Traditional Chinese food is often made using some weird ingredients. The people will use every bit of an animal, including it's intestines, to make a meal. This is usually done because of a belief in medicinal properties of these body parts and not so much because it tastes good. There are, however, some weird Chinese dishes that might make you gag to think about, but you just might actually enjoy eating.
Fried Scorpions or Fried Honey Bees
Science has proven why anything deep fried tastes amazing. Fry and pickle and it's divine. The same holds true for bugs like scorpions and honey bees. The little guys are dipped in spices or batter and then deep fried just like you would a stick of mozzarella or an Oreo. The result is a crispy popcorn like snack. Since these bugs don't have much meat on them, there isn't much flavor beyond the spices used. What they provide is mostly texture.
People in China love to eat snakes. They will eat all parts of it for the Traditional Chinese Medicine. They stick whole ones in alcohol, slice them as a side dish, and even drink the blood. If you are curious about the taste of snake, often said to taste like chicken, then try snake soup. The meat of the snake is shredded so you really have no idea what you're eating. The soup looks like chicken soup. Trick your mind and dig in with a large spoon.
Birds Nest Soup
Birds nest soup isn't a clever name for food that looks like a birds nest. You actually eat a birds nest. Specifically, birds nest soup uses Swiftlet nests. These little birds use their own saliva to build the nests. The nests are gathered, soaked, cleaned of their dirt and feces, and then boiled into a soup. Why? The saliva becomes gelatinous that makes the soup thick. The nests also add their own flavor based on the gathering location which makes them fun to try around the country. A nest gathered by the sea might add some saltiness while one gathered in the country will be more earthy.
These weird Chinese foods are some of the few that you just might be willing to bravely try since they actually taste good. You are eating something your mind isn't used to eating, but your stomach will thank you for taking the chance. However, for a more traditional take on Chinese food, contact a restaurant such as Hung Fatt Chinese Takeout.