China Groceries: Spicy Duck Neck. This week on China Groceries, we take a look at an odd looking ready-to-eat snack that I found in the snack aisle of our local grocery store. Most grocery stores have long lines of bins filled with all kinds of snacks, packed in bite-sized snack-packs. You fill a bag with snacks, get it weighed, and off you go… munching on your spicy duck neck, pickled chicken feet and roasted peanuts. Hmmm…
This week’s grocery find looked like some kind of meat, but I had to check with a Chinese friend to confirm what exactly it was. Apparently this snack is really quiet good, but I can’t say that I want to give it a try. Maybe I’ll add it to the list of things Justin and I should eat before we leave China – all for the sake of an hilarious video series, off course! I still haven’t got Justin to agree to this, but I’ll work on that!
The duck neck is chopped up by the butcher into one or two inch segments. In grocery stores, they are sold in the form that you see above, and loaded with preservatives. They can be bought freshly cooked from street food vendors. The correct way to eat Duck Neck is much like eating a chicken thigh: nibble first on the outside, then pop the different bones apart and suck out the spinal chord and any remaining meat. The spinal chord is known as the essence of the neck.
And there you have it, another crazy China grocery store find!
What do you think? Would you try spicy duck neck?