Food For Thought: The Exotic Food Market

On one of our free afternoons in Beijing, we decided to visit Wan(2) Fu(4) Jing(3)Β Road, an area of the city where the streets are entirely for walking – no cars – and lined with shops and huge malls. One side street of this area is the exotic foods market, where you can buy everything from fried starfish, centipedes, and scorpions to drinks that bubble and steam with dried ice. I opted not to purchase any of these, choosing instead a stick of candy-coated apple-like fruits – which were delicious. I did however, try a bite of a classmate’s fried centipede – it was simultaneously salty, oily, and incredibly, disgustingly bitter. I wasn’t a fan.

Usually, the scorpions were attached onto the stick alive, and wiggled all the way up until the point that they were immersed in boiling oil to be fried. Cute!

Usually, the scorpions were attached onto the stick alive, and wiggled all the way up until the point that they were immersed in boiling oil to be fried. Cute!

The entrance to the market.

The entrance to the market.

The smoking dry-ice drinks - not sure whether or not that's safe, but they didn't even seem to phase any of the Chinese passersby.

The smoking dry-ice drinks – not sure whether or not that’s safe, but they didn’t even seem to phase any of the Chinese passersby.

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One thought on “Food For Thought: The Exotic Food Market

  1. The dry ice that makes it “smoke” is only sold, frozen CO2, so it should chill the drink, as well as possibly carbonating it. No danger, unless you’re in a tight enclosed space where the gaseous CO2 can build up, causing you to get too high a CO2 level in your blood. The cure is to simply breathe in normal air, which will have plenty of O2. Unlikely that you’d ever find yourself in that situation.

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