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Virgin Boy Eggs. Yum!

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Pack your bags, Andrew Zimmern [2], you’re going to China! Bon appetit: [3]

But that’s just the start of busy times for dozens of egg vendors across the city, deep in coastal Zhejiang province, who ready themselves to cook up a unique springtime snack favored by local residents.

Basins and buckets of boys’ urine are collected from primary school toilets. It is the key ingredient in “virgin boy eggs”, a local tradition of soaking and cooking eggs in the urine of young boys, preferably below the age of 10.

There is no good explanation for why it has to be boys’ urine, just that it has been so for centuries.

The scent of these eggs being cooked in pots of urine is unmistakable as people pass the many street vendors in Dongyang who sell it, claiming it has remarkable health properties.

“If you eat this, you will not get heat stroke. These eggs cooked in urine are fragrant,” said Ge Yaohua, 51, who owns one of the more popular “virgin boy eggs” stalls.

I can’t even think about this for more than five seconds without gagging. I’m just so glad I get to share it with you.

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15 Comments To "Virgin Boy Eggs. Yum!"

#1 Comment By Jaybird On April 2, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

Aren’t you on record as touting the benefits of “Traditional Chinese Medicine”?

Just Sayin’™.

#2 Comment By EngineerScotty On April 2, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

There are lots of interesting things on the menu in foreign lands. In Beijing’s (in)famous Snack Alley, located just off the city’s famous Wangfujing Street shopping district, only a few blocks east of the Forbidden City, one can buy delicacies such as ram’s penis, as well as insects and other arthropods of every description. (Scorpion? They got it.)

But it’s not just Asia, of course. Lots of people here in the good ol’ USA like Rocky Mountain oysters, and bull testicles are a popular goodie in much of Latin America. Chitlins (pig intestines) are another favorite of southern cooking (and Chinese as well), and quite tasty if prepared properly.

#3 Comment By m’ellen On April 2, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

You’ve been punked………it’s an April Fool’s jokes. Here is one of the better examples

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#4 Comment By MH – Secular Misanthropist On April 2, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

Sounds like a local tradition that needs to stay local.

#5 Comment By Rod Dreher On April 2, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

Nope, not punked. Reuters published the story on March 29, with video:

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The nomnompaleo blog did make a joke out of it — but the joke isn’t that the China story is false, but that the Chinese mom in America made them with her kids.

#6 Comment By jb On April 2, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

When I was quite young my mother, who was a high school science teacher, got it into my head that cooking something (especially boiling) sterilizes it, killing all the nasty germs, and making it at minimum safe to eat. (As long as there are no chemical poisons of course; something she also explained to me).

As a direct result of this I’ve never been more than moderately disgusted by finding something unpleasant in my food, as long as it has been well cooked. The most recent example was a roach in some beef barley soup. I wasn’t happy about it, but not particularly bothered either. So while I wouldn’t normally choose to eat one of these urine boiled eggs, the thought isn’t completely horrible, and if something was riding on it I don’t think I’d have much trouble choking one down.

#7 Comment By EngineerScotty On April 2, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

Even uncooked, urine is sterile, for what it’s worth.

#8 Comment By Roland de Chanson On April 2, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

This has been sanitized for American consumption. Well, I guess I don’t mean “consumption” consumption.

But to come back to our eggs, the original “delicacy” was, how shall I put this delicately, errr, well, the “eggs” also came from young boys, if you get my drift.

The moral is: do not trust the cuisine of an analphabetic civilization.

#9 Comment By VikingLS On April 2, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

I just showed the story to some of my chinese students and they said they had never heard of Dongyang and that that sounded disgusting.

#10 Comment By MattSwartz On April 2, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

I’ve long wondered whether the commonly story of the American tourist who went to a Hong Kong butchershop is accurate or not. She apparently was learning Chinese, and she tried to ask the butcher to make something for her dog to eat. Her nouns didn’t point in quite the direction she’d hoped, and the butcher was in a big hurry. The end sort of tells itself.

#11 Comment By Joanna On April 2, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

You owe us a unicorn chaser.
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#12 Comment By Joanna On April 2, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

Here. Here. Look at this quick!!!!

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#13 Comment By William Dalton On April 2, 2012 @ 11:46 pm

There’s more than one way to pickle an egg:

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#14 Comment By Lord Karth On April 3, 2012 @ 5:04 am

jb writes: “So while I wouldn’t normally choose to eat one of these urine boiled eggs, the thought isn’t completely horrible, and if something was riding on it I don’t think I’d have much trouble choking one down.

You can have my share, mon ami.

For me to eat one of those things, there’d have to be something VERY serious riding on it. Like a new car. There are some things that this lawyer won’t do.

Your servant,

Lord Karth

#15 Comment By J On April 3, 2012 @ 11:01 am

This is completely true, and not an April Fool’s joke. It gets [9].