I enjoyed some really tasty and unusual food on this trip.
I recently had read in the newspaper that in southern China, people still eat dogs and cats. While on our trip we were taken to a local market to buy cooking supplies for our cooking class, and we were shocked to hear that butchered cats and dogs could be purchased. We were allowed to walk around and see but were told NO pictures could be taken. Perhaps because the sale of these items is illegal.
The older people usually only eat cat in the winter to supplement their diet. The cat would be used in a (tiger) dish, while snake would be used in a (dragon) dish to fortify the body. In late December a southern newspaper reported about 4 million cats are eaten in China in a year, and the number is rising.
Most of the cat eaters are older people and old habits die hard. Cat dishes are rarely seen on the menus of restaurants downtown, and most young people do not eat them. A law enacted in 2007, states trade in cat meat is illegal. China has recently finished a draft on animal protection, and it is singled out as a punishable offense. (Taken from China Daily newspaper). />
Frogs for lunch! Many years ago I ate frog legs, but this was the first time to actually eat frog.
Frog meat which was delicious
Chicken that was cooked over a barbecue in bamboo stalks.
Young bamboo lightly fried
Monkey tail vegetable that Lily had picked on our walk to cook for lunch.
All I could remember was that Patricia had monkey tails in her flower arrangements at her wedding.
The cooked monkey tails which had a delicate taste.
We didn’t eat any snake, but heard they use it in many dishes and drinks.
Passion fruit wine which had a very strong taste.
Cumquat fruit is in season
Rat for dinner!!!!!
Look at that big melon! This was the market that sold the cat and dog!
Our cooking class, where we prepared, cooked and ate 3 dishes.
My 3 dishes, eggplant in Yangshuo style, Beer fish which was delicious, chicken with cashew nuts.
The setting was in an old farm house outside of town which was beautiful.