Friday, December 08, 2006

Deep fried scorpion

It's said by some that the Chinese will eat anything. They'll certainly serve it up for idiot foreigners and boyishly proud men to devour! A market stall (at the same market where sugar dragons were found) was serving various deep fried insects. Having heard that starfish was not the nicest of dishes, I tried scorpions - one stick of little ones, and one stick with a big black one on.

The stings look horrendous! I was quite worried that there would be some venom left in there, or that it would gouge your tongue while chewing on it. There's only one way to find out! The chefs courteously deep fried the shiny-carapaced creatures (which were of course already dead) and after waiting for them to cool, I carefully bit one of the small ones. It tasted slightly bitter, slightly burnt, and was very crunchy. There's nothing to it!

The big black one was slightly chewier, and the meat in the pincers isn't so hot. The best thing about this food is the looks you get from locals while grinning and commenting "Hao chi!"

- delicious!


RKthrilla said...

looks good

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pashmina said...

Have you ever visited Snake Alley in Taiwan? They don't let you take photos there as they have live turtles and snakes that you can order. The stall owner will then kill them and pour their blood into alcohol for you to drink... apparently it help a mans "prowess".

David said...

Where can I eat fried scorpion in GUANGZHOU?