Pichai Yuan (Pichai Courtyard)

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Pichai Yuan (Pichai Courtyard)

Pichai Yuan (Pichai Courtyard)
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Mia F
Singapore, Singapore298 contributions
interesting food street that kind of brings you back in time
Apr 2019 • Couples
although it's not necessary the most pictureque place, i still love the olden days, vintage vibes of this place. most of the eatery here sells live seafood (prawns, squids, starfish, clams etc), which you can order and have the kitchen cook them for you. you can also find local snacks such as smelly tofu and giant sausage here. There's also a few IG-worthy desserts (ice cream, egglet waffles, cheese-pull corn dog etc) and a small humble looking stall selling fried insects.
we've tried both the starfish and the (small) scorpions. I'll say skip the starfish, go for the scorpions instead.
Written 6 May 2019
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AndrewYew
Singapore, Singapore4 182 contributions
Food street
Apr 2019 • Friends
This is an interesting food street. We were advised not to eat the food here as they are of dubious quality. Nevertheless it is an interesting walk and we do see locals eating some of the safer looking food.
Written 23 April 2019
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ReviewChimp
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK426 contributions
A curiosity rather than a "must see"
Nov 2018 • Friends
So, a recent trip to Shandong had us visit Pichai Yuan or Pichai Courtyard, an area that, according to our tour guide, was popular with the tourists. I think we must have gone in the off season, as the place was devoid of tourists save for ourselves.

Upon going into the area, via an alleyway, I couldn't help but noticed an overwhelming stench of stale urine. The ammonia was almost eye-watering, however, the smell seemed to have been becoming from the toilets of a large outdoor restaurant/courtyard, which was getting ready for some sort of event, possibly a wedding do, and I really hope that they sorted out the smell before whatever was going on started.

Unfortunately, the stink ruined the visit to Pichai Yuan, so we cut short our visit there, not that there was much in the way of "things to do/see" to have kept us there for much longer.

There were various food stalls, however, most seemed to sell the same products, a particular favourite appeared to be sea urchin "shells" with egg yolk - we didn't have any, but I presumed that this would be cooked somehow so that you're not eating raw egg. There was one stall that sold the very touristy "insects on sticks", and dried seahorses and starfish.

We did try some fried balls made of prawn meat, but other than this, there just wasn't anything there that was appetising. Plus, as there was so little people there, sellers would shout over each other to get you to come to their stall to buy something. It got really tiresome very quickly, and, dare I say it, it was almost harassment.

In all, we must have spent less than an hour in the place, probably even as little as half an hour. The coach driver commented how our group, as far as he could remember, spent the least amount of time at Pichai Yuan. It just wasn't an amazing place to visit. It certainly has curiosity value, it just isn't a "must see..."
Written 4 December 2018
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tsefion11
Hong Kong, China201 contributions
Interesting Place
May 2018 • Family
Small Street, interesting place to go. Local Food (local market) with special feature. Very Authentic China.
Written 21 May 2018
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Rachel F
Honolulu, HI24 contributions
Very interesting!
Sep 2016 • Friends
The vendors in this alley sold food items that were interesting to look at, but I didn't have the courage to try. So I have no idea what fried scorpions or worms or sea horses or lizards taste like. I did, however, enjoy going to the little shops that sold trinkets and items made of shells and pocket watches and jewelry. I think I would come back just for those shops.
Written 10 October 2016
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Christina C
Coquitlam, Canada6 366 contributions
Eat Street
Oct 2015 • Friends
After visiting St. Michael's Cathedral, we wandered into the interesting narrow streets and courtyard restaurants. I can say this is “Eat Street”, all kinds of food; you name it, and they have it, such as scorpions and silkworms larvae and some I don’t even know. I didn’t had the courage to try the food there, but what I liked most about the place was the atmosphere and culture.
Happy Travelling!
Written 8 July 2016
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310justin
Qingdao, China81 contributions
A great taste of a local market
Jul 2016 • Family
This street market is exactly what you are looking for if you have an adventurous pallet. You can find all types of cool foods here. From scorpions to sea urchin to octopus tentacles the size of your arm.

Very authentic China, and then prices weren't bad. Negotiating wasn't really necessary here, so enjoy and chose what you like. They also had some typical Chinese souvenirs. All the same price and all the same quality.

A great way to spend an hour in old town.
Written 4 July 2016
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traveltot
Bath, UK57 contributions
Weird and wonderful food stalls
Just a couple of small alleyways teeming with colourful street stalls selling weird and wonderful foodstuffs.

The speciality seemed to be squid on a stick. It was covered in a sweet spicy sauce and was delicious.

We passed on the scorpions and insects though and opted for some delicious steamed buns instead.

Well worth a visit!
Written 2 November 2014
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Monika1958
Zhuhai, China215 contributions
Nice area to visit
Aug 2013 • Couples
Most food stalls offer the same stuff. I guess the most interesting one was the one with scorpions and kinds of larvae or what ever those things were. People tend to crowd around that stall you probably won't miss it. We had lunch in one of those inner court yard restaurant (Jiang Ning Hui Guan 江宁会馆)which was quite good.
There is also a tourist information (I think it was the first ally to the left coming through the entrance gate. There you can get a free map for Shinan District, which contains lot's of the tourist sites (mostly in Chinese but still helpful).
It is a nice place to visit, it was crowded when we went (Friday) you might want to make sure you got your personal belongings under control.
Written 30 August 2013
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SpotsandShots
Qingdao, China33 contributions
Stepping back in time
Mar 2013 • Friends
Wonderful hideaway of delicious street snack foods and cool old buildings. Also located in the old German part of Qingdao so many other attractions not far away. Definitely worth an afternoon.
Written 17 March 2013
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