I heard the saying before that Cantonese people will eat anything with four legs. During my visit to Guangzhou, I came to the conclusion that this assertion is terribly lacking. Yes, they eat all sorts of four-legged creatures – but much more than that. I stopped by one of the city’s wet markets and it truly was an eye-opening experience. I came to realize that Cantonese cuisine is not just about dimsum, barbequed pork or shark’s fin soup. It goes way beyond the dishes which I would normally think of as food. Some of their specialties could actually be used as staples in Fear Factor.
Pictures of my discovery after the jump. Be aware that the page contains pictures which some might find disgusting or offensive. Enter at your own risk!
Cantonese people like their food fresh and it’s a common sight to see live animals in the wet markets. Browsing through the array of goods on offer, I thought some of these creatures would be less out of place in a zoo.
Those who are brave enough can actually try some of these wild beasts (cooked, of course) in Guangzhou’s restaurants. The overwhelmingly majority of them only serve normal food (that’s good news to me!) but the more upscale ones usually have some of these exotic delicacies in their menu. “How are they cooked,” you ask? The crocodiles are usually sliced and turned into soups or stir-fried like pork. The scorpions are also popular as a soup dish while the snakes are commonly turned into a stew. The pupae is commonly salted and fried, and served as is. While the bugs are…. I don’t even know what they do with that.