China to Export Eggs Boiled in Children’s Urine?

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In Dongyang, Zhejiang province, eastern China, urine-boiled eggs are a delicacy and now it seems that some local chefs are hoping their bizarre specialty will catch on worldwide, reports

Chef Lu Ming said: ‘The urine is gathered from local schools and the very best comes from boys under 10 years old. They pee in buckets and we collect it fresh every day,’

Then the eggs – which have official cultural significance status – are boiled in the wee, first with their shells on and then with them off for a day and a night before they’re ready to be eaten.

He said: ‘The eggs are delicious and healthy. They stop fevers and can help you concentrate if you’re feeling sluggish or sleepy.

‘We are having a big export push because we want people outside China to fully appreciate the delicacy of our cuisine.’

Of course, not all people in Dongyang find the idea fascinating. Mr. Li, a native-born Dongyang resident, has never tried it in the past 30 years. “The smell kills me. I feel like throwing up at the thought of it. It stinks.”