Friday, July 11, 2008
No Dishing The Dogs
Out of respect for Western dining habits, it appears "canine cuisine" is out, and man's best friend will not be served at Olympic-connected restaurants in Beijing this summer. In fact, Chinese officials are strongly urging other eateries to follow suit.
In other words, if a patron requests "xiangrou," or "fragrant meat," as the Chinese refer to dog meat, food servers will be instructed to politely recommend another dish.
However, as chef and world-class extreme eater, Anthony Bourdain, of the Travel Channel's No Reservations might agree, in several other Asian countries, dog is something you might very often find on some dinner tables. Even though it should also be noted that eating dog has become noticeably less popular in many places like China and Korea. And surprisingly, even in the West, it's no secret that a minor flap was allegedly caused when a newspaper reported about the popularity of curing dog meat into sausages and jerky in the Swiss rural cantons, as recently as 1996.
In any event, if you're planning on attending the 2008 Games in Beijing, just be reminded (and possibly breathe a sigh of relief!) that you probably won't be seeing that Lhasa Apso Quarter Pounder listed on a local Beijing McDonald's menu. Sheesh!
And for me as an avid dog lover, of course, this can only be seen as a good thing. (Better yet...better make that a *really* good thing.)
Anyway, big props to the folks in Beijing for this "noble" effort. Really.