucumbers can be an acquired taste for some people.
We just can’t help but feel a little uncomfortable by this. However the tuna eyeball is a popular street food in China. It is a deep fried ball of tuna fish that has been boiled and then skewered on a stick. The eyeball is then coated in a batter made of flour, egg, and water. This creates a crunchy outer layer that encases the soft, cooked fish inside.
If you are a sea food lover then you should definitely try this and tick one more exotic dish of your sea food list. Once you try it you will definitely talk about your experience with all your friends and family.
Bird’s Nest Soup
Bird’s nest soup is a traditional Chinese dish made with real bird’s nests. The nests are made out of the saliva of the swiftlet bird and are commonly found in Southeast Asia. The soup is said to be nutritious and have many health benefits. It is often served as a luxurious and expensive dish in Chinese restaurants. We would rather prefer eating a nest made with leaves but there are millions of people who love to eat this nest made by bird saliva.
It just feels a little unhygienic however the Chinese people have been eating it for a long time and it is not a dangerous food. However if you have a weak stomach we recommend staying away from it.
Who would want to eat these creepy crawlers. One of the weird but delicious things that can be found at Chinese street food markets are centipedes. These creepy crawlies may not look appetizing, but they are actually a popular snack in China. Centipedes are either roasted or deep-fried and often served with a sweet and sour sauce. They are said to be crunchy and have a slightly nutty flavor.
While the idea of eating a centipede may be off-putting to some, those who have tried it say that it is actually quite delicious. It is definitely worth giving it a try if you are adventurous enough!
Dog meat is a popular dish in China, and can be found at many street food markets. The meat is usually stewed or roasted, and sometimes served with noodles or rice. It is said to be tender and delicious, although some foreigners find the idea of eating dog meat taboo. Many people who eat cow or goat meat, they draw the line at dog meat. However, it is a traditional dish that has been enjoyed in China for centuries. If you are adventurous and not squeamish about trying new things, then dog meat may be worth a try! Who knows, you might just find yourself liking it.
There is an annual dog eating festival in the city of Yulin, Guangxi Province, which attracts people from all over China. The festival has however gained a lot of negative publicity in recent years, with animal rights activists protesting against it.
Bamboo worms are small, white worms that live in bamboo forests. They are a common food in Chinese street markets and are often fried or served in soup. Bamboo worms have a slightly nutty flavor and are high in protein. They are crunchy when eaten whole, but their bodies can also be squeezed to release a sweet, sticky liquid. Bamboo worms are safe to eat and are not harmful to humans.
However, they can sometimes contain parasites that may cause illness if not cooked properly. So always be careful to try these bamboo worms from a local place that is known to cook them well!
You can find the weirdest things being sold on the Chinese street food markets and one of those things is the caterpillar fungus. The fungus lives inside the body of the caterpillar. The caterpillar fungus is a curious foodstuff that is popular in Chinese cuisine. It is actually a type of mushroom that parasitizes caterpillars, resulting in a rather unusual-looking fungi. The taste is said to be earthy and slightly sweet, making it a popular ingredient in soups.
While it may not be the most visually appealing food, the caterpillar fungus is definitely worth trying if you’re looking to expand your culinary horizons.
Keeping the recent events in mind, we would recommend not eating anything that has bat in it. However if you still want to try something then you should go for the bat soup. You might not think that soup made from bats would be delicious, but in some parts of China, it is considered a delicacy. The soup is made by simmering bat wings in water until they are cooked through.
Then, the bat meat is removed from the bones and chopped into small pieces. The bat pieces are then added back into the soup along with some vegetables. The soup is then served hot and usually garnished with green onions.
Duck Blood Soup
Duck blood soup is a popular dish in many Chinese regions. The soup is made with duck blood, rice wine, and various spices. It is often served with noodles or rice. Duck blood soup has a rich, slightly sweet flavor and a thick, sticky texture. It is not something you would eat every day at your house but for foreign travelers it can be great for once in a lifetime experience. People who visit China should know that there are many edibles that they might find weird but are considered completely normal in China. So if you want to experience the local culture you have to keep an open mind and try such food.
There is a reason so many Chinese people love these food items and that reason is the delicious taste that they offer. So if you get a chance, don’t forget to try it.
Bugs are often considered icky and gross, but in many cultures around the world, they are actually a delicacy! The Cicada is one such insect. In addition to China, Cicadas are actually eaten in many other parts of the world as well. They are typically fried and served as a snack or side dish. Cicadas are rich in protein and have a crunchy texture. Some people believe that they taste similar to shrimp.
While cicadas may not be everyone’s cup of tea, there’s no denying that they are definitely a weird but delicious food found at Chinese street markets!
