This post is about food you may want to avoid. Unfortunately, I've had experience.
I my previous post, I mentioned that Chinese dishes contain a lot of La Jiao, a very hot spice. If you like spice, then you're good. If you're like me and table pepper burns your tongue, then you will want to learn how to say, "I don' want La Jiao!"
The worst of the spices, however, is one called Hua Jiao. It looks like this and is found in many Sichuan dishes:
Sometimes it comes whole and sometimes, the tiny little particles inside these pods are hidden. So learn how to say you don;t want this too! (Bu Yao Hua Jiao)
If you happen to get one of the little particles in your mouth (not even the pod), it tastes like you just took in a mouth full of laundry detergent and then your entire mouth will go numb. It is terrible. Basically, Chinese people like it because it numbs their mouth so they can eat even spicier food.
This is a specialty in China. And it is nasty. It has a rubbery, chewy texture. bleh.
Yes, it's as bad as it sounds and looks.
The Chinese love some bean paste. To them, it's a sweet dessert. They claim it's "like chocolate." It's not. But, it looks like chocolate, so beware! They even have bean paste ice cream.
I know it looks good, but it's not. There are bakeries and they do make cakes, but they are nothing like the cakes you're used to. They're very citrus-tasting and not sweet.
I think I may have also eaten a wolf once. I was at a minority restaurant with my friend and she ordered a dish. She told me it was "something like a dog but lives in the woods." Not sure what I ate.
Delightful Food Adventures!