Opening Asia for Russia

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Today, people all over the world are accustomed to eating "shortcuts", calling a light snack on the street a quick meal or fast food. Tastes, as you know, do not argue. Many nations adopt each other's rich experience of street gluttony.

Many nations like to eat on the street - both in Europe and in Asia, rich and poor. But Asians are literally imbued with the street cult of food. For example, Indians simply love boiled eggs, carrots and milk foams boiled with sugar, Balinese eat dried beef with rice with pleasure, you can’t tear off the Chinese from noodles and dumplings with sauerkraut, Malays eat rice with chicken and curry from fish heads with great pleasure on the go. , and Thais generally eat such things that many people who are not used to such food will not even think of using it. In a word, the geography of fast food is vast, and the food is the most diverse.

Sometimes one gets the feeling that for a Chinese to eat well is a kind of entertainment. "Have you eaten yet?" - First of all, the Chinese will ask at a meeting. But you don’t need to think that if you tell him “no”, then your counterpart will immediately get worried and take you to a restaurant or cafe. This question is often asked by the Chinese instead of a greeting. The Chinese character for “happiness” includes two parts: the first is “happiness”, the second is “a well-fed person”. It is assumed that a “well-fed person” eats all the Chinese dishes in the assortment - almost everything that walks, crawls, swims, flies, breathes and grows.

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Chinese fast food. Photo:

In the hutongs, the old quarters of Beijing, the food is real. Not tasty - it goes without saying, namely the real one. For example, in the USA and Germany, the food seems to be tasty, but after five days from such food it starts to turn back - the body gets bored with genetically modified rubbish. In Asia, everything is different, but a foreigner gets so many emotions that it will last for a long time.

At lunchtime, thousands of Chinese people fill eateries and eat from plastic boxes. Around - braziers, stoves, boilers, titans, open fire and very tasty smoke. What do they eat? Yes, a lot of things - more often noodles with various "fillers" and sauces, cabbage dumplings with black radish, soy, tree mushrooms, ginger soups and pea mashes. In hutongs, even soup with toadstools on thin long legs is slurped with pleasure. Remarkably, these mushrooms grow in water like algae. Pig fat enjoys constant popularity - the Chinese like it even without seasonings. Well, further down the list - chicken feet are boiled almost to a liquefied state, and dumplings are stuffed with chicken skin ... The coolest broths from pig hooves with quail eggs, cakes made from chilim water chestnut flour enjoy special love. They also eat small eels, which are more like worms, as well as worms that are somewhat reminiscent of pine nuts. The main side dish is rice, favorite snacks are bean flour pies. 

Beijing-style fast food. Photo:

The most exotic food can be found in Thailand. In the resort towns it is smaller, but in others - for every taste. But it's better not to try. From the stall they sell deep-fried insects - locusts, water cockroaches, mealworms, meat maggots, shitik, caddisflies, swimming beetles, as well as freshwater shells. Have you ever had a mosquito or a fly in your mouth? It's all about the same taste. Of course, fried scorpion tastes better than maggot or locust. But a fried scorpion will not be served on the street, it is too expensive - what is cheaper is sold on the streets. And take my word for it, fried scorpion tastes exactly like fried scorpion, not marbled meat or foie gras. Some Europeans are sometimes interested in whether the spike on the scorpion's tail stings or not. However, the mind understands that, most likely, it does not sting, otherwise the thorn would be cut off, but all the same, it seems that suddenly there will be some effect from the injection. For example, a pip will jump up on the tongue. You can deliberately prick your tongue with a scorpion tail to find out that hot oil completely decomposes the poison. In general, nothing unusual. 

An observant traveler, having stood for a while at a street food stall, will notice that Thais very often buy takaten locusts, and immediately give them to children. And those with pleasure crunch chitin. Adults, on the other hand, choose something cheaper for themselves: for example, manda water cockroaches. They are fleshy and can be eaten with the top shell on. Street gourmets respect cockroach spawn, which costs three times more than just a cockroach, but cheaper than takaten. Some adventurous European tourists vacationing in Pattaya or Phuket sometimes buy a handful of cheap chitinous delicacies from the stall - and try to eat them. With tweezers, the distributor deftly rips off the rough part of the dorsal shell from the shithiks and swimmers, counts four mandas on a plate and serves it along with the famous Thai false smile. Desperate experimenters buy another bottle of the local 35-degree tincture, but... it doesn't work, it doesn't even go with the tincture. 

Fast Food Sometimes, after a street buffet, you can safely go to the doctor. Photo:

In fact, insects, and even more so freshwater shells, should never be eaten either on the street or in an expensive restaurant. And the reason is not only in the unusual taste. The most dangerous intestinal diseases lurk in this muck - amoebic dysentery, hepatitis, yaws, toxoplasmosis, and there are so many worms in them that you won’t get rid of them later. On the street, the safest thing is to take Thai Tom Yam Goon soup from a hot samovar. By the way, not the same soup will be poured on the street as in a restaurant, where the waiters will quickly orient themselves, and the tourist will be served a completely different tom-yang-gun, tourist. And on the street who will understand? Everything is fast outside, and the soup is equally brutal for everyone - so spicy and peppery that an allergic rash may well appear. But the rules of local life require eating a brutal soup, because spices kill the most persistent plasmodia and amoebas that are not killed by boiling.

and any street food is dangerous to health. Wherever you are - but in Asian countries this rule is 100% true. Very often severe poisoning occurs. In India, by the way, a foreign experimenter has no chance to stay healthy after such a street snack. Everywhere the main rule is this: felt disgust, sniffed, suspected something was wrong - be patient, starve a little more or stomp to a decent restaurant.  