If you’re looking for something a little bit different, and dare we say, a little bit weird, then Chinese street food markets are definitely the place to go. With so many different food items sold on the street in China, the Giant Octopus is sure to turn many heads towards itself. Giant octopus is one of the more popular options on offer. The octopus is boiled until it’s nice and tender, then served whole on a plate. You can eat it as is, or add a little bit of soy sauce or vinegar for extra flavor. If you’re feeling brave, you can also try the grilled version!
Or if you are a daredevil you can also try eating a live octopus however we would recommend having a local teach you first on how to eat a live octopus as the tentacles can still move and they may get stuck onto your tongue or throat.
We all know the mythical creature known as the sea serpent. But did you know that there are real animals with the same name. They are not as big as their Mythical counterpart but they can still be very scary. However that doesn’t stop the food enthusiast from trying this Chinese street food. The sea serpent is usually roasted on a skewers and then served with a tasty sauce.
Many people say it tastes like chicken but with a fishier flavor. So if you are ever in china and see this on the menu, don’t be afraid to try it.
A sheep’s Genitalia are a common sight at Chinese street food markets. While the idea of eating these organs may be off-putting to some, they can actually be quite delicious. In other parts of the world such body parts are off the table when it comes to cooking animals however in China they don’t like to waste anything. And that is why you get to try some of the weirdest and odd looking food items here.
The shape of the genitals itself is very off putting. It is said it can actually help men with boost their sexual power and that is why many men in China consume it on regular basis.
Turtle Jelly (Guilinggao)
Guilinggao is a Chinese jelly made from tortoises or turtles. This is why it is also called Turtle Jelly. It is by far one of the most unique food items we have mentioned on this list. Guilinggao is said to have cooling properties and is often eaten during the summer. The jelly has a slightly grassy taste and a chewy texture. If you are ever in China, do not miss out on the chance to try this delicious treat!
As you can see from the picture, the jelly actually looks pretty good and it is said to have health benefits that improve kidney function, make your skin better and also improve blood circulation.
A truly unique dish, monkey brains are rarely found outside of China. As the name suggests, this dish consists of – you guessed it – monkey brains. The monkey is killed and then its brain is removed and eaten raw, or cooked in a variety of ways. While it may not be to everyone’s taste, those who have tried it say it’s actually quite delicious. Cow brains are eaten regularly in many countries and it is considered normal.
So why not try monkey brain as well. After all monkeys are quite intelligent so you never know eating monkey brain might help you become smarter.
Devilish Sausages Made With Pig Blood
We cannot deny the fact that sausages are delicious. However it also depends on the animal’s meat that is used in making those sausages. In China, people like to eat devilish sausages which are actually made with pig blood. They are actually quite popular in China. These sausages are made with pig blood, rice, and spices, and then grilled or fried. They have a slightly salty taste and a chewy texture.
Some people compare them to haggis, a Scottish dish made with sheep’s stomach. While pig blood sausages may not be to everyone’s taste, there’s no doubt that they are a unique entry on our list.
Pickled jellyfish can be found at many wet markets. It is made by soaking jellyfish in a pickling solution, which gives it a unique sour and salty flavor. The texture is often described as chewy and crunchy, making it a popular snack food. It is sometimes also considered as a main dish but in essence it is usually served as a snack or a side dish.
In China you can also find it being served as part of a salad. The jellyfish is first dehydrated and then the process of pickling starts.
Well if you aren’t tired of looking at weird food items sold on the streets in China, we have one more for you. As the name suggests, this dish comprises of duck tongues. And no, not just one but multiple duck tongues served together on a skewer. If you have the guts to try it, apparently it’s quite delicious. The texture is said to be similar to chicken and the taste, a little like liver.
So if you’re into offal, this might be right up your alley. Just make sure you’re getting it from a reputable vendor to avoid any health risks. It is usually served with other duck body parts.
Fish Lip Soup
Do you like to eat sea food? Well if you do then you would love this next dish on our list. Soup made from fish lips might not sound appetizing, but it is actually a delicious and unique dish that can be found at Chinese street food markets. The soup is made by simmering fish lips in a broth with various herbs and spices.
The result is a flavorful and nutritious soup that is perfect for a winter meal. It is definitely one of the lighter food items that people with a weak stomach can also try.
Pork Lungs with Chili Sauce
If you are a fan of spicy food then this one is for you. If you have never eaten animals lungs before then you are in for a surprise. Pork lungs in chili sauce is a dish that can be found at Chinese street food markets. The dish is made with pork lungs that are cooked in a spicy chili sauce.
The dish is often served with rice or noodles and can be garnished with green onions, cilantro, and peanuts. Pork lungs in chili sauce is a hearty and flavorful dish that will leave you feeling satisfied.
