Monday, March 14, 2011

Eggs boiled in children’s urine a Chinese delicacy!

This is just so gross the western world and China have a
 huge cultural and gastronomic divide 

Just when you thought you have heard it all, China serves you with a new one. This time served fresh as hard boiled eggs from children’s urine. In the province of Zhejiang in China, urine boiled eggs is a delicacy and locals can’t get enough of them.

Hundreds of eggs being boiled in boys' urine

The eggs are soaked and boiled in prepubescent boy’s urine. Vendors collect the urine from local schools everyday according to chef Lu Ming, the younger the boys, the better their urine. “The urine is gathered from local schools and the very best comes from boys under 10 years old,” .

The urine is gathered from local schools

Then the eggs – which have official cultural significance status – are boiled in the urine, first with their shells on and then with them off for a day and a night. The process takes about a day to complete before they can be served ‘fresh’ and sell for 1.50 Yuan or about 23 cents.

Eggs soaked in children's urine collected from local schools

The eggs known as Tong Zi Dan (Boy Egg) have been a treat in parts of China for hundreds of years and if Chinese culture officials have their way, we could be seeing these available around the world. “We are having a big export push because we want people outside China to fully appreciate the delicacy of our cuisine,” according to Chef Lu Ming in an article from the Qianjiang Evening Post. However not everyone is a big fan of these ‘boy eggs’. Mr. Li who was quoted in the article said, “The smell kills me. I feel like throwing up at the thought of it.”

Pessimist Incarnate says : Hey Mr Li don't feel alone when you want to throw up!