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Locust skewers. Photo:

You can, of course, offer one of the safest ways to drown out hunger on the street: eat, for example, a handful of pistachios or a bag of chestnuts. The rest of the nuts will work too, but hazelnuts, almonds and some others have to be chopped, and buying them shelled from street vendors is more expensive - they are always dirty. Baked peanuts smell delicious, but the shells are too dusty, and cashews are too expensive for the street. It turns out that only pistachios and roasted chestnuts remain.

A foreigner, who first came to India, at first wonders why the streets are covered with blood - dark red streaks everywhere. And this is not blood, just Indians like to chew betel leaves and spit red saliva. Chewing and not spitting is impossible, so betel is the most street chewing gum. Chew it peppered or sweet. Of course, it is better to start with sweets. For just a few rupees, the merchant will put a pinch of chopped almonds on a wet green leaf, anoint with viscous caramel, flavor with pollen from a jar, sprinkle with anise, add a paste of ground sandalwood and food coloring. He will neatly fold all this into an envelope for the convenience of chewing and wipe it with a dirty rag so that you don’t get your fingers dirty and so that it is pleasant for you to arrange a chewing envelope in your mouth. In defense of betel, they say that it cleans teeth and helps digestion. In fact, Indian chewing gum is a light drug. From betel a little dizzy and live more fun, like after two bottles of beer. And spitting red spittle like a real Indian. 

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Even peeled fruits can be dangerous. It may seem strange to some, but the most dangerous fruits are melons, watermelons, bananas and mangoes. Those with damaged skin, cut and rotten - any are dangerous. And from exotic fruits, perhaps, only three types can be bought on the street and tasted unwashed. And then only with all possible precautions. These fruits are durian, mangosteen and salak (zalakka).

Falling from a tree, durian - a spiked rugby ball - can easily cripple a person. You can cut its wooden peel only with a sharp knife. But even before you get to the soft, shapeless lobules, a heavy, thick stench will burst out through the incision. Durian always smells of something, and always disgusting. At best, baked onions, but it can be caught with the smell of footcloths or Bangkok garbage. The instinct and rules of consumption of street food suggest that what smells bad is dangerous to health. But in this case, forget about instinct and rules, and then you can appreciate the taste of the king of tropical fruits. A ripe, expensive durian must smell bad! Although gourmets claim that durian smells like spicy cheese, and its taste supposedly cannot be described and there is nothing to compare with. But that's why they are gourmets, in order, as always, to exaggerate and pass off fairy tales as reality. Durian, depending on the ripeness and variety, tastes like chestnut with baked onions, dried persimmons with the same baked onions, or unripe melon with persimmons. Delicious, but nothing particularly royal. True, for some, the process of eating durian resembles the process of eating pudding in a public restroom. Oh, those tastes...

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In some Asian countries, dried beetles are sold like Soviet grandmothers sell seeds. Photo:

Durian is sold on the streets of Dubai, Delhi, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and God knows where, including, of course not only Asian countries. Europe, for example, is full of durian clubs. Of course, you need to understand that the object of love is delivered there by plane in special sealed boxes. But real lovers live in the area of growth, in Southeast Asia. In Thailand, the durian season starts in mid-September. At this time, a three-kilogram fruit can be bought for 5-8 dollars, but by January it becomes noticeably more expensive and will cost like a king - more than 20 dollars apiece. Expensive, however! Therefore, durian is usually sold in slices. Lovers sniff the slices for a long time, choose. Eat it little by little, enjoying the taste. In Thailand, you can often see how people, having bought a slice wrapped in cellophane, sit on the sidelines - some on the parapet, some just squatting. The eyes are defocused, they sit to themselves without thoughts, bite off, chew, then suck the bone. Pure enjoyment of the taste and probably the smell, because many people love bad smells, it's just that everyone has their own favorite stink.  

Mangosteen Mangosteen. Photo:

For some reason, mangosteen is also called the “king of fruits”. The "king" is hidden behind a thick burgundy-black peel with a pomegranate-like rim. When you cut the peel, the knife is stained with caustic paint. Both the paint and the rind are highly bitter and slightly poisonous. In this toxicity, there is some salvation from microbes, so those who wish to take a chance can clean the mangosteen on the street. Inside it has several white moist slices of delicate taste and with small stones or no stones at all. Women love mangosteen - for its delicate taste and, probably, for the stylish and erotic look of the mangosteen inside.  

Salak . Photo:

But herring is a male fruit. Under a dense brown scaly crust, which is pulled together easily, like faded skin from a snake, three or four kernels are found, shaped like garlic cloves, only larger, and garlic is eaten in density. If you remove the skin carefully, you can manage not to stain the flesh. What taste? It’s a difficult question, because many people like salak very much. Imagine nibbling juicy crunchy garlic, and it’s not garlic at all, but such a delicious snag and smells of nothing but a fresh southeastern morning.


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