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Pizza Hut China’s Durian Pizza Is A Unique Take On The Polarizing Fruit

During a recent trip to Suzhou, China, the Foodbeast crew had the unique pleasure of trying out some relatively uncommon pizza toppings at the local Pizza Hut. And by uncommon we mean stuff that’s truly unheard of: think durian and Peking duck serving as the tasty toppings on your pie.

The durian pizza alone already has enough wow factor by itself, being that the fruit is arguably the most polarizing out there with its notorious stench yet lauded flavor. What we experienced was a ‘za unlike any other with the durian providing a creamy, oniony essence and treating us to a particular and distinct flavor that we wholly enjoyed.

Peep the full experience in the video above to see just how singular this encounter really was inside this Chinese Pizza Hut. And for the curious, both items are regular staples on the Pizza Hut menu, so feel free to trek out and try them!


Watch Noodles Dance At This Whimsical Chinese Restaurant

It’s one thing to see a bartender flip around a couple bottles, or a Benihana chef flip a shrimp into his pocket, it’s another thing for a man to dance around the restaurant with a giant noodle.

As the Foodbeast crew soaked up the culture in Suzhou, China, they made their way to the Haidilao Hot Pot restaurant, where they have table side noodle show.

As is common in Hot Pot restaurants, you choose your own sauces, meat, and boiling broth that is brought to your table. Then you just wait for the show to start.

The noodle dancer comes through with a hand-pulled noodle the size of a jump rope, breaks into some Omarion-like moves, and carefully places the noodles inside the boiling hot pot at your table.

Hot pot is quite an experience on its own, with the aromas of the boiling broth, surrounding meats, and flavorful sauces, but the added element of a dancing noodle-maker makes the spot even that more intriguing.

While the Haidilao Hot Pot restaurants are primarily in China, there are four in the U.S., located in Santa Anita, California, Brea, Cupertino and Irvine, California. There are also plans to open in Houston, Texas and Flushing New York in 2019.

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Giant 22-Pound Crawfish Platter Will Satisfy Any Seafood Lover’s Dreams

Crawfish boils and other similar seafood indulgence have been popular now for quite sometime, as evidenced by the long lines found at The Boiling Crab and other restaurants akin to it, as well as at seafood boils and gatherings throughout many parts of the U.S. And it’s no wonder, since the traditional fiery and tasty spices typically served with them help heighten the appeal of the crawfish.

Now imagine that experience amped up in the form of a giant crawfish platter that clocks in at around 22 pounds. The thought alone would get any appetite revving to go and hoping others would join in on the fun.

Well in Suzhou, China, that thought is one delicious reality. At a restaurant translated as “Just This Shrimp,” they’re serving up this behemoth serving of crawfish. Splashed with some local beer and served in flavors like garlic, garlic herb with sesame, and spicy chili, the crawfish platter is a worthy mouthful that’s 22 pounds of seafood bliss.

The fact that all of the crawfish are fresh and used from live ones made to order should enhance the experience of the massive meal even more. Given that, the extended length of a 20-plus minute wait for the crawfish platter is understandable and in the end, truly worth it.

The Katchup

A Foodbeast Survival Guide To China [The Katchup]

When making traveling plans, you don’t often think about making your way to China. Whether it’s the language barrier, trouble with visas, or lack of internet freedoms, China isn’t exactly the tourist destination that other Asian countries such as Japan, or even Thailand are.

Some of the Foodbeast crew had a chance to explore the Chinese culture in Suzhou, Jiangsu, and tried to figure out why China isn’t explored more by Americans.

Our own Elie Ayrouth and Reach Guinto discussed the trip on the Katchup podcast, and detailed their hardships.

There were fundamental challenges, such as paying for things, communicating, and even getting around, as China isn’t exactly tailored to the American tourist experience.

While it took some work, and even accidentally getting sent to a Chinese brothel, the Foodbeast crew eventually figured things out, and enjoyed the spontaneity and unknown nature of the trip.

With their experiences, they were able to put together a survival guide, so that you don’t have to get in fights with scooter drivers, or wear green hats that apparently mean you’re a “cuckold” in Chinese culture.

Below is the episode’s timestamp. Listen, enjoy, and hopefully be encouraged to explore the unknown in an oft-ignored country.


5:35- The difficulty of getting visas

6:48- Why Americans don’t travel to China

9:05- ATMs and U.S. credit cards don’t work in China

10:15- Importance of WeChat, for everything in China

16:00- China doesn’t cater to English-speaking tourists

22:10- The overall feel and atmosphere in China

26:27- Geoff teaches how to properly travel overseas

28:18- Why you should never wear green hats in China

32:20- Accidentally getting driven to a brothel

36:40- The crazy differences in fast food

38:56- Suzhou cuisine, jumping live shrimp

48:00- Suzhou has life-changing pork belly

52:06- Difficulty of finding restaurant info online

61:53- McDonald’s kills it in China

67:34- Exploring without relying on technology

69:18- Tours and guides are a good starting point

73:15- Exploring the unknown makes traveling to China worth it