A Weird Meat UnTour to End All Other Non-Existent Shanghai Weird Food Tours -Part 1

We had the pleasure recently of taking esteemed German Journalist, Meike Winnemuth, on one of our quirkier food experiences, the “Weird Meat” UnTour. She’s a fascinating adventurer, spending 12 months in 12 different cities around the world, after winning big on Germany’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire? She writes for some of Germany’s biggest News and Food Magazines, and we were happy to show her around a bit. Check out her blog post here for some great pics of some of the strange, but often delicious things on the tour.

Since it’s also sort of what I do, and the Google Translate feature is still pretty miserable (let’s be honest), I’ve translated some of the post below, since it’s entirely auf Deutsch!

Urban Jungle Safari

‘Make sure to chew the dragonflies well, otherwise their wings will get stuck in your throat,’ said Kyle. A good tip, but just to be safe, we washed down the dragonflies with an Erdinger Weißer [beer].

I already was once with Jamie and Kyle on a foodtour…this evening however was something of a….challenging evening. The Weird Meat tour leads through backyard restaurants and night markets in search of things that one doesn’t often bring to the table. It began at Southern Barbarian with fried honey bees (upper row pic), served with beef jerky and fried munchies, then water bug larvae, dragonflies and bamboo worms. Everything sounds terrible, like a jungle safari, but was surprisingly tasty. Crispy, like something potato chips or popcorn. Sort of like something that one mindlessly eats in front of the television without some great level of excitement. Almost as amazing: the selection of European beer, a passion of the host. Apart from Erdinger [beer] in it’s original white beer glass poured expertly by the waiter, from Germany there was also an Einbecker double bock beer as well.

Second stop: Bi Feng Tang, a Cantonese chain restaurant open 24 hours. Here: Pigeon (served with the head) and duck tongue. Pigeon I already knew. A Chinese pigeon however has hardly any meat- they are rather good toothpicks though. Duck tongue on the other hand – interesting. The tip of the tongue is good to bite off- Consistency: something like raw ham. Then one must work with the bones of the tongue, again a miserable job. But I already had enough bees in my stomach that the first hunger was taken care of.

Ok, that’s exhausting! Part 2 of the (loosely) translated version of her post to follow!

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