Monday, June 01, 2009


If you're looking to eat some chicken killed by snake bite, and isn't everyone, China is no longer the place to go:
China's health authorities are reported to be putting a stop to restaurants serving chickens which have been bitten to death by poisonous snakes.
Other Chinese delicacies still apparently available: "monkey brains scooped from a live animal, civet cat and deer foetus soup". Right.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm surprised the rest of us have any food left.

4:19 PM  
Anonymous Legal Eagle said...

A Cantonese friend likes to say, "Anything with four legs which is not a table can be eaten." Obviously, this is true in Southern China.

I think they worked out one of the recent 'flu epidemics crossed into humans via people who ate civets. One good reason why we shouldn't eat everything with four legs.

I must confess I've eaten a beetle, a raw sea urchin, snails and frogs legs. But I wouldn't be daring enough to eat a chicken killed by snake bite.

8:12 PM  
Anonymous bingbing said...

But surely once the venom is cooked...

9:47 PM  
Anonymous Legal Eagle said...

One would think so, bingbing - Wikipedia tells me most snake venoms aren't venomous when ingested. But still - what if the chicken wasn't heated properly? I wouldn't try it. Nor would I try fugu, for that matter. Call me cautious...

5:58 PM  

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