The gift basket of weird foods: Pork-filled moon cakes, deep-fried silkworm larvae, vacuum-sealed eggs, seasoned tofu slices, and chicken's foot
Steph to DH (dear hubby): What would you like me to bring you from China?
DH: Just that you have a good time and come home safely.
Steph: I want to bring you something - you know, like a present.
DH: (Pause) Well, you can bring me some weird foods.
Oh, how I delivered! Shortly into the trip, my traveling companions got in on the great search for weird foods, too. "Hey Steph, did you see the blueberry Pringles? How about the green tea Oreos?" By the way, the blueberry Pringles were great! Our best shopping venue for weird foods was the Chinese truck stop! A must-see if you ever make it to the Middle Kingdom.
Pork-filled moon cake and deep-fried silk worm larvae
The silk worm larvae are typically eaten as a beer snack. Interestingly, I found them at an upscale tea shop! I worked up my courage and ate one. It's a crunchy nothingness, with a bit of a fishy flavor.
The crowning jewel - a chicken's foot
The DH: "My lovely wife, the generous and delightful person that she is, went to China and
all she brought me a packaged, pre-cooked delicacy called a chicken's foot. I looked at it for a number of weeks, building up the courage to try it. Finally I could put it off no longer the day came. I decided the best way to eat this delicacy was to cook it in a can of Campbell's chicken noodle soup. Notice the picture. I found one little piece of meat, approximately the size of a pencil eraser. The rest of it, in my opinion, was not edible. The remainder of the soup was as delicious as I remember from childhood."