5 unusual dishes worth trying in China
Traveling in China, the tourist gets acquainted with the unusual, bright, rich cuisine of this country. Many believe that Asians are able to eat almost anything that moves.
Not every European is ready to try even half of these curiosities. We will tell you about the five most unusual dishes that are not difficult to decide to try. They will not leave you indifferent.
1. White and black tree mushrooms
The Chinese do not pick mushrooms on the ground, they prefer their version, growing on trees. By themselves, mushrooms do not have a pronounced taste and adopt notes of those seasonings, which will cook their cook. In the Chinese version of the most common salad with these wild plants, which includes spicy carrots and a neutral addition in the form of straws from cucumber.
Mushrooms visually look more like gray or milky algae, slightly slimy. The dressing is vinegar with sugar, which gives the salad a traditional sweet-sour flavor.
2. Pork ears
The scrupulous inhabitants of China are used to dispose of all parts of the animal with advantage: there is nothing superfluous, everything is useful, the main thing is to cook correctly. In the course go and pig ears. They are boiled and mixed with the same carrot, cucumber and hot pepper mixed in a salad. The dish is suitable for lovers of spicy food and unusual textures in food.
3. Bananas in batter
It seems that there is no product that Chinese chefs wouldn’t look at and get boiled in oil: meat, fish, eggplants, and even bananas. Do not be afraid of such an unusual combination – it is really very tasty. The batter is prepared not sweet, so as not to overdo the sweetness of the banana itself. The fruit inside the crispy shell of the dough is obtained as if steamed. Delicate texture literally melts in your mouth. Calories will be eaten a lot, but the pleasure of tasting is guaranteed.
4. Peking duck skin
No, perhaps, not a single tourist traveling around Asia who would not know about this delicacy. Of course, the skin is served not as a separate dish, but with the most tender meat. But many people like skin because of the unusual way of its preparation. The duck is marinated for a long time, due to which the skin is soaked with a special sauce and becomes reddish.
Previously, the process took up to two days. After that, the duck is fried either in a closed oven or on an open fire, hanging by the hook. Thanks to this method, the meat becomes surprisingly tender, and the skin is thin and crispy, saturated with the aroma and taste of the marinade.
5. Larvae of the silkworm
What Asian country can do without eating insects? In China, silkworm larvae are considered to be one of the delicacies. The very one whose endeavors are obliged to women of fashion who love to wear silk shawls and shirts.
In areas bordering with Russia, you can try boiled, roasted and cooked in silk dam. The larva itself is dual: the shell has the taste of sunflower seeds and the consistency of the husk from them, and the inside is more like sweetish pudding. A kind of semolina porridge with a taste of seeds.
Boiled larvae give a little grass. Option in batter does not allow to evaluate the taste of the silkworm. But the fried larvae, perhaps, the most suitable in order to meet and enjoy an unusual dish.