“After eating dog meat, beef is flavorless”
~ Migration Mark
Just as most Americans don’t give it a second thought eating a hamburger, hot dog, or anything else that involves beef, pork and chicken, people in other countries find it normal to eat bugs, worms and all other kinds of creepy crawly creatures. Some even eat Guinea Pig as a delicacy, such as in Peru. Then there’s outskirt provinces in China, where they eat just about anything and everything as well, including, yup, cats, dogs and rats.
I bring this up after reading “Migration Mark’s” recent post “Have You Ever Eaten Dog (or Cat) Meat? You Might Be Surprised…“, which I found absolutely FASCINATING. Fascinated only after reading how DELICIOUS he said dog tasted. What? Seriously?
Of course at first I was appalled, as well you might be, being that we have 5 precious family dogs of our own that we love very much. Dogs which we don’t even think of as animals or “pets”, but practically as our own children.
Migration Mark has one of the most fascinating blogs I know of, where he does a FANTASTIC job covering food and culture from all around the globe on his perpetual travel-ventures. I highly recommend you head on over to Migrationology.com and go through Mark’s archives. UNREAL! I think he probably got Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern beat on locales covered. Like, seriously. I discovered his blog through a few comments he’s posted here, as Mark has family ties to Hawaii via his grandparents who live here.
So anyhow, Mark explains while spending time in the Guangxi province of southern China, where he had the opportunity to try dog meat. I know, right now you’re looking at “Snoopy”, telling that cute wittle doggie in a “cutesy” baby voice, “Oh, but NO, I would NEVER eat you.”. But then Mark throws this out, “If Kobe beef is the superlative beef of the world, dog is the crème de la crème of all meat!” Get the hell out. No way! I tell you, if it weren’t for me being on a primarily vegetarian diet, I’d just as well catch the next plane to China to taste for myself what he’s talking about.
Which right from the get-go, you’re probably questioning the ethics of eating dog or cat; something us Americans either casually regard as “pets” to more seriously regard as family members (like us). But what’s really so different about eating what was once a living breathing cow or pig? After all, they’re sentient beings too, right? The debate will never end. Read the comments on his blog for that post, where people really get into the ethical side of this subject.
Mark makes it clear at the start of his article that he’s not getting into the ethics of it, but simply explaining exactly what dog and cat meat tastes like.
“Ethics, shmecics”, for even more shock value, imagine the house sommelier at your table explaining, “With Shih Tzu, I’d highly recommend this vintage Pinot Noir, where its subtly-fruity, earthy, woodsy notes pairs splendidly with such a lean, delicate and petite cut”. Ack!!!!!
“The cat hot pot was tasty, but definitely not my favorite meat I’ve tried in this world.”
~ Migration Mark
On to cat, Mark goes on to explain that it tastes “not like chicken at all, it was a light colored red meat – not that deep dark meat like dog.” Continuing on, “It tasted slightly similar to pork, yet full of weird little transparent fish like bones and with an ever so slight tinge of sour aftertaste.”
With that, I’ll happily pass on cat. But the dog tasting “better than Kobe beef” sure rings up the curiosity bell. But nah, personally, I don’t think I could do it. As complicated as my feelings are on this, ultimately it’s psychologically wrong for me. To each their own though!
Read the entire “Have You Eaten Dog (or Cat) Meat?” article here, plus I encourage you to peruse more through “Migration Mark’s” blog. Awesome!
P.S. While I don’t normally record weigh-ins throughout the work week, I’m happy to report I finally busted through into the 187 lbs. zone. Yay!
Pomai’s “Revolution 2012″ weight log**
5.05.12 – 207.0 lbs.
5.27.12 – 195.8 lbs.
6.02.12 – 194.6 lbs.
6.03.12 – 194.0 lbs.
6.09.12 – 191.4 lbs.
6.16.12 – 188.6 lbs.
6.23.12 – 189.8 lbs. (BMI score = 28)
6.30.12 – 188.5 lbs. (BMI score = 27.8)
7.05.12 – 187.5 lbs. (BMI score = 27.7)
Target weight for 7.30.12 – 180 lbs.
Final target weight – 160 lbs.
**5’9″ height, male.