Virgin Boy Eggs, AKA Eggs Cured in piss are a delicacy from Donggang Zhejiang Province in China. If you are new to English, “delicacy” is a word used to justify weird food.
Imagine a place if you will were where older men stand outside urinals waiting to offer money to pre-pubescent boys, and I’m sure you would be slightly concerned. No need to be concerned as China has declared this a protected cultural delicacy!
Here is Weird World Wire’s guide to Virgin Boy Eggs.
So, I am sure you are wondering, what are Virgin Boy Eggs?
Virgin Boy Eggs are eggs that are boiled in the urine of pre-pubescent peasant boys, and it really is quite that simple. Named “tong zi dan” (Chinese: 童子蛋; pinyin: Tóngzǐdàn), the dish translates to “boy egg” and is a springtime tradition of Dongggang. The eggs are listed by China as a part of the region’s “local intangible cultural heritage.” Which, in short, means you can’t fuck with it.
Why do the Chinese boil eggs in urine?
I feel this to be very much a legitimate question. China has a rich tradition of curing eggs in weird ways. First, you have Tea Eggs, which are cured in tea. Then you have thousand year old eggs, which need their own article, and in this city, eggs soaked in piss. On a wider level, it goes back to the Chinese cultural tradition of injecting piss being good for you (not proven), also known as Urine Therapy.
How do you source the urine of a pre-pubescent peasant schoolboy?
Now, this is the one everyone wonders! How do you source precious pre-pubs pee-pee without ending up in the nonce wing of a prison? In the schools of the city special containers are placed in the urinals of schools, and boys are allowed to leave class whenever they want to “relieve” themselves. At the end of the day, old men then collect the piss.
But, alas like any commodity, there’s not always enough piss to go around, so in an entirely non-weird way, old men stand outside urinals and offer young boys money for their pee. Something that is definitely not at all bizarre.
Are there health benefits to eating eggs soaked in piss?
Some claim that the ingestion of the urine-soaked eggs can treat yin deficiency, decrease one’s internal body heat, and promote blood circulation. While others claim that is made-up witch doctor nonsense.
How do virgin boy eggs taste?
Most people asked publicly claim it has a “unique taste” and is an integral part of the local culture. Others, when speaking anonymously, have said the eggs “taste like piss.”
Not all delicacies are created equal…..