My first meal abroad in Hong Kong laid to rest many of my fears.
This is what we were served in a regular restaurant in downtown Kowloon. Dumplings and greens with a side of fried pork chop served family style.
This is "Jason" our Beijing tour guide. Bet you can't guess what he is putting in his mouth? It's called "thousand year old egg". To prepare it, first you boil an egg and then you marinate it for two weeks in some kind of vinegar. After it is peeled, you are looking at the peeled version, it is a dark opaque black with barely visible snow flakes, and you can see the color of the yolk. Far worse than it's appearance is it's smell. Find an old nearly dead cow with runny diarrhea. Store it's output for three days, bury it under a leaking sewage dump for 2 weeks and then let it clear all of your sinuses at once. The ammonia odor is nearly seizure inducing. And yes, I watched him put it in his mouth. He said it's better with sauce. Even ranch dressing is not getting me to try that egg. How about you?