Duck, Goose or Pork Intestines
This one may not be as weird as most of the other entries on our list as pork intestines are eaten in many other parts of the world as well. In China, people like to dry intestines from different animals including ducks, pigs and geese. The taste is said to be chewy and flavorful. The spices and side sauce make the dish even more delicious.
If you are every in China then you should definitely try this at least once. We may not feel comfortable or knowledgeable enough to recommend many food items on this list but we would definitely recommend this one.
Toads and Frogs
These amphibians are often fried or grilled, and served as a tasty snack. While some people may find them off-putting, others find them delicious. Frogs and toads have been consumed for centuries in China, and are considered to be a valuable source of protein. In addition to being eaten as food, these amphibians are also used in traditional Chinese medicine.
The cooking process may be a bit heart wrenching for some as the chefs kills the frogs by hitting them on the head and boiling them first before carrying on with the cutting and roasting (or frying) process.
White Fungus Also Known As Snow Fungus
Snow fungus, also known as white fungus, is a type of edible fungi that is often used in Chinese cuisine. It has a subtle, sweet flavor and a chewy texture. Snow fungus is often used in soups and desserts. It is high in fiber and rich in antioxidants. Some research suggests that snow fungus may help boost the immune system and improve digestive health.
However there isn’t much research to prove that as many people who don’t have the stomach to eat such things usually throw up and get a disturbed stomach as a result of trying such unique delicacies.
Turtle soup is a traditional Chinese dish that is often considered a delicacy. The soup is made by simmering a whole turtle in water until the meat is tender and then adding various herbs and spices for flavor. Turtle soup has a very light and delicate flavor. The soup is usually clear or slightly reddish in color and is often served with a sprinkle of green onions on top.
You can also find turtle soup in other parts of the work including the United States of America. However in China you can find it at surprisingly affordable rate.
Moose Nose (Stewed)
Moose nose is high in fat and cholesterol, but it is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for your health. This dish is also high in sodium, so it is important to consume it in moderation. Usually a stew is made with the nose, but it can also be roasted or smoked. Due to its strong flavor, some people may not feel comfortable eating it.
However it is one of the few dishes on our list that is also regularly eaten in Alaska. But we wouldn’t want to try any dish that ‘nose’ in its name.
Boiled Eggs in Sea Urchin
If you have never tried Sea urchins then you are in for a wild ride. If prepared in the right manner alongside boiled eggs, the sea urchins can be very delicious. The exterior of the sea urchin is covered in spines, which protect the creature from predators. The inside of the sea urchin is filled with a delicious, orange-colored flesh that is often compared to the taste of other seafood, such as lobster or crab.
The eggs are a critical component to the dish, as they provide a rich and creamy contrast to the sea urchin’s delicate flavor. When all of these elements are combined, you have a truly delicious and unique dish that is perfect for any seafood lover.
You might find salmon, octopus, lobster, crab and many other sea creatures in restaurants all over the world but there are very few countries where you can find a dish that has starfish in it. In China, starfish are prepared and sold in the Chinese street food market so you don’t even have to visit a fancy restaurant to try one of these bad boys. There are many different ways to prepare and eat starfish but it is often served with ginger and garlic.
If you want to try something new and unique on your next trip to China then make sure to stop by the Chinese street food market and give this sea creature a try.
As someone who is visiting China for the first time you might be confused as to why a venomous creature like a scorpion is being sold as a delicacy in the Chinese Street Food market. Well, scorpions have been eaten in China for centuries and are said to have many health benefits. Scorpions are rich in protein and are a good source of iron, calcium, and selenium.
It is very important to get these scorpions cooked from someone who knows what they are doing. Otherwise you might just be filling your tummy with the scorpion’s venom.
Rats are very dirty creatures and their meat is full of diseases. However, in some parts of China, rat meat is considered a delicacy. It is often stewed or stir-fried and served with vegetables. It is believed that when you boil or dry the rat, it kills all the infections however we would like to warn you that it is still not considered safe to eat by international standards.
And to be honest it is something that we would personally never try. However if you believe in trying everything once in your life then you should definitely go for it.
Shark Fin Soup
Shark fin soup is a dish that is often seen as a status symbol in Chinese culture. The soup is made by simmering shark fins in water to extract their flavor. The fins themselves are relatively tasteless, but they give the soup a thick, gelatinous texture. The dish has been controversial in recent years due to the practice of “finning” sharks – cutting off their fins and throwing the rest of the body back into the ocean to die.
This cruel practice has been banned in many countries, but it still occurs in some areas of the world. China is the largest market for shark fins, and the demand for the soup drives the finning industry.
