- dried snakes doesn’t look to tasty
- you have no idea how to eat the spider (you don’t know which parts are edible and you don’t know how to ask)
- centipede scares the hell even out of your adventure spirit.
What is left? Little scorpions fried on a stick. You can it them whole (literally whole – frying process inactivates the venom). So simple! You’ve made up your mind. Now all you need is to take a bite…
How does it taste? Not like chicken – that’s for sure. It doesn’t resemble the taste of anything you’ve eaten so far. It’s salty, little spicy and very crunchy. In general – wonderful! Probably it’s one of the best things you’ve tried in China up till now.
Any drawbacks? One – it’s quite pricey. One stick (3 little scorpions) costs 15 RMB (~ 2,5$). That’s a snack that can satisfy your taste buds, not your hunger.
Last suggestion. If you’re in China and you’ve found one of those ‘Little Shops of Horror’ don’t be discouraged by its looks. Try something. The taste will surprise you.
In Hangzhou you can find it in the evening at Zhongshan South Road (near the Drum Tower).