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Fried Jew's-ear with meat

Fried Jew’s-ear…it’s one of those Chinese menu staples that make the uninitiated scratch their head and say “what??” I mean, the Chinese are sort of known for eating anything and everything, but human ears?? Something must be up here! I smell a funky translation!

But not quite! “Jew’s-ear” is in fact a colloquial name for a specific type of fungus, the Auricularia auricula-judae that does in fact resemble an ear!

Still, upon first spotting this bizarre item on a menu in Yunnan province’s touristic Dali, I was certainly amused. In fact, it brought up memories of another humorous menu item spotted at a hotel in Bangkok….”Fried uterus…”


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By Aaron

Hey there! I'm Aaron and this is my travel site, where I document my adventures to all corners of the world. My love for travel started at the ripe old age of four, when a midlife crisis uprooted my family to Ecuador for five years. Since then, I've been to countries on 4 different continents. When I'm not blissfully on the road, I reside in New York City, where I become the ultimate travel junkie and spend my days dreaming up my next great adventure! Read More...

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