While animal organs, blood and dogmeat are foreign in the Westerners’ eyes, students from Asia said those types of food are delicacies in their countries.
According to Young-ho Shin, a Korean freshman majoring in hospitality and tourism management, “Bo sin tang”(literally means benefits body soup) is a Korean spicy soup made with dog meat. However, it’s not available everywhere in Korea, but only in specific restaurants.”
Shin said he once took a missionary out to try dog soup without telling him what it was. “He tried it and said it was very tasty. When he asked me what it was, I told him the truth. He was completely shocked, but then he said, ‘But I can’t stop, it tastes so good.’”
Tyler Ray, a sophomore studying business management from Arizona, said he tried dog meat when he visited Mexico. Ray shared, “They sold that meat with tacos, but they wouldn’t tell you what kind of meat it was.”
Fried spider, scorpion and centipede
Dylan Fu, a sophomore from Beijing majoring in hospitality and tourism management, said fried spider, scorpion, centipede and other poisonous creatures can be found on Wangfujing Street, one of the most famous streets in Beijing.
Fu shared, “It’s more like a gimmick. I think they make those things to attract tourists. I’ve never seen local Beijing people eat them. I don’t dare to try them either.”
However, Fu said he believes they are edible and safe because the Chinese government has strict requirements for food, especially in Beijing, the capital of the country.
Fu further explained, “Spiders and centipedes were also used in Chinese medicine for a long time. I do believe [fried spider, scorpion and centipede] are edible. It’s just about whether you dare to try it or not.”
Ray commented, “I don’t think I would order those things. They must taste weird.”
Blood of duck, chicken or pig
According to “On the Road Series,” animal blood is often cooked with soup or steamed by Southern Chinese and Taiwanese. It is sometimes called “blood tofu” in China.
Sinead Chan, a freshman majoring in music from Hong Kong, described it as “hot jelly.” Chan said, “It’s funny. It tastes like jelly, but it’s hot. It could be a bit stinky if it’s not processed properly.”
Sabina Imangaziyeua, a freshman from Kazakhstan studying accounting, said she would never try animal blood. “Its appearance is already disgusting. Why would you even eat it?
“I don’t know what nutrition it contains or what benefits it has for the human body, but I’m not a vampire.”
Horse and goat milk
Dash Lamjav, a freshman studying business and English from Mongolia, said it’s common for Mongolians to drink horse and goat milk. He said compared to cow milk, horse and goat milk tastes sour.
“Goat milk is really cheap and common in Mongolia. You can get a 32 oz. milk for $1,” said Lamjav.
The testicle of a chicken, also known as a chicken ball, is sometimes eaten in Chinese hot pot. Yuki Lo, a Hong Konger freshman majoring in hospitality and tourism management, said it’s a weird food.
Lo explained, “First, the texture is weird. Then when you eat it, the wrap is very thin, but the filling is a paste, and it is a bit stinky.”•