Eating insects in China

Eating insects in China

Street Food Bugs

Well once they were alive… now they are deep-fried and covered in chili and salt!

To preface: We decided on a cheeky overnight trip from Shanghai to Hangzhou via 300kph bullet train (AMAZING!) to try to escape the city and possibly the heat for a night…

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Hot spice and everything nice!

Hot spice and everything nice!

 

Such a cute little face!
Such a cute little face!

I like to think myself pretty lucky that I have a high tolerance for spicy food dishes.If I didn’t, then I would be missing out on so many awesome meals and choice, especially in Asia.

It is without fear of the “ring of fire” that I often order the spiciest on the menu, partly for the flavour and partly for the challenge.

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Stinky fermented tofu

Stinky fermented tofu

Stinky Tofu
Stinky Tofu

I don’t know what the big fuss is about…Yes it smells a bit pongy, and looks like some sort of strange cheese, but stinky fermented tofu is actually quite delicious!

It has a smell, sort of like dirty wet socks and a touch of “I’ve left my washing in the machine too long” smell. However, when fried and served with sweet soy and chilli sauce, the smell goes away and a delicious pickled tofu taste emerges, and let’s be honest anything fried tastes better doesn’t it?

We sampled these from the touristy area of Yu Yuan Gardens in Shanghai, where the food vendors lining the streets sell all manner of things, but none so enticing as those mouldy socks!

 

This picture may or may not be dramatised.
This picture may or may not be dramatised.
Discovering Ox Tongue Yakitori

Discovering Ox Tongue Yakitori

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I’ve never been much into offal. Mum has always said its just (awf-ul) off-al ๐Ÿ˜‰

However can you classify ox tongue as offal when it’s a muscle just like meat in a leg or arm? I’m going with no for the sake of my arguement!

Anyway, I have decided that ox tongue needs to get more cred because it is really amazingly delicious. It’s springy and lean and had a rich taste and if its served BBQ on a Yakitori stick (like I have become obsessed with) then it’s positively melt in the mouth.

Do yourself a favour and order it.

Apparently it’s great in a pasta bake covered with cheese… Challenge accepted!

Steaming in Singapore

Steaming in Singapore

It is hot, it is muggy, it calls for delicious Asian lager 24/7…

We arrived at midnight in Singapore Saturday night and were fairly travel weary, the heat hitting us like a hot wet fish in the face.

There was only one thing to do… Grab some beers and food. Some delicious dumplings and spiral shells in chili (some said snails others say periwinkles).

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