If you go to Dongyang (the city where this culinary miracle takes place) in the middle of the spring, you may lose your nose. All the streets smell of fresh urine, coming from pots in which little boys enjoy peeing.Basins and buckets of boy’s 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.
In early spring you will see 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.Eggs are part of a lot of cuisines around the world, and Chinese cuisine makes no exception.
Unfortunately, the similarities end here, because Chinese people have their own original way of preparing them. In the spring, Virgin Eggs are thought to be a delicacy, especially when they are boiled in little boy’s urine.There is no good explanation for why it has to be boys’ urine, just that it has been so for centuries.
“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.”They are good for your health. Our family has them for every meal. In Dongyang, every family likes eating them.” Each egg goes for 1.50 yuan ($0.24), a little more than twice the price of the regular eggs he also sells.
Cooking process takes almost a day, because the eggs have to stay in the natural yellow juice for a while, before they are boiled.Vendors have to keep pouring urine into the pot and controlling the fire to keep the eggs from being overheated and overcooked.While most of us feel like puking only when we think about this dish, other people seem to enjoy it very much, and say that they would eat even 10 eggs a day.
People seem to believe that these can have an amazing effect on their bodies, but if we process this a little, it becomes obvious that any aliment that involves urine cannot be healthy.Also, locals want to export their delicacy, so the rest of the world, us included, can taste a little bit of their cuisine.
The popularity of the treat has led the local government to list the “virgin boy eggs” as an intangible cultural heritage.But not everyone is a fan, please don’t included me!
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