i'm pretty sure it was about an hour after we left the peking duck place
that the team i was with in beijing went to visit a food market.
hmmm... i thought. a food market ?
yes, i could definitely go for a bag of chips or a slice of pizza.
do you think i found chips or pizza ?
what was on sale at the food market was this kind of stuff.
small sharks on sticks
or snakes on sticks or what are those things ? bugs ? lavae ?
oooh... what the heck are they ?
they look like they might be sweets you know, those milky things,
some with lemon tops, some with cola tops.
but i think they're probably some internal part of a fish or reptile.
any ideas ?
these looked pretty normal.
some sort of meat i guess.
or how about these things ?
they look pretty safe.
some stalls had menus so you could at least see what was on offer.
once i saw chips weren't featured i pretty much lost interest in eating
oh. somebody buying a starfish on a stick
what the freak !
who is going to fancy eating a giant centipede on a stick ?
i mean, obviously if the kebab shop is closed at 2am i guess you'd go for it
but this was at 6pm or so.
deep fried spiders ?
you wouldn't find these delicacies in glasgow.
oh dear... cockroach kebabs anybody ?
like me, most of the people there were more interested in taking photos than eating.
i certainly hadn't seen anything worth tucking into.
then all of a sudden i spotted a stall selling cups of potato faces
i didn't think i'd see any happier faces than these at the food market.
until i saw this little lad with an unidentified meat kebab in one hand and
an octopus tentacle kebab in the other.
it was with a heavy heart and an empty stomach that i waved goodbye to the food market
and headed back to my hotel ( and to a burger and chips from room service )