5 Delicacies to Try in Golden Week 五道黄金周佳肴

We imagine you’re well into your relaxation trance of the Golden Week, either that or you’re fighting crowds in one of China’s many tourist attractions…



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If the crowds aren’t your thing (not sure why they would be) then why not take a culinary journey and try one (or all) of these interesting delicacies…


Thousand Year Old Egg 皮蛋


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Despite what the name suggests it isn’t actually a thousand years old. These duck eggs are preserved for up to four months using salt and ash, which gives them a somewhat unappetizing colour with a salty, vinegar taste. You can’t knock it until you’ve tried it!


Stinky Tofu 臭豆腐


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In case you’re not sure where to find this just follow your nose. It’s called stinky tofu for a very good reason. You’ll know when you’ve found it. Put enough toppings and chilli sauce on it and you might make it halfway through the portion.


Sea Cucumber 海参


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This bizarre-looking creature can be found at the bottom of the ocean and on the table of many Chinese diners, especially around Spring Festival. Despite the slimy and unusual appearance it is quite mild in flavour, it’s also been used for centuries as an aphrodisiac, for obvious reasons.


Drunken Shrimp 醉虾


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It’s exactly what it sounds like. These poor little souls are drowned in baijiu before having their heads bitten off, usually still alive if the alcohol hasn’t already killed them. Certainly a delicacy, but understandably not for everyone, although we are more put off by the baijiu than the live (drunk) shrimp dancing about.


Bamboo Worms 竹虫


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Whether it’s crickets, bee larvae, silk worms or bamboo worms, if you find yourself in Yunnan then crispy insects cannot go amiss. They’re packed with protein and actually have a very appetizing texture, almost like very crispy french fries – McDonald’s move over!


Have you tried any of these delicacies? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!