Food in China

Food in China

by HMG members, January 2001 to present

We've had some amazing food here in China.

  • Rat – bony, but the leg is okay
  • Squirrel – highly recommended
  • Dog – a bit fatty
  • Turtle – a bit on the salty side
  • 40 types of Fungus – tasty, but they smell vaguely of their origins (avoid the chicken liver fungus)
  • Crabs – too many little bits of shell, eat them in the US instead
  • Snails – a bit fidly with chopsticks, but otherwise excellent
  • Frog – the French have the right idea, stick to the legs and give the rest a pass
  • Eel – crunchy but good
  • Chicken foot – close your eyes and suck
  • Duck foot – stick to chicken foot
  • Ox tail – more meat than chicken's feet
  • Fried wasps– try not to look at the eyes
  • Fried maggots – tastes disturbingly similar to chips
  • Black chicken – more succulent than the yellow variety
  • Tongue – tasty
  • Goat – not recommended, stick to squirel
  • Pig's ear – the trick is to chew around the cartilege
  • Bone marrow – vegetarians be warned-it looks and tastes surprisingly like tofu
  • Innards (all of them) – rubbery
  • Bitter melon – the name says it all
  • Bamboo – not just for construction anymore
  • Pig's penis – actually the arteries
  • Pig's penis (for real) – crunchy when fried
  • Pickled lotus root – quite tangy
  • Salted mandarin peel – an acquired taste, be sure to have water on hand
  • Watermelon juice – there's a reason this isn't on your supermarket shelf
  • Snake – too many bones, but the preparation is quite a spectacle
  • Razor shells – superb, but resemble the aliens out of Independance Day
  • Ducks' tongues – look like mushrooms
  • Badger – don't let your roadkill go to waste, it's excellent