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Bird’s Nest Soup (Asia)

Birds Nest Soup
Birds Nest Soup

Bird’s nest soup is another expensive Asian delicacy.  It is made from edible nests from a species of birds known as ‘swifts’ that live in caves and make their nests from saliva.  The high price tag is perhaps due to how difficult it is to harvest these nests, which are generally found on the side walls of caves.  Royalty has been eating bird’s nest soup for centuries, and it is believed that this dish can increase sexual vitality.  To this day it is known to be one of the priciest animal dishes available anywhere in the world, so make sure that you make a special event of it if you are trying it out.

Snake Meat Soup (Hong Kong)

Snake meat soup
Snake meat soup

If you will be visiting Hong Kong and you wish to try a strange and one of a kind meal, give snake meat soup a try! The snake meat has a texture much like chicken and it is usually cooked with fragrant mushrooms and fresh sliced ginger. In addition, you can purchase snake liquor in Japan. It is snake meat that is steeped in a sealed bottle of liquor until the liquor takes on the flavor of snake meat. Snake blood wine is another offering, and it is made from wine mixed with the freshly spilled blood of a snake.

Live Crab Vending Machines

crab vending machine
Live Crab in vending machine

Japan is probably the world leader for vending machines, they have them everywhere offering anything from ready made meals and fresh fruit to cell phones and more. However in Nanjing China they have taken vending machines to a new level, their vending machines dispense live hairy crabs in plastic containers. Continue reading

Caterpillar Fungus (China)

Cordyceps or caterpillar fungus
Cordyceps or caterpillar fungus

Cordyceps, also referred to as caterpillar fungus is considered an aphrodisiac in China, where it bears the name dong chong xia cao.  This fungus is perhaps more of a parasite.  It works by infiltrating a caterpillar larva’s brains and then grows in the cavity.  This mushroom has been known for centuries to work as a libido enhancer.  Today it is grown and cultivated so it is available for low prices.  If you have a hot date coming up, why not get a serving of cordyceps to split and a few glasses of champagne to wash it down?