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If you’re taking a trip to China it would be a damn shame to miss eating some of these unique and authentic Chinese foods you just can’t get back at home.
Trying even just one of these will leave you with
memories to repress and share with your therapist later fun stories to tell your friends!
A Whole Deep Fried Duck
Candied Hawthorne Fruit
If you’re not convinced you’d be into eating a whole duck, how about just the face? I will admit, we ate this purely by accident during one of our earlier months living in China in an awkward point-and-smile-at-the-menu attempt to order dinner. We didn’t realize it was duck face until a very traumatizing moment several bites in.
Fire Dragon Fruit
Huǒ lóng guǒ, directly translated as “fire dragon fruit,” is as delicious as it is beautiful. It has the texture of a kiwi, but is much more sweet than tart. Interestingly enough, dragon fruit is a cactus plant that originated in Mexico. Today you can find it all around Asia.
Durian Fruit: You’ll know it when you smell it. To experience durian is to experience Asia. A fruit that is actually banned some places from being taken indoors or onto public transportation. Eating this pungent, yellow, custardy fruit is akin to eating candy in a port-o-potty.
So if the duck face wasn’t really doing it for you, how about some chicken feet? This little guy’s tootsie will set you back about 2RMB (20 cents), and makes a great snack anytime. PLUS one of our Chinese co-workers told me that eating chicken feet makes your boobs get bigger. Bonus!
These are donuts covered in pork floss, or what we like to call “pig dust.” We first encountered pig dust by accident when it was inconspicuously hiding in the middle of a pastry. It was a memorable if not scarring experience to say the least. You can also get dust in other delicious animal flavors like fish, squid, and cow.
If you’re looking for some more traditional and notably less scary foods to try in China, check out our other post on northeastern Chinese food, our favorite!