Posted by: Sam Olsen | December 3, 2011

Strange Chinese custom of the week 15


Well done Riccy, you did it again. It was indeed dried pipe fish. Hodgy you were almost right, as Wikipedia notes:

Pipefish look like straight-bodied seahorses with tiny mouths. The name is derived from the peculiar form of their snout, which is like a long tube, ending in a narrow and small mouth which opens upwards and is toothless. The body and tail are long, thin, and snake-like. They have a highly modified skeleton formed into armored plating

Again, not sure what the Chinese use them for. The thing about all these strange delicacies is that most of the locals we know don’t know what they are used for either. Bu someone is buying them!


Right, on to this week’s competition. It’s taken from an article from the South China Morning Post and involves a bizarre cure for epilepsy.

“A 17-year-old girl who suffers from epilepsy is following a folk remedy prescription and eating 30 live ……….. every day in the hope of being cured. She began eating ……… recently after seeing a village doctor. Her father said that the frequency of her seizures had since dropped from seven or eight a day to just one or two.”

But what is she eating? Guesses below. The clue is that they are creatures you are all very familiar with. In fact, children are known to eat them sitting in the garden – at least according to the song.




  1. spiders?

    • No, less legs. In fact, no legs

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