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Menu limited in Beijing for Olympics
Posted by: McQ on Friday, July 11, 2008

Well here's good news (or bad news depending on where you're from) for you diners going to China for the Olympics:
Beijing has asked hotels and restaurants in the city to take dog meat off the menu for the duration of next month's Olympics and September's Paralympics.
Yup, no plump pup in plum sauce for a couple of months. Of course the Chinese aren't the only Asians who enjoy a bit of canine curry. South Koreans are also enamored of the treat. I remember when I was in Korea, we used to go into a Korean restaurant and, if ordering a beef dish, make sure to say "no kaygogie" (yes the latter is phonetic), which, of course, meant "no dog". My guess is somewhere along the line I was served a bit of Rover to the hidden snickers of the Korean staff.

Of course, what is prohibited becomes a sought after commodity. So I can see waiters throughout Beijing offering clandestine menus to carefully screened guests with gustatory tidbits from the kennel available for a ridiculous price.

Thus is a blackmarket created.

Enjoy.
 
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hmmm wonder what dog tastes like....what breed do they use? Im seriously interested. Just cause its fluffy doesn’t mean i won;t eat it, i mean i eat cows? Why not a dog? Id try it.

Alot of people out east see a cow how we see a dog.
 
Written By: josh b
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"plump pup in plum"

Heh! I double-dog-dare anyone to try saying that 5 x fast...
 
Written By: CR
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Read "Undaunted Courage" by Stephen Ambrose.
Those guys on the Lewis and Clark expedition were on the edge comparable only to today’s astronauts.
They ran out of meat, and resorted to buying dogs from Indians. By the end of the journey they preferred Dog to Elk. The pet Newfoundland Lewis and Clark carried along on their journey must have had some sleepless nights.
I wouldn’t eat dog myself, but those that want it, (Koreans), should be able to order it.
 
Written By: Greybeard
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I’d eat just about anything if I had to.
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
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I thought dog was a Korean dish.
And what about cat? They’re not pulling that?

 
Written By: Bithead
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Those guys on the Lewis and Clark expedition were on the edge comparable only to today’s astronauts.

They ran out of meat, and resorted to buying dogs from Indians. By the end of the journey they preferred Dog to Elk. The pet Newfoundland Lewis and Clark carried along on their journey must have had some sleepless nights.
Nope - the Newfoundland ate dog right along with them, such that either Lewis or Clark (I can’t remember which) used to refer to it as "cannibal".
 
Written By: McQ
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I thought dog was a Korean dish.
Chinese eat it too. When I lived in Taiwan in the early ’50s right after the Nationalists came over, we were told to keep a watch on our dog closely or he’d disappear into someone’s pot.
 
Written By: McQ
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I’ve had dog in China. Its quite boring, i.e. nothing special. I don’t see why they don’t continue to serve it - just make sure its free range and slaughtered humanely. (Though I understand some dog lovers like the meat to have a lot of adrenaline flavor and beat the dog before killing it.) One of the reasons to travel is to try exotic foods, no?

In Taiwan, dog is rarely eaten now, but is considered a winter-time delicacy that helps you if you’re sick. Taiwanese also believe black dogs to be tastier than others. That said, no Taiwanese person I have met has eaten dog, except for a couple guys who had it in the army. They were shooting stray dogs and cooking them while you’re bored on beach watch duty in Kinmen. The young people, especially women, find it gross. I wonder if it was more popular in the 50’s when times were tighter.

 
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p.s. The Cantonese are the real crazy eaters in China and they do eat cat, but again, its a novelty type food. There is some Chinese saying about "wolf’s heart and dog’s lung" supposedly as the two meats that cannot be somehow cooked or seasoned to taste good, i.e. horrible things by nature.
 
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I wonder if it was more popular in the 50’s when times were tighter.
Possibly. Possibly a carry over from the mainland that came with the refugees. Perhaps over the decades as Taiwan became more Westernized and richer, the need was less prevalent and the desire went with it.

But as a youngster who loved his pup, I do remember the warning quite clearly.
 
Written By: McQ
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The Vietnamese also eat dog.

I once had a parka with a fur-trimmed hood, made in China. Every time our dog got near it he would sniff the fur. My wife decided she (i.e. we) would never buy anything else from those barbarians. (And no b*tthead jokes!)
 
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