I’d eaten this black gelatinous dessert called grass jelly a few times here in China. It’s packed full of medicinal herbs and is meant to be very good for you. It wasn’t until later that I found out that in other places, especially in Hong Kong, a similar dish called “turtle jelly” exists. It’s similar in appearance and taste to grass jelly, but is made of – you guessed it – ground up turtle shell.
When I went to Hong Kong I came across a restaurant near the Temple Street Night Market that was selling original turtle jelly. Naturally I had to have a try. The dessert had the same black, coffee like appearance, with a great gelatinous wobble.
The taste was much stronger than the grass jelly I’m used to. This was much more medicine-like than dessert-like, but there were big pots of honey on the table to sweeten things a little. After pouring a liberal amount of honey over the jelly, it was a nice and cooling dessert with a strong herbal taste not unlike a shot of Jaegermeister.
Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 7