This post has a special dedication. A Food Network enthusiast, knowledgeable foodie, and master chef with a passion and curiosity for world cuisine, I hereby dedicate this post full of colorful Beijing street food delicacies to my uncle Harlan. I sincerely hope that one day you and Annie will travel to China and experience some of Asia’s fine cuisine with me. I can’t think of anyone who would appreciate it nearly as much as I know you would. Looking forward to a Harlan meal when I am back in the USA this summer!
Beijing Street Food
After running long distances, it’s especially crucial to eat sufficient protein for muscle repair. What better way to satisfy my protein requirements than some fried scorpion and roaches from the streets of Beijing!
Nah, I already checked that off my bucket list back in 2010. C’mon now, you really think I could have lived in China for four years without sampling fried scorpions on a stick? Please. Don’t worry, the scorpions were immediately followed by a few strong tequila shots to help wash ‘em down. It’s a one-time bucket list kind of undertaking. Check. No need for second helpings.
Instead, I chose the safest pre-traveling option before getting on the plane tomorrow (if that’s even possible when it comes to BJ street food?) Nonetheless, grilled corn seemed like a safe-ish bet. Let’s just cross our fingers that it wasn’t marinated in gutter oil. No, really, that's a thing. If you’ve ever eaten Chinese street food, it’s safe to say you’ve consumed a fair share of gutter oil. I’m no exception. #YOLO
Well, I hope you all enjoy the colorful delicacies of Beijing. Anything calling your name? If I wasn't afraid of being on the toilet for 3 months straight, I would totally dig into those oysters…Sorry, TMI.
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