Posted by: Sam Olsen | September 9, 2011

Strange Chinese Delicacy of the Week 3


Last week was a slight cheat. It is meant to be bad for you to have too many eggs (Cool Hand Lukenotwithstanding) but last week’s photo was something called 1,000 year eggs.

According to Wikipedia, this is a method of “preserving eggs in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, lime, and rice hulls for several weeks to several months, depending on the method of processing. Through the process, the yolk becomes a dark green to grey colour, with a creamy consistency and an odour of sulphur and ammonia, while the white becomes a dark brown, translucent jelly with little flavour. The transforming agent in the century egg is its alkaline material, which gradually raises the pH of the egg to around 9, 12, or more during the curing process.This chemical process breaks down some of the complex, flavorless proteins and fats, which produces a variety of smaller flavourful compounds.”

All sounds delightful, but to her credit Aggie ate some the other day. So that was a real life action shot.


And the winner of last week’s competition is… well, no one. Not a soul got close. Although Cathryn Petchey obviously has a desire to taste copious amounts of sea anenomes, so we will start collecting for her ahead of her visit later this year! That will be a real action shot!


Now for this week’s shot. It may look a little gruesome but it is actually not too bad. Think Santa.

What am I?



  1. Reindeer antlers

    • Yep well done. Bet you can’t wait to try them!

  2. Reindeer penis

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