are you coming to Beijing with some appetite looking for good typical Chinese food? In that case prepare yourself, roll up your sleeves and come to Donghuamen Night Market! Beijing is the Mecca for most Chinese chefs and specialties, in fact the Night Market is a sort of summary of many food peculiarities all thrown together. Here is why.
It all happened on a very hot afternoon, probably 38 celsius and my friends and I were struggling our way of Tiananmen crowds looking for anything pleasant, an icecream, some iced tea, or whatever could relieve us and according to our map not far from us was the famous Donghuamen Market.
Colorful, full of lights and people, this is cheerful night market of Donghuamen, located near Wangfujing Dajie. Starting with glazed fruit
Bread balls soup
Seafood, and I can’t recall what was the third on the left
Here is the “good” stuff: scorpions, spiders, warms, cicadas, grasshoppers, chickens hearts, and a lot more
We were all intrigued, especially about spiders and similar creatures. The question popped in our heads straight away: do Chinese really eat these animals? Are spiders regulars in Chinese menús? Nobody around us could answer that.
At some point though, we were able to experience this local culinary experience.
An American guy bought a spider for 80 Euro and somehow he got two for the price of one. He looked scared as he held both spiders cooked on a brochette so we came close to him and asked him “Are you going to eat those?”
Anyway, he was taking too long and I wanted to know what a spider tastes like! Happily he gave us one spider to try 🙂
I tried to be brave but the truth is that just eating a leg was repulsive enough. It tasted like carbonized meat or carbonized chicken skin, so no distinctive flavor at all.
In spite of not wanting to try it again, I really wonder now what a scorpion would taste like…
Buon appetito 🙂