Critters, Beijing

Cheap! Insects on skewers. 15 RMB ($2 Can) each.

Scorpions on the left. Not sure what’s on the other stick. But the snacks were mighty popular with the schoolgirls in uniform, who wasted no time ripping off each insect with eager fingers and digging in.

Maybe it was the mingling pungency of all the outdoor food stands.

Maybe it was the fact they were still wriggling around on the sticks.

But I was defeated. I couldn’t bring myself to try one.

I heard they’re crunchy.

Critters, Beijing