CHINA///ROADTRIPPING///THE STREET CUISINE OF BEIJING….

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These are the safe choices. Peep the real goodies after the jump...

Yeah, that title sounds scary and it should be. Eating in Beijing can certainly be dicey and the street food is truly a thing to behold. Nearly all manner of strange and seemingly inedible creature is represented in an endless stream of street stalls, all impaled on bamboo sticks ready to be cooked—or not—to your discerning standards. To untrained Western eyes, these stalls look more like a setup for Jackass than a serious culinary operation. Of course, freshness is prized in China so many of the selections are still alive in cages awaiting your selection and subsequent preparation. Of course, we couldn’t resist a quick tour. Needless to say, it was a strict diet of white rice after this outing, though. HAVE A LOOK:

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Refrigeration is not a key issue in Beijing's street market...

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Fried Starfish on a stick  are always eye catchers...

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The selection of edible insects—particularly black scorpions— is truly daunting...
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Meat, it's what's for dinner...
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Steve-O's dinner...

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The dream buffet...

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Right to left: Seahorse, rat, and some kind of lizard kebabs...

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Tentacles & bugs. It's like the dinner scene from an Indiana Jones flix...

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The meat market. We're not sure what animals those parts came from but little man seems unfazed...

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We know a lot of people who could use some of this...

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Fresh squid on death row...

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Close up of the rat kebabs. Pretty much standard high school cafeteria fare...

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