Night Snack Streets in Beijing

Night Snack Streets in Beijing

Eating is a must when you come to China and the choices are overwhelming, what to order?  For most when they go to a local place for grub can find it challenging, especially when the menus lack pictures or English.  But lets get real, for most when they go home they want to tell stories of the great food they ate and the crazy food that you tried.  You want something that could never be found at home to make the story all the more exciting.  And it’s a lot easier to choose by pointing at kebabs.

The easiest and fastest way to accomplish the “Oh my god in china I tried…..” kind of story is to hit up the night snack streets.  A few can be found in the capital but one is a real treat, and it’s just off of WangFuJing, the main walking street in the capital.

Wanffujing night snack street entrance

Wanffujing night snack street entrance

Its easy to find, you’ll see the entrance, and just walk in and explore.  First go straight and go the whole length picking up random strange kebabs along the way.

What will you find on a stick?  Pretty much everything that you might scream at if you saw it alive.  Scorpions are a big themed snack and many of them are still twitching before they go into the fryer.  Seahorses, starfish, snake, little fried birds, lizards, taranchula and yeah they have the standard mutton kebabs also.  Standard snacks like Baozi, dumplings and more can also be found for those not so brave.

Scorpion Kebab

Scorpion Kebab

Beijing Snack Street

Beijing Snack Street

Exotic Kebabs

Exotic Kebabs

Do the locals really eat this stuff?  Answer is no, well, mostly no.  Most locals think its actually hilarious that the foreigners eat the spiders, lizards and seahorses.  But the locals eat a few items occasionally, especially the stinky tofu, one of the odder aromas you will have the pleasure of experiencing on the walk.

What do these things taste like, it’s a common question.  Many of the items, like scorpion, silkworm cocoons, seahorse and the small guys taste like burnt popcorn.  Seriously there is nothing on these little suckers so your basically eating deep fried tiny crunched insects.  Anything with some meat kind of tastes like chicken.

After your exotic taste testing mission head back and hang a right.  Here you will find lots of small restaurants with outdoor seating.  Grab some Baozi and sit down and watch the outdoor performances of Beijing Opera that are on nightly.  And for the brave, the very brave, try DOUZHI, this is an old Beijing snack with a wicked taste and smell.  Even the locals will barely touch this stuff.  Taking down a bowl will be a story of a lifetime, forget out the spiders, this stuff is for real, and locals will admire your toughness for even trying a spoonful.

Peking Opera in the Street

Peking Opera in the Street

Enjoy! So what’s the strangest thing you ate?  Any other snack streets of note?

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