Baby Squids, duck necks, and chicken feet. While these types of snacks may seem a little strange to foreigners, they are perfectly normal edible treats to the native Chinese. You can find any of these snacks at your local grocery store in China, or even at your local 7-11. The snacks are generally prepackaged in plastic bags and are not too expensive, ranging anywhere between 5 to 20 RMB.
Because most Chinese love spicy food, you will find that most of the small snacks tend to be very spicy. Many mistakenly think the snacks are raw and are to be cooked. Most of the snacks are meant to be eaten immediately and do not need any further preparation. Think of it as the American “Beef Jerky”, only instead of a Slim Jim you can try some yummy duck neck.
Instead of judging before tasting the food, I decided to venture off and try some chicken feet for myself. To my surprise, it didn’t really taste like much. It was just chewy chicken skin. I couldn’t bring myself to taste the fingernails, but for the most part, the chicken feet I tried didn’t really taste terrible. I’m still a little hesitant to try the baby squid, however, I have heard it is quite delicious.
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