Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Tonight's dinner: Scorpion + silkworm + fried crab on a stick

Yum? It wasn't super god or bad. The scorpions were small and skewered. They deep fried it real quick and sprinkled salt on it before I threw them one at a time into my mouth. It tasted like a extra oily potato chip.

The silkworm was also fried but no salt. It tasted like burnt chicken.

The crab was just battered a bit and deep fried. Then the lady rubbed some hot chili paste on it and gave it to me. It tasted pretty good, like soft shelled crab.

I washed it all down with a pepsi and then got some dumplings and fried noodle to finish it off.

I found this stuff at a night food market area close to my hostel. I wish other people were there with me. I wanted to try the large scorpions, the snake, and the crickets but I needed more peer pressure.


Blogger Ben said...

sounds like the show Fear Factor, you should get on that show if it's still around

November 4, 2008 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

Jim, so it sounds like you are having a time of your life. Have you thought about what you are going to gain from all of this by May of 2009? You'll be home then and back to reality. I think it's really great that you are doing this, it takes courage and a completely open mind to embrace the world (literally). Reading about all the places in the world and able to be there in person is a real privilege. It is great that you see yourself as a representative of the US since most people think of Americans as rude, loud, and obnoxious which I think is not far from the truth of the majority. Perhaps you can share your adventure with people and make a living out of it when you come home. Can't wait till see pictures of the pyramids.

November 4, 2008 at 11:36 AM  
Anonymous hui said...

have you tried the kfc ice cream cone in beijing?!? it's the best; can't find that in USA. ALSO, make sure you go the 100 different kind of dumpling place....tell yan to take you since it's a little hard to find.

i can't wait to see your pix.

November 4, 2008 at 10:28 PM  
Blogger Kandice said...

hey jim! i went to beijing in september and i tried the scorpion too. the salt and the oil makes up for it being a scorpion. i also had a mushu wrap, i wanted to try a starfish but i ran out of yuan in my pocket.

if you go around wanfujiang again, you have to go to haagen-daz. it's like a little cafe in there. and their green tea ice cream is the best!!

November 5, 2008 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

ben - there's no way i could do fear factor. i couldn't get myself to chew on cow nuts or something seriously disgusting like that. thanks for the great words of encouragement. I hope to be smarter and wiser and more well rounded when i get home. I will get some badass pictures of the pyramids. I hope to do a hot air balloon ride over them or something like that.

hui - yan took me to the 100 dumpling place, well actually i ordered from there myself and did takeout then ate them with her in my hostel dining area :)

kandice - I never made it into a haagen daaz :( i'll see if i can get there before i leave china

November 19, 2008 at 5:46 AM  

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