“This one wants to try something really weird,” the parent of a young man on my most recent Flushing Chinatown food tour said. We had already tried fu qi fei pian, the Sichuan mélange of offal that combines tripe, tendon, and beef shin, so I knew the kid was a tough customer. He seemed satisfied by the plate of crunchy Chengdu style pig ears we shared at Golden Mall.
The subject of ostensibly “weird,” Asian foods often arising when I’m showing people around Queens and it’s the theme of “Asians Eat Weird Things,” by the Fung Brothers. Unlike other videos by the culinary-oriented comedy team this one’s a music video that takes place largely in a Ranch 99 supermarket. It’s a catchy tune that includes such lyrical gems as “It’s balut there’s a duck embryo inside/just look/No offense to Peta, but it’s good.”
Balut, chicken feet, durian, stinky tofu, and squid are among the many supposedly strange Asian food stuffs namechecked in the video. So here’s what I’d like to know. How many of these “weird” Asian foods have you tried? Do you have a favorite? (For the record, I am partial to balut, but just don’t get stinky tofu.) Let me know in the comments, kids.