16 May 6 Evil Foods You Should Avoid in Beijing
Can you imagine just how bad the foods on this list are going to get if fried scorpions are number six? Frankly, there’s no good reason not to try this cheeky little crawly monster, but the sight of them twitching on little wooden sticks awaiting their imminent death just did not convince me. Strange, I know.
Update: This delicacy is called “tteokbokki”, it originally comes from Korea and it’s as delicious as it is easy to spell. Many thanks to my friend Lucy for keeping me informed. I should also note here that loads of people absolutely love these, so maybe I’m the strange one.
When I saw a vendor selling this mysterious hot beverage in a sealed plastic cup, I naively thought it was tea. I am still waiting for answers – why would anyone do this to me? – but the drink can best be described as leftover cooking water. I suspect it was just that, because during my home visit I saw people drinking it, “for digestion”. Eh, my digestion was fine until this thing ruined my appetite.
I always try not to offend people who are kind to me. This is why I had a very hard time replying to the lovely family who agreed to feed my foreign ass when they asked me if I liked these. I think I just nodded and said they were an acquired taste, but I will be fully honest with you. They are not an acquired taste, because after tasting them for the first time, you will never go back. So much for “once you go black you never go back”.