Pig brains are a common sight in Chinese street food markets. They are usually served fried or stewed, and are a popular snack among locals and tourists alike. Pig brains are high in protein and fat, and have a chewy texture that some people find addictive. If you love to eat pork chops and pork sausages then why not try pig brains as well. You never know it might even increase your brain power!
It is also said that pig brains help to improve memory. So if you are looking for a delicious and healthy snack, then head to your nearest Chinese street food market and give pig brains a try!
There are different types of Tofu sold in the Chinese Street food market and blood tofu is one those. This dish is made with pig or duck blood, and is often served as a soup or stew. The tofu is usually white in color, and has a firm texture. The taste of blood tofu can be quite strong, and it is often considered to be an acquired taste. Many visitors to Chinese street markets will try blood tofu for the first time, and either love it or hate it.
The Tofu can also be served in a spicy sauce, which can make it even more flavorful. No matter what your opinion of blood tofu is, it is definitely a unique dish that is worth trying at least once!
Just to be clear, these aren’t shrimps that have a drinking problem. They are regular shrimp that are marinated in an alcohol and then stir-fried with vegetables. The dish is said to be named after the cooking method, which allows the alcohol to evaporate and infuse the shrimp with its flavor. Drunken shrimp is often served as an appetizer or even the main course.
It is a very delicious food item that anyone can try. As people all over the world eat shrimps, eating drunken shrimps isn’t going to be a problem for many international tourists.
One of the strangest items that you can find for sale in a Chinese street food market is seahorses. These small, horse-like creatures are often dried and sold as a traditional medicinal remedy. In China, seahorses are believed to have a range of health benefits, including the ability to boost fertility and improve sexual function. The sea horses are usually put on skewers and then roasted over a grill which gives them their unique crunchy texture.
In addition to the health benefits it is also very popular for its taste. It just feels so weird seeing small horses on skewers in the picture above.
There are different types of grasshoppers that you can find in your garden. However another place where you can find them is in a Chinese street food market. If you are not used to eating insects, then grasshoppers may be a good place to start. They have a mild flavor that is not too overwhelming. The most popular way to eat grasshoppers is to fry them. This gives them a crunchy texture that is similar to chips.
You can also find grasshoppers stir-fried with vegetables or in a soup. Grasshoppers are a good source of protein and they contain vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium and phosphorus. They are low in fat and calories, making them a healthy choice for people who are trying to lose weight.
Fermented tofu is a type of Chinese street food that is made from tofu that has been fermented in a brine solution. The tofu has a strong, pungent flavor and a slightly spongy texture. It is often eaten as a condiment or side dish, and can also be used in soups and stir-fries. Fermented tofu is a good source of protein and contains several vitamins and minerals.
It is also low in calories and fat, making it a healthy choice for those watching their weight. But not everyone who is looking to lose weight has the stomach to eat this.
Old Preserved Egg (It is not actually thousand years Old)
This delicacy is usually called “thousand-year-old egg” and in order to prepare this you have to preserve an egg in a unique mixture consisting of ash, clay, rice and quicklime. The egg needs to stay in this mixture for several weeks. Some people even keep the eggs preserved for months. The result is a dark brown or black egg with a firm whites and a creamy yolk that has a distinct flavor. The process of making a thousand-year-old egg was developed over 1,000 years ago as a way to preserve eggs.
The high alkalinity of the mixture used to cure the egg changes the protein structure of the egg white, and the yolk takes on a cheese like texture. The egg looks really bad however if you like to try such unique food items then this is the one for you. It doesn’t actually taste as bad as it looks. The smell might be a turnoff for some people but the taste can be quite pleasant.
Dried Lily Buds
This is the first entry on our list that is not a sea creature, animal or insect. Dried lily buds can be found in many markets throughout China. They are made from the dried buds of the liliaceae plant and have a strong, unique flavor that is often used in Chinese cooking. Lily buds are high in iron and are often used as a medicinal herb to treat anemia.
They can be cooked in many different ways, however they are usually cooked by stir-frying them. They can be added to other dishes to add flavor and give them a unique taste or they can also be eaten on their own as a side dish.
One of the most common meats consumed in China is chicken. While various cuts of chicken are available, some of the more unique items that can be found at a Chinese street food market are chicken testicles and other reproductive organs. These include the ovaries, oviducts, and testes of the chicken, and are often eaten as a snack. Such organs might be a turn off for many people. Even some of the locals aren’t that interested in trying such food items but there is still a very large number of people who love eating chicken organs.
If cooked properly they can be one of the best things you have ever tried. However some people aren’t that concerned with the taste, they just don’t want to put such a body organ in their mouth even if it belongs to a chicken.