One of the most important parts of exploring a new country and culture is—for me at least—trying all the new and exciting foods.

China is no different. In fact, China offers more opportunities than many of the places I have experienced to-date. This seems to be the result of a strange historical and cultural combination whereby food is initially eaten through necessity and then continues to be eaten through that dogged Chinese determination that is ‘saving face’—it’s quite amazing what you can get ‘on a stick’ here.

I am reliably informed that all of the most expensive foods taste bad. Taste is—apparently—not the point.