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21 Amazing Bangalore Breakfast Dishes Extraordinary Eats Top Stories 

21 Amazing Bangalore Breakfast Dishes

The first time I saw the menu, I was lost. Sure, I knew dosas and idlis, but that was as far as it went. The other items were utterly alien to me. And so I did the only thing I could: I decided to eat them all. It took longer than expected. Tasted better than expected. And added more pounds than I would have thought possible. But here they are… Pongal

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Beijing’s Single Most Horrific Meal Extraordinary Eats Top Stories 

Beijing’s Single Most Horrific Meal

The Beijing Penis Restaurant, officially known as Guolizhuang, doesn’t just serve cock. You can get absolutely anything there. Stewed Deer Face. Sheep foetus in brown garlic sauce. Peacock claws. It’s like a Guangzhouren’s wet dream. And the peacock’s name was as poetic as the plating. It was called A Set of Palms from Heaven and Earth. I almost gagged. “Do you have any regular food,” I asked, nervous.

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On Eating “Old Beijing Fried Enema” Chinglish Extraordinary Eats 

On Eating “Old Beijing Fried Enema”

“Why not start today with a plate of freshly-fried old enema,” I thought. It was bright, garish, and advertised on the wall. “It must be good.” It wasn’t. Dripping in oil and yet crispy enough to snap a molar, it tasted like a bad plate of pork cracklings. The dipping sauce — chopped garlic in water — left it with a flavor and me with a breath from hell. I’d assumed “enema” was a gross mismangling of “sausage” — 灌肠 can mean either. But I was wrong. The name was…

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On Eating a Steaming Hot Bowl of Sweet AIDS Soup Chinglish Events Extraordinary Eats 

On Eating a Steaming Hot Bowl of Sweet AIDS Soup

“I’ll have the AIDS soup,” I said. It wasn’t officially called AIDS soup. Not now. Shortly after I’d blogged about their deviant menus, the restaurant had crossed out every appearance of the word “AIDS” with a sharpie. Now it was simply “Strong Tibetan Sheep Placenta Nourishing Soup [XXXX].” Still a mouthful. But I’d had a few beers, and scraped at the sharpie with my fingernail. The AIDS came back. Now I knew what I was getting. Strong Tibetan Sheep Placenta Nourishing Soup AIDS. And this was what I’d come for.

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Ice Cream Flavored Soda, the Perfect Summer Treat Extraordinary Eats 

Ice Cream Flavored Soda, the Perfect Summer Treat

Headline says it all, if you ask me. Michelle’s first words after a pull were more like shrieks. “Oh my god,” she cried. “It’s like an ice cream float in a bottle!” Softly vanilla-scented and creamy, barely carbonated, sweet but not too sweet, it was just lovely. I added a strong pour of Mongolian vodka, and a twist of lime. Now that’s a Beijing summer.

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Two Chinese Beers The World Could Live Without Extraordinary Eats 

Two Chinese Beers The World Could Live Without

Sitting in the back of my fridge, I just found a pair of abominations: lemon juice beer and pineapple flavor beer. Where they came from, god only knows. But it was time to get rid of them. Brewed in Beijing — out in the chic and rural Shunyi, in fact — the Yanjing-brand lemon juice can was filled with nature. Malt, rice, hops, sugar and apparently real lemon juice… I was impressed! Granted, there was “edible flavor,” but the small print insisted “Quality Grade: Excellent.” I was sold. And yet,…

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Hello Kitty Dreams, Hello Awesome Reality Cute & Kawaii Extraordinary Eats 

Hello Kitty Dreams, Hello Awesome Reality

“You ever feel like you’re stuck in a wind-up music box?” Michelle asked. The walls were pink. The waitresses were dressed as dolls. Piano keys tinkled softly. There were balloons and glitter and an off-season Christmas tree. We were trapped in a music box. That’s how Hello Kitty wants you to feel. Welcome to Hello Kitty Dreams. Chefs wear toques under Kitty-dressed walls… Surfaces are pink or padded or bedazzled or glow… And little girls pose dutifully over and over again. The frilly Antoinette cuteness only gets cuter from there….

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Sheep Placenta AIDS Soup Chinglish Events Extraordinary Eats 

Sheep Placenta AIDS Soup

Sure, every restaurant may have a maggot-filled dish called Insect Story, and what’s a Chinese restaurant without a Jacopetti-inspired Monkey Head offering (even if it is just a bowl of fried mushrooms). I don’t know, however, of a single other Beijing restaurant that boasts acquired immune deficiency syndrome sheep placenta soup. That’s right: AIDS soup, the most improbably-named dish at the inconsolably-named Forgotten Perfume restaurant. The small text opens with the words “A fish sex sweet,” and continues to boast this soup is great for those with “frail body, hepatosplenomegaly,…

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The Great Chinese Chip Taste-Off Extraordinary Eats 

The Great Chinese Chip Taste-Off

Lobster and Cheese! Melon! Lemon Tea! Chinese potato chips enter a mad world of flavors… but are they any good? I invited over a dozen wary friends, and put these crisps-of-amazement to the AsiaObscura taste test… Oishi Melon Flavor Corn Curls Baked, not fried! 14 minerals and vitamins! 0g Trans Fats! The box screams how healthy these chips are. The audience screamed, too. One taster actually vomited. Just a little. “God, that’s disgusting!” “It’s like a dry sponge from Lush Cosmetics!” Existing somewhere between perfume-flavored and watermelon bubble gum, these…

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Awesomely Steampunk Portable Corn Roaster Extraordinary Eats 

Awesomely Steampunk Portable Corn Roaster

Found this fellow in an alleyway behind my house the other day, roasting corn on the side of the road. “What’s this machine called?” I asked. I was amazed, watching him flip the cobs from one tube to another, moving them closer and further from the flame below. Constantly he was rolling the tubes, handling the cooked corn with discarded husks. He took a while to register the stupidity of the question, before answering, “It’s a roast corn machine.” (烤玉米机) Ah. His awesomely rusty roast corn machine was screwed on…

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On Horse Meat Sashimi Extraordinary Eats 

On Horse Meat Sashimi

It finally happened. We ordered the horse sashimi. “You want what?” said the waiter, unsure. “Horse meat,” I slurred in Chinese, that last bottle of sake harming my already-poor pronunciation. “Raw horse meat.” The waiter looked at WooLand, who wasn’t listening, and then at me, and he finally shrugged and wrote it down. Clearly this wasn’t a dish foreigners often ordered. 马肉刺身 (Mǎròu cìshēn) is apparently a delicacy in Japan, and I’d long been dreaming of ordering it here. It’s served up sliced thin like carpaccio, with mashed ginger and…

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Chinese Giant Salamander – a tasty treat! Extraordinary Eats 

Chinese Giant Salamander – a tasty treat!

Pickles Sr, my China-based pa, recently stumbled across this classic headline in the CAAC Inflight Magazine. The CAAC, of course, is the government organ that’s tasked with enforcing “the unified supervision and regulation on the civil aviation activities of the whole country.” Glad that they’re promoting such tasty treats! Now if only the inflight meal had been as interesting (or even as identifiable) as this.

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