Now I’ve seen "I’m A Celebrity" and I am not a fan of eating things which look like they should be crushed immediately underfoot (or at least caught in a glass and chucked outside). So this was one that I’d been putting off. Unfortunately it was getting close to the end of my trip and I knew it needed to be done.
Luckily I met a guy in my hostel who was also keen to give it a go so we visited Kaifeng’s Night Market. As I mentioned in my last post, Kaifeng is not exactly what you’d call touristy so the thing I loved about its market is that it was full of locals selling and buying strange produce.
|Prizes if you can identify everything on offer.|
It didn’t take long to find a stall selling bugs and, to the amusement of a crowd of onlookers we decided to go for some maggots and some unidentifiable larger creatures. Once again our request got lost in translation as we tried to ask the woman for a “small” portion – miming small with our hands. Depite agreeing she then brought two huge plates of bugs to our table.
|Feeling peckish anyone?|
|Just glad we didn't order the "large" one.|
|Here goes nothing.|
|Not looking forward to this AT ALL.|
|It is GIANT.|
|Ok, here goes...|
|....ah, it's crunchy....|
|.....ew and now it's meaty....|
|....I did it!!|
Actually, despite being much more meaty that I'd expected, the bigger bugs were better than the maggots and we actually ended up eating quite a few. Still, probably not something I'd choose to eat as a treat (which is how they're eaten in China). Personally this is more my idea of a treat:
|Well I think I deserve it after completing #26!|