Bug Eating in Beijing

Last night we went to Wangfujing, the night markets in Beijing. It is famous for it's bugs, cooked and salted in front of you and then eaten as an appetizer. The list of things that I ate includes:

  • Grasshopper
  • Beetle
  • Locust
  • Centipede
  • Seahorse
  • Small Scorpion
  • The tail end of a Large Scorpion
  • Silkworm in a cocoon
A tray of Locusts. These didn't taste so bad.

A tray of Locusts. These didn't taste so bad.

Silkworms in cocoons.

Silkworms in cocoons.

No one seemed to mind these except me. The texture was different from the "normal" bugs and there was a fish aftertaste that was a tad unsettling.

No one seemed to mind these except me. The texture was different from the "normal" bugs and there was a fish aftertaste that was a tad unsettling.

Grasshoppers are actually kind of good.

Grasshoppers are actually kind of good.

Centipede didn't taste bad, it was just tough to get off of the stick.

Centipede didn't taste bad, it was just tough to get off of the stick.

Eating centipede.

Eating centipede.

To be honest, they weren't that bad, they tasted like a salty potato chip. The beetle and the seahorse were the worst for me. The beetle popped a little and got very stuck in my teeth. The seahorse had a weird fishy taste.

Eating a beetle. This one was pretty bad.

Eating a beetle. This one was pretty bad.

DM enjoying a grasshopper.

DM enjoying a grasshopper.

BL enjoying a grasshopper.

BL enjoying a grasshopper.

That's a grasshopper.

That's a grasshopper.

That's a locust.

That's a locust.

Silkworm in a cocoon.

Silkworm in a cocoon.

Scorpion.

Scorpion.

And finally, the little disgusting seahorse.

And finally, the little disgusting seahorse.

Bon apetit. See you soon.