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Exotic Foods of China You Need To Try!

China as a country, and the Chinese people themselves are no strangers to exotic foods. Owing to the fact that they are one of the first civilizations ever to exist in the world, back then, there were really not a lot of options for the food which we are familiar with today. Therefore, food was caught, cooked, and served fresh from nature. The people then enjoyed the many options they could get from catching their food in the wild.

Because of this, the Chinese people began to enjoy foods so much that recipes were carried on for generations. They can even be seen now in some of the most rural parts of China where people rely heavily on tradition, and the practices that were taught to them by their elders. This article will include the local delicacies, the tastes and some of the most sought-after dishes in the region covered here so you know what you’re getting into next time you visit China and are feeling a little more adventures. 

I am an exotic food lover and living in China was like a dream come true to me! With their street food meals to high end 20 course dinners, I experienced it all! And I’m so glad I did! The aromas, the flavors the preparation process were so unique that the food made me fall in love with the culture even more! Let’s take a look at the exotic foods of china you need to try:

Exotic Foods of China
#1 Foie Gras

Exotic Foods of China You Need To Try

Our first dish is not a dish native to China, but it is definitely something that the locals enjoy on special occasions. Originating in Europe, foie gras is a specialty food product made of the liver of a duck or goose, meaning that it may be a vegan’s worst nightmare, but it tastes amazing. According to French law, foie gras is defined as the liver of a duck or goose fattened by gavage, a type of food administration done forcibly through a tube leading through the throat to the stomach. In Spain and other countries, it is occasionally produced using natural feeding to make it more humane. 

Exotic Foods of China
# 2 Century Eggs

Exotic Foods of China You Need To Try

This egg is also known as the ‘preserved egg’. Alhough it may sound like a serious chore that passes from generation to generation, it does not actually take a whole century to make. The recipe concept came from a farmer who lived during the ancient times of China. He came across a few duck eggs that had been preserving in muddy water and decided to eat one. Apparently, he liked it so much he brought them home. He then decided to replicate the process to get the same flavor he got from the muddy water. This practice is followed to this day. With mire hygienic preparational methods. These days, the eggs are soaked in a large volume of strong black tea, lime, salt, and freshly burned wood ashes to achieve the same effect.

Exotic Foods of China #3 Fried Bee Pupa

Exotic Foods of China You Need To Try

Bee pupa, or pupae are what can be referred to baby bees. Pupa, are at the stage of the development process where they are only a tiny organism hidden under a capping. These are commonly prepared by cooking them until they are golden brown. Other common methods of preparing them are steamed bee pupa, stir-fried bee pupa, crispy and many more. While it may seem unusual to eat bees, many other insects are also eaten and enjoyed in China.

Silk Worms

Silk Worms

These are eaten commonly throughout the region of China. By both the locals and the tourists that visit from time to time. According to avid eaters, these worms share the same flavor as chicken and beef and have a very chewy texture. These worms are eaten alongside vegetables, in fried rice and dipped in sauces that accentuate their flavor. 

Bird’s Nest Soup

Bird's Nest Soup

The next delicacy on our list is actually made from a swiftlet’s nest. This swiftlet is found deep within dark caves. Their nests are made carefully with their own gummy saliva that are produced by glands under their tongues. This saliva acts like a glue, binding the twigs together and hardening when it is exposed to air. This soup is considered a delicacy and is eaten in every region in China. 

Beggars Chicken

Beggars Chicken

Appearing to look like a potato, the beggar’s chicken can be derived from the tale of a beggar who lived in ancient times who had nothing on him but a knife, a fire and a hungry belly. He is said to have solved his hunger problem by slaughtering and gutting a chicken, smothering it in yellow mud and roasting it on the fire. This beggar’s chicken replicates this tale and therefore looks like a small, yellow potato tucked in itself. Beggar’s Chicken is typically served on a lotus leaf, a must-try if you’re heading to Hangzhou. 


Balut eggs

Though this snack has its roots in the Philippines, because of the neighboring country and the geographical likeness, balut is now eaten in China as well. Balut is a partially developed egg that is very popular among the locals as it is eaten as a very popular street food. It is also said to be a major craving of some pregnant Asian women. 


The foods and dishes mentioned above prove that by staying true your roots and traditions, you maintain your uniqueness. The people of China know this and have made their mark on the world by having some of the most exotic dishes in the world. They may be exotic when you’re an outsider looking in, but for the Chinese people, these dishes represent tradition, and home. 

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Interesting Facts About China You Didn’t Know!

China! A diverse country filled with diverse people, food, languages, religions and dialects. A civilization that dates back to the dawn of humanity. A home to some of the most well-known philosophy thinkers in history and the country that gave us ‘War and Peace’. There are literally so many interesting facts about china you didn’t know about. I can write and write about them and the list would probably never end!

