Saturday, March 31, 2012

Zhejiang Delicacy

Mushroom soup

Food Diary (March 31, 2012)
Breakfast: Toast
Lunch: Salad, bread
Dinner: Mushroom and dumpling soup, salad, bread
Baking/sweets:

Most days this week it has been sunny and not very cold, almost typical spring weather. Today it snowed all morning and the temperature this evening is below 0 degrees celcius.  Snow and below freezing temperatures is unusual. When this is reported tomorrow I am guessing some people may think this is April fools joke, though a very lame joke.


Today's Favourite Photo
Kiwi and lemon cake



Today’s Favourite Blog
Source: Reuters
This is interesting and disgusting. Don't continue reading if you have a weak stomach. The coastal province of Zhejiang in China has a unique springtime snack called virgin boys eggs. Eggs are soaked and cooked in the urine of young boys, preferably below the age of 10. Only boys urine is used, and this is how it has been done for centuries. 

One virgin boy eggs stall owner said "If you eat this, you will not get heat stroke. These eggs cooked in urine are fragrant." "They are good for your health. Our family has them for every meal. In Dongyang, every family likes eating them."

A customer said "By eating these eggs, we will not have any pain in our waists, legs and joints. Also, you will have more energy when you work."

In case you want to indulge in this delicacy but cannot buy it at your local Asian shop, the cooking process is simple but takes almost a day. Raw eggs are soaked and boiled in urine. The shells of the hard-boiled eggs are cracked and simmered in urine for hours. Urine is regularly poured into the pot and the heat controlled to ensure that the eggs are not overheated and overcooked.

No, this is not an April fools joke.

18 comments:

  1. The photo of the cake is gorgeous. But the story about virgin boys urinating on eggs is unbelievable. The Chinese would have to be the most superstitious race on the planet. And is male urine all that different from female urine?

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    1. I don't know whether the male urine is different from the female one. I haven't experimented with such kinds of ingredients yet!

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  2. Sounds like a salted egg process to me .... revamped! :D Eeeww ..
    Ammonia and salt ... pickling solutions, nature's way.
    I've heard of folks drinking snakes urine too. Double eww.

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    1. You have been doing revamp recipes, and you also did a salted duck egg recipe. Just an observation:)
      I haven't heard of 'snake juice', interesting.
      At uni a student apparently boiled urine in his room, there was some reason for it (can't remember - health, superstition?)

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  3. Hmmm, I better start storing up that pee, nothing in the food world astounds me any more ;)
    Take care,

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    1. So true, this makes just about every other food uncreative or unadventurous.

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  4. What the heck! I know I am adventurous with food but never in a million years try that urine egg.

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    1. Those eggs are for the really really adventurous eaters, or residents of Zhejiang!

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  5. I just had eggs for breakfast and am feeling a little sick now :/

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    1. Just plain chicken eggs? How boring:)

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  6. OK, I can very well believe snow in April (I have even seen it in May), but the urine... I'm sure it's 1st April joke!

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    1. That special egg dish is actually true, I checked a few other sources. If you visit Zhejiang during spring you can try it:)

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    2. No!!!!! On the other hand I have already heard about people healing themselves with urine though... (I have even seen a program on tv about people who drink their own urine to heal some complicated disease, and it was a serious channel and not April the 1st!).

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    3. That does not sound interesting. Urine is a waste product, I am wondering how good it is to put it back in the body. I hope its the only waste product that is being consumed!

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  7. Interesting... and feel like anything can be possible in this world... I wonder if everyone there would eat it for the sake of health?

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