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Care for a scorpion on a stick?Posted Tuesday, August 26, 2008, at 9:35 PM
It seems that one of the more strange aspects of going to Beijing for the Olympics has been the culture shock associated with some of the Chinese "delicacies" - though that's hardly the word I would use for the array of items for sale in the open air markets. Today I received 13 extremely colorful and horribly revolting emailed photographs which I find hard to believe, even though I earlier saw a television newscaster eating a fried starfish on a stick. In this email I learned that the starfish had been fried in shark oil.
Though I (fortunately) was unable to post a photo (They must be protected by the equivalent of the Chinese CIA), here is a list of the culinary items which vendors had for sale:
* Baby sharks, deep fried star fish & sea urchins.
* Grilled snake.
* Dog liver with vegetables.
* Goat lungs with red peppers.
* Corn with ginger sauce. (Well, okay, I guess no little baby corns were harmed in this dish...)
* Mixed cow and horse stew.
* Silk worms and black scorpions on a stick.
* Scorpion brochettes. (Whatever the heck that is.)
* Lizard legs. (No indication of what happens to the rest of the lizard.)
* Dog brain soup. (Let's not even go there.)
* Oysters, squids, and iguana tails.
* Assorted scorpions and beetles.
* More scorpions, crickets and beetles.
* Seahorses (on sticks, of course).
* Grilled snake and silk worms.
The photos showed vendor after vendor with a massive assortment of dead creatures fried to a crisp and skewered on sticks.
So, if the population of China is 1,321,851,888, can we speculate that it takes a considerable number of the above-listed creatures to satisfy the carnivorous tastes of that nation?
I have to admit that in the past when someone asked, "Wanna eat Chinese tonight?" I had no idea that the choices could involve the destruction of a large part of the animal world.
Gives a whole new meaning to the term "carnivorous," doesn't it?
From the peaceful Tillman world of vegetables and greenery, this is your roving reporter Madeline, signing off on a lovely summer night and hoping for visions of sugar plums dancing in my head tonight...
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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.