While I was researching for the interesting facts about china, I came to the conclusion that it is no secret that this country has contributed much to humanity. Whether it be tea, wisdom or technology, China has truly given the world one benefit after the other.

While they have contributed their share (and more!) to the world, there is still much left to explore about this glorious country. What Chinese culture is, how their great country became one of he first civilizations in the world. After personally experiencing the life among locals, I have listed down some of the most interesting facts about china you probably didn’t know!

Interesting Facts About China You Didn’t Know

# 1

China is home to 1.4 billion people. By this statistic, every 1 person in a group of 5 people is Chinese. The population of China is so great and large in number. This is why the China’s infamous One Child Policy was implemented by the Chinese government. Because of this policy, experts estimate that around 400 million births were prevented. That would have otherwise have strained the Chinese government and their resources. I bet that this was one of the interesting facts about china You didn’t know!

Chinese people

Interesting Facts About China You Didn’t Know # 2

China is home to the ancestors of humans. It is a fact that the Peking Man, an ancestor of the homo erectus (the modern-day upright man) lived in caves! He was found in China some 500,000 years ago. Not only this but modern humans also walked the planes of China not more than 50,000 years ago. 

Interesting Facts About China You Didn't Know

Interesting Facts About China You Didn’t Know # 3

China was the inventor of silk. Naturally, all the well to do people at the time wanted to get their hands on this fine fabric. Since its creation, silk gained so much popularity that it became one of the main exports of China. It still remains one of the main exports to this day. Not only silk has earned China its respect and mark as an inventor but the crossbow, paper, the compass, and gunpowder can all trace their origins to China. Because these products were so sought after in the whole world, they made China insanely popular in exports. A position they still occupy to this day. 

Interesting Facts About China You Didn't Know

Interesting Facts About China You Didn’t Know # 4

Currency in the form of paper money was first used in China. About 1400 years ago, the Chinese people started used paper money instead of objects for trade, buying and selling. The increase of goods that could be bought and sold at the time, paper money became a necessity as coins, gold and silver became too heavy to carry around. China stayed way ahead of the other world where they mainly traded in gold, silver and metal coins. 

Interesting Facts About China You Didn't Know

Interesting Facts About China You Didn’t Know # 5

China has an elderly rights law, because of the mortality rate being so high in China. People have parents, grandparents and even great grandparents alive and living with them. With so many people of different generations all packed into one place the elderly rights law ensures there is no abuse of the elderly. If your loved ones are over the age of 60 years old and are staying at an elderly home, it is illegal to not visit them regularly.

Interesting Facts About China

Interesting Facts About China You Didn’t Know # 6

The Chinese New Year celebrations last for 15 days. The largest celebrations by any group of ethnic identities! Some of the practices observed during these celebrations include: cleaning out one’s house, eating a reunion meal with their family and exchanging gifts and money in red envelops. What was really amazing for me to discover when I got there was that each new year is named after the 12 Chinese zodiac animals! The rat, the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the goat, the monkey, the rooster, dog, and the pig. 

Chinese Dragon tradition

Interesting Facts About China You Didn’t Know # 7

 The Chinese railway is lines are so extensive and vast that if they are all put together in a single line, they can loop around the whole Earth… twice! Obviously for a country the size and population of China, the public transportation service would be extensive but to loop around the whole world twice? That’s impressive. 

The China You Didn't Know

Interesting Facts About China You Didn’t Know # 8

A new skyscraper begins its construction every 5 minutes. It is no secret that because of the massive metropolis the country of China has become, sky scrapers are the norm in cities. No country is going as fast as China is and in order to facilitate that growth and to cater for it, China is expanding massively on the industrial fronts. Good for them! 

China sky scrapers

# 9

They have their own social media. The rest of the world follows American made apps and social platforms like twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Instagram. China has made its own social networks exclusively for its own people. The Chinese government oversees these social media networks and oftentimes regulates the content that may become viral. WeChat, Youku, Watermelon are all designed for the people of China, by the people of China. 

Social media in China

# 10

Interesting Facts About China You Didn't Know

The giant panda is one of China’s 3 national animals alongside the Chinese dragon and the red-crowned crane. The most popular animal, the panda, is extremely important for China and also for its influence all over the world. In the 1980s, the pandas were declared an endangered species. Their numbers are decreasing day by day. By either the local Chinese who hunted them for food and sport or by the international countries. The Chinese government when told of this decided to treat these pandas as they should. By protecting them, nurturing them and keeping them safe and healthy so that their numbers can grow. In 2016, pandas were officially declared off the endangered list by The International Union for Conservation of Nature I witnessed this news myself! 

This list of facts prove that the glorious country of China is a vital part of our international community as without it, the world would not have many of the things it has now. 

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