I question the validity of that well-known slur that the Chinese will eat anything with four legs except a table; I’ve seen for myself that this definitely isn’t true. Chinese food, however, is indeed different (read: better…I’ve never eaten as well as when I have been in Taiwan or China.) than that in America. A summary of stuff I’ve eaten that I probably couldn’t find in America:
.: whole fish: heads, tails, and all
.: a dizzying array of octopi
.: sea cucumber… this one was the only one I hesitated on, on account of I actually had a couple of these in my old fish tank, and I wouldn’t have considered eating them on first or second glance. Not bad, though.
I don’t understand the Western fear of eating in foreign countries. It’s food after all!