How do you like your eggs? Free-range? Organic? Fried? Scrambled? How about poached in pee:
Some of us mark the season of renewal by cleaning our homes from top to bottom. Others add pastels to their wardrobe. In the Eastern Chinese city of Dongyang, they eat “virgin boy eggs” — hard-boiled eggs marinated and simmered in urine, according to Reuters.
Residents praise the local delicacy for its ability to prevent colds, increase circulation and boost vitality.
“These eggs cooked in urine are fragrant,” said Ge Yaohua, 51, who owns one of the more popular “virgin boy eggs” stalls. “Our family has them for every meal. In Dongyang, every family likes eating them.”
Vendors collect buckets of boy’s urine from from local schools and homes in order to make the unusual broth.
The eggs are soaked in the urine and then heated over a stove. Then they are taken out of the shells and put back in the urine to simmer.
When some Asian restaurateur tries to introduce this delicacy in Sydney only to be shut down by the health police, I’m going to be very torn indeed. My three boys love exotic cooking projects, but just … no.