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“Satays Galore”
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Dong Hua Men Night Market
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Owner description: Dozens of food stalls with screaming vendors characterize this noisy street market, which offers everything from fish and roasted meats to vegetables and noodles.
Adelaide, Australia
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“Satays Galore”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

The Night Food Market is extremely popular amongst locals and the difficulty is to choose between the stall vendors as they all look very much the same. The main fair is chicken or pork on satay sticks with differences being the flavourings. They are low in price and the experience is worth the risks. Those who are adventurous can try seahorses and scorpions, the later in many cases were still moving whilst skewered on the stick. Everyone eats on the move as there is no seating available. Once fed it is a quick step to the Wangfujing shopping mall and more usual food. In what I describe as the Chinatown Market at the other end of the mall one can experience a wider selection of on the move foods. I enjoyed that area more but very busy in the evenings.

Visited October 2012
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Toowoomba, Australia
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“Highlight of Beijing Visit”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

Had an absolutely fascinating visit to the Beijing night food markets. Although very crowded, the sounds, smells and general atmosphere should not be missed. (Wasn't prepared for some of the "unusual" fare on sale). I found it easy to lose my bearings and became lost a couple of times! The market streets seem to go on endlessly with so much to look at, even if tasting may be for some of the more adventurous. Seriously well worth a couple of hours.

Visited October 2012
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Kuching, Malaysia
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“A must-see but beware”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

Yes, it was hard to believe those poisonous animals (scorpions, centipedes) could actually be consumed, but there they were, all skewed and ready to be eaten. There was a good variety of food, fruits and drinks. Interesting. We tried the BBQ-ed Mongolian lamb, not too bad. The noodle soup was rather bland. (My daughter couldn't stand the smell of fermented bean-curd which was nearly everywhere.)
Do avoid using big notes. My husband gave the man a RMB100 note for a set of prawn dim sum (which cost RMB15). The change he gave back was only RMB25. We told him it was not the correct amount, so with a very slow motion, he pulled out a RMB50 note. We couldn't let him get off with it, so we insisted on the remaining RMB10. He argued that we bought 2 sets (there was no written offer of RMB25 for 2 sets at all). Because we could speak Chinese to press our point, he gave us the final RMB10 with a most unhappy look. So, everybody, get ready your small notes before you go.

Visited October 2012
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Bombay, India
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“Eye popping! Jaw dropping!”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

Make sure to bring your camera as you witness the sights and smells of these Chinese 'specials' at Beijing's No 1 street snack market. Skewered live scorpions are a big attraction – as vendors bang the counter so they wiggle their legs.
As you stroll down the street viewing the dozens of stalls your eyes will surely pop: on a skewer are sea horses, silk worm larve, snakes, cicadas, spiders, sheep kidney, chicken feet, baby sparrows with heads and beaks and dozens of other specials.These are fried until they are crisp and crunchy. But I'm told they have no real flavor.
If you are a bit spooked by this menu there are some 'regular' items as well... grilled lamb skewers, fried tofu, glazed fruit sticks, noodles, soups with beef and chicken!
I succumbed to a tender coconut which was absolutely delicious!!
The stalls are manned by cheerful vendors in clean red and white uniforms.

Must see...must do

Visited September 2012
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Hartsdale, New York
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“A sight for sore eyes and noses!”
Reviewed September 16, 2012

This is a must do! For a westerner, the whole experience is astonishing. Make sure to bring your camera as you witness the sights and smells of these Chinese foods. Most people will advise you to bring masks to China to protect you from the pollution. We say bring the masks to this market or the odor will overwhelm your senses.
One more word of advice, "Buyer Beware!"

Visited August 2012
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