Grilled Ice Cubes are the Latest Specialty Street Food in China?
Grilled ice cubes are the latest specialty street food in China. Specialty street food and new food innovations are something we’ve been covering for a while now on the show but… grilled ice cubes? That is a new one for us. Through the years we’ve talked about new stadium foods and fair foods popping up all over the world. Food innovations are usually getting more complex, not simpler.
A street vendor in Changsha, Hunan Province in China can be seen selling an interesting dish. Grilled ice cubes covered in spices. The “delicacy” is going for $2 a pop and we aren’t sure if it’s going to satisfy your hunger or keep you hydrated. The vendor takes some ice cubes, puts them on a hot grill, and adds sauce and spices like cumin and chili. This is a dish that won’t be served well done…would you give it a try?
Grilled Ice Cubes?
This isn’t the first time grilled ice cubes have been seen in China but it appears the trend is growing. Believed to have originally been a joke, it looks like people either enjoy it or the vendors have caught on to the popularity and are striking while the grill is hot. Vendors are able to use whatever spice they want so the grilled ice cube flavors are endless and they have been described by one customer as “spicy” and “interesting”.
Shaved ice has been sold for a long time. Usually it’s a dessert or a summer treat that is flavored with something sweet. Like a lemon, raspberry or strawberry flavoring. We’re looking at this as essentially a spicy version of shaved ice and social media trend. Your $2 can get you something more delicious and satisfying we are sure of that.
Would You Try Grilled Ice Cubes?
What is the strangest street food you’ve had? Does grilled ice cubes sound like something you’d give a try?