Eggs Boiled in Human Urine Are Apparently Considered a Delicacy in Some Parts of China



I hope that Google Translate is mangling this Chinese news story so much that its actual meaning is completely different that what it appears to be. Or that some reporter is playing a joke akin to April Fools' Day news articles in the United States.

That caveat (and wishful thinking) aside: it appears to be traditional in Donyang, China to take the urine left in buckets by schoolboys and boil eggs with it. "hawkers to sell the boy down the street selling eggs, street an odor, Dongyang people say that this is a taste of spring."

Link via Boing Boing | Photo: China Daily

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"Horse urine eggs" aren't actually made with horse urine, though. They're just typical Century Eggs (which are delicious and beautiful, by the way) which sort of smell like horse urine. Horse urine doesn't have a high enough pH to effectively cure an egg. Human urine has a higher maximum pH than horse urine, but is still not enough to preserve an egg (at least to Century Egg standards). Maybe this is real, but I sort of doubt it.
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