During the Epidemic, This Is What Foodies Looked up on Weibo!

Recent top search results on Weibo have shown that snail noodles have not been delivered ranks quite highly - a top favorite among Chinese foodies who want to satisfy their cravings during the epidemic.

With no better options than to order delivery, fast food businesses have seen their sales skyrocket.

Among them are snail noodles, a popular dish among online food shoppers on Taobao and other platforms. But due to high demand, those instant products were either sold out or delayed in being shipped from its production plant.

Hence Weibos recent search results from hangry (hungry + angry) foodies looking for some answers.

CBNData and Taobao has shared a joint map of what types of foodies Chinas different provinces have.

The report shows that in recent years, Chinese people have been drawn more towards foods labeled as stinky.  While the number of stinky food lovers has grown all over China, one province really sticks out.


In recent years, Guangxi has become very popular among Chinese foodies due to the wide variety of delicacies and mouth-watering dishes it cooks up.

One such dish is 

Liuzhou snails rice noodles

(lu s fn)

Its a special delicacy from Guangxi. 

Despite its attractive looks, it comes with a strong smell because it is filled with sour bamboo shoots.

Its smelly and sour. 

Speaking of smelly foods 

We compiled a list of some of Chinas stinkiest dishes that you may (or may not) have already tried.

Stinky tofu 

When it comes to smelly Chinese delicacies, the first thing most people will think about is stinky tofu. 

Stinky tofu smells like there is an open used toilet nearby and although many people hate it, it tastes surprisingly good (if you can get past the horrible smell.)

When garnished with cayenne pepper and scallions, 

layered with a special sauce, I could eat a dozen without even realizing it! 

The best part? Its really cheap!

RMB 10 for 6 pieces.

Fermented Soya-Bean Milk 

Bean milk is a traditional snack with unique characteristics from old Beijing, 

which brings a rich history of 300 years according to written records.

Bean milk is made from mung beans by leaching starch and fermenting the residua after making powder strips and other foods.

Many people describe it as "rotten swill that has been spoiled for days", 

or "water that has not been changed after washing 300 pairs of smelly socks"...

And yet Lots of people still love and eat it.

Mildew amaranth stalks

On a well-known talk show, Chen Xiaoqing, the Director of a famous Chinese food documentary and known as the "best eater in China," said: 

Chinas stinkiest food has to be the mildew amaranth stalks.

Its a traditional local dish from Shaoxing in Zhejiang province.

To make it, cut amaranth stalk into small pieces, then soak in water until you get bubbly white foam, and then put into a jar for fermentation.

After a few weeks, youll understand how bad it smells.

Have you tried any of these foods before? 

Do you have any other stinky delicacies to add to this mix? Let us know in the comment section below!

Editor: Crystal H