Adventurous Food Trip to Wangfujing Snack Street in Beijing

Wangfujing is one of the most famous street shopping areas in Beijing’s Dongchen District. Majority of the area is pedestrian only & vehicles are not allowed which makes walking around & exploring easy. Wangfujing is home to a lot of international/ local brands for shopping but also has a Snack street which is worth exploring.

Wangfujing Market Entrance
The entrance to Wangfujing Street Market

I love food. I mean I really love food. And I’ve been pretty experimental during my Street food visits in North east India, Malaysia & Thailand, so I was pretty excited about exploring the Chineese Street food. I have heard a lot about Chineese street food, but living it myself was different experience altogether. I have eaten Grasshoppers, fried ants, stingray and the kinds but China was Ninja level 🙂

As soon as we entered the Market, we were welcomed by Scorpions on a stick & they were alive and wiggling. Surprisingly no one was eating Scorpions.

Wiggling Scorpions on skewers
Wiggling Scorpions on skewers
Burnt Scorpions
Burnt Scorpions

There was no looking back from here. I couldn’t get myself to try the scorpions but I did try the Frog, Ox Tongue and some other not so conventional food items 🙂

Yummy Tiger Prawns
Yummy Tiger Prawns

And some more Sea Food at the Snack Market.

Starfish on a skewer
Starfish on a skewer
Prawns that look like Rats
Prawns that look like Rats

Fish in China

Crabs
Crabs

There was also a lot of hustle bustle from the souvenir shops & the cultural performances happening.

Cultural Performance
Cultural Performance

And that’s me being adventurous 🙂

Trying the ox tounge
Trying the ox tounge

Check out the Pigeons and other meat on skewers:

Pigeons
Pigeons
Skewers
Chicken/ Pork/ Beef Skewers
Stinky Tofu
Stinky Tofu
Pork Momos
Pork Momos

There are also some interesting Desserts and drinks at the market

Neon Drinks with smoke coming out
Neon Drinks with smoke coming out, quite fancy !
Churros
Churros
Bikini clad Ice tea anyone
Bikini clad Ice tea anyone??

This street food experience can be a little overwhelming & also from all that you hear about the quality of meat, oil, water, etc with Street food can be tricky. We managed just fine eating up & down Wangfujing street & did not catch any stomach bug. My suggestion would be to walk up to the most crowded stalls that way you are sure of quick turnover of meat & also look for fresh smelling/ looking food.

Honestly, if you are visiting China and not trying the street food, you are missing out on a big piece of local culture. Go out there, be Adventourous!

P.S: You have Fruit bowls, omelettes, Chicken/ Pork/ Beef skewers so there’s something for everyone.

 

23 thoughts on “Adventurous Food Trip to Wangfujing Snack Street in Beijing

  1. The scorpions I have tried in Bangkok and I would not recommend. Too crunchy and not much substance. The ox tongue I have not tried but at home in the U.S. on the farm beef tongue I have since I was a little boy but, the one thing I saw I have not tried was the starfish. I did not even know you were edible. Love the article.

    1. Thankyou for the love John. Yes, I was pretty amazed to see Starfish on the menu 🙂 They were visually appetizing but I couldnt get myself to try them

  2. Oh wow! I’ve been to lots of snack streets but I’ve never seen starfish skewers. That’s a bit sad actually lol. And I’ve tried bugs so I know I don’t like them. I wouldn’t want the scorpions!

  3. Looks like a nice food tour with everything arranged so artistically. Am not a great fan of sea food I found dessert section very tempting. Never had churros with ice cream would love to try it.

    1. Hey Rashmi,
      Thanks for dropping by to the blog. And ya, it was indeed quite a visually appetizing food tour. The dessert was great too 🙂

  4. Yikes! No scorpions for me. I like the fact that you tried out the street food. Yes, we hear lots of stories about the quality of street food in certain countries but I think when visiting it should still be worth a try as it is part of the culture and lifestyle.

  5. Oh I love this post. Especially the pictures (I’ll stay away from the scorpions and the insects though).
    I am big fan of these kind of food tours and you’ve put together some really tempting pictures 🙂

  6. I remember strolling on this very street and this post has brought back a lot of good memories for me. The one thing I remember most vividly is the frog eating experience! I’m glad to see you had so much fun at Beijing!

  7. The one thing I remember most vividly is the frog eating experience! I’m glad to see you had so much fun at Beijing! I remember strolling on this very street and this post has brought back a lot of good memories for me.

  8. WOW! that is indeed overwhelming! your nice pictures gave me quite a good story. Now you added another item on my bucket list 🙂
    I am intrigued to learn more about the culture behind preparing such foods. how do they remove the venom from scorpion? so extra ordinary! its just mind blowing

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