Taste of China

Scorpions on a stick

In the Wangfujing area of Beijing, street stalls sell a myriad of snacks... including these scorpions on a stick, which are roasted until crispy and salted.
Posted 17 July 2008

In the Wangfujing area of Beijing, street stalls sell a myriad of snacks... including these scorpions on a stick, which are roasted until crispy and salted.

Seahorse on a stick

A skewer with roasted seahorse costs the equivalent of $1.50 in Beijing.

A skewer with roasted seahorse costs the equivalent of $1.50 in Beijing.

Sweets

A mid-day snack is a string of candied haws, a sweet sour fruit, covered in melted sugar.  It's a popular snack in Beijing.

A mid-day snack is a string of candied haws, a sweet sour fruit, covered in melted sugar.  It's a popular snack in Beijing.

The Cookie

In 1996 Kraft's brought the Oreo cookie to China.  After four years, Kraft developed variations of the original recipe tailored for the Chinese market, including a slightly less sweeter cookie.  The Oreo cookie is the top selling cookie in China.

In 1996 Kraft's brought the Oreo cookie to China.  After four years, Kraft developed variations of the original recipe tailored for the Chinese market, including a slightly less sweeter cookie.  The Oreo cookie is the top selling cookie in China.

The Oreo Wafer

Here is the Oreo Wafer, which combines the Chinese consumers' love of wafer cookies with the iconic cookie. The wafer variety has chocolate wafer layers with white cream and comes plain or covered in chocolate.

Here is the Oreo Wafer, which combines the Chinese consumers' love of wafer cookies with the iconic cookie. The wafer variety has chocolate wafer layers with white cream and comes plain or covered in chocolate.

Smoked Salmon Pizza

Pizza Hut's specialty Smoked Salmon pizza (salmon, octopus, wasabi sauce) is on the menu at Pizza Huts across China, including this one in Shanghai.

Pizza Hut's specialty Smoked Salmon pizza (salmon, octopus, wasabi sauce) is on the menu at Pizza Huts across China, including this one in Shanghai.

KFC

Kentucky Fried Chicken is one of the most popular Western franchises in Beijing.

Kentucky Fried Chicken is one of the most popular Western franchises in Beijing.

A Savory Snack

It's not all strange... even good ol' corn on the cob can be a savory mid-day snack.

It's not all strange... even good ol' corn on the cob can be a savory mid-day snack.