Thursday, July 3, 2008

Thịt chó

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Okay, I must confess I hesitated to post this one.
Eating dog surely is a taboo in our western cultures, but it's not here - and it's actually considered almost as a delicacy.
For those who were contemplating coming over to Vietnam and who are now reconsidering, please don't let this fool you: you will not be served dog's meat if you don't specifically request it. It is only served in some restaurants advertising 'Thit cho'.

Some will argue that it's wrong to eat dog, and the purpose of this blog isn't to debate about it, but rather to open our eyes to a different culture - because it feels nice to see that we're not all alike.

9 comments:

Jasmin said...

Brave guy, you ate dog? Mhm, I guess I wouldn't, but on the other hand, I agree - its good to open your eyes to different cultures and respect them. Greetings from Portland to beautiful Hanoi

Jérôme said...

I did eat some, though not this particular part. I'll gladly go back to eating beef and chicken :).

omami said...

Du chien au menu c'est affreux, mais bon je ne sais pas ce que tes visiteurs en pensent!!

Lan Nghiem-Phu said...

Yikes! I grew up in VietNam, but Saigon and not here in Hanoi. I never ate dog! This bowl does not look very apetising at all. No vegetable? I enjoy your blog along with Simon's in Saigon. Please post a photo every day. Do you know that Hanoi is famous for its 36 streets? Can you blog them all? And don't forget the Dong Xuan market.

Harry Makertia said...

You're right, but watching your bowl, I'm sad for my dog...

Jérôme said...

Tricky topic; again, cultural differences. Let's all embrace that :).

lan nghiem-phu: that's a terrific idea, I'll work on it!

Ben Wideman said...

wow. eating dog is one thing, but getting the paw has to be a surreal experience! cool photo!

Eki Qushay Akhwan said...

I know some cultures do eat dogs, but never saw it cooked and in a bowl like this.

Hilda said...

Sigh. I know that some Filipinos eat dog too, but not quite this way I think.

I once ate some without knowing that it was dog—it was shredded meat and cooked as "kaldereta" (spicy cheese and tomato sauce). I found out the next day and felt sick the whole day.