Virgin boy egg

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Virgin boy eggs or tong zi dan (Chinese: 童子尿鸡蛋; pinyin: Tóngzǐ Niào Zhǔ Jīdàn[1]) are a traditional delicacy of Dongyang, China made by cooking eggs in urine collected from young boys.[2] Every year in early spring time, the urine of prepubertal school boys preferably under 10 years is collected and boiled with eggs and sold for 1.50 yuan,[3] around twice the price of a regular boiled egg.[4] Dongyang residents believe "the eggs decrease body heat, promote better blood circulation and just generally reinvigorate the body."[2] In 2008, Dongyang recognized the eggs as "local intangible cultural heritage."[5]

Preparation[edit]

Urine is collected from school toilets[2][6] or boys urinate directly into collection buckets set out by vendors.[5] The eggs are soaked and boiled in the urine.[2] The shells are cracked and cooked more on low heat like tea eggs. Cooking takes all day.[2][5][6]

Supposed health benefits[edit]

Dongyang residents believe "the eggs decrease body heat, promote better blood circulation and just generally reinvigorate the body."[2] According to a doctor of Chinese medicine, urine crystals are like ren zhong bai. "It can treat yin deficiency, decrease internal body heat, promote blood circulation and remove blood stasis."[5] One doctor said that urine has no beneficial health properties as it is simply a waste product while another labelled it unsanitary but did not object to the practice of consuming the eggs.[5][6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "不懂!童子尿煮鸡蛋也能入选非物质文化遗产?(图) (Chinese)". BBS China News. Retrieved 2011-11-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "'Virgin Boy Eggs' Cooked In Urine Are Spring Delicacy In Dongyang, China". Reuters. March 29, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  3. ^ Klimas, Liz (March 30, 2012). "CHINESE DELICACY: ‘VIRGIN BOY EGGS’ BOILED IN YOUNG MALE URINE — FOR REAL". The Blaze. TheBlaze LLC. Retrieved April 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ Vackerberg, Janneke (March 30, 2012). "Urine-cooked eggs a delicacy in China city: ‘Virgin boy eggs’ are spring tradition in Dongyang". New York Daily News. Retrieved April 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Boys’ urine-soaked eggs listed as local specialty, intangible cultural heritage | Ministry of Tofu 豆腐部". Ministryoftofu.com. March 11, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-28. 
  6. ^ a b c "Chinese Virgin Boy Eggs | Watch the video - Yahoo! News". News.yahoo.com. 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2013-05-13.