From Reuters:

51-year-old vendor Ge Yaohua (R) looks at a customer pointing at a pot of hard-boiled eggs cooked in boys' urine in Dongyang, Zhejiang province March 26, 2012.

51-year-old vendor Ge Yaohua (R) looks at a customer pointing at a pot of hard-boiled eggs cooked in boys’ urine in Dongyang, Zhejiang province March 26, 2012.
Credit: Reuters/Aly Song

(Reuters) – It’s the end of a school day in the eastern Chinese city of Dongyang, and eager parents collect their children after a hectic day of primary school.
But that’s just the start of busy times for dozens of egg vendors across the city, deep in coastal Zhejiang province, who ready themselves to cook up a unique springtime snack favoured by local residents.
Basins and buckets of boys’ 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.

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Key quote: “Chinese medical experts gave mixed reviews.”

Key fact: China’s health system is ranked 144th in the world.

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2 Comments

by | March 30, 2012 · 10:50 am

2 responses to “Ah, Springtime in Zhejiang

  1. mary Freeman

    Thiat was an incredible example of culture and tradition. there is no way I can even begin to imagine how a tradition/belief liike that is started and continue for so long. Just trying to imagine the people who collect the urine is beyond me, never mind cooking and then eating those eggs! I can’t wait to see you!

  2. Tradition, yes, but this isn’t really something to celebrate: superstitious people who don’t know any better, and the snake-oil salesmen (literally: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snake_oil) who profit off them.

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