Besides the tan, the people and encounters with exotic cultures and traditions, it’s the memories of all the delicious food you’ve tucked into whilst travelling around Asia that will keep you coming back for more.

These cultures have been perfecting their culinary recipes for eons, refining their food into mouth-watering dishes that’ll have your clients asking around for the recipe and getting their master chef on with a cooking class or two.

Along the way, many of these cultures have fostered tastes for the exotic that are about a million miles from what we Aussies would ever consider putting into our mouths. These unusual foods are not for the faint of heart, but they’ll definitely give your clients a story or two to share with their friends and family back home…

Who knows: they may even discover they actually like them!

Thanks to Wendy Wu Tour’s Big Asia Sale, currently running until 6 July and with savings up to $500 per person up for grabs, there has never been a better time for your clients to try something new. For agents, prizes between $50 and $500 – plus the chance to win a spot on a Pandaw Cruise, including flights – should pique your own interest too. But get in quick, as the incentive for agents finishes up on 30 June.

Indeed, Wendy Wu Tours has a huge 74 tours included in the sale, with a tour for every taste.

Here are five unusual foods your clients can taste in Asia this year with Wendy Wu Tours.

 

Deep fried crickets: Cambodia and Laos

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At the sight of a cricket, most of us reach for the shoe, but in Cambodia and Laos, they reach for their chopsticks! Considered a delicacy in these parts of the world, crickets are served deep-fried, crunchy and seasoned, and are believed to improve one’s health and vitality.

The 17-day Laos and Cambodia Unveiled itinerary will give your clients the chance to taste what all the fuss is about

 

Tuna eyes: Japan

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About as visually appealing as last month’s curry, tuna eyes in Japan taste much better than they look. Each tuna eye is surrounded by fish fat and severed muscles, and tastes a little like squid, mussels and egg white.

Sold in Japanese supermarkets and at the famous Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, the 14-day Discover Japan will introduce your clients to one of the most eye-opening culinary experiences in Asia – literally!

 

Drunken shrimp: China

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Known in the local lingo as qiang xia, the live shrimp are first soaked in baijiu or another spirit until they’re well and truly plastered (usually takes a minute or so), and then placed in a marinade of your choosing. As they drink up the sauce they also infuse their insides with its flavour, and this all makes for one of the tastiest meals you’ll ever have in your life!

Book your clients on any Wendy Wu Tours itinerary to China, such as the 26-day Grand Tour of China, and they’ll have the chance to try this unusual Chinese dining experience.

 

Larvae: Thailand & Vietnam

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One of the most common larvae “delights” in both Vietnam and Thailand is the humble coconut worm. Found living in the forests of South East Asia, this larvae is considered a local delicacy due to its sweet coconut taste.

Coconut worms are usually eaten alive and served with chilli sauce, and can be sampled on the 12-day Vietnam at a Glance itinerary or the 13-day Thailand Highlights tour.

 

Stinky tofu: China

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Don’t be put off by the name. Although stinky tofu does smell – a lot – it’s also incredibly tasty and consequently extremely popular in China. Stinky tofu gets its smell from being dunked in a fermentation brine, and is deep-fried to golden, crisp perfection and served with a spicy sauce – mmm!

Your clients will find stinky tofu all around China, but joining the 10-day A China Experience itinerary with Wendy Wu Tours will mean they can try it at some of the best and most authentic restaurants in Shanghai, Xian and Beijing.

Fancy saving your clients serious cash as well as making some for yourself? Visit here and taste something new with Wendy Wu Tours today!

Have you tasted the exotic? Tell us about your most unusual dining experience in the comments below.

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