Silkworms, centipedes, snakes and tarantulas?
All these and more were available for a quick
dip in the fryer at the Donhuamen Night Market
in downtown Beijing. 
Live scorpion snacks!  The vendors happily
shook the pot to show us how the scorpions were
very fresh, still wiggling.  Disgusting?  Not
if you lived in China during times of famine.
Mike’s Chinese birthday cake!


Peking duck is amazing here, moist
 inside and crispy outside,
traditionally carved  tableside.
Pork dumplings at Da Fong restaurant in Xian,
little works of art!  

Peanut sauce spun with a little soy.

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