Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Friday Food 186 – Insect Shit Tea

chopsticksFriday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, we are getting shitty.

A recent trip to the Dong ethnic minority (侗族) lands in Sanjiang Autonomous County (三江侗族自治縣) in the far north of Liuzhou prefecture, where Guangxi, Guizhou and Hunan meet. turned up this curiosity.

虫宝茶 chóng bǎo chá (literally ‘insect treasure tea’) is the excrement of a type of moth caterpillar which eats tea leaves. When the tea exits at the other end, it is collected and dried.

The insect tea is added to regular tea and is considered to have medicinal properties, particularly for stomach ailments. It tastes vaguely fungal to me, like mushrooms.

Tea Field in Buyang Village (布央村), Sanjiang

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