Cuisine: Chinese/Street food
Last visited: April 15-17, 2010
Address: all over
Price Range: $10 or less (more like under $1CAD)
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!
Welcome to the 1st Follow Me Foodie post in China! I’m going to show you what the real authentic traditional Chinese street food in China. This will determine whether or not you plan to travel and/or visit China for the food. This is REAL Chinese street food – extremely ghetto, extremely cheap…and perhaps a bit dirty. Dirt cheap + dirt-y…you’re in China…expect it.
I tried a few things, but definitely not everything. Some of it actually freaked me out a bit, but hey it’s part of the culture so what can I really say…? I’m not sure what all the names of the items are, (some are blatantly obvious as they’re still alive) but others I’m calling them as I see fit.
WARNING: Some images may be hard to look at – some of the food is quite barbaric from a Western/North Americanized stand point. The photos progressively get more intense and “not appetizing”.
Also see my post on Korean Street Food
On the table…err STREET:
- I was so excited to see this that I want to write “Cracker truck” in all capitals…how COOL is this!?? Seriously!
- I didn’t try any, because to be honest they looked plain and dry, but I was very excited to see it.
- It’s probably 12 for $1CAD
- Hard boiled Soy sauce tea eggs, soy milk, corn, sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaf, minced pork buns.
- I tried the corn…it was the worse corn I’ve ever had. It was 200% overcooked and tasted like pure mushy starch.
- Minced pork bun facial! These things are served HOT!
- I did try one, and it was pretty freaking delicious.
- Stuffed with flavorful juicy pork that was so tender it melted in your mouth.
- The pork is very marinated with garlic, chives and onions and soy sauce.
- I’ve just been informed that this is Jack fruit – thanks to my readers! (I thought it was Durian)
- Chicken skewers, fish ball skewers and sausage skewers with different kinds of Chinese sauces.
- Onion pancakes, meat patty cakes etc.
- I don’t know what’s wrong with the girl in the back…
- These onion pancakes are really popular. They’re quite oily, but thin, crispy and yet chewy.
- Okay, so thanks to my readers…I am now informed that this is jack fruit! Thanks everyone! I thought it was a massive durian…still big though!
This was cool truck, it sold fresh sugar cane! The stick it into a machine and you can buy fresh sugar cane juice.
I want one in Vancouver, BC! This was so cool! It’s a Chinese fried noodle stand! You select your noodle, veggies and sauce and it’s cooked upon order. Served in a to go box and that’s it! It’s REAL Wok Box in China!! This would do so well in Vancouver…business idea up for grabs I’m telling you! $$$
Live land animals!! This was outside a restaurant in China – a Chinese restaurant obviously. I have no idea how you order it. All these animals are still alive in cages so I don’t know if they’re killed upon order or what…but it freaked me out a bit.
Yes, those are live snakes you see in front of those cages. I’ve had snake soup at Kirin Chinese restaurant in Vancouver, BC – but it’s definitely not found in the kitchen like this, I don’t even think it’s this kind of snake they use.
How do you even order this?! I seriously don’t know how often people would order an entire bird…this is a goose I think?…I can’t imagine how big the party would need to be. These geese are probably so old!
Yeah…those are turtle alright …no I haven’t tried them. I’ll stick to the LIVE octopus from Korea (see video and post here)…that was easier to eat than this would be. Okay…so far back it looks ok…I’m a bit scared to walk any closer, but I want my photo!
Not appetizing. It was a whole bunch of meat parts – I don’t even know which parts, but it was all organ oriented with some feet and leg in between. This was like a midnight vendor…it kind of added to the suspense of strolling the China streets at midnight…I felt like I was in a Alfred Hitchcock film.