Joey wouldn’t try these, but the group did. Betel nuts are areca nuts that are trimmed, split open, and have a paste inserted in the middle. That paste is a mixture of nicotine and chemicals used to make concrete. Seriously. They’re sold on the side of the road for next to nothing and they allegedly give you a jittery high. We couldn’t finish the required three minutes of chewing (you don’t ever swallow), so who knows how buzzed you get.
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Sean Evans is a NYC-based writer and editor who desperately misses Taiwanese street meats. He tweets over here: @angryinparadise.