Photo essay: Delicacies at Qingdao street food market, China

East Asia is famous worldwide for its street food, and in China, I’ve been to many lovely markets. The best one was in Beijing, but also Qingdao street food market boasted so many delicacies I couldn’t restrain from shamelessly tucking into all of them. OK, maybe not all, but definitely most of them…

Enjoy this pictorial journey around the Qingdao street food market

This is one of the seafood stalls, you just need to choose what you want and they cook it for you straight away. Probably some (water) worm was included in the options, I guess it’s a matter of preferences.

Seafood is also available still on the water, you can either buy it and cook it at home or choose a different combination from the ones already prepared and ask them to cook it there.

Here is some seafood prepared in tarts, in their original shells and ready to be spit-roasted. I’m a fan of seafood, so I tucked into it and it was absolutely delicious.

One of the mussels-based delicacies I tried in Qingdao market.

My mom holding a spit-roasted potato. Not sure how they managed to cook it without breaking it, but it was crispy and delicious nevertheless.

Other delicacies available at the market, grasshoppers, and different types of worms. I didn’t try, but many people like them and are used in many countries in Southeast Asia, like Cambodia.

The same stall, I couldn’t tear myself apart such a peculiar sight. From another angle, in case you would like to better understand the species of the insects on sale.

I agree, the picture isn’t great, but it’s the closest I could get to a box full of scorpions without feeling shaky, so please, appreciate the effort. I didn’t try this dish either, but again, I heard some people like it.

33 Comments
  1. Che bei ricordi! Speriamo di tornare ancora a Qingdao e di vedere altre zone della bellissima Cina!

  2. Et elles étaient bonnes ces pommes de terre! Les autres mets aussi étaient délicieux! QINGDAO JE VEUX TE REVOIR…..

  3. It all looks absolutely mouthwatering – apart from the worms and the scorpions of course! Well done for getting close to the scorpions!:) I love seafood so I think I would have great fun testing all of these treats.
    Julia

  4. What a beautiful tourist, I saw in a photo! Lol! :)

  5. So interesting to see the kinds of foods people eat and sell around the world. The potato looks delicious, and the seafood is beautifully displayed. The insects and worms gross me out, but I’m glad some people like them!

  6. I wonder what the scorpions taste like :P

  7. I could never get my self to try any insects or anything like that when I was in Asia. I just couldn’t justify eating it when there are so many other delicious dishes around. I spoke to someone who tried the grasshoppers in Bangkok, he said they are really crispy and taste kind of like cashew nuts!

  8. I TOTALLY appreciate the scorpion effort! I’m returning to Costa Rica this week, where I learned that they are truly my worst fear!

  9. Great photos. I’ve never been even been close to trying to eating things like scorpions or worms — probably will never have the courage to do it, either. I do like the looks of that potato! Nice to see your mom, too!

  10. thanks for an interesting article and some great photos.

  11. Impresive, I wish my fiancé will take me to China and visit his parent and I can go visit some of these market. I love that picture your mom holding potato. pretty tall…I bet it’s really yummy,

  12. What fascinating images. Some of these look scary to me, not really edible but it’s always interesting to see local delicacies. Did you ever get sick from eating any of the street food?

    • I’ve eaten street food in China many times, anywhere I went in China and never got sick. I got sick in India once, a very bad food poisoning, although I hadn’t eaten street food but at a proper restaurant. I blamed the milk, as I took a soup that contained a bit and must have been not very fresh. Plus I’m little tolerant to milk, so I should have avoided. But in China never happened, nor in restaurants nor with street food.

  13. Everything looks delicious. I like that they’ll even cook it for you!

  14. Reminds me of Thailand, I’m afraid bugs don’t do it for me, I tend to imagine them still alive, crawling and wriggling around in god knows what. Potatoes for me please.

  15. I’ve been becoming quite fond of street meat lately. Still can’t manage to eat anything with eyeballs though. Looks like there is lots of choice here though… :)

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