Cat doesn’t taste as good as dog

December 19, 2008

That is, according to a Chinese abattoir who sells cat meat for use in a Guangdong Province soup recipe. According to reports, perhaps 1,000 cats a day go to Guangdong to satisfy feline lovers (of eating them, not worshipping them). PETA has it work cut out for itself in China, the country has no animal welfare or protection laws whatsoever.

Cat is something of a delicacy, bring much higher prices than dog or chicken:

“She said cat meat sold for about $1.32 a pound, while dog meat was cheaper, at about 95 cents a pound. Chicken was the best buy at 62 cents a pound, while lamb sold for about $1.32.”

Cats aren’t the only, shall we say, unusual (to us) animal that is eaten. As a Chinese friend of mine told me, if it crawls or walks, it’s edible.

Guangdong is home to the Cantonese people, famous for being the most adventurous eaters in China. There’s a popular saying: “The Cantonese will eat anything that flies, except airplanes, and anything with legs, except a chair.”

And now, a first for the Audible Smirk, a recipe:

“There’s a famous soup called ‘Dragon, Tiger and Phoenix,'” Zhu said. “It involves cooking snake, cat and chicken together. In winter more people eat cats as they believe it’s extra nutritious.”

I’ve seen items with a similar name on menus around here. Umm..

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