Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Man vs Wild - Ang Moh vs Chinese Food!

This is an article to make even the infamous Bear Grylls envious!

OK, so at least the star of the hit Discovery Channel show has more courage than me - he eats his exotic dishes raw (and even still alive) most of the time.

Now I'm not talking about your every day food that can be found anywhere in most parts of Asia - such as fish head soup, chickens feet or pigs trotters - whenever I'm in Shanghai, I often find myself outdone by my wife when it comes to how much my stomach (and mind) can handle (and she's not very happy that I'm 'making fun' of the local food - but really, I'm not... I truly am envious!!)

For my 'western' readers, perhaps now might be a good time to look away if you've yet to eat dinner tonight.

The following are pictures I've taken of a few examples of the dishes that have been served to me over recent days here in China.

Let's begin with something that I'd already previously had the pleasure of partaking in (once in Taiwan)... the well-known and recognised 'ducks tongue':

Ducks Tongue

Next - and maybe not that exotic to many - 'spicy frog'... for those connoisseurs of European food, I'm not talking about your expensive delicasy that is frogs legs... this is the real thing - the whole frog in all of it's glory!:

Spicy Frog

We've all eaten our share of prawns... but quite frankly, I prefer mine cooked and not still twitching:

Raw Prawns

The thing that I was so impressed about when we were served this deep-fried snake, was the very skillful way they carefully sliced then rolled the skin to form parts of the side 'salad' (the black and white striped slivers in this picture):

Deep Fried Snake

OK - so maybe we were not really asked to eat a cow's head... but I was intrigued to see our beef served up on a platter that was the real skull of a once-live bovid:

Cow Skull

Last but not least - we didn't actually eat this, but it is a common belief in many parts of China, that young children when they are ready to start weaning on to solid foods should first be given a very small sip of soup made from the stock of a goose head - this is said to help if the baby should fall down as they start toddling... it is believed that extra strength will be given to the neck to avoid the baby hitting their head - so this dish was especially for Casey... Jaime also had a sip of the same when he was ready to start weaning:

Goose Head


Anonymous said...

Oh Em Gee. I'm Chinese, my dad's from Shanghai, and even I am wincing and getting squirmy looking at these photos! Haha!

(Your blog is great, by the way! :D Totally adding to my blogroll.)

Aussie Pete said...

Hey there, Kirsten! Thanks for the kind words!