No dog, but how about seal penis? Beijing culinary

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

There is something strange about foreigners coming to China and being appalled at the prospect of eating dog.
Apparently it is such a big fear, that some official Olympic game eateries have been order to take dog off the menu, to avoid offending visitors.
There's some other reasons why dog won't feature at mealtime. Chinese usually have dog as a medicine. They have it at winter time because it is a warming food.
It seems to me to be a double-standard when foreigners complain about dogs being killed for eating. Many of those same complainers probably have no problem eating lamb, beef, chicken or pork, but for some reason, dog is too close for comfort.
Unfortunately Chinese eating habits - eating a penis to make your's larger, etc - isn't great news for many endangered animals. My advice for those Chinese out there who feel their libido have left them, is:
quit smoking
go for a walk
sleep with someone you love (not a prostitute)

Here;s the story from http://www.stuff.co.nz/4635785a34.html

Dog may be off the menu for the Olympic Games, but adventurous gourmands can still choose from a dazzling array of culinary delights in Beijing - from seal penis to cow stomach, deep-fried scorpions or sea urchins, turtle (really best done as a broth) and brains in hot pot.

The banning of dog from official Olympic eateries, most of which seem to be in the 112 designated Olympic hotels, is just one example of the lengths the authorities are going to make foreigners welcome and safe.

Not only have standard English translations been introduced for hundreds of the most popular Chinese dishes in Beijing, a sophisticated food monitoring system is promising that if a food-borne illness occurs at an Olympic site, the source can be tracked within 10 minutes.

The ban on serving dog, by the Beijing Catering Trade Association, is not binding on the rest of the city's thousands of restaurants, but they too have been urged to take canine off the menu in the interests of not upsetting too many foreigners.

Locals may be grumbling after some of the city's favourite eateries were forced to close for two months because they are considered too close to venues, but others such as Beijing's first specialty penis restaurant is still taking bookings.

The Guolizhuang penis restaurant, which has now expanded to five franchises after opening in the capital three years ago, offers such delights as lobster with donkey penis, horse penis and testicles with chilli dip, and the speciality: "Head Crowned with Jade Bracelet". A dietitian is available to explain the many health benefits and which dishes are best avoided by female diners.

Seal penis costs 3288 yuan and banquets can cost from 2000 yuan to 100,000 yuan for tables of 10-12 diners, but set menus featuring penis hotpot and several other dishes start from just 200 yuan per person.

For those less worried about variety and novelty, Beijing authorities - stung by last year's cascade of negative news stories about chemically dyed egg yolks, antibiotic-tainted seafood and other food, drug and product safety scares - have put enormous effort into ensuring food safety.

To allay fears of a food-induced disease outbreak, organisers have developed an Olympic food monitoring system using GPS and barcodes to track produce from the farm to Olympic canteens. The system, which is meant to ensure any disease outbreak can be tracked within 10 minutes of someone falling ill, was developed with the help of the NSW Food Authority, which was responsible for food safety at the Sydney 2000 Games.

Farms supplying Olympic food are also strictly monitored for use of fertiliser and pesticides - in many cases, organic pesticides and physical insect traps.

However, authorities obviously decided that some measures were being taken too far when they slapped down the Games' exclusive pork supplier for making extravagant claims about rearing Olympic pigs in luxury conditions.

The firm's director, Liu Yanyun, caused a storm last August when he boasted that his pigs were being raised free of preservatives, steroids and hormones that could theoretically cause athletes to fail doping tests, and were being fed natural herbs and Chinese medicines and got to listen to music while they had their daily two hours of exercise.

Beijing Olympic organisers denounced Mr Yang's claims, saying 97 per cent of pork products in Beijing already met food safety standards and all Olympic produce was from the same food chain used to feed the public of Beijing.

For those wanting something a little less challenging than reproductive organs, Beijing also has some of the world's best Chinese cuisine, from restaurants specialising in Beijing roast duck and Beijing hot pot (which you can order without brains or stomach or other internal organs), to Imperial-style restaurants serving the menus of emperors and revolutionary restaurants where waitresses, dressed in Mao suits, serve the favourite food of Mao Zedong and other revolutionary leaders.

For Westerners pining for something more familiar, Beijing also has many good European restaurants. If it all gets too much, there is always McDonald's, the official fast food supplier to the Games, plus the Chinese favourite, KFC.
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